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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amanda smith said...

I would definitely pick the cupcake book – I can almost taste them now!

October 12, 2009 07:58 AM
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Kelly said...

I would love the cupcake cookbook! :)

October 12, 2009 07:58 AM
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Mary Duffek said...

Ok…..it is soooo not easy to choose…LOL! Your cupcakes and cookies look amazing!!! If I had to choose, I’ll pick…….CUPCAKES.
Thank you for sharing and please pick me! Blessings

October 12, 2009 07:59 AM
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Heather said...

Either book would definitely be a treat, but I think I’d have to start with the Cookie book!

October 12, 2009 07:59 AM
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Christina said...

Cupcakes, please! How incredibly generous!

Thank you!

October 12, 2009 07:59 AM
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Diana said...

I LOVE YOUR BLOG! I just had to say. And although I’d love either book, if I had to choose, I guess I’d go with the cupcake one.

October 12, 2009 07:59 AM
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karen.jersey said...

Cookie book, please!

October 12, 2009 08:00 AM
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Freckles said...

I love cookie book :-)

October 12, 2009 08:00 AM
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M Leow said...

can’t decide between cookie and cupcakes as well, but i guess cookies! as they are easier to pop into mouth!

October 12, 2009 08:01 AM
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Christina said...

I would love the cookie book:)

October 12, 2009 08:01 AM
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elizabeth in ma said...

cookies!

October 12, 2009 08:02 AM
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Eileen said...

These are great! I would love to add the cookie book to my collection. You should try the blackberry cornmeal cupcakes in the cupcake book – they are mighty tasty!

October 12, 2009 08:02 AM
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Melissa Thomas said...

I would love to have the cupcake book. I have an 8 year old daughter who loves anything cupcake. We would have such a great time in the kitchen.

October 12, 2009 08:02 AM
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Christi said...

I would love to have the cupcake cookbook….you make them look so delicious!

October 12, 2009 08:03 AM
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Anonymous said...

I think the cookies have my heart…but cupcakes are so delightful, too. Cookies, but only by the slimmest margin.

October 12, 2009 08:03 AM
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Carolyn said...

Cookies, definitely cookies! Yum!

October 12, 2009 08:03 AM
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Alicia V said...

You just can’t go wrong with cupcakes these days. I choose cupcakes!

October 12, 2009 08:03 AM
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Megan LaBelle said...

LOVE your cookie cupcakes!! It’s really hard to choose, but I think I would go for the cookie book. :)

October 12, 2009 08:05 AM
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Marsha said...

I would love to have Martha’s cupcake book! BTW, my daughter and I love to cook and bake together. She lives two hours away so it’s always fun when we get together and have time to bake. Two weekends ago we made your pumpkin pielets and they were a big hit at a fall weiner roast! We provided whipped cream in a can and it was so funny to see people enjoying the pielets and getting whipped cream on their noses! We’ve made lots of your ideas and love every one! Thank you so much!

October 12, 2009 08:05 AM
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sami said...

Omg I would love the cupcake book, my daughters are addicted to cupcakes!!!

thanks!

October 12, 2009 08:06 AM
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Madeleine said...

This question is eaaaaaaaaaasy! Cupcakes all the way! I would love that book!

madeleine dot lux at gmail

October 12, 2009 08:06 AM
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alvina said...

Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes!!!!!!! Torn in between both but I love cupcakes more! =D

October 12, 2009 08:06 AM
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Angela said...

I would LOVE to win the cookie book. Although cupcakes are great too, and I wouldn’t turn that down.

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

I would love the cookie book…

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

do the tops of the cupcakes come out all cinnonmon/sugary like the cookies do?

and i am so drooling over my keyboard now, thanks for the morning pick-me-up!

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

I’d love to win a cupcake cookbook!

October 12, 2009 08:08 AM
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Mihaela Froehlich said...

Definitely cookies!

October 12, 2009 08:09 AM
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Nancy said...

COOKIES! I’ll make Martha’s cookies and use YOUR recipes for cakes and cakeballs, Bakerella! I made oreo truffles and red velvet cake parties for my brother’s 40th birthday party and I was one popular lady!!! Love those pedestals too! They can do double duty as candle holders!!

October 12, 2009 08:09 AM
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Michelle said...

The cupcake cookbook would be so cool. I love your website. I am so addicted to the cake bites. Just think of the endless cake mixes and frostings and decorations. The way you take the pictures just makes me jealous. I wish I had more time to play around like you! You ROCK!

October 12, 2009 08:09 AM
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OTT CAKES CARLA said...

Again your site is a insparation and im taking SA by storm with your ideas …. since cupcakes are my business the cupcake book it is then …. Love the site BTW ill be making 12 TOP HAT Cake Pop centre peices( thats 64 cake pops)
this weekend for a 21st birthday party so please hold thumbs for me and not to mention the spongebob cupcakes and the omitrix order LHM

Love the site
CARLA

October 12, 2009 08:10 AM
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lambeez.com said...

wow! those are amazing!
I would be happy to get either one of them – both look grat to me…

October 12, 2009 08:10 AM
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Sid said...

Since I saw the Martha Stewart Cupcake book on air, i’ve wanted one – and I was waiting for the holidays to get my hands on a good sale at the book store – but this would be great!
I love your photos and blog!!!

October 12, 2009 08:10 AM
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Tatyana said...

these look so DELICIOUS. i love your blog/photography/baking. I would love to own a cookie book so my 4 year old and I could get more creative )

October 12, 2009 08:10 AM
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Flavia Andrada said...

I’m soooo in love with cupcakes. I need this book to improve my baking skills!

October 12, 2009 08:11 AM
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Veronica said...

Definitely the cupcake book!

October 12, 2009 08:12 AM
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Marianne Ogg said...

I love the cookie book! And I love cookies even more! My nickname in high school basketball was Cookie, for obvious reasons. =-)

October 12, 2009 08:12 AM
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Sandy said...

Those are adorable! Snickerdoodles are my favorite cookie after chipless chocolate chip cookies. (I’m just weird like that.)

I would love the cookie cookbook. I personally prefer cupcakes, but cookies are much easier to gift and to travel with. Plus, the cookie monsters in my house would be thrilled.

October 12, 2009 08:12 AM
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Genevieve Cremaldi said...

I would have to go with the cupcakes! Hands down!

October 12, 2009 08:13 AM
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April said...

I would LOVE the cookie cookbook!!!

October 12, 2009 08:14 AM
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Monette said...

I would love to have the cookie book!

October 12, 2009 08:15 AM
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Valerie said...

both are great, but I would go with cupcakes!

October 12, 2009 08:16 AM
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Angie said...

COOOOOKKKIEEEESSSS! Cookies cookies, me want cookies! I love cookies! Cupcakes are ok, but cookies…yep that’s the one I would love to have!!! Thanks bakerella, you are a doll!

October 12, 2009 08:16 AM
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Cara said...

I would love the cookie book! Those cup cakes look delicious!

October 12, 2009 08:16 AM
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Kris said...

Very yummy looking post! I would like the cupcake book because I have been totally into cupcakes lately and I already have a bunch of cookie cookbooks (although I’m not sure there is such a thing as enough cookbooks).

October 12, 2009 08:16 AM
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suzanne said...

I think you are every bit as good if not better than Martha! As long as this web site is here i am good!

October 12, 2009 08:16 AM
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Debie said...

I would LOVE to have the cookie book!!!

October 12, 2009 08:16 AM
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tonilea said...

WOWEE do those ever look yummy! I have made Snickerdoodles since I was a child. My dad thought the name was wonderful so he tried it one day and we all loved them so he gave me the job of making them from then on. LOL Would love to win the cookie cookbook. I LOVE your recipes and blog.

October 12, 2009 08:16 AM
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Laurie said...

I would LOVE the cookie book!!!! And I am ordering some of those cupcake pedestals. . . .too cute!

October 12, 2009 08:16 AM
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Maggie said...

I have Martha’s Cookie cookbook and LOVE it! I haven’t made the Snickerdoodles yet, but it would only be fitting if I had the Cupcake book to match! Thanks and I love your site!

October 12, 2009 08:17 AM
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kim3timemom said...

Oh I’d love to win the cupcake book..how fun :)

October 12, 2009 08:18 AM
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Amy said...

What a great cookie/cupcake combination–I bet your kitchen smelled wonderful with the combination of cinnamon and sugar baking. Yumm-o

I really want the cupcake book!!!

October 12, 2009 08:18 AM
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Casey said...

I would love the cupcake book!!

October 12, 2009 08:19 AM
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Liz@HoosierHomemade said...

I’m a Cupcake girl myself! Thanks for the giveaway!
~Liz

October 12, 2009 08:19 AM
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Becky T. said...

What a cool idea!!!

Cupcake book!

beck underscore t 78 at yahoo.com

October 12, 2009 08:19 AM
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Amy L said...

I’d love to win Martha Stewart’s Cookies!

October 12, 2009 08:21 AM
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Dawn H. said...

What a hard choice. But since I have to choose it would be the cookie cookbook.

October 12, 2009 08:21 AM
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Lisa said...

I would love the cookie book!

October 12, 2009 08:22 AM
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Yael said...

Hmmm, cookies, cupcakes…cupcakes, cookies… I think I’ll go with the cupcakes.

October 12, 2009 08:22 AM
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Nes said...

Great Combo! So Cute!

October 12, 2009 08:23 AM
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Suzanne said...

I would definitely choose the cookie cookbook because my three year old triplets are cookie freaks because the only thing they eat on a cupcake right now is the frosting.

October 12, 2009 08:23 AM
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Sarah G. said...

I would choose the cookie book, but they both look so good! What yummy pictures – now I’m craving snickerdoodles. :)

October 12, 2009 08:23 AM
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Candy Harris said...

Omgs…. Cookies or Cupcakes, GAH! Ok I decided that I can’t decide… so we will let my 4 yr old do it… yeah she is having a tough time as well. Tick, tock….. .*buzzer* Cookies! Ok yes, we would love the cookie book! Those snickerdoodle duos would be delish with chocolate frosting!! *** DROOL***

Hugs,
Candy and Razel
IL.
moonstarsoulfire@gmail.com

October 12, 2009 08:24 AM
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Kim B said...

Snickerdoodles!!! My all time favorite cookie! And to know there is a cupcake recipe for them, too…. I think I’d still reach for the cookie book every time! This recipe I’ll be trying very soon, Bakerella!!!

October 12, 2009 08:24 AM
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nikki said...

The cupcake book. I agree with you on the 7 min. frosting. I found it didn’t hold up well or it could’ve been my frosting making skills. You are so talented.
nikkib74@comcast.net

October 12, 2009 08:24 AM
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Kristi said...

I would definitely love another cookie cookbook! :)

October 12, 2009 08:25 AM
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Monica said...

I’m a cookie FREAK!! Cookie cookboor would be my choice. :)

October 12, 2009 08:25 AM
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Tammie Tornow said...

I would love the cookie book! You make it look all to easy to make awesome desserts. Keep up the great work you inspire lots of us to try new things. Thank You!!

October 12, 2009 08:25 AM
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ELLIE said...

Which one? Hmmmmm How about the cookie book.
Thanks, and by the way I love your new site.

October 12, 2009 08:26 AM
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Robin said...

Oh man, tough choice! I think I’d go with the cookie book. I bet they are both awesome!

October 12, 2009 08:26 AM
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DRK said...

Ooooh, I would definitely have to say the cupcake book… I love cupcakes. Seriously, what’s not to love? All the fun and deliciousness of cake, minus all the hassle of cutting? Sign me up!

October 12, 2009 08:26 AM
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Zeina said...

CUPCAKE BOOK!!!

October 12, 2009 08:26 AM
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Amy A said...

I would probably go for the cookie book. I love cupcakes, too, but don’t make them very often. Cookies are just the ultimate finger-food sweet!

October 12, 2009 08:27 AM
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Teresa said...

I would rather have the cookie book, bc I already have the Cupcake book. And, I love it. So, I can only imagine that I would Love the cookie one, too.

October 12, 2009 08:28 AM
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Allie K said...

Cupcakes, mmmm, yummy cupcakes!

October 12, 2009 08:28 AM
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Liesel said...

Ooh, hard choice. I’m going to go with cookies. Christmas is coming up so it’s time to be making sweets!

October 12, 2009 08:28 AM
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stasi said...

C is for Cookie that’s good enough for me….OOH Cookie cookie cookie starts with C!

October 12, 2009 08:28 AM
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Susan S. said...

Ooooh! Tough choice! I’d probably go with the cookie book. We are a bit less of a cake family (only a tiny bit!, but still…)

October 12, 2009 08:28 AM
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Ashlee said...

Ohhh I really want the Cookie one!!!

October 12, 2009 08:29 AM
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LaQuita said...

OMG…I came just in time. Thank goodness. I’ve been away for the weekend and came online this morning to get the recipe for your pumpkin bites because I’m making those today and a new post was made. This is so hard to decide because I love them both, cookies and cupcakes. How do you choose.

But I’ve been on this cupcake kick lately, so I guess that’s what I’d choose, CUPCAKE book.

=)

October 12, 2009 08:29 AM
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Alicia said...

I LOVE cake, so I would like to have the cupcake book. I am 7 months pregnant and was just diagnosed with gestational diabetes, so visiting your website makes my mouth water. I can’t wait until I get to hold my new baby girl and eat cupcakes !!!

October 12, 2009 08:30 AM
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Heather B said...

Ooh fun. As much as I love cupcakes, I’ll have to go with the cookie book if I were to be so lucky. Since cookies “usually” take less work to assemble, I’d be sure to make more of them.

October 12, 2009 08:30 AM
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Lisbet said...

Ah, I want the cookie cookbook! It looks so great…

October 12, 2009 08:31 AM
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Christie said...

Such a hard decision. The cupcake book gets my vote though. My soon to be 3 yr old daughter loves to help me bake and especially loves to like the bowls of icing!!

October 12, 2009 08:32 AM
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Kerry said...

I think I’m a cookies girl! I love cupcakes too, but given the choice I’ll usually make cookies.

Except snickerdoodles…definitely not a fan of those. :)

October 12, 2009 08:32 AM
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Cathy said...

Cookies, please.

October 12, 2009 08:32 AM
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Teresa said...

Oh yummy. I am looking at the chocolate cookie with something white on it and then covered in a choc ganache, it doesn”t sound any better. I want to win one.

October 12, 2009 08:33 AM
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Alissa Ptacek said...

I heart the little stands! I may need to get some of those.

The cupcake book would be an awesome addition to my collection (it’s on my amazon wish list) :)

October 12, 2009 08:33 AM
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Christine Stapf said...

Your cookie cupcakes look delicious! I would definitely LOVE the cookie cookbook. Love to make cookies :)

October 12, 2009 08:33 AM
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Martha Brogdon said...

Ooohhh!!! The cookie book would be the choice for me… but the cupcake one sure looks tempting. :)

October 12, 2009 08:33 AM
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Julie H said...

I would LOVE the cupcake book. I just starting baking last year and recently moved from cake to cupcakes. I love your all your ideas. I just tried the mini pumpkin pies….they were the hit of the party! The cupcake books would be Fabulous!

October 12, 2009 08:33 AM
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Maria said...

omg. They look awesome. I bet they taste even better.
I’d take either book.

October 12, 2009 08:34 AM
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KAREN said...

I would really like the cookie book my husband is in the army so i am always making stuff for his friends and for their picnics. I am also a teacher at a mothers day out at my church and i know the kids would love new things :)

October 12, 2009 08:35 AM
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Anne said...

Cookies! They’re faster :-)

October 12, 2009 08:35 AM
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Emily said...

Cookies!

October 12, 2009 08:37 AM
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Terri A. said...

I really want both, but I think I’d want the cupcake book first.

October 12, 2009 08:37 AM
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LauraG said...

Cookies. Definitely cookies. yumm.

October 12, 2009 08:38 AM
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Meredith said...

Ohhh, hard choice! I think my sister has the cookie book, so I want the cupcake book!

October 12, 2009 08:38 AM
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Amy said...

Cupcakes for sure. These look SO yummy.

October 12, 2009 08:38 AM
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Jaclyn said...

Tough choice, but I’d have to go cupcakes. I’ve been making and decorating the same old cupcakes for far too long!

October 12, 2009 08:39 AM
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Beth said...

You are a GENIUS!!!!!!! I already have Martha Stewarts Cupcakes-I am working my way through it making a different cupcake every Saturday! Great for the soul-not so sure about the waistband! So I would LOVE to win the Cookies book!!!! Thanks Bakerella!

October 12, 2009 08:39 AM
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