Snowman Cupcakes

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Snowman Cupcakes

 

Here’s a snowman you can “build” inside!

  • 1 package (18.5 oz.) yellow or white cake mix, plus ingredients to prepare mix
  • 2 containers (16 oz. each) vanilla frosting
  • 4 cups flaked coconut
  • 15 large marshmallows
  • 15 miniature peanut butter cups
  • Small red candies and pretzel sticks
  • Green and red decorating gel

Preheat oven to 350◦. Line 15 regular-size muffin pan cups and 15 small (about 1-inch) muffin cups with paper muffin cup liners. Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Spoon batter into muffin cups. Bake 10-15 minutes for small cupcakes and 15-20 for large cupcakes or until cupcakes are golden and toothpick inserted into centers comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes. Remove from pans to racks; cool completely. Remove paper liners.
For each snowman, frost bottom and side of 1 large cupcake, and coat with coconut. Repeat with 1 small cupcake. Attach small cupcake to large cupcake with frosting to form snowman body. Attach marshmallow to small cupcake with frosting to form snowman head. Attach inverted peanut butter cup to marshmallow with frosting to form the snowman’s hat. Use pretzels for arms and small red candies for buttons. Pipe faces with decorating gel. Repeat with remaining cupcakes.

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Springtime Nests

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Character-Concepts-springtime-nestsYour kids are sure to enjoy making (and eating) these fun ‘nests’. Make up a batch, go outside and enjoy the treat you’ve made and see if you can spot some birds flying to their real nests!

  •  1 cup butterscotch chips
  • 1/2 c. creamy peanut butter
  • 2 1/2 cups chow mein noodles
  • jelly beans or malted egg candies
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 cups cornflakes, lightly crushed
Combine butterscotch chips, corn syrup, peanut butter and sugar in large microwavable bowl. Microwave on high 1 to 1 1/2 minutes or until melted and smooth, stirring at 30 second intervals. Stir in chow mein noodles and cornflakes until evenly coated. Quickly shape scant 1/4 cupfuls mixture into balls, make indentation in centers to form nests. Place nests on waxed paper to set. Place 3 jelly beans in each nest.

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