Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Toll House CUPCAKES
Yes, you read that right. Cupcakes, not cookies. And they will change your life. Well, if not exactly change it, then at least temporarily elevate your mood. Every one of my tasters -- and these folks do a lot of tasting -- said, and I quote: "Amazing!" "Fabulous!" "These are sooo good!" "The best thing you've ever made."
Plus, and this is a big plus, I've never, ever seen any recipe like this. And unique is hard to come by in the baking world, but here is something new (and delicious) under the sun, discovered in an old box of recipes in my collection. Finding a recipe like this -- a treasured gem from the past -- is exactly why I started my quest two years ago.
These have a lot going on: A cookie crust, a mousse-like chocolate center and a meringue-like top. And they are so easy that anyone can prepare them. What's not to love?
First, you bake the "cups." The batter is easy enough to whip up.
Spoon the batter into the muffin tins. It need not be perfect, or even smoothed down. Don't worry if the batter doesn't fill up the cups. The magic will happen in the oven.
When you pull the tins from the oven, the cookie cups might look a bit strange. Just let them cool a bit, and they will assume the proper shape.
Next, prepare the filling.
Spoon filling into the cups and place the pans in the oven.
Voila! You've just made yourself (and whoever you choose to share these with) very, very happy.
This photo doesn't do these justice, but I wanted to reveal the insides of this treat.
I found the mimeographed recipe on a torn sheet of paper in one of my vintage recipe boxes. I suspect it might be from the 1960s.