Monday, September 30, 2013

Double Chocolate Candy Corn Cookie Cups

Milk chocolate and white chocolate come together in these delectable little bite-sized candy corn cookie cups.
Perfect for Halloween.....because, really, you can never have too much candy!


Of all the birthday parties I ever had as a child, there is one I remember above all the rest. It was the year my parents capitalized on the fact that my birthday is just 4 days before Halloween. I don't remember much of it, but what I do remember involves spiders and pumpkins and black cats and skeletons....and a Pin the Nose on the Witch game my dad made just for me. What a great party! And what a great time to have a birthday...!



It's funny.....because that party is the ONLY time I ever remember realizing how close my birthday was to Halloween. Even now, I just don't think of it. AND....I'm really not much of a Halloween person! It's not that I don't like jack-o-lanterns and costumes and trick-or-treating....it's just that I don't get into the Halloween spirit like some people do. The other day I saw a neighbor putting up a giant Halloween fright scene and I was fascinated.....like some people's minds really work that way!? I guess they do. But not mine!


Maybe it's actually because of my birthday. Maybe I've always been too busy thinking about birthday plans to pay any attention to Halloween! Getting into it takes a certain level of energy and creativity that I'm just not sure I have.... But one thing I KNOW I have is a sweet tooth. And one thing I know for sure is that Halloween brings more sweets into our house than all the other holidays combined. So this year, I thought, why not start the party early!? It can be a joint birthday and Halloween celebration....complete with candy corn....and maybe even a Pin the Nose on the Witch game. I think my birthday would enjoy Halloween. And I KNOW my birthday would enjoy these Double Chocolate Candy Corn Cookie Cups. Let's get this party started!


Double Chocolate Candy Corn Cookie Cups
1 1/2 c. butter, softened
1 c. granulated sugar
3/4 c. packed light brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
2 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
2/3 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 package Candy Corn M&M's

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare mini muffin tins by greasing well; set aside.
2. Beat butter, sugars, eggs & vanilla in large bowl until light and fluffy. 
3. Combine dry ingredients in a medium bowl; blend into butter mixture until smooth.
4. Stir in Candy Corn M&M's.
5. Fill mini muffin tins with 1 Tbsp. dough each. 
6. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-14 minutes.
7. Cool; remove from tins. Prepare frosting (recipe below.)

White Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
2 sticks unsalted butter
6 c. powdered sugar
1 c. white chocolate chips, melted
2 Tbsp. milk
2 tsp. vanilla
1 bag Candy Corn M&M's

1. Blend butter, powdered sugar, and white chocolate at medium speed until combined.
2. Add milk and vanilla and blend at medium-high speed until mixture is smooth.*
3. Apply generously to cookie cups. Top with M&M's.

*The melted white chocolate will add some texture to your frosting. If you would prefer a very smooth texture, feel free to omit the white chocolate from the recipe.

Enjoy!

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8 comments :

  1. Yay for Halloween and candy! I have to say - these look perfect for our little Halloween party. Now, bring on the sugar overload!

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  2. These are the perfect, bite sized treats Cathy! Yeah, I don't mind getting pumpkins and carving them. And I love fall festivals, but I've never been into costumes and haunted houses. I only like Halloween because of the food!

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  3. These look amazing (and they are darn cute!). I am not much of a Halloween person either...but it would be a fun time of the year to have a party...especially if you had these treats! Happy birthday!

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  4. These are SO CUTE!!! I'm not a huge Halloween fan. I HATE passing out candy and I HATE taking my kids door to door! Ha! I'm with you, the treats are what I get excited about! These look yummy. Perfect to take to my kids' Halloween carnival! That frosting sounds amazing. Happy early Birthday!

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  5. These look soooooooooooo sweet and cute!!
    I think they'd be great all year-round

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  6. YUM!! I love how festive these treats look. I bet they taste amazing!!

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  7. I love these! They are so cute! I think cookie cups are the bestest. ;)
    Thank you for sharing at Marvelous Mondays this week!

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  8. Oh. Mah. Gahhhhh. These are AMAZING!!!!!!!! You are super lucky to have a birthday right before Halloween. Halloween is my favorite! And happy early birthday! Thank you for sharing these at Saturday Night Fever! And now I'm going to pin them all over the place.

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