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Great Chocolate Cupcakes

Author/Submitted by: STEPHANIE RAWLINS <rawlins@UTKUX1.UTK.EDU>
Servings: 24
Categories: Cakes / Chocolate / Cupcakes / Desserts

1/2  Lb.  Unsalted Butter
1/2  Cup  Chocolate Chips, --or--
3  Oz.  Semisweet Chocolate
2  Large  Eggs
1  Tbl.  Coffee Liqueur -- --or, water
1/4  Cup  Brown Sugar, Packed
1/3  Cup  White Sugar
1  Teas.  Coffee Espresso
2  Cups  Flour
1  Teas.  Vanilla
1/2  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 1/2 cup nuts. Heat oven to 350. Line mini-muffin pan with mini paper liners, spoon batter in--3/4 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.

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