If you know me at all, you know I love Christmas. If you don’t know me, you will learn quickly that I love Christmas. I love decorating for Christmas; I love Christmas smells; I love baking for Christmas; I love Christmas music; I love the general feeling of joy and warmth I have all season long. I love Christmas. For me, Christmas is the happiest time of the year. End of story. I recognize that not everyone appreciates and loves Christmas like I do. I was very lucky growing up to be blessed with a wonderful and loving family who always made the holidays a joyous and exciting time filled with celebration and happiness. And it saddens me that so many did not have a childhood like mine, and had Christmases that were far less exciting and happy experiences. I wish I could give every child a Christmas like so many I enjoyed growing up, but that is a wish as big and unachievable as world peace. But, I do like to do my small part. This year, my R&D department adopted a family for Christmas. I spent many, many hours shopping for – and many more hours wrapping – all the gifts, with the help of a couple of my coworkers, for three children and the mother. It felt really good to do something for people I didn’t even know, knowing I was giving them Christmas.
If you haven’t tried it, it’s not too late to give back this holiday season. It’s a great feeling. I’ve spent more hours on this family’s Christmas than on my own family’s. But it’s worth it. That warm and fuzzy feeling is worth it. 🙂
On another note, I have recently been upping my collection of Christmas decorations, and let’s not talk about how much money I’ve spent on that this year. But it paid off because we recently had company over, and their first comment was, “It’s so Christmasy in here.” Success! Success! Success! Yes! #ChristmasWin!!! Anyway, Christmas is my time and I enjoy it for all it is and more.
Last week, my work had our annual Holiday Potluck. Now, this was supposed to be an International Holiday Potluck, where we make a dish from our homeland (since we have a lot of different countries represented at my company), but I just wanted to make something delicious: I really needed something chocolaty. And peanut-buttery. And all-around mouth-watering.
I wanted to do something cute and holiday-themed, so I turned to Pinterest. That gave me the idea of cupcakes with fondant cut-outs and Christmas trees. And voila!
I had to make my own fondant cutters, because I couldn’t find ones small enough for my needs. I guess I probably could have gone online, or to a specialty store, but this was a day-of decision, so time wasn’t exactly on my side. These weren’t the most efficient or easiest cutters I have used, but they got the job done. And Christian was very impressed by my metal-molding skills, so that made me feel accomplished. *Small victories.*
As for what to make the cupcakes taste like, I went with chocolate cupcakes. Fudge Brownie Cupcakes, to be exact. They were dense, rich, dark, and full of chocolaty goodness.
And the frosting is the same one I used recently for the Apple Spice Cupcakes: Peanut Butter Frosting. I am in *heaven*. Peanut Butter and chocolate are definitely one of God’s greatest gifts to men, and I there are few combinations I love more. Yum!
There are still some baking adventures to be had before the Christmas season makes way for the New Year, so let’s see what else I can muster up…For now, enjoy the Fudge Brownie Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting from Sally’s Baking Addiction!
Fudge Brownie Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting
Fudge Brownie Cupcakes
Prep time: 20 mins
Bake time: 8-10 minutes
Yield: 10-12 cupcakes
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line muffin tin with paper cups.
- Melt butter in the microwave. Mix in the sugar until smooth and microwave again for about 1 minute. Stir the mixture until smooth again.
- Whisk in the vanilla and eggs. In a separate bowl, mix together the salt, baking powder, cocoa powder, and flour. Slowly add to the wet ingredients and stir until completely combined.
- Fill the muffin tins about 2/3 full. Bake for about 8-10 minutes (my mini-cupcakes took 7 minutes). Allow to cool completely.
Peanut Butter Frosting
See my earlier post here.
NOTE: I made a double batch of frosting and of the cupcakes recipe. This made 42 mini-cupcakes of fun!