It's the most wonderful time of the year! Welcome to #ChristmasSweetsWeek 2019 co-hosted by Terri from Love and Confections and Christie from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures! What better way to celebrate the holidays than with food and friends? 25 bloggers from around the country have come together to share some of their favorite sweet Christmas recipes!! Deck the halls and get ready for very merry sweet treats, like fudge, sweet breads, cookies, Christmas morning breakfasts, layer cakes, cocktails, cocoa, and more! Follow along on social media with our #ChristmasSweetsWeek hashtag.
The holidays are here and a few weeks ago my son was pretty sick. He had a horrible cough, runny nose, and an ear infection. We had a long week where he couldn't sleep, didn't eat, and just wanted to snuggle. I ended up staying home from work one of those days because he just wanted to sit in my lap and I didn't want to leave him.
Since I was home during the week which rarely happens I had some extra time while he was napping. I started looking for some seasonal baked goods to make and I found these super fun Snowman Cupcakes. The great thing about these is that you can use any cupcake and frosting recipe you want. If you don't have time to whip up batter and frosting from scratch you can use a boxed cake mix and canned frosting and they will still be adorable.
I used my classic yellow cupcake batter because it's my all purpose mix. I then whipped up a batch of my buttercream frosting. For decorating all you really need is sparkling sugar. You can buy a huge bag of it for just a few dollars. I've had my bag for 2 or 3 years and I'm only about halfway through it. It makes beautiful "snow" on my baked goods.
In addition to the sugar you need something to make the faces out of. I just happen to have a snowman kit in my baking cupboard (because doesn't everyone?) but if you don't you can just use mini chocolate chips for the eyes and nose and either a butterscotch chip, an M&M, or a corn corn for the nose. It's really your choice what to use and any type of candy will work.
I baked up a batch of my yellow cupcakes and while they cooled I worked on the buttercream frosting. These cupcakes are so easy to decorate because there is no piping. Just spoon the frosting on, smooth it around, and dip the cupcakes into the sparkling sugar. Then use your candy to make a cute snowman face. That's it!
This would be a great treat for kids to help decorate because they could make different faces on the snowmen or pick different colors for the nose. I always like when kids can help make holiday treats.
For the cupcakes:
- 1 stick butter, softened
- ¾ c. sugar
- 1 egg
- ⅓ c. pumpkin puree
- 1 T. vanilla extract
- 1 ½ c. flour
- 1 ½ t. baking powder
- ½ t. salt
- ⅓ c. milk
For the frosting:
- 2 sticks butter, softened
- 1 T. vanilla
- 4 c. powdered sugar
- 2-3 T. milk
- ½ c. clear sanding sugar
- candies to make snowman faces
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners.
- In a large bowl cream together the butter and sugar.
- Beat in the egg.
- Add the pumpkin puree and vanilla and mix well.
- In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, and salt.
- Add half the flour mixture tot he butter mixture and mix well.
- Stir in the milk and mix until combined.
- Add the remaining flour mixture and mix until just combined.
- Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin cups filling each one ¾ of the way full.
- Bake for 22-24 minutes.
- Remove from oven and cool completely on a wire rack.
- To make the frosting beat the butter until smooth. Add the powdered sugar a half cup at a time until smooth.
- Add in the vanilla and milk and mix until smooth.
- Top each cupcake with a spoonful of frosting. Dip the cupcake into the sanding sugar to cover completely.
- Use candies to make eyes, nose, and mouth.
A Hezzi-D original recipe
h3>Enjoy these #ChristmasSweetsWeek recipes from our bloggers:
Cinnamon Roll Pancakes from Daily Dish Recipes
Flaky Nutella Christmas Tree from Shockingly Delicious
Gingerbread Sweet Rolls from The Redhead Baker
Grinch Pancakes from Katie's Cucina
Mini Chocolate Peppermint Baked Donuts from It Bakes Me Happy
Christmas Pastries and Desserts:
Angel Sugar Crisps from Jolene's Recipe Journal
Chocolate Cherry Loaf from Seduction In The Kitchen
Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups from Sweet Beginnings
Peppermint Chunk Cookies from A Day in the Life on the Farm
Snowman Cupcakes from Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks
Toy Soldier Frosted Brownies from Big Bear's Wife
Vegan Gingerbread Layer Cake from The Baking Fairy
Bourbon Balls from A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures
Chocolate Peppermint Truffles from Family Around the Table
Christmas Crack (Saltine Toffee) from Palatable Pastime
Gingerbread Fudge from Love and Confections
Slow Cooker Chocolate Peanut Candy from Cheese Curd In Paradise
Spiced Pecans with a Rum Glaze from Karen's Kitchen Stories
Star Crunch Inspired Bars from Our Good Life