Leprechaun Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting – Of Love and Chocolate

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Saint Patrick's Day is coming up quick and what better way to celebrate then with some baked goods! I had lots of ideas on what to kick off the St Patrick's Day celebration with and thought to do something fun and colorful. I love Lucky Charms cereal--it's so bright and colorful--and the Leprechaun on the box always looks like he is up to mischief. These cupcakes are inspired by the idea that Leprechauns need something to eat during St Patrick's Day festivities that are as magical and fun as they are. These cupcakes are so moist and sweet, the perfect treat for adults and children to enjoy! I showed my 7 month old daughter some of my finished cupcakes and her eyes lit up and she grabbed her cute little chubby hand out for a taste of one (she only succeeded in getting a little bit of frosting in her mouth). I made handmade, and very amateurish ,gold treasure coins for the top of the cupcakes, but you don't have to decorate your cupcakes like that! You can top with marshmallows, green sprinkles, rainbow sprinkles, anything you want! Just make sure you don't skimp on the frosting :) A quick tip: Do not overmix these cupcakes! When combining the wet and dry ingredients together, be sure to mix until just combined and there is still a little flour visible in the mixing bowl. Otherwise you'll get some sad looking, sunken cupcakes. But if you do still end up overmixing, it will still taste delicious! Trust me, I've been there. It's all part of the learning process. Leprechaun Cupcakes Treats with Buttercream Frosting Yields 12 cupcakes Vanilla Cupcakes 1 and 1/4 cup (165 grams) all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled) 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened 1 cup (200 grams) granulated sugar 2 large eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla extract ½ cup (120 grams) full fat sour cream Vanilla Frosting 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened 2 1/2 cups (300 grams) confectioner's sugar 1 tbsp vanilla extract 2-3 tbsps (30-40ml) heavy cream Green food coloring Directions: To make the vanilla cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 12-count muffin pan with cupcake liners. Set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or in a large mixing bowl using a hand-held mixer), beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then the vanilla. Add in the sour cream and mix until fully combined. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined, making sure not to over mix the batter. Scoop the batter into the cupcake liners, filling them a little over half way full. You should end up with exactly 12 cupcakes. Bake in separate batches at 350F for 18-22 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted into the center of the cupcake comes out clean. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a couple of minutes. Remove all of the cupcakes from the pan and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. To make the frosting In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment (or in a large mixing bowl using a hand-held mixer) beat the butter on medium speed until smooth. Add in the confectioner's sugar and vanilla and mix on low until well combined. Slowly add in the heavy cream, increase the speed to medium-high, and mix for a few more minutes until the frosting is smooth and well combined. Add up to 3 tbsp of heavy cream until desired consistency is reached. Add green food coloring last, it may take a few drops to get it that light green color Frost the cooled cupcakes as desired. Add sprinkles and/or other decorations for extra fun cupcakes!

This cookie cake is giant brown sugar chocolate chip cookie that's topped with creamy chocolate frosting and colorful sprinkles. The perfect treat for any celebration!

For the cookie cake:
10 tbsp butter ( softened )
2/3 cup light brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 egg plus 1 egg yolk
3/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 2/3 cup all purpose flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp corn starch
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips ( divided use )
1/2 cup sprinkles
cooking spray
For the frosting:
2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder ( sifted )
8 tbsp butter ( softened )
2 tbsp milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
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Nutritions

Calories
580

Sodium
199mg
8% DV

Fat
28g
44% DV

Protein
4g
9% DV

Carbs
79g
27% DV

Fiber
3g
14% DV
Side Dishes

Arugula Salad

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This arugula salad is made with white beans, tomatoes, red onion, shaved parmesan cheese and pine nuts, all tossed in a lemon dressing. A bright and vibrant salad that makes the perfect side dish or lighter main course.

For the salad:
4 cups arugula
1 cup cherry tomatoes ( halved )
1 cup cannellini beans ( rinsed and drained )
1/4 cup red onion ( thinly sliced )
1/2 cup parmesan cheese ( shaved )
2 tbsp pine nuts ( toasted )
1 tbsp chopped parsley
For the dressing:
4 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp Dijon mustard
salt and pepper to taste
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Nutritions

Calories
425

Sodium
501mg
20% DV

Fat
21g
33% DV

Protein
22g
44% DV

Carbs
32g
11% DV

Fiber
12g
51% DV
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Although this no churn Potato Ice Cream tastes like cookies, it's actually healthy for you! Adding little potatoes (creamers) to your ice cream is the perfect way to give it an extra boost of nutrition because potatoes are super veggie powerhouse!

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This no churn potato ice cream tastes like cookies, but is actually healthy for you!
What You Need:
6 country style pork ribs
1/2 cup dry rub for pork
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  • Season the pork liberally with a killer dry rub for pork (my pork rub is given below)
  • Place the seasoned ribs in the refrigerator for at least an hour put preferably four to five hours to let ...
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Nutritions

Calories
85

Sodium
1390mg
57% DV

Fat
2g
3% DV

Protein
1g
2% DV

Carbs
7g
2% DV

Fiber
0.7g
2% DV
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