Fannie-Cakes Friday: Nerdy Cupcakes

I had the pleasure of coming up with nerdy cupcakes for a friend who was throwing a nerdy birthday party for her boyfriend.  This was such a fun project!  The birthday boy wanted carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, and I found some great nerdy toppers at ABC Cake Decorating Supplies.  They have such a great selection!  My friend and the birthday boy were thrilled, which always makes me so glad!

nerdy cupcakes

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Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars

Last Thanksgiving I was in the mood to shake things up a bit, so I started looking at Pinterest for ideas.  I came across this recipe from Heather Christo and KNEW I was in the right place.  These bars are so. stinkin’. good.  And you don’t have to be heading to Thanksgiving dinner to make them 🙂

Ingredients

Chocolate Crust:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 cup butter, cold and cut into small pieces

Pecan Filling
1 1/2 cups pecans
10 ounces chocolate chips
8 Tbsp. butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup heavy cream
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. salt

Directions

1) Preheat the oven to 350*F.  Prepare a 9″x9″ baking dish with nonstick spray.

2) In the bowl of a food processor, combine the flour, cocoa powder, powdered sugar, and salt.  Add the butter and run the processor until the dough comes together – it’ll be like a shortbread dough.

3) Pack the dough into the prepared baking dish.

4) Sprinkle the pecans over the top of the crust, then follow with the chocolate chips.

5) In a medium saucepan, melt together the butter, sugar, cream, vanilla, and salt over medium heat, whisking until smooth.

6) Pour the caramel over the top of the pecans.

7) Bake the bars for 25 minutes.  Cool completely before cutting.

chocolate chip pecan pie bars

Easy Drop Sugar Cookies

These sugar cookies are some of the best tasting I’ve ever had.  Better yet?  There’s no chilling of the dough, no rolling, and no cutting.  They’re as easy as your standard drop cookies with the goodness of heavenly sugar cookies.  Thank you, Stephanie, for posting this on All Recipes!

Ingredients

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions

1) Preheat the oven to 375*F.  In a small bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and baking powder.  Set aside.

2) In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth.  Beat in the egg and vanilla.  Gradually blend in the dry ingredients.  Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls (I actually use a 1 T cookie scoop), and place on an ungreased cookie sheet (I like to use parchment paper or a silicone baking mat).

3) Bake 8-10 minutes, or until golden.  Let stand on the cookie sheet for two minutes before removing to cool on a wire rack.

drop sugar cookies

4) Frost and decorate if you desire!

drop sugar cookies with frosting

Yield: approximately 5 dozen cookies