Shower Recipes~ Baby Ruth Cupcakes & Cheddar Due Date Wafers

Baby Ruth Cupcakes

I’m back as promised with two shower recipes from

 a recent baby shower I helped give in September.


Baby Ruth Cupcakes are quick, easy,

and a sweet ending for a baby shower!


Frozen Baby Ruth miniatures go in the cupcake

batter~ freezing them first prevents them from

totally dissolving into the batter while baking.


I used a boxed Devils’ Food Cake Mix, substituting the buttermilk in place of the water called for, and with 4 large eggs in place of 3 called for on the box. Use the same amount of oil called for in the mix.

Freeze your candy bar miniatures, before baking your cupcakes. You can use any miniature candy bar if you’re not a Baby Ruth fan. I used Baby Ruth bars for obvious reasons :)

Preheat the oven 350 degrees F. Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners.


Follow the box mix instructions, putting all the ingredients in a large bowl and using the buttermilk in place of the water specified, using the amount of vegetable oil that is called for, and adding 4 large eggs. Beat with a mixer until moistened, about 30 seconds. Increase the speed to high and beat until thick, 2 minutes longer.

Use an ice cream scoop, and distribute the batter between 24 muffin cups; about 3 tablespoons of batter per cup. Press one frozen Baby Ruth Miniature into the center of each cupcake. Use a spoon to cover the top of the candy bar with batter.


Bake in preheated oven for 20-24 minutes or until the tops spring back when lightly touched. There may be a small depression in the top of the cupcakes from the candy bars, but you’ll cover that with frosting. Allow cupcakes to cool inside muffin tins for about 5 minutes. Remove cupcakes from tins and allow to fully cool on a wire rack before frosting. Frost with your frosting of choice. Garnish with chopped Baby Ruth candy bars.

I used a Cream Cheese Frosting,

you can find a 5-star rated one, here.


A version of a cheese straw,

Cheddar ‘Due Date’ Wafers

Cheddar Due Date Wafers

Chopped dates are a sweet addition to the balance

the heat of the chipotle Cheddar cheese.

The dough can be made 24 hours ahead,

then sliced and baked.


Cheddar ‘Due Date’ Wafers,

recipe adapted from Phyllis Hoffman Celebrate

Makes about 3 dozen


~1 cup butter, softened

~8 ounces Chipotle Cheddar Cheese, shredded (I found Chipotle Cheddar at SuperTarget. You can substitute 8 ounces of Sharp Cheddar and add 1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle chile pepper.)

~1/2 cup chopped toasted walnuts

~1/2 cup chopped dates

~1/2 teaspoon salt

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour


In a large bowl, beat butter at medium speed with a mixer until fluffy. Add cheese, stirring to combine. Add walnuts, dates, and salt, (and chipolte pepper if adding to cheese) stirring well.

Add flour to cheese mixture, mix flour thoroughly. Dough will be stiff. Divide dough in half, form into 2 logs about 1 1/2 inches thick. Roll in plastic wrap. Refrigerate at least 3 hours or overnight.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Cut dough into 1/4 inch slices. Place 2 inches apart on baking sheets and bake 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly golden. Cool wafers on baking sheets.

Store in an airtight container for up to a week.

Swaddled Chicken Salad Bites-001

Other recipes for Swaddled Chicken Salad Bites, Animal Cracker Popcorn Crunch, Easy Delivery Cups, and Baby-Makes-Three Marinated Shrimp, can be found on the shower post here.

Animal Cracker Popcorn Crunch-001


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  28 comments for “Shower Recipes~ Baby Ruth Cupcakes & Cheddar Due Date Wafers

  1. Franki
    October 9, 2013 at 7:55 am

    Those cupcake holders…MEEE-OW! franki

  2. Cheryl
    October 9, 2013 at 8:00 am

    Yum Mary! Those cupcakes look so decadent!

  3. Pam
    October 9, 2013 at 8:02 am

    Looks amazing and delicious!

  4. October 9, 2013 at 8:13 am

    Everything looks wonderful and mouth watering.

  5. October 9, 2013 at 8:19 am

    Yum. Mary, I could eat chocolate for breakfast and those cupcakes would be perfect! I would try them with Mounds. Everything looks yummy from the party. I hope the Mom and baby or baby-to-be are doing well! Linda

  6. October 9, 2013 at 8:26 am

    I would like those cheddar wafers Mary! The chipotle sounds great in them:@)

  7. October 9, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Good morning, Mary! The cheddar wafers would be great for a cocktail party!

  8. October 9, 2013 at 8:34 am

    Thank you Mary, for the recipes. Both sound exceptional. Pinned for future use. I always have a list in my mind from your posts to do when I have an occasion.

  9. October 9, 2013 at 8:53 am

    Love these recipes..and Baby Ruths are my hubby’s favorite!..bookmarking this post!..

  10. October 9, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Mary, I just LOVE the darling play on words you gals created for this special baby shower! So fun & full of ideas…I am bookmarking this for sure.
    The fruilt/cheese/cracker tray is so beautifully arranged & all the other cute touches must have made the Mommy-to-Be feel so special.
    Well done!

  11. Annie
    October 9, 2013 at 9:42 am

    These are such awesome recipes for tasty treats! xoxo A

  12. paula
    October 9, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Thanks for sharing these recipes, I may make the wafers for our family “fall” get together!
    Love your red&white check rug, where did you find it?(may I ask)
    have a super October day ! another pretty day here :)

    • October 9, 2013 at 10:33 am

      Hi Paula, the shower was at my friend Annie’s house. I think the rug was cut from carpet and bound :)

  13. October 9, 2013 at 10:53 am

    yummy recipes and such adorable decorations!! I know this must have been so much fun!!

  14. October 9, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    The mommy-to-be must have felt so loved! What great recipes and such wonderful ways they are presented. Is that your kitchen. So pretty!

  15. October 9, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    Freezing the candy bars! What a stellar idea! Yum, the only thing that could be better than a cupcake is a cupcake stuffed and topped with a candy bar! The Save the date cheese wafers sound really good too, love the slice and bake ease of them. Thanks for the great recipes and ideas~

  16. October 9, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    What awesome recipes. Your site is so happy & positive . Pls include my email address in your listings.. :-) Susan

  17. October 9, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    What clever titles, dear Mary, for those fabulous recipes. Goodness gracious, would I ever love a sample of each of those right now. I love dates and paired with chipotles… what a flavor combo! Baby Ruth’s are one of my favorite candy bars and I’m thinking I need to make those cupcakes soon. xo

  18. Shyrl Thomas
    October 9, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    Hi Girls, I thought of you two cupcake queens when I saw this blog. I love this blog! she does a great job with the pictures, decorations and recipes. This is my “special escape” time when I get to read this blog. Hope you enjoy! Bella

  19. Karen
    October 9, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    These recipes look divine! Freezing the baby ruths~genius! And the Due Date wafers…Mmmmmm……..

  20. October 9, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    Mary, I must say once more, what a lovely shower you ladies created! I love the theme, you all carried it off so well, down to the last detail. those Those cupcakes, ooh la la! The Chipotle wafers, and Swaddled Chicken Salad Bites ~ my goodness, so many fun, creative ideas in one place. You did a marvelous job, and I’ll bet everyone had a wonderful time. Brava!! xo

  21. October 9, 2013 at 9:26 pm


    This looks fabulous!!! And yummy.

    – The Tablescaper

  22. October 10, 2013 at 12:19 am

    What a wonderful menu! Those cupcakes and the wafers look like heaven!

  23. October 10, 2013 at 2:01 am

    You have outdone yourself again Mary!! What fun a baby shower…or any party … would be at your house!! A feast for the eyes and for the tummy! xo Jeanne

  24. October 16, 2013 at 10:46 am

    What fantastic party food! I just love the animal cracker mix! Great recipes!

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