Hostess Cupcake COOKIES!!!

Hostess Cupcake Cookies!!!  (Chocolate cut-out cookies + recipe for dark chocolate glaze)from @bakeat350
Are you missing Hostess?  Maybe not even the snack cakes themselves, but the *idea* of them waiting for you on the grocery store shelf?  Me, too.

Add one more thing to the list that our children and grandchildren won't remember: pop tops, 8-track tapes, Hostess.  (I realize you 20-year-olds have no idea what those first two on the list are. #imold)

I've never been a big buyer of snack cakes, unless you count the Chocolate Zinger phase I went through in junior high. Here’s what I miss, though: I miss knowing that Hostess snack cakes are there. I miss the idea of Twinkies. I miss seeing them in the convenience store.

I miss that white squiggle on the top of a Hostess Cupcake.

One of my mom’s favorite stories to tell was that when I was in kindergarten, she put a package of Hostess Cupcakes in my lunch box. (Just this part of the story makes me smile, since my mother was the type of person whose breakfast consisted of a bowl of Bran Buds sprinkled with Wheat Germ.) Anyway, the story goes that at lunchtime, I brought the cupcake up to my teacher and said, “Can you tell me what this says? I can’t read cursive.
Hostess Cupcake Cookies!!!  (Chocolate cut-out cookies + recipe for dark chocolate glaze)from @bakeat350
They're a cookie, not a cupcake, but decked-out to look like a Hostess Cupcake.

Today, we have an homage to the Hostess Cupcake. Chocolate cut-out cookies, complete with the “cursive” white frosting… they’re perfect for giving anyone in mourning of Hostess (and their childhood). Hostess… we miss you.

The cookie recipe has a double shot of chocolate...and can be used for ANY cut-out cookie. My boys flipped over them!

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Hostess Cupcake Cookies

For the cookies
2½ cups all-purpose, unbleached flour
½ cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder
2 tsp baking powder 1
 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, cut into chunks
1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 oz bittersweet chocolate, melted and cooled

For the glaze:
1 cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder
3½ cups powdered sugar
4 Tbsp light corn syrup
6 Tbsp milk

For the cookies: Whisk the flour, cocoa powder, and baking powder together. Set aside. Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla; beating until combined. Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl as necessary.

Beat in the melted chocolate. Add the flour mixture in 3 parts, beating on low after each addition. Beat just until the dough comes together.

Pat into 2 discs, wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper. Roll the dough on a surface lightly coated with a mixture of flour and cocoa to about a ¼” thick. Cut with a 2″ round cookie cutter. Place the cut-outs on a prepared baking sheet and place in the freezer for 5-10 min. (This will prevent spreading.)

Bake the cookies for about 9 minutes, or until done. Remove to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.

For the glaze: In a medium bowl, whisk the cocoa powder and powdered sugar together. Add the corn syrup and milk, whisking until smooth. The glaze will be very thick, but still pourable.

Transfer to a piping bag, fitted with a #12 tip, or to a zip-top bag and snip the corner. Pipe the glaze in a circle onto the cookies. The glaze will spread, so don’t go too close to the edges. If some spills over the edge, it’s ok. Let the cookies dry for at least one hour before adding the white squiggle.

Options for the white squiggle: If you’ll be packaging and stacking the cookies, hard-drying royal icing is a good bet. Or, pipe a squiggle using marshmallow creme.

This recipe first appeared on Parade when Hostess announced they were ceasing operations. Happily, they're baaaack!  

42 comments

  1. These look amazing! I've printed the recipe and will definitely be trying these soon! Thank you so much for your amazing recipes...you are a talent!

    Jessica
    myworldmadebyhand.blogspot.com

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  2. Congratulations on being featured over at Parade Magazine food blog. What a cute post. Loved that you shared the story about *I can't read cursive*

    I think one of the first things I baked (besides cookies) after finding your blog was to try your award winning hostess cupcake recipe, only I made a cake. I'm really excited to try this cookie recipe. What a great idea.

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  3. This is genius!! I love to bake and be in the kitchen but as a fairly unimaginative, need-a-recipe kind of person, I am really amazed by other people's creativity. I've been wondering what recipe you'd use the chocolate glaze for and this is just awesome. I love that it's a cookie version and not cupcake. My son would love it even though he has no concept of Hostess! : )

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  4. These look awesome!! I'm so sad that the cupcakes aren't waiting for me at the grocery store anymore- they were my favorite!

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  5. SO cute! I'm going to make these for my sister, who's so sad about the Hostess demise.

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  6. Bridget,
    I love these! I make the cupcakes and a cake version but I've gotta try your cookies.
    Annamaria

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  7. Too darling -- both the cookies, *and* your cursive story. :)

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  8. ummm.... what are pop tops? (sorry) :)

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  9. Beyondddddd cute!! Bridget! You are so creative! Pinning!

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  10. These cookies are adorable! You are not old Bridget, as I quickly near 30 I definitely know about pop tops, 8-tracks, tapes, and the like!

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  11. These are adorable!! Popping over to Dash now :)

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  12. Bridget!!! Cuteness overload, love love love these!

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  13. Those look yummy! I love that "cursive" story.

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  14. I too am another fan of the "cursive" story! Too funny!
    Just print the recipe can't wait to try them!

    And may I ask what pop top is? :P


    bakeletteblog.blogspot.com

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  15. Like pretty much everything you make, these are so adorable!

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  16. Oh hello Debbie my old friend :D Too darn cute, and scrumptious.

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  17. These are adorable, Bridget! You have the steadiest hand of anyone I know.

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  18. These are so fun! I would love to get my hands on one of these!

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  19. Very cool! I can't wait to try these!

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  20. Those are so cute! I bet my husband would love them.

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  21. These are super cute. And don't worry, future generations will have Hostess! Hostess is in talks with several companies to sell off their snack cake business. We just have to be patient :)

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  22. These sound amazing, Bridget! On my way to check out the recipe!

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  23. Love the cursive story ;) Just printed the recipe and can't wait to try it!

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  24. Bridget!! Those are the cutest things I've ever seen! Well, besides every other cutest ever cookie that you come up with :)

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  25. Adorable! Kathy

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  26. I clicked over to the Parade site and see your story, but not the recipe? Is there somewhere else it's posted?

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    1. Hey Lori!

      Parade changed up their website look and it seems the link to the recipe got lost in the process. I'll contact them and post an update when I have one. Thank you! :)

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  27. Theses look so yum tried to view it at parade but the post doesn't exist can't wait to make them pls help
    Look so yumm
    Is tht like a chocolate frosting on top of the cookie

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    1. The links work now...so sorry. The links were changed after this was published.

      Yes, it's a dark chocolate glaze. :)

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  28. Hey Bridget, I'd really love to try this recipe but the link on the parade site just keeps taking me back to that same page. Do you think Parade can fix it again?? Just finished making your Mocha Cut-Out Cookies from your book - their fantastic! Can't wait to ice them :)

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  29. Would love to make these! Only when I click to see the recipe I am just redirected back to the same page like the previous commenter. Maybe you could update your blog post with the recipe.

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    1. *whew* the recipe was lost, but now it found. link is working again. :)

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  30. Would love to make these again! I have the cookie recipe from your cookbook but I need the chocolate icing recipe! Maybe you could add it to your page.

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