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Bacon-Herb Cupcakes

Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia DeGaris Pursell

Total time 1 hr, 21 mins
Yield Makes about 32
Try these as a perfect companion to a cocktail. Test Kitchen Specialist Marian Cooper Cairns likes to use a combination of parsley, thyme, and oregano, but sage, rosemary, basil, and chives will work just as well. Using a small cookie dough scoop for the batter gives the baked cupcakes a pretty round top.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream
  • 1/2 cup cooked, finely crumbled bacon
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped assorted fresh herbs
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • Garnishes: assorted fresh herbs, cooked and crumbled bacon

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Stir together first 6 ingredients. Stir in flour until blended. (Mixture will be thick.) Spoon batter into lightly greased miniature muffin pans, filling completely full.

  2. Bake at 375° for 26 to 28 minutes or until golden brown. Remove cupcakes from pans to a wire rack, and cool completely (about 30 minutes). Spread or pipe tops of cupcakes with cream cheese. Garnish, if desired.