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Irresistibly Fun and Easy Gingerbread Cupcakes

Irresistibly Fun and Easy Gingerbread Cupcakes


It's been a while since I shared a new cupcake recipe with you! I've been working on this gingerbread cupcake recipe for a few weeks, and have been doing lots of taste testing haha! This is the perfect holiday party recipe, because the cupcakes are such a traditional Christmas dessert flavor, but in a new form. I also love that when I serve them as mini cupcakes they're so easy for people to eat in a party setting.



What I found interesting in making these cupcakes is that I needed to tone down the traditional spices quite a bit compared to what you would find in a gingerbread cookie recipe. Now they're still definitely present, prominent and flavorful, but not overwhelming.




My other "secret" ingredient is coffee. I tested this recipe with milk, buttermilk, water, eggnog (not even kidding haha!), and coffee. They all turned out well, but using coffee added a delicious level of richness and depth to the gingerbread flavor that I loved.


Aren't the sprinkles on these so fun? I can't not mention them, because I think they're so cute! They're such a perfect finishing touch and really elevate the final product. When I served these cupcakes this past weekend, so many people commented on how cute the sprinkles are. 


Ingredients: 

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup coffee
1/2 cup molasses
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cloves

Directions: 

Preheat the oven to 350, and line two mini cupcake tins with liners.

Whisk together the dry ingredients, flour through cloves, and set aside.

In the bowl of your stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the softened butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg, vanilla, molasses and coffee, mixing until combined. Your batter will look kind of piecy at this stage, and that's ok! It will all come together in the next step.

Add the dry ingredients in two batches, mixing on low speed until just combined and making sure to scrape the bottom of the bowl often.

Fill mini cupcake liners about 2/3 full each of the batter, and bake for 7-9 minutes or until a toothpick comes out with moist crumbs. Allow to cool completely before frosting.

To make the frosting: beat together the cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. Add the powdered sugar one cup at a time, mixing on low. Add the vanilla extract and mix until combined.

At this point you can add a little more powdered sugar if the frosting needs to be thicker, or a little bit of milk if it's too thick. Beat on high for a few minutes to fluff up the frosting, and then fill a piping bag and frost your completely cooled cupcakes.

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25 Festive Dresses You Will Love For The Holidays

25 Festive Dresses You Will Love For The Holidays


You all probably know by now how much I love dresses. They're so pretty and feminine, and my big secret? Super easy to throw on and look semi-put together because it's just one piece haha!

I especially love a new dress or two for the holidays when we have so many parties, dinners and get togethers! So today I'm sharing 25 perfectly festive holiday dresses with you. I organized them by price, so you can find the dress of your Christmas dreams!


Ok so actually there are 26 dresses in here, if you count the one I'm wearing. Consider it a freebie ;) My navy dress falls into the $100 and under category, FYI!

You might remember this dress from our trip to Paris this past summer, and one of the things I love about all the dresses listed is that they are totally not specific to the holidays. You can easily wear them for date nights, weddings, drinks with friends, a few of these would even work for the office!


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 $100 And Under





 $150 And Under




$200 And Under



$250 And Under






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More Magic For Less Money: Beautiful Bargain Holiday Decor

More Magic For Less Money: Beautiful Bargain Holiday Decor


I love decorating for the holidays! As a kid the Christmas season seemed to start on the day we got our Christmas tree. My dad would turn on the Christmas music for the first time in 11 months, my mom would put out some homemade cookies and snacks, and we would all help to hang ornaments on the tree. It was so much fun, and now I see decorating the house for Christmas as a way to kick off the season.



That being said, holiday decor can also get pretty pricey, pretty fast! So today I'm sharing with you some fun and festive Christmas decor that won't break the bank. I also included, at the end, some of my favorite investment pieces. These are items with a bit of a higher price point, but things that I've owned for years and I know stand the test of time.










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Chewy and Spicy Ginger Molasses Cookies

Chewy and Spicy Ginger Molasses Cookies


Who's ready for some holiday cookie-ing?? I know I am! There is just something about soft molasses cookies, isn't there? These cookies are chewy, soft and spicy - and are a seriously easy molasses cookie recipe! I love a cookie that can be ready in under 25 minutes, don't you?

If you want to pin this recipe, I've included an easy to pin image at the bottom of the post! That way you can easily save it for later! I've got your back!


Molasses cookies are one of my dad's favorites, and he would sometimes pick some up for an afternoon snack for us kids growing up. We would come home and he'd have cookies and tea waiting for us, and it was so much fun! We never knew when it would happen, which added to the fun! So molasses cookies have a very special place in my heart now too! Maybe it's genetic because Charlotte was also pretty obsessed haha! 






Ingredients:

2 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar, plus 1 tablespoon sugar for rolling
1/3 cup molasses
1 large egg

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375. Whisk together the dry ingredients, flour through salt, and set aside. In the bowl of your stand mixer, fitted with paddle attachment, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add molasses and egg, mixing until combined. Add the flour mixture in two batches, mixing until just combined. Form tablespoon size balls, and roll each ball in sugar before placing on baking sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes, rotating baking sheets halfway through. Cookies will be done when they're cracked on top - mine were perfect at 9 minutes.


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