Small Batch Chocolate Cupcakes

My mom and dad both have birthday’s in the month of July…in fact their birthday’s are only 2 days apart.

Gifts for parents are always a challenge. What do you buy the people who can buy whatever they want?

I wanted to bake up some cupcakes to take them but

  1. I don’t want a dozen cupcakes sitting around my house (because I will slowly eat ALL of them)
  2. I don’t want my parents to have a dozen cupcakes around their house (because they will slowly eat ALL of them)

No one needs a dozen cupcakes…right?

Small Batch Chocolate Cupcakes

So I found a recipe for a small batch of cupcakes…genius!

The recipe makes 3-4 cupcakes…the perfect amount for a gift, a dessert or to satisfy a chocolate craving.

In a bowl I mixed all the dry ingredients-

  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

Small Batch Chocolate Cupcakes

Then I added in

  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp milk

Small Batch Chocolate Cupcakes

I mixed it all together and filled my cupcake liners. (Thanks Erika for my pretty ones!)

Small Batch Chocolate Cupcakes

The original recipe said to bake these cupcakes for 12-14 minutes at 350 degrees. But my cupcakes took 23 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center came out clean.

I let them cool completely and then threw some store bought icing into a ziploc bag and piped it on to the cupcakes.

Small Batch Chocolate Cupcakes

Don’t they look great?

When I gave them to my mom she asked “Where did you buy these?”

Oh no mom, I MADE these…yes, I am that good…

And thankfully, these little beauties taste pretty good too! Light and fluffy with a great chocolate flavor!


Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Before Spring Break, my students earned a prize from the coveted prize bin. It’s the blue Rubbermaid tote hidden behind my lazy boy that houses innumerable treasures the kids can’t wait to get their hands on. They were so excited to dig through and see what they could find. What I find amazing is what gets snatched up from the bin first.

The hot commodity this round were the Belcourt Property coffee mugs that Andrew picked up a trade show.

Coffee mugs…plain old coffee mugs.

Once all the prizes were dolled out I told the kids to put them in their backpacks so they were not distracted by them for the rest of the day.

A little boy came running up to me with his mug in his hands.

“Mrs. Skinner, I am worried that my backpack is not strong enough to hold my mug and it will break.” he said anxiously.

“Ok” I managed with only a little giggle “You can keep it on your desk as long as it does not distract you.”

He quickly returned to his desk and proudly put the mug on the corner, turning the logo to face him, and at the end of the day he carried that mug home like the precious cargo he believed it to be.

Andrew just went to another trade show, so I have a whole new crop of swag to fill my bin up with…and my mom’s company is moving so she brought me a ton of stuff too. The kids are going to be over the moon the next time they get to choose a prize.

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Now I know that when many of you hear the words “gluten free” you equate it to words like “dry”, “hard”, “grainy”, “cardboard-like” or just plain “gross”. But I can assure you that this gluten free cookie recipe is as close to a “gluten-filled” cookie texture as I have ever tasted. And it really was a happy accident that I came across this recipe. I bought a bag of Robin Hood gluten free flour to make another recipe and a friend told me how great the cookie recipe was on the back. Since I had this big bag of flour to use up and I love a good cookie, I thought what have I got to lose?

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

So I started with creaming together 1 cup of butter, 3/4 cup packed brown sugar and 1/2 cup white sugar in my stand mixer.

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

I mixed in 2 eggs (one at a time until completely incorporated) and a 2 teaspoons of vanilla.

In a separate bowl I mixed the following dry ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups Robin Hood Gluten Free flour
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

I poured the dry ingredients into the wet and mixed until a dough formed.

Then I worked in about 1/2-1 cup of chocolate chips. (It really depends on how many I have left in the bag!)

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

I rolled tablespoon sized balls of dough and baked them on greased cookies sheets at 350 degrees for 14 minutes.

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

The Verdict- DELICIOUS! Not all that good for you, like any other cookie you make, but a great gluten free alternative that tastes like any other soft chewy chocolate chip cookie!