Honey Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

YIELD: Makes 16 cupcakes

INGREDIENTS

For Cupcakes:

1 cup

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butter or margarine

,

softened

1 1/3 cup

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honey

2

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eggs

1 tsp.

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vanilla extract

2 1/2 cups

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all-purpose flour

1 tsp.

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baking soda

1 tsp.

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salt

For Topping:

1/3 cup

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honey

1

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egg

1/2 tsp.

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vanilla extract

1/8 tsp.

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salt

1 cup

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semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup

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chopped walnuts

DIRECTIONS

Using electric mixer, beat butter until light; gradually add honey, beating until light and creamy. Beat in egg and vanilla.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to butter mixture, mixing until blended.

Spoon batter into 16 paper-lined or greased 2 1/2-inch muffin cups. Bake at 350°F for 10 minutes.

For Topping:

Using electric mixer, beat honey, egg, vanilla and salt until light; stir in chocolate chips and nuts.

Remove cupcakes from oven. Spoon 1 T topping over each partially-baked cupcake. Return to the oven; bake at 350°F for an additional 12 to 15 minutes or until topping is set.

Cool in pans on wire racks.