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Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes

I’ve always wanted a good homemade funfetti recipe. Every time I try one that I find online, I am disappointed. Boxed funfetti is perfection, but cupcakes are appreciated more (especially for a party!) when they’re made from scratch.

This time I decided to start with a well-known blogger’s “best ever” recipe and adapt as I needed to in order to make funfetti. Problem is, I still wanted it to be easy and able to make with basic ingredients. Ain’t nobody got time for fancy ingredients or steps.

I ended up going with Glory’s Perfect Vanilla Cupcakes from her blog Glorious Treats. Quick word about Glory – she actually lives within 15-20 minutes of me in a neighboring city! I’ve never met her, but I think she’s fabulous and I hope to someday. 🙂

**Some of the ingredients below have an “or” in parenthesis. Use whichever ingredient(s) you have on hand!**

Homemade Funfetti Cupcakesrecipe adapted from Glorious Treats

Ingredients:

1 cup + 1 tbsp + 1 1/2 tsp flour  (or 1 1/4 cups cake flour and NO cornstarch)

2 tbsp + 1 1/2 tsp cornstarch

1 1/4 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup milk  (or 1/2 cup buttermilk and skip the vinegar/lemon juice)

1/2 tsp white vinegar (or lemon juice)

2 eggs

3/4 cup sugar

1 tsp almond extract

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup oil

1/4 cup sprinkles (jimmies work best)

Directions:

1. Whisk together flour and cornstarch. Add baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

2. Combine the milk and vinegar and set aside.

3. Beat eggs 10-20 seconds, then slowly add sugar and beat. Once full combined, beat in extracts and oil.

4. Slowly add half the flour mixture with the mixer on low. Then add half the milk and combine well. Slowly add the other half of the flour mixture, then the other half of the milk.

5. Turn off mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl. Stir in the sprinkles by hand.

6. Carefully pour mixture into a lined cupcake pan, filling each liner about 2/3 the way. Do not overfill!

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7. Bake at 350* for 15-18 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

8. Let cool in pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to cooling rack to cool completely.

This recipe makes about 15 cupcakes.

I topped mine with my Easy Buttercream.

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Cowgirl Cookies

These cookies were made for a very good friend of mine. We’ve known each other since 1st or 2nd grade. A couple years ago I “introduced” her to a coworker of mine, and they are set to be married in September!

(I’m hoping I can make it to the wedding, it’s 4 days before my due date! Either this baby needs to come pretty early or on time or late for me to be able to make it. Luckily it’s in town so even if I’m still carrying baby I should be able to make it!)

Anyway, these cookies were for her cowgirl themed bridal shower. The wedding colors are orange and deep royal purple.

Here is a pic of the invitation:

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I liked the brown, so I decided to go with that for my accent color on the boots.

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There are three kinds of flowers going to be used for the wedding: orange gerbera daisies, orange roses, and (my favorite!) tiger lilies. Unfortunately I don’t have a cutter for a tiger lily, and my only rose cutter included a stem and leaf and I didn’t want to have to mix green as well… so I went with the ever easy, ever stunning gerbera daisy.

Instead of outlining the whole flower ahead of time and filling each section individually, I decided to do the whole thing, then add the outlines afterward. I did every other petal, then came back and added the remaining petals. I used a boo boo stick (a toothpick would work) to smooth together the touching petals, then added the yellow center at the end.

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I love how simple and fun these turned out to be!

For the party I also made cupcakes. The bride requested chocolate and funfetti cupcakes. I frosting the chocolate cupcakes (recipe here) with bright orange roses.

20130724-105620.jpg The funfetti cupcakes were frosted in a bright purple swirl. I used a brand-new homemade recipe, which will be in the next post!

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Funfetti Cookie Dough Truffles

I guess it turned out to be funfetti week. 🙂

I have made Cookie Dough Truffles once before, here. Instead of chocolate chip cookie dough, this time I went with funfetti.

This idea is really not new. You might have seen this on Pinterest. Something similar was also done by Hayley. And a slightly different recipe can be found here by Shugary Sweets.

Since all the recipes are slightly different, and I just recently made funfetti cookies, I decided to adapt my own recipe to be “egg free” aka pregnant lady friendly.

Speaking of pregnant lady, have you seen my new sidebar pic?! I’m going to try to keep it updated as I go now so you can all see whyyyy I am not posting very often.

Anyway, back to these cookie dough truffles.

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Funfetti Cookie Dough Truffles

Ingredients:

1 1/2 sticks salted butter (3/4 cup)

1 cup sugar

6 tbsp milk

2 tsp vanilla

1 tsp baking powder

scant 1/2 tsp salt

2 cups flour

1 cup dry funfetti cake mix

4 tbsp any kind of sprinkles

Directions:

1. Beat together butter and sugar. Add milk and vanilla, scraping beater as needed.

2. Add baking powder and salt, then slowly add flour then funfetti mix.

3. Add more sprinkles. I used a few different random packets of Karen’s Cookies sprinkles. I had been saving them up and this was the perfect opportunity to utilize them!

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4. Line a cookie sheet with wax paper. Roll dough into tablespoon sized balls and lay on cookie sheet. Freeze until firm.

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5. Melt candy melts in microwave. Using a fork, dip the balls into the candy and tap off any excess.

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Return to the cookie sheet and sprinkle the top with more sprinkles.

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6. Store in refrigerator.

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My brother would absolutely LOVE these!!

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Funfetti Oreo Surprise Cookies

My brother is away in the military. He’s been gone for almost 5 months now, and I am missing him like crazy! Before he left he lived with me. We are very close! My parents went to visit him, so I had to bake him up something yummy to send with them since I couldn’t go along.

I had a hard time coming up with something. Not because he’s picky (he loves anything with sugar in it), but because it had to travel well. They weren’t flying, so it didn’t need to be packed up necessarily, but it couldn’t be something that had to be refrigerated, or something that could melt (and when it’s 110 degrees here that’s nearly everything). Also, he’s not that into sugar cookies so I didn’t want to go there.

Somehow I arrived at the idea for these cookies, and I knew he would love them!

Funfetti Oreo Surprise Cookies makes about 20 large cookies

Ingredients:

1 1/2 sticks salted butter (3/4 cup)

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

2 tsp vanilla

1 tsp baking powder

scant 1/2 tsp salt

2 cups + 2 tbsp flour

1 cup dry funfetti cake mix

1/4 cup jimmies (the long sprinkles)

1 pack regular (aka Double Stuf) oreos

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Directions:

1. Cream together butter and sugar. (I like to cut my butter up into chunks first so that I don’t have to wait for it to come to room temperature.)

2. Add eggs and vanilla and beat to combine. Scrape bowl if necessary.

3. Keeping mixer on low speed, add salt and baking powder. Slowly add flour then dry funfetti cake mix.

4. I kneaded my extra sprinkles in by hand, but I guess you can do it with the mixer. It might just chop them up a bit instead of leaving large sprinkle pieces.

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5. Grab about a 2 tbsp size ball of the dough. Flatten it in your palm, then place an oreo in the center. Shape the dough around the oreo, making sure to cover it completely. It helped to kind of roll it around in my hand to smooth it out and to make sure it was totally covered.

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6. Space about 2″ apart on baking sheet, and bake for 15-20 minutes at 350* or until edges start to turn golden. Cookies will be super puffed up, but will flatten a little as they cool. Wait 5-10 minutes to move them to a cooling rack so they can set up.

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He loved them. 🙂

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Next time, I’m going to try to find those little mini oreos so I can make mini versions!

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Slutty Brownies

Don’t let the name fool you – these brownies are a very good thing.

I don’t know where the name came from, but it’s a real thing so I figured it made more sense to leave it be. Especially when they’re this good.

Let’s get right to it, shall we?

Just a quick note – There are multiple layers to these, so I listed some of the same ingredients twice. They’re listed in the order that you need them. Don’t be scared by the long list, these are easy! I put a line between each layer to help break it up.

Slutty Browniesadapted from this recipe

Ingredients:

1 1/2 sticks butter (3/4 cup), melted & slightly cooled

1 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup sugar

1 egg + 1 egg yolk

2 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

2 cups + 2 tbsp flour

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

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1 ENTIRE pack of regular (aka Double Stuf) oreos – seriously don’t even eat one or two, you will be short!)

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1 cup vegetable oil

2 cup sugar

2 tsp vanilla

4 eggs

1 cup flour

2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

Directions:

1. First layer is chocolate chip cookie. Mix together melted butter, brown sugar, and white sugar. Add the egg and egg yolk, and the vanilla, scraping the bowl if necessary. Mix in baking soda and salt, then slowly add the flour. Mix in the chocolate chips by hand.

2. Spray a 13×9″ pan with non-stick cooking spray. Press the cookie dough into the bottom of the pan. (My honey helped me.)

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3. Press the oreos into the chocolate chip cookie dough. You might have to spread them out a little to make sure there is oreo across the whole surface. Might even have to break some in half to reach the bottom.

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4. Time to make the brownie batter! Mix together the oil and sugar. Add vanilla and eggs. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour and cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Slowly add to wet mixture.

5. Carefully pour batter over oreos, making sure to cover them completely. Use a spatula to push batter into the corners and between all the oreos.

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*I was feeling fancy so I added sprinkles. Totally optional. But let’s face it, everything is better with sprinkles*

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6. Bake at 350* for 25-30 minutes. Check the doneness by sticking a toothpick in between where the oreos are to make sure the brownie batter is cooked thoroughly. Let cool completely before cutting. Seriously, let them cool.

I made these the night before going camping, and we didn’t have them until the 3rd night. I just covered the entire pan in foil and waited patiently!

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