02 October 2013

ginger snap cupcakes with cream cheese & ricotta frosting

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A few weeks ago, we went to my favorite restaurant in Colorado, The Lyons Fork.  At this amazing restaurant, we got three desserts (relax, there were three of us there). One of them was a ricotta cheesecake with a ginger snap crust.  Thus, the inspiration for these puppies.

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They're not really puppies, don't worry.  They're delicious morsels that taste like Christmas and Thanksgiving had a cupcake baby.

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INGREDIENTS
for the cupcakes
2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
6 tbsp butter, soften
1 cup brown sugar
2 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1 large egg
1/4 cup molasses
3/4 cup milk

for the frosting
15-ounces cream cheese (most of 2 bars), at room temperature
1 cup ricotta cheese, drained (overnight if possible, but at least for an hour)
1/2 stick butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups powdered sugar

DIRECTIONS
for the cupcakes
Preheat oven to 350F. Fill two 12-count cupcake pan with cupcake liners.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt.

In a large bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar until light and thick. Add the spices and egg, followed by molasses, stirring in between each addition. Stir in half of the flour mixture, then all of the milk and the remaining flour mixture. Mix only until no streaks of flour remain, don't overmix it!

After you've 2/3 filled each liner, bake for 17-20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.  Cool cupcakes completely on a wire rack before frosting.

for the frosting
Combine butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer.
Add in ricotta, sugar and vanilla until smooth.

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Happy October, pretties.  Make these.

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