Raw, noun: 13. unrefined sugar, oil, etc.

I'm a wee short on time for baking these days (teaching and writing like a banshee!), but if I had a window of a few empty hours, these'd be first on my list.

Check out this gorgeous recipe for Maple-Walnut cupcakes with Cream Cheese frosting. (Incidentally, they're vegan.) I wanna dive right into that frosting. This mid-holiday time is so rich with flavors: ginger, cinnamon, cloves, spiced pumpkin, sugared plum, etc., but maple's always been at the top of my list.

So give these a whirl if you've a minute or three. They'd do as well in baby bundt pans as in cupcake tins. And if that's still not sating you, order up a few of these rad Ninjabread Men Cookie Cutters (bwahh ha ha) and pair some gingerbread with ninjabread. Love it so hard.

Vegan Maple-Walnut cupcakes (Taste Goblet)
Ninjabread Men cookie cutters (Perpetual Kid)


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