Snow Day Sweets: Heath Cupcakes

Mother Nature heard my snow day plea! Winter storm Kayla hit Mankato with a vengeance last Tuesday. School was actually called off the night before, so that meant:

Alarm = off. Sweatpants = on. Showering = optional. Oven = on

There is no better way to spend a snow day than in the kitchen. I had a bag of Heath baking chips leftover from some Christmas baking and after a little Pinterest perusing, I decided to make these beauties:

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Mmm. Oh yes. Chocolate fudge with Heath cupcakes, rolled in chocolate ganache and more Heath, topped with caramel frosting.

Drool.

I saw a bunch of recipes with homemade cakes, but I was feeling a bit lazy. After looking at a few recipes, I decided to wing it. They were surprisingly easy. I used a box cake mix with a heaping 1/2 cup of Heath bits stirred in the mix.

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For the ganache, I used this recipe here. It was a bit thick, so I added a little milk to thin it out. This was a crazy easy recipe – it’s called one minute frosting for a reason. In the recipe picture, they show it glazing a cake. Judging by the picture, it would make for a beautiful cake! Next snow day…

Roll the edges (or whole top – I won’t judge) in Heath chunks and tada!

They looked ridiculously delicious just like that.

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But it’s cupcakes – go big or go home. No better way to top this than with a nice heaping scoop of caramel frosting.

Cue sugar coma….

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Snow day sweets

November 10th. Snow day. Yikes.

It just so happens that I stopped at the grocery store yesterday because they were having a really good sale on butter.

So naturally I bought 6 pounds.

I am SO ready for the holiday baking season!

Since driving anywhere today was totally out of the question, it was a great day to stay in and bake.

My mom bought 25 bananas to hand out for Halloween (yes…she’s that mom. But she also handed out full size candy bars and chocolate milk. Not too shabby!) We had 8 trick or treaters. I can only eat so many bananas before a) I get sick of them and b) they get overripe. But overripe bananas = banana bread.

I used my great aunt Lillian’s recipe. She was an awesome baker! I was pretty young when she died, but I remember vividly what a sweet woman she was – and how delicious all of her food was. And this banana bread recipe is bomb

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banana bread collage

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The finished product. Can you just smell it? And the best part –

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Buttered banana bread butt. Best. Thing. Ever.

After making banana bread, I was still in the baking mood. I found this really easy recipe for homemade brownies and I’ve seen on Pinterest people who bake brownies in cupcake tins and fill the middle with peanut butter. Peanut butter and chocolate? I’m in!

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I knew these were going to be tasty because the batter alone was freaking delicious! I may never use boxed brownie mix again.

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I baked mine for 15 minutes and they were perfectly chewy on the outside, but maybe a little underdone in the middle. The recipe warned about overbaking so I was a little cautious about them drying out. But I don’t mind my brownies a little soft. I also learned you should let them cool completely (or pop them in the freezer if you’re impatient like me) before trying to take them out – or else you end up with a crumbly, melty peanut buttery [delicious] mess.

Now, if I only I can find a man who loves doing dishes. Then I’d be set for life!