Oh my goodness sweet teeth, it has been awhile!  I travelled to San Antonio for work last week and then my family was in town for the weekend and I have hardly even looked at a computer, which has been nice, but I miss you!  Just in time for spring, I have a sweet, fruity treat for you today!  I just couldn’t get enough of that Strawberry Buttercream that I shared with you a couple of weeks ago, so I had to find another way to incorporate it.  I bring you Strawberry Cookie Cups with Strawberry Buttercream.

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These Strawberry Cookie Cups just scream spring time.  Even if the weather won’t cooperate quite yet, the vibrant strawberry flavor that is incorporated into each component of this treat will get you excited for the days of farmers’ market and leisurely walks on those perfect summer nights.

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I used a mini muffin pan for the Strawberry Cookie Cups because I wanted them to be 2-bites of self-contained goodness.  They would also be adorable garnished with a slice of fresh strawberry.

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Strawberry Cookie Cups

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 40 cookies

Strawberry Cookie Cups with Strawberry Buttercream are the perfect sweet treat to celebrate spring's arrival

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup (12 Tbsp) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup strawberry jam
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Spray a mini muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, cream together butter and sugars until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  4. Mix in vanilla, egg and strawberry jam.
  5. Add remaining ingredients and mix until well incorporated.
  6. Scoop dough in to greased mini muffin pan filling each cavity 2/3 full with dough.
  7. Bake 12 minutes or until edges are golden brown and centers feel set.
  8. Cool completely before frosting with Strawberry Buttercream.
  9. *See below recipe box for link to Strawberry Buttercream frosting (make 1/2 of amount listed in recipe)

**CLICK HERE FOR THE RECIPE FOR THE STRAWBERRY BUTTERCREAM AND ONLY MAKE 1/2 THE RECIPE TO TOP THESE STRAWBERRY COOKIE CUPS

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Anytime I can incorporate my favorite dessert flavors into something for breakfast, I feel like I’ve won.  I eat yogurt for breakfast every single weekday and topping my yogurt with different items such as fruit and/or granola helps me never get sick of it.  One of my favorite flavor combinations is chocolate with coconut and when you add the almond that you get in an Almond Joy candy bar, I’m in heaven.  I bought a large container of rolled oats last week with this Almond Joy Granola in mind.

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Almond Joy Granola begins as any classic granola does with wholesome rolled oats.  Then I added sliced almonds, coconut flakes (you could use shredded coconut if you cannot find the flakes) and a combination of coconut oil and chocolate.  I tried to keep the added sugar to a minimum with just a bit of brown sugar and honey so you will not be overwhelmed with sweetness when you eat this granola.

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I also love customizable recipes, which desctibes this Almond Joy Granola exactly.  Don’t care for almonds?  Swap for peanuts, pecans or skip the nuts all together.  Not a fan of coconut?  Leave it out or substiture rice krispies or corn flakes.

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Another reason I love this Almond Joy Granola on my breakfast yogurt is that I am crazy for crunch.  Whether it is yogurt or ice cream, I always enjoy it more if there is something crunchy mixed in.

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Perhaps the most unique addition to my Almond Joy Granola is chia seeds.  Bob’s Red Mill was kind enough to send me some chia seeds because I have been intriqued by the new super seed that is all the rage these days.  While they do not alter or enhance the flavor of this granola at all, in the research I have done, I am excited about the idea that chia seeds are high in omega-3 fatty acids which are good for heart health and are also a good source of fiber, protein and calcium.  No you will not start sprouting green “fur” like the beloved chia pets, you may just feel more full and enjoy a pleasant extra crunch the this Almond Joy Granola!

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Almond Joy Granola

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 3.5 cups

1/4 cup

Almond Joy Granola will bring all of the flavors of the popular candy bar to your breakfast bowl!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 Tbsp, plus 1 tsp coconut oil (divided)
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/3 cup coconut flakes (or shredded coconut)
  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp honey

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Melt 1 Tbsp coconut oil in microwave until liquified.
  3. Spread rolled oats onto a rimmed baking sheet. Pour melted coconut oil over oats and toss to coat.
  4. Bake 20 minutes, tossing after 10 minutes.
  5. Add almonds and coconut and cook 10 minutes more.
  6. Add brown sugar and honey, toss to coat and cook 5 more minutes.
  7. In a small bowl, melt together chocolate chips and remaining tsp coconut oil in microwave in 30 second increments until smooth.
  8. Toss melted chocolate mixture with oat mixture and bake 5 minutes more.
  9. Cool completely. Store covered for up to 1 week.

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I promised you a review for the fun and festive book that was the recipe inspiration for The Best Strawberry Cupcakes that I shared with you earlier this week.

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Trophy Cupcakes & Parties is literally a party in a book.  Jennifer Shea is the mastermind behind Trophy Cupcakes & Parties which began as a cupcake and party shop that she and her husband opened in Seattle in 2007.  By 2008, Jennifer and her cupcakes and hit it big by landing on Martha Stewart who sang her praises.  Success has continued to come her way and Jennifer lives to “make every day a party”.

Trophy Cupcakes & Parties Book Review

Jennifer’s baking basics are using wholesome, high quality ingredients such as local hormone-free dairy products, French chocolate and Madagascar Bourbon vanilla.  She knows that the best ingredients result in the best, most delicious products.  Not only does Trophy Cupcakes & Parties offer cupcake recipes and decorating ideas, but it provides numerous ideas and inspiration for parties to celebrate many occasions.

Trophy Cupcakes & Parties

Trophy Cupcakes & Parties

The book is broken up into chapters with different party theme ideas and then followed by recipes for each of the cupcake and frosting flavors.

Trophy Cupcakes & Parties

Just like the 1st birthday party that I shared with you last week, I love when parties have a theme that carries through from invitation to food and decorations to guest parting gifts.  And this book will have you set with ideas and recipes for any soiree you are planning to throw.  Don’t worry, for those of you who feel overwhelmed by the very idea of beginning to organize all of the festivities that go into hosting a memorable event, Jennifer’s book even gives you a worksheet to help brainstorm all of your wonderful ideas.

Trophy Cupcakes & Parties

So whether it’s a baby shower or engagement party you are looking for inspiration for, having Trophy Cupcakes & Parties as part of your book collection will give you the head start that you need to make your party dreams a reality.

Trophy Cupcakes & Parties

*Sasquatch Books provided me with a review copy of Trophy Cupcakes & Parties but all opinions are, as always, my own.

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I took the week off last week to celebrate my birthday with friends and family.  My mom was here for a week which was so nice.  Also, I got to share my birthday week with my favorite baby friend.

Lydia’s mom and I have become good friends and it has been so much fun to watch Lydia grow over this past year.  I volunteered to make her birthday cake, cupcakes and pink ombre pancakes for her first birthday party and I love the way everything turned out.

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The party was gorgeous and baby Lydia was adorable in her party dress.

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The party was the second time I had made these cupcakes and let me tell you, they are the best Strawberry Cupcakes I have ever tasted!

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The cupcakes are loaded with strawberry goodness.  The cakes themselves have strawberry jam and chopped real strawberries and the buttercream frosting is also infused with strawberry jam.  Often strawberry cakes are made by using strawberry Jello mix or some other fake form of strawberry flavor, but the Best Strawberry Cupcakes get their fresh, sweet berry flavor from the real deal.  The jam I used was all natural and you could either use fresh or thawed frozen strawberries for the chopped berries that are mixed into the batter.

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Later this week, I will be sharing a review of the book that I adapted this fabulous recipe from, you won’t want to miss it!

The Best Strawberry Cupcakes

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 60 miniature cupcakes (24 regular-sized cupcakes)

The Best Strawberry Cupcakes: These cupcakes are bursting with real strawberry goodness

Ingredients

    For the strawberry cupcakes!
  • 1 cup (16 Tbsp) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup natural strawberry jam
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2/3 cup half-and-half
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 1 cup chopped strawberries
  • For the strawberry buttercream!
  • 4 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup natural strawberry jam
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Instructions

    For the strawberry cupcakes!
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line miniature (or regular-sized) cupcake pans with paper liners.
  2. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 1 minute.
  3. Add eggs and jam and mix well.
  4. Combine flours, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl and set aside.
  5. Combine milk, half-and-half and vanilla in a liquid measuring cup and set aside.
  6. Add 1/3 of the flour mixture to the butter mixture followed by 1/3 of the liquid mixture and mix. Repeat with half of remaining flour mixture followed by half of the remaining liquid mixture and mix. Repeat one more time with remaining flour and liquid mixtures and mix well to combine.
  7. Mix in chopped strawberries.
  8. Fill pans 2/3 full of batter and bake 14-16 minutes for miniature cupcakes (about 20 minutes for regular cupcakes) or until a toothpick inserted comes out with only a few moist crumbs.
  9. Cool completely before frosting.
  10. For the strawberry buttercream!
  11. Combine all ingredients and mix with an electric mixer until well-blended.
  12. Pipe onto cooled cupcakes and decorate as desired.
  13. Recipe adapted from Trophy Cupcakes and Parties

*Rose cake decoration inspired by i am baker

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