March 30, 2009

oatmeal cookies in a different form

I like oatmeal raisin cookies--it's easy for me to convince myself that they're healthy. Plus, it seems like they're always redolent of cinnamon, which can never be bad.


What if I could have the same pseudo-health benefits and cinnamon aroma in half the time and with less than half the effort? Win-win.

It's time again for Taste & Create, the blog event in which bloggers get paired up and must make a dish from each other's recipe archives. My partner for this go-round (XVII) was Stef from Cupcake Project. I was actually paired with her once before, and I attempted to replicate her Sweet Potato Casserole Cupcakes. They were delightful, as are all of her clever and creative concoctions.


This time, I picked her Oatmeal Raisin Cupcakes with Maple Glaze. Isn't the very idea of it pure brilliance? I can't believe I haven't come across it before.

I made absolutely zero changes to her cupcake recipe, and they couldn't have come out better. I just love when the aroma of cinnamon fills my apartment. The texture of the cupcakes is quite unique, and I suspect that the vinegar has something to do with that--after all, it's not a common cupcake ingredient. They're soft and pillowy and just break down right in your mouth, but at the same time, there's a bit of a chew from the oats. Nice.

Stef used maple extract in her glaze, and instead of buying some, I used a different recipe. Although I'm sure the original glaze is good, I thought this one was completely perfect--it was extremely tempting to just take the mixing bowl and spatula, have a seat, and revel in its tastiness.


Great recipe, Stef--you're a superstar!

61 comments:

Pam said...

You just can't beat the smell of cinnamon - the cupcakes look delicious.

Robin Sue said...

I think I could eat the glaze with a spoon too. I think I love these.

Dawn said...

oh no, not more crazy-delish cupcakes? and now there is glaze? just the right amount of glaze too, perfect.

Sara said...

I love oatmeal raisin cookies, I'm intrigued by the idea of making them in cupcake form. And you can't go wrong with maple icing!

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Jeff said...

Looks great and thanks for reminding me I forgot to sign up for Taste and Create. doh...

Maria said...

I love this one! The glaze set it over the top!

lisaiscooking said...

Those look incredible, and the maple glaze is perfect! I'm imagining the cinnamon smell of those baking right now.

The Blonde Duck said...

Cookies in cupcake form with maple glaze? Be still my heart! I need to whip up a batch and down them all in a single sitting!

Stef said...

Yay! I'm so glad you liked them! As you already know, I loved the pancakes! I'd be happy to be your partner anytime. :)

Melanie said...

I'd consider these cupcakes to be health food - just like I agree with you on the health benefits of oatmeal raisin cookies.

By the way, I made a chocolate chip cake this weekend that had a healthy dose of cinnamon in it and I thought of you and your love for cinnamon. I almost left it out because it didn't seem to go with the chocolate chip cake but I stuck with the recipe, in your honor and love for cinnamon, and the results were fantastic. Thanks for loving cinnamon and inspiring me to love it more. Amen.

Bridgett said...

grace, you need to come to my house to make these. Love that gooey icing down the side. Looks delicious!

Lori said...

I could so sink my teeth into those. They sound delicious and of course they are so healthy they are probably negative calories.

Sophie said...

I love her blog! This recipe is genius, the ingredients are warm and yummy--this is my kind of cupcake!

Helene said...

I love the topping for your cupcake. What a great recipe. Thanks for sharing.

Marjie said...

Well, if she said it contained cinnamon, I know Grace was sold! They look really good, and of course they are healthy. Cinnamon prevents diabetes from the sugar, oatmeal prevents heart attacks from the eggs, raisins give you your fruit. Sounds very right to me.

unconfidentialcook said...

Love the addition of maple...that icing is spoon-alicious (new word in our house, meaning you can just eat it by the spoonful).

Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella said...

Yes amazing that I've never seen that combo before yet it's so perfect. But you know it is healthier so I'm sticking to that story :P

bilateralhaze said...

These put me into full-on drool mode.

ARLENE said...

If DWTS weren't on in 15 minutes, I'd be in the kitchen whipping up a batch of these bad boys. I can almost smell the cinnamon.

Heather said...

ohhh. those sound amazing! i think oatmeal cookies are super healthy, too. it's like eating a bowl of oatmeal :) heart healthy and all. i'll bet it will lower my cholesterol in 30 days ;)

that glaze sounds to die for, too!

MaryBeth said...

My husband is beyond drooling...he will pay for the shipping if you send him some NOW!!!

Shelly said...

These sound great! I'm of the same thought that if it contains stuff like oatmeal or raisins it practically qualifies as health food :).

Laura said...

I love your description of the cupcakes, all fluffy and chewy at the same time. Sounds great.

And no I still have not seen any Dollhouses! It would help if I were home ever to watch tv. The shows continue to stockpile, although we did finally finish Burn Notice and Battlestar Galactica....

noble pig said...

Am I just imagining you fell off the face of the earth? Plus these look awesome. There is nothing like a good come back.

Kendra said...

Oh how wonderful!

KJ said...

I agree there is nothing better than wonderful baking smells wafting through the house. These look wonderful.

Elyse said...

First of all, yay for the shout out to cinnamon!! Love it. Secondly, these oatmeal raisin cupcakes look DIVINE. What a great taste and create.

Culinary Wannabe said...

These are certainly healthy with all those oats. I might, but these hips don't lie! :) I'm still sad that I can no longer find that Ben and Jerry's oatmeal cookie ice cream - it was ridiculous!

Sophie said...

MMMMMMM...those mini cakes look so perfect & to top them with that yummie glaze is just pure lovelyness!!!!!

Linds said...

Oh my gosh, genius! These look great and the fact that they have oatmeal in them means they could double as a breakfast treat, right ;)

Ingrid said...

I burst out laughing when I read the name of the glaze you used "maple CINNAMON". It does sound very good. I'm definitely a fan of cinnamon. Those cupcakes sound wonderful and as you mentioned healthy! Means they are okay to eat for breakfast, kinda like a breakfast bar in cupcake form, I'm thinking. :-)
~ingrid

eatme_delicious said...

Mmm oatmeal cookie muffins.

kat said...

What a great idea, I bet those were amazing

foodhoe said...

mmmm they look so dainty and delicious

Foodie with Little Thyme! said...

I have an award for you.

Albany Jane said...

I can totally get down with cinnamon cup cakes.

Also - if you leave the icing off, then they're muffins! Totally healthy!

Jeena said...

I can imagine the aroma of these cooking in your appartment! They look yummy.

Pam said...

You really can't beat the smell of cinnamon baking!

Bunny said...

I love putting oatmeal in cake form so I need to make this cuppies!

Emily said...

Well of course these look delicious! I always enjoy your posts.

Selba said...

Wow!!! Yummy!!!

burpandslurp said...

lol! you crack me up about oatmeal making these goodies less sinful. I heartily agree! I love this idea of putting the components of an oatmeal cookie into a petite cake form! yum!

OhioMom said...

Well heck if they have oatmeal they have to be healthy ... going to check out Stef's recipe now :)

Jacque said...

MMmm, magnificent!

Sounds like a really fun blog event.

Jessica@Foodmayhem said...

Grace, I dare you to make something without cinnamon, haha.

Gloria said...

Look amazing Grace I love them, really! xxGloria

Katie said...

You mean oatmeal raisin cookies are good for you? I have been telling my self that for years! These look great and everything is better with cinnamon right?

Donna-FFW said...

OMG!! These are absolutely gorgeous, and the flavors sound so delicious.. I am so going to have to make these. ABSOLUTELY amazing.. love them!! LOVE!!

Hornsfan said...

Wow - these look terrific! I can't wait to try my hand at these!

Sharon said...

I keep coming back to you just for the ooey-gooey photos like this. Ok, there are more reasons than that, but it's a good one, no? :)

Nicisme said...

Those look gorgeous Grace. I am a sucker for dribbly icing!

Deborah said...

Anything with glaze is good!

Jude said...

Should make for cupcakes with great texture because of the oatmeal right? Sounds like my kind of cake.

Maris said...

I wish I had one of those to eat right now with my coffee!

emily said...

I have SUCH a weakness for cinnamon. I over-cinnamon anything that calls for it. These sound like just my thing!

Karen Brown Letarte said...

OMG, I must have one, NOW!! These look too wonderful for words.

Nurit - 1fff said...

This photo it truly good porn.

Jaime said...

mmmmmm.... must try

Jeanne said...

These sound just phenomenal - I'm certainly going to have to try them :)

peachkins said...

I bet I'd eat the same amount of frosting as the cupcake on this recipe..