Monday, October 12, 2009

Snickerdoodle Duo

Snickerdoodle Cupcakes

Cookies or cupcakes? That is the question.

Well, I couldn’t decide either. You see I’ve been mesmerized by a recipe for snickerdoodle cupcakes from Martha Stewart’s Cupcake Book. But, seeing as how I have never made snickerdoodle cookies, I had to make them, too. It’s only fair. Or at least it’s a good excuse… right?

These cookies were really easy to make and I’m not sure why I’ve never tried them before now. Maybe their name made them seem difficult or too fancy or something. Or, maybe it’s because they don’t have any chocolate in them. Yeah, that’s probably why. Recipes without chocolate usually get moved to the bottom of the list.

Snickerdoodles, prebaked

The cookie dough is rolled in cinnamon and sugar, which gives them their signature look when baked.

Simple and pretty!

Snickerdoodles

Here’s the original Snickerdoodle Recipe from marthastewart.com. It makes about 4 dozen cookies.

And here is how I tweaked it slightly to make about 20 cookies.

Snickerdoodle Cookies

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1/4 cup shortening
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons cinnamon

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Line baking sheet with parchment paper. (I used one 14 X 20 and was able to get all 20 cookies on one sheet. Place about 3 inches apart and they won’t bake into each other.)
  • In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  • In a mixer, cream butter, shortening, and sugar on medium for about 2 minutes.
  • Add egg and mix until combined.
  • Add the flour mixture and beat until combined.
  • In a small bowl, mix sugar and cinnamon.
  • Use a small 1 1/4 inch ice-cream scoop to form balls. Release in the cinnamon-sugar mixture and roll until covered. When coated, you can shape them in a nice round ball and place on the baking sheet. (reserve any leftover cinnamon sugar to top the cupcakes)
  • Bake for about 10 minutes or until the cookies begin to crack. Remove and let cool on a wire rack.

Snickerdoodle Cupcakes

Now… time to make the cupcakes.

Here’s the original recipe from marthastewart.com that makes 28.

And here is how I tweaked it slightly to make enough for 12 cupcakes and 12 mini cupcakes (not shown).

Snickerdoodle Cupcakes

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup milk, room temperature

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line regular and miniature cupcake trays with paper liners.
  • In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and cinnamon. Set aside.
  • In a mixer, cream butter and sugar on medium for about 2 minutes.
  • Add eggs, one at a time and mix until combined.
  • Add vanilla and mix until combined.
  • Add flour mixture to creamed butter and sugar in three additions. Alternate with milk in two additions.
  • Fill baking cups about 3/4 full.
  • Bake for about 15-20 minutes.
  • Remove cupcakes from trays and let cool.

To decorate, pipe on frosting, place one cookie on top and then pipe another dollop of frosting on top. Sprinkle with leftover cinnamon and sugar from the Snickerdoodle cookie recipe.

Store in an airtight container.

Seven-Minute Frosting

While the cupcakes are cooling, make the frosting. I used the same one Martha recommends. It’s a Seven-Minute Frosting. Recipe here.

I’ve gotta tell you… I’d definitely make the cookies and cupcakes again… they were yummy. But I think I would have to try them with another frosting. The seven minute frosting was kind of a pain to make and couple that with the fact that I’m not a big fan of light and airy or meringue-tasting frostings… well, I don’t think I’ll be making it again anytime soon.

But they sure do look cute.

Snickerdoodle Cupcakes

By the way, did you even notice these super adorable cupcake pedestals? They come in a box of 6. Thank you Naomi, for sending me the link. And, the brown cupcake liners are from www.confectioneryhouse.com.

Cookies & Cupcakes

Cookies or cupcakes? Cupcakes or cookies?

Hard choice, I know.

Here – let me make it a little more difficult with a few pictures from the inside of each of these books.

Cookies or Cupcakes

Do you want one?

Enter for a chance to win one of these books:
Martha Stewart’s Cookies or Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes

  • Just leave a comment on this post and let me know which book you would rather have. You get to choose. Easy.
  • Leave your comment with a way for me to contact you if you win.
  • Deadline to enter is Tuesday, October 13 at 7 p.m. ET
  • One winner will be chosen at random and announced sometime Tuesday evening on this post.

Good Luck!

OK… TIME’S UP! I actually started counting all of the entries to see how many people wanted the cupcake book vs. how many wanted the cookie book. But, I stopped after a couple hundred comments because there was no way I would be able to get that done tonight in time to announce the winner. But fyi, in the first two hundred plus entries, cookies were slightly edging out cupcakes.

That’s good news for about half of you. Because all you cookie lovers are going to get another chance another day. The winner of today’s giveaway is a cupcake lover.

Congratulations Bailey! 1,751 is your lucky number.

winner

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Brea said...

Snickerdoodles are one of my favorite cookies! I would love to see what other cookie creations Martha has in her cookie cookbook. :)

October 12, 2009 07:08 AM
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Claudia said...

I’d LOVE the cookie book……

October 12, 2009 07:10 AM
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Candice said...

Give me a C – give me a U – give me a P – give me a C – give me an A – give me a K – give me an E…what does it spell?….CUPCAKE – yeah that’s right! mmmmmm cupcakes please!

October 12, 2009 07:10 AM
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Krista B said...

I would LOVE the cupcake book – my two year old daughter loves to bake with me – she’s in charge of stirring and frosting! :) She’d get such a kick out of a whole book about cupcakes!

October 12, 2009 07:10 AM
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Nikki said...

I would love that cupcake book, if I absolutely had to choose.

October 12, 2009 07:10 AM
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Lisa said...

They both look amazing but I prefer cookies. I will have to try the snickerdoodle cupcake recipe though!

October 12, 2009 07:10 AM
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Katy S. said...

If I had to only to only eat one dessert for the rest of my life it would be cookies!!

October 12, 2009 07:11 AM
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Becca said...

Both books look absolutely delicious…but I need more cupcake inspiration, so I’d choose Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes.

October 12, 2009 07:14 AM
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Lori said...

I would love to have the cupcake cookbook, thanks for the chance to win.

October 12, 2009 07:14 AM
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patti said...

Wow- you are so awesome! I would love the cupcake book if the random number thingy happened to pick me!

October 12, 2009 07:15 AM
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Pam said...

Oooh, you can never have enough cookie books!!

Love the petite snickerdoodle on the cupcake….my daughter loves snickerdoodles!! TFS!

October 12, 2009 07:15 AM
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Karen said...

It’s got to be cupcakes!

October 12, 2009 07:16 AM
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Heather said...

I would love to get the cupcake book please. I really like these cupcakes. I think they are pretty, my favorite part is the cinnamon and sugar on the very top…its just a little something special.

October 12, 2009 07:16 AM
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Stacey said...

oh… such a had choice.

I think i’m going to have to go with cupcakes though.

I love snickerdoodles, and I can’t wait to try out these cupcakes!

any suggestion as to with what kind of icing you would replace the 7 minute icing with?

October 12, 2009 07:16 AM
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Gwyn said...

I would love to have the cupcake book. I think it would be lots of fun to try new ones.

October 12, 2009 07:17 AM
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Erin said...

whoa CUPCAKES for sure! And I love that you are less “light and fluffy meringue” and more chocolate and cracked out sugary frosting…yeeeaaahhhh…

October 12, 2009 07:17 AM
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bql said...

I’d have to pick the cookie book.

I read the Cupcake one over and over at the book store and was really going to pick it but I already have another cupcake book in mind to add to my bookshelf.

October 12, 2009 07:18 AM
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Dawn said...

I already have the cookie cookbook, and have been eyeing the cupcake one for awhile now. So I would love to have the cupcake cookbook! I just made snickerdoodle brownies the other week, so I may certainly have to try the cupcakes, also!

October 12, 2009 07:19 AM
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Natalie said...

I would really like that cupcake cookbook. So many ideas!!! :)

October 12, 2009 07:19 AM
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Laufa said...

Cupcakes please – I am enamored by all the different kinds you can make, I never knew.

October 12, 2009 07:19 AM
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Amanda said...

So many cookies I’ve never tried. Shame on me! I’d love to have the Cookie book. Those cookies look fantastic!

October 12, 2009 07:19 AM
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Bethannw said...

That is a very tough choice, so I put the vote to my almost (on Saturday) 8-year-old, because he does have a highly refined palate, at least when it comes to sugar, and his vote is for cookies!

October 12, 2009 07:19 AM
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Christina said...

That is such a hard decision! I would have to say the cookie book. I love to bake and to try different things. This would be awesome, especially with Christmas coming up! Thanks for the opportunity… this is a great giveaway!

October 12, 2009 07:20 AM
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Jessica said...

I love to make cookies, but I feel like my cupcakes need a little help….definately the cupcakes!!!!

October 12, 2009 07:20 AM
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KC said...

I’d love the cookie book. I have two cookie monsters at home!

October 12, 2009 07:20 AM
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Carrie said...

Cookies….I love making cookies of all kinds and decorating them.

October 12, 2009 07:20 AM
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Robin Reid said...

I LOVE your site -just found it this morning and I will be back often.
And I would love the cookie book!

October 12, 2009 07:21 AM
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kathy said...

I would want the cookie book cuz I already have two other cupcake books……and I love snickerdoodles!

October 12, 2009 07:21 AM
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Sandi said...

I would love the cupcake book. My 5 and 2 year old sons love CUPCAKES!

October 12, 2009 07:21 AM
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Sarah Dickey said...

CUPCAKES, CUPCAKES, CUPCAKES!!!

October 12, 2009 07:22 AM
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Jacque said...

I love snickerdoodles! Can’t go wrong with cinnamon and sugar. I would love the cupcake cookbook.

October 12, 2009 07:23 AM
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marcella said...

I would love EITHER!!!! I could not decide you would HAVE to decide for me. LOVE your website!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

October 12, 2009 07:23 AM
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Peggy said...

Snickerdoodles have been around at our house for years! My mom always made them for one of my sisters as they are her favorite.
What a wonderful giveaway!
Have to go with the cupcake book, although I love them both!!

October 12, 2009 07:23 AM
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VanessaS said...

Oh gosh. Eenie Meanie Miney Mo…um COOKIES! I would have so much fun with that! Then I’d have to have fun with my Leslie Sansone dvd’s to work it all off. :)

October 12, 2009 07:25 AM
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Jessica Sides said...

Cookies!! Christmas is coming!

October 12, 2009 07:26 AM
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Tracy said...

The cookie book!! I’m not a big fan of frosting!

October 12, 2009 07:26 AM
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Melissa Thomas said...

Snickerdoodles are a seasonal favorite at our house. I’d choose cookies!
Thanks for sharing.

October 12, 2009 07:27 AM
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Jana said...

Definitely cupcakes. I’m hoping Santa brings me a copy, since the chances of me winning it are slim to none.

October 12, 2009 07:27 AM
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Kandra said...

I’ d prefer the cookie book :) Looks good! Never tried baking snickerdoodles, might have to rethink that ;)

October 12, 2009 07:28 AM
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Glenda G said...

Tough choice but I think I would love to have the Cupcake Cookbook!!! Thank you for sharing!

October 12, 2009 07:28 AM
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Karen said...

They are so adorable! I prefer cupcakes myself, I would love to get my hands on that book!

October 12, 2009 07:28 AM
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Irene said...

Cookie, mainly because I have better luck with cookies. :)

October 12, 2009 07:29 AM
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linda said...

such a cute post bakerella! you are always so creative! i love it!
cupcakes please. thanks for this giveaway!

October 12, 2009 07:29 AM
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irelynn said...

tough choice because both are wonderful, but cupcakes are always something special!

October 12, 2009 07:29 AM
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Sammi said...

I would ???? a new cookie book! Just in time for the holidays! Yummy!!!!

October 12, 2009 07:30 AM
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Clarissa said...

I wonder if you could do these cookies in a jar just as you did the cowboy cookies. I would love the cupcake book. Thanks!!

October 12, 2009 07:30 AM
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Rachel said...

I am having the worst time deciding because both look fantastic but I think that I’d like the COOKIE book! :)

October 12, 2009 07:30 AM
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Dalia said...

I really want the cupcake cookbook!! thanks for your recipes…

October 12, 2009 07:31 AM
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Sana said...

I really really need that cupcake book!!!

October 12, 2009 07:32 AM
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Raz said...

Martha Stewart’s Cookies!

October 12, 2009 07:32 AM
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LaJuana said...

Gotta be the Cupcake book! Though I will only get to glance thru it as I pass it along to my neice Tammy…who is the cupcake queen! You Georgia girls got it covered!

[I've never baked a Snickerdoodle cookie either and am not yet convinced I want to! :) ]

October 12, 2009 07:32 AM
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Michelle said...

Cupcakes seem to be really hot right now…so I’ll go with that one! Thanks!!

October 12, 2009 07:32 AM
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Vanessa Marle said...

Definitely CUPCAKES for me please… Love the new site just by the way!

October 12, 2009 07:32 AM
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Raychel said...

I would love the cookie book. I always love new ideas for my Christmas cookie gifts I give out every year.

October 12, 2009 07:33 AM
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Conni said...

My family loves cookies! Thanks for the fun giveaway!

October 12, 2009 07:33 AM
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Miranda said...

These are beautiful. I might try to make these for my baby girls.

October 12, 2009 07:33 AM
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Chloe said...

*weighs up the choice* I think… cookies would be the one for me. Cupcakes just don’t do it for me.

October 12, 2009 07:35 AM
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Michelle said...

Oh how I would love the cookie book!!! I love to bake cookies and to eat ALL of them….maybe I will share a few!

October 12, 2009 07:35 AM
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Amanda said...

Such a tough decision! I think I have to go with….cookies.

October 12, 2009 07:36 AM
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Laurie-Ann said...

Those look delicious!

October 12, 2009 07:36 AM
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kelly jo said...

Perfect timing…a friend had snickerdoodles yesterday and I wanted her recipe and, boo hoo, they were store bought! I would definitely want the cookies book – I love making new cookies!!

October 12, 2009 07:37 AM
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Nadia said...

Both seem terrific, but my heart belongs to cookies.
I’d never get out of the kitchen if I had a book like that!

October 12, 2009 07:38 AM
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Erin Morrison said...

Hey bakerella… love the new site!!! the cupcake book is the one for me : >

October 12, 2009 07:38 AM
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Heather Tucker said...

Your creations looks scrumptiously delicious, as always!!! YUM, YUM, YUM! What a difficult decision: cookies, cupcakes, cookies, cupcakes? Ahhhhhhh! Gonna go with….with….um…CUPCAKES!!! :-) Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

October 12, 2009 07:39 AM
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Lara Sargent said...

Seriously tempting cakes there. I’d love the cupcake book, so I could finally add some new recipes to the bunch I make for my classes.

October 12, 2009 07:39 AM
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Ashlea said...

I would love to have the cupcake one! I am addicted to cupcakes (especially miniature ones!) and I am terrible at making cookies!

October 12, 2009 07:39 AM
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april said...

Cupcakes!!! Definitely cupcakes!!!!!

Mmmm….cupcakes.

Excuse me, I need to go make some cupcakes now!

October 12, 2009 07:40 AM
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nina said...

i loooove cupcake books, i buy so many of them and i’d love to have the Martha one :)

awesome looking cupcakes, i might have to try them even though i stink at baking cookies!

October 12, 2009 07:41 AM
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Sherri said...

Cookies! Cookies! Cookies!

October 12, 2009 07:41 AM
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Melissa said...

Definitely the cupcake book!

October 12, 2009 07:42 AM
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kity said...

Cookies! Definitely the cookie book! :)

October 12, 2009 07:43 AM
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melissa in mn said...

Cookies…. it’s almost Christmas time… which means cookie time!!!

October 12, 2009 07:43 AM
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Nancy AP said...

I would love….the cookie book.
That’s like asking…which hand do you like better? The right or the left?

October 12, 2009 07:44 AM
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Meghan said...

Oh, I’d definitely prefer the cookies! I like cupcakes but I make cookies way more often, and that bottom right cookie picture is just calling to me!

October 12, 2009 07:45 AM
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Beth said...

Cookies please! Cookies are the next cupcake – although I’m impressed at your diplomacy at making these cuties with BOTH. World peace thru desserts – I like it.

October 12, 2009 07:45 AM
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Carrie M said...

Would love the cupcake book! One less thing on my Christmas list!

October 12, 2009 07:46 AM
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greenbean said...

i would like the CUPCAKE book! i have the COOKIE book and it is amazing. no doubt, one of my faves. and everything tastes so good!

October 12, 2009 07:47 AM
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JoAnn said...

I would love the cupcake book. I just love making cupcakes.

THANKS for the chance to win.

October 12, 2009 07:47 AM
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Beth D. said...

Thanks for the review of the 7-minute frosting. I was thinking it was something I wanted to try but I’m not a big fan of light airy icing either. Already have the cupcake book so I’d take the cookie book.

October 12, 2009 07:47 AM
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Anonymous said...

the cupcakes one!

October 12, 2009 07:48 AM
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Shannon said...

I would love to have the cupcake book!! I can’t wait to get home from work today and make these today. I was very happy to see I have all of the ingredients so I can make them right away!!!!

October 12, 2009 07:48 AM
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Nancy said...

Tough choice, but I’d go with the cookie book.

October 12, 2009 07:49 AM
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NicoleH said...

Those looks great – snickerdoodles is one of my favorite cookies!

I’d love the cupcake book! My daughter loves to help me bake and, of course, eat our creations!

October 12, 2009 07:49 AM
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SweetAlmond said...

I’d love with the cupcakes one!

October 12, 2009 07:49 AM
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k said...

Choices, choices! I don’t know! Your cupcakes turned out super cute! I love snickerdoodles. Why? Because right after we learned my daughter could come home from intensive care, I walked into the kitchen where my sweet hubby was making those cookies. They have reminded me of her ever since!

I guess I’ll choose cupcakes!

Thanks for such a great site! LOVE IT!

October 12, 2009 07:50 AM
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Angela Compton said...

Gosh, they both look sooooo good! I think for our household it would have to be the Cookie book!

October 12, 2009 07:50 AM
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Jill said...

YUM! Snickerdoodles are a family fave here-never thought about making them into cupcakes! So, I choose the cupcake book! And now I have to go order the pedastals….too cute!
Thanks, as always! Jill

October 12, 2009 07:50 AM
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melissa said...

Cookies!

October 12, 2009 07:51 AM
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Lisa said...

Cookies, because I’ve tried to make some of martha’s cupcakes and they were a flop.

lisafewox @ Gmail. com

October 12, 2009 07:51 AM
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Nicole said...

I love to make snickerdoodles too : ) They are perfect with the cool fall weather that we are having!

October 12, 2009 07:52 AM
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Amanda said...

I would LOVE to have the cupcake book! Cupcakes are much more fun to make. There’s so much more variety and cuteness that can happen. And who doesn’t love an individual serving of cake??

October 12, 2009 07:53 AM
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Susan said...

I’d love to have the cupcake book. I have lots of cookie books, and although this one is to die for, I think maybe I’ll branch out into cupcakes this year. Love your site!

October 12, 2009 07:53 AM
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Tracy Vasquez said...

I would LOVE Martha Stewart’s Cupcake book…I’m good at cookies, but really have to work at cupcakes.

October 12, 2009 07:53 AM
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Marla said...

I would love the Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes book.

October 12, 2009 07:54 AM
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January said...

I would love, love, love to have the cupcake cookbook! I love cupcakes and my family sure would love to eat my creations! Great blog post today! :)

October 12, 2009 07:55 AM
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Kristin said...

Cupcakes! Definitely cupcakes… with lots of icing :-) Yum, yum!

October 12, 2009 07:55 AM
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Kaela said...

I would love either, but if I have to choose – I’d take the cupcake book – cupcakes are just a bit more rewarding for a stressed out vet student like me.

October 12, 2009 07:55 AM
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Ana said...

Hi! I’m not sure if I’m allowed to enter the giveaway – I’m from Portugal and I loooove all your recipes :D Plus, I’m addicted to cookies, all sorts of cookies… So, I’d very much like to win the Cookie book.. It doesn’t hurt to try, right?:) Thanks so much!

October 12, 2009 07:56 AM
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Greta said...

I’ve gotta go with cookies as we’re heading into Christmas season and I’m always on the lookout for new cookies to give as gifts.

October 12, 2009 07:57 AM
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Kathy said...

I just love coming to this site, such fun ideas.
I would love the Martha cookie cookbook, more great
ideas. Thanks

October 12, 2009 07:57 AM
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