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Hardy Boys Filled Cupcakes

3 cups flour
2 1/3 cups sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2/3 cup vegetable oil
2 tbsp cider vinegar
2 tsp vanilla
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 egg
8 oz. semi-sweet cocoa chips (little ones)
12 cup muffin tin with papers

Preheat over to 350 degrees.
Place paper liners in muffin tin. (I needed two tins.) Combine the flour, 2 cups sugar, cocoa, salt and baking soda in a large mixing bowl.
Pour 2 cups water, oil, vinegar and vanilla into a second bowl. Slowly pour the wet ingredients into the dry, using a whisk to mix as you pour. Whisk until smooth, 1-2 minutes.
Pour into the muffin cups, filling 3/4 way.
Put the cream cheese and remaining 1/3 cup sugar into a mixer and whip until smooth. Add egg and whip until mix is light. Fold in the chocolate chips.
Drop 1 tbsp of the cream cheese mixinto the batter in the center of each cupcake. Bake in top half of oven until the cake sponges back when touched--about 20 minutes. Let cool in the tin before frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting

1 lb. cream cheese, softened
1 stick butter, softened
2 cups confectioners sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

Put cream cheese and butter into mixer bowl and beat until well combined, 1-2 minutes.
Add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time, beating after each addition. Add vanilla and beat 1 minute longer.
Yields 2 1/2 cups.

You can make the cupcakes a day ahead of time and store in an airtight container. Make the frosting up to 3 days ahead but let soften before frosting the cupcakes that day.

Sent in by Suzi Hason of Barrington Hills, IL.

Drusilla's Health and Wellness Recipes
Kicked-up Hot Chocolate

1 cup fat-free milk or your favorite
3 tablespoons instant dark hot chocolate mix, sugar-free, if desired
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, or to taste
1 pinch cayenne pepper

Mix the hot chocolate mix, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper together in a mug.

Pour the milk into a glass measuring cup; heat in microwave on high until it begins to boil, about 2 minutes. Slowly pour over the mixture in the mug, stirring with a small whisk as you pour. Enjoy immediately. Makes 1 serving

Nutrition Facts: 140 calories, 2g fat, 5mg cholesterol, 90mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate, 2g fiber, 10g protein, 526mg calcium, 476mg potassium

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