Great chocolate cupcakes

Yield: 24 Servings

Measure Ingredient
½ pounds Unsalted Butter
½ cup Chocolate Chips -- --or--
3 ounces Semisweet Chocolate
2 larges Eggs
1 tablespoon Coffee Liqueur -- --or --
Water
¼ cup Brown Sugar, Packed
⅓ cup White Sugar
1 teaspoon Coffee Espresso
2 cups Flour
1 teaspoon Vanilla
½ cup Pecans -- chopped
24 Pecan Halves

Melt butter and chocolate in double boiler. Cool slightly, add eggs (whisk first) and liqueur (water), then stir in flour, sugar, espresso, and ½ cup nuts. Heat oven to 350. Line mini-muffin pan with mini paper liners, spoon batter in--¾ full. Top each with pecan half. Bake 25-30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Makes 24.

These are great and sweet too (the little cakes look perfect topped with the pecans.

Recipe By : STEPHANIE RAWLINS <rawlins@UTKUX1. UTK. EDU>

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