Friday, May 13, 2011

Magic Cookie Bar CUPCAKES!

Today I decided to be slightly experimental with baking. Typically this is not characteristic of me, but this seemed like a safe experiment in which I was likely not to fail. I have been thinking about making Magic Cookie Bars (also known as Seven Layer Bars) lately. I did not have a chance to make them at Christmas which is when I usually have them. I have also been thinking about making cupcakes. I love, love, love cupcakes! So, I thought I would meld the two desserts together--Magic Cookie Bar Cupcakes. Here's how I did it:

First I made a crushed graham cracker and butter mix. I layered that at the bottom of each cupcake liner (half of the 24 liners were in the silicone ones which I love using).

Then I layered on chocolate cake mix. I used the recipe in the Betty Crocker cookbook, but you could also use a cake mix. I added chopped pecans to the cake mix since Magic Cookie Bars have nuts.

Then I baked them for about 25 minutes in a 350 degree oven. I first tried 20 minutes, but they were still gooey in the center.

After baking off all the cupcakes and letting them cool, I made the icing. My first step for the icing was toasting about 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup of coconut flakes in a 350 degree oven for about 7 minutes. Then I made the Vanilla Buttercream frosting recipe from the Betty Crocker cookbook. I suppose you could use store bought icing, but store bought tastes gross. Homemade is the way to go (and it doesn't have trans fat like the store bought kind does). After mixing up the icing, I added in the toasted coconut and mixed it altogether. Then I iced the cupcakes.

Of course, Charles and I had to taste them to test my success or failure with this experiment. I think they turned out pretty good. I forgot to put sweetened condensed milk on top of the graham cracker "crust", so Charles thought that was a little lacking in sweetness. Next time I make them I'll either add a couple of tablespoons of sugar to the graham cracker crust or put a bit of sweetened condensed milk on top of the graham crackers. The icing and cake was amazing. You gotta love Betty Crocker. But if you don't like coconut, then 1) you probably wouldn't like Magic Cookie bars and 2) wouldn't want to eat these anyway.
Overall, I am pleased with my bit of creative genius.

* By the way, Charles took most of the pictures. He did not take the one that came out dark. That was all me.


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  1. Wow, i shouldn't have looked at this right before eating dinner! That looks amazing! Thanks so much for sharing over at born again crafter!

  2. They were pretty yummy! Thanks for stopping by! :)

  3. Oh yum! They look and sound wonderful!!!

  4. Yum! I love magic cookie bars, so I know that I will love these! Pinning this for sure:-)

  5. Thank you Erin, Jaime and Jocelyn! If you try making them, let me know how you liked them!

  6. Yum! Those cupcakes look tasty! Thanks for bringing them by :)

  7. Yummy! Thanks for linking up with Lemon Tree today!