So I’m sure many of you appreciate just how hard paper piecing is, and really, you’re going to need sustenance to get through a whole afternoon of it, right?  To reward my class at The Stitch Gathering last weekend, I made some cupcakes and cookies to help them through, and I thought I would share the recipes.  Unfortunately I didn’t get a nicely staged photo before I packed them up, but I’m sure you get the idea ;o)

Maltesers Cupcakes:
No comments from the peanut gallery on what this looks like, but Jack does like them too ;o)
Inspired by a recipe from Maltesers
For the cupcakes:
200g butter, softened
150g golden caster sugar
50g soft light brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 medium eggs, beaten
200g plain flour
10g baking powder
32g sachet Horlicks
pinch salt
80 g Maltesers, crushed
For the icing:
200g butter, softened
400g icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
55g Maltesers, whole
For the cupcakes:
1. Preheat the oven to 180 C/160 C (fan)/gas mark 4 and line a muffin tin with 12 muffin cases.
2. Cream the butter and sugars until light and fluffy.
3. Whisk in the vanilla extract and eggs.
4. Using a metal spoon, fold in the flour, baking powder, Horlicks and salt
5. Gently stir in the Maltesers.
6. Divide between the muffin cases and bake for about 25 mins, or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
7. Set aside to cool.
For the icing:
1. Cream the butter and sugar together.
2. Mix in the vanilla extract.
3. Spread/pipe on top of the cooled cupcakes and top with a Malteser
Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cookies:
Inspired by a recipe from Something Swanky
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup golden granulated sugar
3/4 cup soft light brown sugar
10 1/2 oz / 300g pack low fat cream cheese
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
7 oz / 200g milk chocolate chips
1. Preheat the oven to 180 C and grease a couple of cookie sheets
2. Cream the butter and sugars together
3. Beat in the cream cheese
4. Beat in the vanilla extract and egg
5. Gradually add the flour, baking powder and salt, mixing well
6. Mix in the chocolate chips
7. Drop heaped tbsp measures of dough at well spaced intervals on the cookie sheets, then bake for 9-10 mins until the edges are browned.
8. Cool on the cookie sheets for a few mins before transferring to wire racks.