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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Andrea W said...

I would love the cookie book.

October 12, 2009 08:40 AM
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Danica said...

I would LOVE the cupcake book. I cant get enough of cupcakes! so simple, so pretty.. so..Easy!!!

By the way, snickerdoodles are my FAVORITE! I am gonna have to go try this. thanks for reducing these. I dont know what i would do with 4 dozen cookies and more than 12 cupcakes!

October 12, 2009 08:40 AM
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amy said...

cupcakes! been craving a cupcake for 3 days!!!!

October 12, 2009 08:40 AM
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Shanna said...

I LOVE Snickerdoodles- they only get made once a year around here for the holidays, but I’d LOVE to make different kinds of cookies- Cookie book!!!

October 12, 2009 08:40 AM
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amy said...

cupcakes!!!! been craving a cupcake for 3 days!!!!

October 12, 2009 08:42 AM
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Jen said...

Cookies or cupcakes? That is such a tough question. Either book would have a permanent place on my shelf and in my heart, but since I have to choose, the only way to be fair is go go alphabetically – cookies.

Love your blog!

October 12, 2009 08:42 AM
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Susan Bowes said...

Mmmmm… cookies please! :)

October 12, 2009 08:42 AM
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Melissa said...

Mmmm, cupcakes sound lovely, thanks! What a nice offer!

October 12, 2009 08:42 AM
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Houndymama said...

Cookies!

October 12, 2009 08:43 AM
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April Hunt said...

Wow! These look awesome, and I LOVE snickerdoodles. Since I’m more a cookie person, I’d like the Cookies recipe book, natch :). Thanks for all your great ideas, and the fab pictures. It’s making my mouth water…

October 12, 2009 08:44 AM
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Meg said...

Cupcakes! I have a cupcake swap in a few weeks and I’d LOVE some help!!

October 12, 2009 08:44 AM
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Jen said...

COOKIES, COOKIES, COOKIES!!!! As a long time cookie fanatic, I find cookies more fun to make, decorate, and of course eat, than cupcakes. Thanks!

October 12, 2009 08:44 AM
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Marly Coldiron said...

cookies! Yum…

October 12, 2009 08:44 AM
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Susan said...

Snickerdoodles are my families favorite! I’d love to have the cookie book. I love to make cookies and eat them too! Thanks for a great blog!!!

October 12, 2009 08:44 AM
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Amy said...

Cupcakes definitely! My little boy LOVES cupcakes!

October 12, 2009 08:44 AM
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Chrissy Farnan said...

Oooh – Cupcakes for sure. Thanks so offering such great giveaways.

~Chrissy

October 12, 2009 08:45 AM
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Amy said...

I would love the cookie book. Does it come with someone to make them all for me?

October 12, 2009 08:45 AM
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Kristen said...

I’d definitely go for the cookie cookbook! Makes my mouth water a little to see those pictures. =) Baking cookies is my relaxing getaway.

October 12, 2009 08:45 AM
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Camila said...

No debating…definitely cookies!

October 12, 2009 08:46 AM
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Sheila said...

The cookie book!!!
Love your website – it gets me drooling every time! And most importantly, inspires me to do more baking myself.

October 12, 2009 08:46 AM
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Cassandra P. said...

Cupcake cookbook, please!! :)

October 12, 2009 08:46 AM
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Suzie said...

I NEED the Cupcake book, please!!

October 12, 2009 08:47 AM
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Tabitha (From Single to Married) said...

Wow, tough choice! I’d have to say the cookie cookbook though. :)

October 12, 2009 08:47 AM
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Shirley Fyfe said...

Such a hard choice but I think I’d like the cookie one!

October 12, 2009 08:47 AM
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Ellen said...

Cupcakes! I bought that book as a gift for a friend (but flipped through it a few times myself)… so much deliciousness!

October 12, 2009 08:48 AM
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melanie said...

Would LOVE the cookie book:) Cookies are always so fun and will break me out of the chocolatete chip cookie rut:)

October 12, 2009 08:48 AM
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Lisa said...

They both look AWESOME!! However, I think I’m more of a cookie girl. :o)

October 12, 2009 08:49 AM
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Stefanie Summerer said...

Since I already have the cookie book, I’d love the cupcake book. Your cookie cupcakes are seriously cute and look delicious!

October 12, 2009 08:49 AM
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Brandi said...

Oh, I am not picky. I would LOVE either of them! I absolutely love to bake, and I LOVE your website! Thanks for such an awesome giveaway. :)

October 12, 2009 08:50 AM
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jenny said...

though i do love cupcakes, i’m much more inclined to bake cookies. you can eat 3 or 4 and not feel ridiculous. yay for cookies! =)

October 12, 2009 08:50 AM
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Morgan said...

I’m a sucker for cupcakes!

October 12, 2009 08:50 AM
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Stephanie D. said...

This is tough….but I think I’ll go with cupcakes

October 12, 2009 08:51 AM
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Brittany said...

I’d love the cupcake book! I’ve been eyeing it for a while now…

October 12, 2009 08:51 AM
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leeanne said...

Oh I do so hope I win the cookie book -cookies win hands down!

October 12, 2009 08:51 AM
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Heather Hawkins said...

I would like the Cupcakes book as I already have the Cookies book. ;)

October 12, 2009 08:52 AM
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Terry said...

Either would be fun to have, but I think I’d go for the cookie cookbook. Thanks!

October 12, 2009 08:53 AM
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Rebekah M said...

I want the cookie cookbook! I am always trying to think of fun dessert recipes for when we host small group or have football parties!!

October 12, 2009 08:54 AM
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Cara Lynn said...

Oh wow. I am the worst decision maker…you’d think I was making one of the toughest decisions in the history of man…I’ll go with cookies *eyes closed as i press the button*

October 12, 2009 08:54 AM
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Carly said...

Well u already have the cupcake book so it has to be the cookie book!

October 12, 2009 08:54 AM
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Cheryl said...

I would love the cookie cookbook! And more Bakerella :) I mean I still have a list a mile long of things to try, but it never hurts to make that list longer!

October 12, 2009 08:54 AM
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Jodi Turner said...

Cupcakes please!

October 12, 2009 08:55 AM
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Lizabeth said...

Cupcakes! I have a huge weakness for cupcakes. I’m sure my family wouldn’t mind trying out some new recipes for me.

October 12, 2009 08:55 AM
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Alison Shoepe said...

These look amazing!! Would love to have the “Cookie” book if I win :)

October 12, 2009 08:55 AM
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Mommy2Punk said...

Cupcakes. Definitely Cupcakes. :)

October 12, 2009 08:56 AM
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Kat said...

I am a cookie gal so would love to win the cookie book. I have a gazillion recipes, but you really cannot have too many cookie recipes. Great job on the combo snickerdoodles. I have my Mom’s recipe to try which is on the “to bake” list! Love your website :)

October 12, 2009 08:56 AM
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Sara Koeller said...

Oooh…I want the cupcake book! We make cupcakes all the time at our house for our childcare center and for school and would love some new & exciting ideas!

October 12, 2009 08:56 AM
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Beverly said...

Oh I love them both but I think I’ll take the cupcakes. There’s always an occasion for them. The snickerdoodles cupcakes look delicious. I’ll have to try them.

October 12, 2009 08:57 AM
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Carolin said...

I would love that cookie cookbook!
Never really cared for cupcakes.. there’s too much of everything on/in them.

October 12, 2009 08:57 AM
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Heather Bird said...

Oh wow, wouldn’t that cookies book be awesome?! Yep, thats definitely the one I’d pick! I mean really, who can resist a good, chewy cookie?

heather(dot)bird(at)hotmail(dot)com

October 12, 2009 08:57 AM
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Siew Chin said...

I would love to have both! What a difficult choice……………

Will choose the cupcake book since have to make a choice. I am in a cupcake baking craze now :)

Thanks!

October 12, 2009 08:58 AM
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Eva said...

Cupcakes, for sure!

October 12, 2009 08:58 AM
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JESSICA SNEED said...

I would love the cupcake book!! It all looks so delish!

October 12, 2009 08:58 AM
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Lisa said...

cookies . . . . cookies . . . cookies . . . COOOOOOOOOOOOOKIES!!!!!!!!!!!!

October 12, 2009 08:59 AM
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Melissa Deming said...

oh i think the cupcake book!!!! thanks for the chance!

October 12, 2009 08:59 AM
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Susan Doherty said...

Cake as the traditional family gathering dessert in my husbands’ family could morph into a “mini cake” tradition with a cupcake book. Cupcake Book = Happy Husband:)

October 12, 2009 08:59 AM
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Molly said...

Cupcake book…the possibilities for cuteness are so much higher!!!

October 12, 2009 09:00 AM
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Jade said...

why cupcakes of course!!

October 12, 2009 09:00 AM
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Kate Danko said...

I own the cupcake book and LOVE LOVE LOVE it. I take a lot of those recipes and turn them into full cakes. I just looked through the cookie book for the first time last week at a friend’s house and have to add it to my collection.

Cookie book it is!

Thanks

October 12, 2009 09:01 AM
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kate t said...

cookies, baby! mmmmm!

October 12, 2009 09:01 AM
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Leslie said...

I would love the cookie book.

October 12, 2009 09:02 AM
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Joanna said...

I love how you put these two ideas together! So creative and adorable!
I would love the cookie book, although it’s a really tough choice! I have a few great cupcake books, and have poured through both of these at my local book shop.

October 12, 2009 09:03 AM
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Tina said...

I love the pictures in the cupcake book, but I would probably be more likely to make the cookies. I (heart) Snickerdoodles!

October 12, 2009 09:04 AM
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Mary said...

Cupcakes for sure!

October 12, 2009 09:04 AM
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Ana said...

Wow beautiful….:)
Cupcakes….I loove cupcakes….:)

October 12, 2009 09:05 AM
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Johanna Troupe said...

I was just in Barnes and Noble the other day swooning over the cupcake book. Yes, please!

October 12, 2009 09:05 AM
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Starbucks5721 said...

I would LOVE the cupcake book! It’s been on my Amazon wishlist for ages!! All my friends keep telling me I need to go into business, I make so many cupcakes all the time for fun, but I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to try out more of Martha’s :D

October 12, 2009 09:05 AM
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Robin H said...

Tough choice, but I would have to say the cupcake!

October 12, 2009 09:06 AM
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Sarah said...

Wow you are amazing. I love all of your ideas. I am on a mission to starting baking everything you bake. You rock. I think I would rather the cookie book, cookies are easier for gifting. Thanks!

October 12, 2009 09:06 AM
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Julie said...

I’m a cookie gal :o)

October 12, 2009 09:06 AM
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Melissa said...

Cupcakes! I’ve been on a cupcake kick lately. Thanks for hosting this great giveaway!!!

October 12, 2009 09:07 AM
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tavia said...

Cupcakes!

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

Cookies. ALWAYS cookies. :)

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

the cookie book, please!

October 12, 2009 09:08 AM
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tricia arsis said...

I think these double treats are adorable. My first love is cookies though, so I would love to enter for the cookie book!

October 12, 2009 09:09 AM
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Hannah said...

Definitely the cupcake book! LOVE!

October 12, 2009 09:10 AM
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Taylor said...

I would love the cupcake cookbook. My sister and I just started a cooking blog, this would really help us for some great ideas!!!

October 12, 2009 09:10 AM
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Sherri said...

I would love the cookie cookbook :)

October 12, 2009 09:11 AM
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Kelly said...

I know either one will be full of great recipes. Eennee, meenee, mienee, moe……….Cookies!

October 12, 2009 09:12 AM
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Christy Speer said...

Wow, what a hard choice to make, they look like great books.
I guess that I would have to go with the Cupcake book!
Thanks for the opportunity to win! You ROCK!

October 12, 2009 09:12 AM
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Tina K said...

Oh my goh, I’m on vacation, and I’m trying to figure out if I can overtake my mother-in-laws kitchen to make these!! My Nana used to make snickerdoodles and I have had them since she passed away!

I have lots of cookies recipe books, I would enjoy the cupcake book I think.

Thank you for another amazing idea!

October 12, 2009 09:12 AM
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Marianne said...

I found and subscribed to your blog a while back and since then, you have inspired me to do a lot of baking (which my family is very appreciative of). I would love the cupcake cookbook!

October 12, 2009 09:13 AM
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Jordie said...

Definitely the cookie book for some great ideas for the holiday season!!

October 12, 2009 09:13 AM
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Carrie Higby said...

I have had the cookie one on my amazon wish list FOREVER!!!! I hope I win for a change ;o)

October 12, 2009 09:13 AM
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amber said...

Oh my god, they’re adorable. As much as I like cupcakes, I think I’d want the cookie book. Basically, I want to be like you!

October 12, 2009 09:14 AM
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Kelly said...

I love cookies and cupcakes but would rather have the cookie cookbook! YUM!

October 12, 2009 09:14 AM
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Sarrem said...

I would love the cookie book!! I absolutely love cookbooks!!

October 12, 2009 09:14 AM
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Tina said...

Aw man, both books are terribly tempting! I think the cookie one would win out in our house though.

October 12, 2009 09:14 AM
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Kate D. said...

Oh, Cookies! Definitely cookies. Definitely.

October 12, 2009 09:14 AM
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Danielle said...

They both look fabulous but I would like the cupcakes.

October 12, 2009 09:14 AM
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K said...

I am obsessed with the MS Cupcake book already, I would really really love to have the Cookie book to add to my collection!

October 12, 2009 09:15 AM
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Nicole G. said...

Hmm, that is a tough choice, think I am going to have to go with Cupcakes, though Cookies is a VERY close second!

October 12, 2009 09:15 AM
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Heather said...

I pick cupcakes! I already have cookies books, but only one cupcake book. I LOVE your website! Thanks for all the great ideas! You’re a genius!

October 12, 2009 09:15 AM
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Brandy said...

Since choosing both is not an option, I would choose the cupcakes book.

October 12, 2009 09:15 AM
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Lynn L said...

I love to make both, but am leaning towards the cookie book. It will come in handy for the holidays. Thanks!!!

October 12, 2009 09:15 AM
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Wing said...

I love the cupcake book and have been baking a different kinds every week, I would love to try the cookies!

October 12, 2009 09:15 AM
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Kate said...

I would love the Cookie cookbook!

October 12, 2009 09:16 AM
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Shannon said...

I would LOVE to win the cupcake book! I love all of your blog’s! Such inspiration! Thanks so much!

October 12, 2009 09:16 AM
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Joya said...

Oh my! I haven’t made snickerdoodles since Home Ec. Class in middle school. So I am saying cookies!

But then again, I want to try the cupcakes…. choices, choices!

Nah, I’ll go with my gut reaction. Cookies!!!

October 12, 2009 09:16 AM
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Katie said...

Those are totally beautiful!

I would love to win the cookie book! Thanks so much for the opportunity!

And keep up the inspiring work!!!!!!!

October 12, 2009 09:16 AM
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Heather said...

oo..what a difficult choice! I love your combination of both! I would choose the cookie book though!

October 12, 2009 09:16 AM
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