Winter Wonderland Cupcakes
Recipe from Better Homes and Gardens
SERVINGS
12
SERVING SIZE
1  cupcake
PREP TIME
1 hr

Winter Wonderland Cupcakes

Ingredients
  • 3   cups Cream Cheese Frosting (see recipe below) or canned cream cheese frosting
  •  Blue food coloring
  • 12   Cookie Surprise Cupcakes (see recipe below) or other 2-1/2-inch cupcakes in paper bake cups
  •  Clear and/or blue coarse sugar (optional)
  •  Tiny marshmallows
  •  Red rolled fruit leather
  •  Black candy-coated chocolate pieces
  •  Black candy-coated sunflower kernels
  •  Nonpareils
  •  Gumdrops, cut into tiny slivers
  •  Pine tree sprinkles
  •  Snowflake sprinkles
  • 12   chocolate wafer cookies (optional)
Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 1  8  ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2  cup butter, softened
  • 2   teaspoons vanilla
  • 5 1/2 - 6   cups powdered sugar

Cookie Surprise Cupcakes
  • 1  16 1/2 ounce tube refrigerated peanut butter cookie dough
  • 1   package 2-layer-size chocolate cake mix
  • 4   ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1   cup water
  • 1/2  cup vegetable oil
  • 3   eggs

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Directions
1. 
Tint half of the Cream Cheese Frosting a light sky blue color. Smoothly frost half of the top of each Cookie Surprise Cupcake with blue frosting. Spread the remaining halves of the cupcake tops with white frosting, swirling slightly to make a wintry landscape of sky and snow. If desired, roll edges of cupcakes in coarse sugar.
2. 
For each snowman cupcake, press two tiny marshmallows together and flatten into a large disk. Flatten a single tiny marshmallow into a smaller disk. Position the smaller disk above the larger disk on a frosted cupcake to create a two-dimensional snowman.
3. 
For scarves, unroll red fruit leather and cut into strips. Decorate each snowman with a scarf. Press candy-coated chocolate pieces and candy-coated sunflower kernels into each frosted cupcake above the small marshmallow disk for a hat. Attach nonpareils for eyes and a sliver of gumdrop for a nose. Arrange pine tree and snowflake sprinkles around the snowman for a winter scene.
4. 
If desired, to make the cupcakes look like snow globes, place each cupcake on its side on a chocolate wafer cookie, letting a little of the cookie stick out in front. Secure cupcakes to the cookies with white frosting. Makes 12 (2-1/2-inch) cupcakes.
Cream Cheese Frosting
1. 
Tint half of the Cream Cheese Frosting a light sky blue color. Smoothly frost half of the top of each Cookie Surprise Cupcake with blue frosting. Spread the remaining halves of the cupcake tops with white frosting, swirling slightly to make a wintry landscape of sky and snow. If desired, roll edges of cupcakes in coarse sugar.
2. 
For each snowman cupcake, press two tiny marshmallows together and flatten into a large disk. Flatten a single tiny marshmallow into a smaller disk. Position the smaller disk above the larger disk on a frosted cupcake to create a two-dimensional snowman.
3. 
For scarves, unroll red fruit leather and cut into strips. Decorate each snowman with a scarf. Press candy-coated chocolate pieces and candy-coated sunflower kernels into each frosted cupcake above the small marshmallow disk for a hat. Attach nonpareils for eyes and a sliver of gumdrop for a nose. Arrange pine tree and snowflake sprinkles around the snowman for a winter scene.
4. 
If desired, to make the cupcakes look like snow globes, place each cupcake on its side on a chocolate wafer cookie, letting a little of the cookie stick out in front. Secure cupcakes to the cookies with white frosting. Makes 12 (2-1/2-inch) cupcakes.
Cookie Surprise Cupcakes
1. 
Tint half of the Cream Cheese Frosting a light sky blue color. Smoothly frost half of the top of each Cookie Surprise Cupcake with blue frosting. Spread the remaining halves of the cupcake tops with white frosting, swirling slightly to make a wintry landscape of sky and snow. If desired, roll edges of cupcakes in coarse sugar.
2. 
For each snowman cupcake, press two tiny marshmallows together and flatten into a large disk. Flatten a single tiny marshmallow into a smaller disk. Position the smaller disk above the larger disk on a frosted cupcake to create a two-dimensional snowman.
3. 
For scarves, unroll red fruit leather and cut into strips. Decorate each snowman with a scarf. Press candy-coated chocolate pieces and candy-coated sunflower kernels into each frosted cupcake above the small marshmallow disk for a hat. Attach nonpareils for eyes and a sliver of gumdrop for a nose. Arrange pine tree and snowflake sprinkles around the snowman for a winter scene.
4. 
If desired, to make the cupcakes look like snow globes, place each cupcake on its side on a chocolate wafer cookie, letting a little of the cookie stick out in front. Secure cupcakes to the cookies with white frosting. Makes 12 (2-1/2-inch) cupcakes.

Variation

  • Winter Wonderland Cupcakes with Christmas Trees:

    Frost cupcakes as directed above in Step 1. For Christmas trees, unroll green rolled fruit leather. Use a 1-inch tree-shape cookie cutter to cut out trees. Press trees into green edible glitter. Press trees, glitter sides up, onto frosted cupcakes. Attach small confetti sprinkles on trees with frosting. If desired, make cupcakes look like snow globes as directed in Step 4.

Variation

  • Winter Wonderland Cupcakes with Gingerbread People:

    Frost cupcakes as directed in Step 1. For each gingerbread person, in a microwave-safe bowl microwave 2 or 3 caramels on 100 percent power (high) for 5 to 10 seconds or until softened. Press caramels together into a flat disk; use a 1-inch gingerbread person-shape cutter to cut out a gingerbread person. Pipe white frosting bands onto arms and legs; pipe hair, eyes, and nose. Attach small red decorative candies for buttons. Press one or two gingerbread people onto each cupcake. If desired, make cupcakes look like snow globes as directed in Step 4.

nutrition information

Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 563, Fat, total (g) 26, chol. (mg) 72, sat. fat (g) 11, carb. (g) 80, Monosaturated fat (g) 10, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 3, fiber (g) 1, sugar (g) 61, pro. (g) 5, vit. A (IU) 486, vit. C (mg) 1, Thiamin (mg) 0, Riboflavin (mg) 0, Niacin (mg) 1, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0, Folate (µg) 24, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg) 0, sodium (mg) 352, Potassium (mg) 163, calcium (mg) 91, iron (mg) 1, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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