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Give your favorite vanilla cupcakes a makeover with a cookie bottom, granola center, chocolate glaze and granola sprinkles.
1. Preheat oven according to directions for your cupcakes. Prepare cupcake batter. Line a cupcake tray with paper liners. Place one cookie at the bottom of each liner. Fill liners to 1/2 or 2/3 mark with cupcake batter and bake as long as recipe requires (usually around 15-20 minutes).
2. When done remove the pan from the oven and let cupcakes cool fully. Using a small knife (I like to use an upside down, medium-sized icing tip) cut a hole in the top center of the cupcakes. Pull apart a granola cluster and put it into the hole. Don’t press it in too tight. Use the very top of the cut-out part to close the cupcake top again.
3. For the chocolate glaze, melt cocoa powder and margarine in a small saucepan on medium heat. Once melted, set aside to cool. In a bowl stir together icing sugar, milk and vanilla. Mix in the cocoa mixture. Dip the top of the cupcakes in glaze or spoon glaze over the cupcakes. Sprinkle with a few remaining granola bits.
These cupcakes are all about decoration. My favorites are the monster cupcakes. They are colorful, fun and so easy to achieve the cuteness. No piping skills required. I guarantee you. You can go as crazy as you want. After all they are monsters.
Nancy is the Coupon Clipping Cook, which means she not only has an astounding number of recipes to share with us (her TK recipe box is busting at the seams!) but she's also got loads of money-saving tips in her blog (she worked at a grocery store for a number of years, so she knows her stuff). She has some pretty amazing creations, like Roasted Garlic Potato Soup and Nutty Coconut Chicken. Go check them out!
Heather is a Texas native and the blogger behind Heather's Dish. She's mom to Weston, wife to Nate, and they live in Little Rock, Arkansas with their two "stubborn and saucy" dogs Bunker and Keira. In her blog, she shares her photographs, random musings (serious and silly alike), and all kinds of scrumptious recipes---and not just evil variations of her favorite mac and cheese. Her enviable TK recipe box is a testament to that. Go see for yourself!