Monkey Around

Monkey Around
Yield: 18 cupcakes Bake 350°F 15 mins to 20 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 2/3 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup mashed bananas, about 2 large
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup chocolate chips (mini chips ideal)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
  • 18 gingersnap cookies
  • 18 mini Oreos
  • 1 4 1/4 ounce tube white decorating frosting
  • 36 mini brown M&M's

Make It

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 18 muffin cups. Combine first four ingredients in a bowl. In another bowl, blend bananas, buttermilk, and vanilla. Beat in oil and sugar. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in 2/3 cup chocolate chips.

2. Fill cups. Bake 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack.

To Decorate:

3. Heat cream and corn syrup in a saucepan until mixture begins to boil. Remove from heat; add 1-1/2 cups chocolate chips. Cover; let stand 5 minutes. Stir until smooth. Glaze cupcakes with chocolate. Spoon extra into a plastic bag and refrigerate.

4. Cut gingersnaps to make a mouth. For ears, separate Oreo tops and bottoms and remove filling. Pipe on white frosting for eyes and top with M&M's. Snip a small corner from bag of chocolate; pipe on hair and nostrils.

Nutrition Facts

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.