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Christmas - Desserts - Holiday Parties

Adorable and Delicious Christmas Wreath Cookies

December 24, 2018

Turn store-bought sugar cookie dough into adorable Christmas Wreath Cookies. Make baking during the holiday season easy on yourself and turn these cookies into a holiday tradition.

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Sugar cookies for me are the quintessential cookie. Rich, buttery, and crispy – it’s perfect in every way. These Christmas Wreath Cookies are perfect for the holidays. They’re festive and they can taste absolutely delicious with the buttercream frosting.

There are a few tricks to getting your sugar cookie to hold its shape while you’re baking it. After you’ve mixed it, put it back in the fridge for another 30 minutes to rest. Then you’re going to roll it out, use your cutters and then pop it back in the fridge for 10 minutes to have the butter solidify again.

Chilling your sugar cookie dough before you bake it will keep the cookie cutter shape and makes icing cookies easier because it’s going to hold its shape and not look like a disaster.

Supplies for your Christmas Sugar Cookie Wreaths

Prepare your sugar cookie dough according to recipe instructions. If you’ve used store-bought dough, just start rolling it out on a floured surface. I like to roll my cookie dough between two sheets of parchment paper. This just makes for easy cleanup.

Dip your cookie cutter into some flour and then punch out your shapes. Transfer those onto a lined baking sheet and bake according to the recipe instructions. Allow them to cool completely on a wired rack while you make your buttercream frosting.

How to make American Buttercream Frosting

Use room temperature unsalted butter and use a whisk attachment on a stand mixer or a handheld electric mixer and whip your butter until it is airy and creamy. Add in your icing sugar one cup at a time until it is fully incorporated. Add in your gel food coloring and continue to whip for an additional 5 minutes to incorporate as much air as possible.

 

 

Add your frosting into your piping bag and begin piping leaves on your Christmas Wreath Cookies. You want to press down the piping tip on the cookies and squeeze then release and pull straight up.

Oh man! That is some confusing directions! Place your Nerds candies around the wreath cookies to make it look like ornaments or lights.

These wreath Christmas cookies are so fun and perfect for family get-togethers.  I especially love how they complement a fun Christmas dessert table with my Buttercream Santa Hat Cupcakes, my Rudolph Cookies, my Reindeer Cupcakes or even my Christmas Tree Cake Pops

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Sugar Cookie Holiday Wreath Cookies
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
42 mins
 
Course: Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas Cookies, christmas dessert, christmas party food, sugar cookie, wreath cookie
Servings: 12 cookies
Author: Lindsay
Ingredients
  • Your favorite recipe for sugar cookies enough to make 12
Buttercream Frosting
  • 1 stick butter softened
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • 4-5 tbsp milk
  • ¼ tsp Kelly green gel food coloring
  • Multicolored candies
Instructions
  1. Once you prepare your cookie dough, roll it on a floured surface so that it’s about ¼ of an inch thick. With a cookie cutter, cut out a wreath shape – we had a cookie cutter that also cut out a circle on the inside. If you don’t have one, you’ll use two different-sized circular cookie cutters to achieve the look.
  2. Bake and allow to cool completely.
  3. With an electric mixer, beat butter, sugar and milk on medium speed. Gradually increase to high. Once the ingredients start mixing, add food coloring. Mix until buttercream is smooth and forms semi-stiff peaks.
  4. Using a frosting bag and Wilton tip #32, frost each cookie then add multicolored candies (they will act as the Christmas lights for your wreath!). 

Christmas - Desserts - Holiday Parties

Christmas Cupcakes with a Fondant Tree Cake Topper

December 21, 2018

With Christmas being next week, I am baking my heart out! These Christmas cupcakes are perfect to have at your next holiday party. Make these easy fondant Christmas Tree cupcakes and be the star of the party.

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I’ve been a Christmas cupcake machine lately with my buttercream Santa Hat Cupcakes, Reindeer Cupcakes and now a fondant Christmas Tree cupcake recipe to top it all off.

With easy to find ingredients, what better way to show off to others with these easy Christmas cupcakes.

Supplies for your Christmas Tree Cupcakes

I don’t have time to make homemade cupcakes but I do have time to take store-bought cupcakes and jazz them up into the cutest cupcakes you’ve ever seen.

Tip: Head to your grocery store bakery and ask to buy non-frosted cupcakes. Or ask for plain frosted cupcakes and add the Christmas fondant tree topper yourself.

How to make fondant Christmas trees

Start by rolling your fondant into 2″ spheres. You’re now going to take the top and form it into a triangle. Take your kitchen shears and start cutting small pieces in the tree shape and these will act as your pine leaves.

Making the buttercream is really easy. Just cream together the butter and icing sugar adding milk to make it looser. I like to whip my buttercream in a stand mixer for a good 5 minutes to get all that air inside.

Use a knife or offset spatula to frost your cupcakes and then add your coconut flakes to the top. Take the remaining frosting and use the get food coloring colors of your choice and mix those together.

You can use a piping bag but a small Ziploc bag is good enough to make the small dots for the ornaments.

I used yellow gel food coloring to decorate the top of the tree as the star. I like how the blue and red are almost pastel colored so that they really shine on the Christmas Tree Cupcakes.

Place your tree on your “snow” covered cupcakes and serve.

I particularly don’t like to eat a big chunk on fondant so I like these because they’re easy enough to just take off and set it aside while I scarf down my Christmas Tree Cupcakes!

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Fondant Christmas Tree Cupcakes
Author: Lindsay
Ingredients
  • 12 of your favorite chocolate cupcakes
  • 6-8 oz. green fondant
  • ¾ cup butter softened (1 ½ sticks)
  • 3 cups icing sugar
  • 3-5 tbsp milk
  • 1 cup sweetened coconut flakes
  • Red gel food coloring
  • Yellow gel food coloring
  • Blue gel food coloring
Instructions
  1. Ensure that your cupcakes are cool before decorating.
  2. Line a baking sheet with wax paper and roll out a dozen 2-inch fondant spheres.
  3. Start shaping each fondant spheres into cones so that they take the shape of Christmas trees. Use scissors to cut little indents all around the fondant tree (this will give it texture). Set lightly on a lined baking sheet.
  4. To make the buttercream, use an electric mixer and beat butter, icing sugar and milk on medium speed. Gradually increase speed to high and beat until completely smooth.
  5. Frost each cupcake with an offset spatula and add shredded coconut on top.
  6. Add some buttercream on the bottom of each tree and place on in the center of each cupcake.
  7. Separate the remainder of your frosting in three different bowls. Color each one with your gel food coloring.
  8. Add each buttercream color into a sandwich bag, cut a small hole in one and corner and pipe out little dots on your fondant Christmas trees. We kept the yellow for the top part of the tree – this will act as your fondant tree’s “star.” Enjoy!

Christmas - Desserts

Oreo Truffle Snowman Recipe for Winter

December 20, 2018

With Christmas being a time where yummy Christmas desserts are offered, make these Oreo truffles and shape them as Snowmen. This Oreo truffle Snowman recipe is so simple and a perfect addition to your holiday party.

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These Snowmen truffles are such a fun holiday treat. They pair well with any Christmas desserts you want to display. These Santa Hat cupcakes are a perfect companion to Frosty for your Christmas party. The upper portions of the snowman are fondant and really just for decorations on these truffles. To make them completely tasty and not overly sweet.

Supplies for your Oreo Truffle Snowmen

Oreo Truffles are really easy to make and only require two ingredients. You can turn these into cake pops even. These would be perfect to make my Christmas Tree Cake Pops from last week.

You can use a Ziploc bag and a rolling pin or saucepan to crush your Oreo cookies. You want them to be really fine before mixing them with your cream cheese. I prefer a food processor but don’t feel like you need to have one to make this Oreo Truffle Snowman.

After your Oreos are crushed, add in your room temperature cream cheese. Roll them into 1.5″ spheres and set them on a lined cookie sheet and place them in the fridge to set.

To make your Snowmen body, roll some fondant into smaller spheres. The bottom Oreo truffle is 1.5″ so make your middle sphere 1″ and the head .5″. I had some red and yellow fondant on hand so I just made orange fondant or you can buy it.

Fondant can be bought online from Amazon in small packages but I also know that Joann, Michaels, and Walmart all have it in their cake decorating aisle by the candy melts.

For the sake of pictures, I just made all the upper body out of fondant but it would be delicious to make the entire snowman body out of Oreo truffles.

After your Oreo truffles have set for about an hour, remove them from the refrigerator and place a toothpick in some melted chocolate and place in the top of the truffle. Set it in the fridge to set for another additional 30 minutes. You could also do this step at the very beginning to save you an extra hassle.

How do I assemble a Oreo Truffle Snowman?

Melt your Candy Melts or White Chocolate in the microwave at 30-second intervals. Dip your truffles in the chocolate and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Place it back in the fridge and let it set up again.

Use an edible marker to draw the eyes and then coal buttons on your Oreo Truffle Snowman. Place your fondant on the head and then attach the pieces together with the toothpicks poking into each area.

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Snowman Oreo Truffle Recipe
Prep Time
30 mins
cooling time
1 hr
Total Time
30 mins
 

Make your table a winter wonderland with these easy Snowman Oreo truffles. A classic recipe turned into your favorite winter mascot.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas dessert, christmas party food, oreo truffle, snowman truffle
Author: Lindsay
Ingredients
Oreo Truffles
  • 18 Oreo cookies
  • 4 oz. approx. half a package cream cheese, softened
Snowman Decorations
  • 1 cup white candy melts
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 6-7 oz. white fondant
  • 1 oz. orange fondant
  • Black food marker
  • 8-10 Toothpicks
Instructions
How to make Oreo Truffles
  1. Line a pan with wax paper and set aside.

  2. Place your Oreos into a sandwich bag and crush with a rolling pin. You’ll want very small pieces in order to facilitate the rolling of the truffles. I like to use a food processor but it is not necessary.

  3. Place your crushed Oreos in a bowl and add cream cheese. Mix and then shape into 1.5-inch spheres. Place gently on lined pan and refrigerate for about one hour.

Making your Snowman Truffles
  1. Once the truffles are chilled, remove from refrigerator and melt candy melts. To do so, place candy in a microwave-safe bowl and add coconut oil. Microwave in 30-second intervals until completely melted, mixing in-between each interval.
  2. Dip each truffle in the melted candy and coat evenly. Place back onto lined pan and poke a hole at the top with a toothpick. Refrigerate for 30 min.
Making the Snowman's Edible Decorations
  1. Roll 8-10 fondant spheres, about 1 inch in size. Roll another 8-10 fondant spheres, about ½ an inch in size.

  2. On the one inch fondant spheres, draw three buttons with your black marker. On the smaller spheres, draw 2 eyes. Add a triangular fondant piece in the middle, with your orange fondant. This will serve as the snowman’s carrot nose.
Putting the Snowman Truffle Together
  1. Remove truffles from the refrigerator. Assemble by inserting a toothpick through your 1 inch fondant sphere and then inserting it into the Oreo truffle. Top with snowman’s head. Repeat for each snowman and serve. Enjoy!

Christmas - Cricut - Home DIY

Easiest Way to Make Your Own Custom Doormat and a FREE Happy Holidays SVG File

December 18, 2018

Have you wanted to learn how to make your own custom doormat? Use these tips and tricks to learn the easiest way to get crisp lines on your doormat and while you’re at it, download the FREE Happy Holidays SVG file to cut with your Cricut, Silhouette, or Brother ScanNCut.

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There are a few things to know before you make your custom doormat and I’ve compiled some of my favorite tips and tricks to achieve crisp lines, reduce bleeding from your paints and how to save you time.

Supplies for your DIY custom doormat

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A few weeks ago I made this Hocus Pocus Spell Book Doormat and I learned a lot of things you shouldn’t do while making a personalized doormat.

Don’t use stencil vinyl. It will not stick to the fibers in these types of doormats. You want to use something that you’ll be able to get a good adhesion while also allowing crisp lines when you’re painting your doormat.

What should I use when painting a doormat?

You want to use some freezer paper. I linked to my favorite above and it fits perfectly in a Cricut or Silhouette. This Happy Holidays SVG file can be uploaded to any electronic cutting software. I don’t know much about the Brother ScanNCut but I do know that you will have to have the designer edition of Silhouettes software which is an extra expense.

To upload a photo or SVG file into Cricut Design Space is free. It’s a pretty simple thing to do. I like uploading SVG files better than PNG or JPEG files because everything is done for me and I don’t need to do any additional edits. To see how to upload an image into Design Space, click here.

How do I make stencils with freezer paper?

You can use an x-acto knife when cutting freezer paper or an electronic cutter. To make a stencil with your freezer paper, lay your printed image on a cutting mat and then lay the freezer paper shiny-side down on top. Cut your freezer paper over the image and you’ve made a stencil.

To cut freezer paper with your Cricut or Silhouette, lay your freezer paper shiny-side facing down on the cutting mat. Cut it as you would regular vinyl and then weed the image while it is still on the mat.

How do I iron freezer paper?

Lay your image on your surface shiny-side down and use the cotton setting on your iron with no steam. You want to press well so that you have no lifting on any of your pieces so that the ink doesn’t bleed through.

Any middle areas of letters just place them where they should go and press again with your iron.

Use some appropriate ink and use a foam stippling brush to put your ink on the areas. If you’re using fabric ink or regular acrylic craft ink, pay attention to the instructions on how to use them.

To stencil, you want to have a plate of your ink and then an open area so that you can blot off the excess ink. When stenciling, the less the better. You’d want to have to paint more than getting a blob of paint and risk bleeding.

How long should I wait before removing freezer paper?

Allow your ink to dry completely before peeling your freezer paper off your custom doormat. I like to wait at least fifteen minutes if I’m using acrylic paint. If you use fabric paint, wait 30 minutes and then set it again with the iron.

The same technique can be used on t-shirts but you will need to use fabric paint for that.

That’s it! That is how easy it is to make your own custom doormat. It’s inexpensive and you can make it match any holiday.

Christmas - Desserts

Adorable Rudolph Cookie Recipe for Santa

December 17, 2018

This Rudolph cookie recipe is easy and fun for all ages. Leave these cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve or use these reindeer cookies at your next holiday party. This easy kids cookie recipe is perfect for the holiday season.

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Reindeer cookies are such a fun holiday kids recipe that they can easily assemble themselves. You just need a few simple items and you’re on your way to the cutest cookies ever left for Santa Claus. This Rudolph cookie recipe is the perfect accompaniment to our Reindeer Cupcake recipe we just posted earlier last week.  heart cookie decorated like a reindeer

Reindeer Cookie Recipe Supplies

Begin by cutting your sugar cookie dough into hearts. Roll it out on a floured surface until your cookies are about a quarter inch thick. This will be the start of your Rudolph cookie recipe.

Tip: Use some Silpat silicone sheets to roll your dough out to avoid adding too much flour to the cookie recipe.

Place your cut cookies on a parchment or silicone lined baking sheet. Try to keep your dough as cold as possible by frequently returning the dough to the fridge. Bake it according to the directions of your recipe and set it aside to cool.

Another Tip: After you’ve cut your dough, if it is still quite a bit soft, place it in the freezer for about 5 minutes or fridge for 15 minutes.. This will keep your dough from spreading and loosing it’s cookie cutter shape.

Now it’s time to make the buttercream frosting for your Rudolph cookies.

Add your room temperature butter into a mixing bowl and cream it until it is smooth. Add some icing sugar a cup at a time and add your cocoa in as well. Whip your buttercream until you can see that it almost has the consistency of stiff whipped cream. You want to incorporate as much as possible into the buttercream frosting. Add your milk along the way if you frosting becomes stiffer. After you’ve allowed your Rudolph cookies to cool, use an offset spatula or non-grooved butter knife to frost your cookies. Make streaks going in a downward stroke to almost mimic reindeer fur on their faces.

Add your mini pretzels to the top two corners of your cookies. Then add your eyes and your candy nose to the Rudolph cookie.

Santa will love these reindeer cookies for Christmas and they’re easily made so even kids can get in on the action. This Rudolph cookie recipe is going to be a classic for you to make every holiday season.

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ruldolph cookie recipe for Christmas
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Sugar Cookies
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
32 mins
 

These holiday cookies are sure to please anyone but the kids will love them the most. Help them make their own Rudolph cookies. This is such an easy recipe for toddlers or even school parties.

Course: Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas Cookies, christmas dessert, christmas party food, christmas recipe, dessert
Servings: 12 cookies
Author: Lindsay
Ingredients
  • Your favorite sugar cookie recipe enough to make 1 dozen
Buttercream Frosting
  • ½ stick butter softened
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 1 tbsp cocoa
  • 2-3 tbsp milk
Rudolph Decorations
  • 24 googly candy eyes
  • 24 pretzels
  • 12 red M&Ms or chocolate covered candies
  • Heart-shaped cookie cutter
Instructions
  1. Roll out your sugar cookie dough and cut out 12 hearts with your cookie cutter. Follow directions for baking and allow to cool completely before decorating.
How to make Buttercream Icing
  1. Make your buttercream icing: beat together butter, sugar, cocoa, and milk with an electric mixer on medium speed. Gradually increase the speed to high.
  2. Once the ingredients have completely combined, frost each cookie with an offset spatula.
How to make the Rudolph face on a cookie
  1. Place 2 pretzels on the top two corners of each cookie: these will be Rudolph’s antlers. Give him eyes and a nose with your red M&M. Enjoy and happy holidays!

three christmas reindeer cookies

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Christmas Tree Cake Pops to Wow the Holiday Crowd

December 14, 2018

Have you ever tried to make Christmas Cake Pops? Create this easy Christmas Tree version out of store-bought cake mix and decorate them to the hilt so that they’ll be a hit at your next Christmas party.

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Making Christmas Cake Pops is even easier than you could have ever imagined. The trick is to get enough frosting into the crumbs and allowing your cake pops to get super cold before your frost them. You can dip them in melted chocolate and then pipe the tree leaves or just go straight for the buttercream and save yourself a step.

Christmas Cake Pop Supplies

 

 

 

 

 

 

Make your buttercream by creaming the butter and icing sugar together using a wire whisk attachment on an electric mixer. Add a splash or two of milk if it gets a little harder to work with but you want to incorporate as much air as possible into the buttercream.

Divide your buttercream into two bowls, 1/4 frosting in one and 3/4 into another. Before adding your green gel food coloring, mix your crumbled cake crumbs and the 1/4 white buttercream together until they reach the texture of wet sand. Sounds gross but kind of like kinetic sand.

Once you’ve reached that consistency, form 2-3″ balls from your crumbs and form them into the shape of a cone. Place them on a parchment lined baking sheet and stick a sucker stick through the top.

Tip: When coloring your icing or buttercream darker pigments, the longer you allow your frosting to sit, the more intense your color gets.

Chill your mounds of crumbs in the fridge for about 2 hours until they’re really firm and solid. You can place a towel over them or a light sheet of cling film so they don’t form a crust.

While your Tree Cake Pops are chilling, add your green gel food coloring to the remaining buttercream and store that in an air-tight container until you’re ready to use it.

Take your yellow fondant and create stars by pinching the sides of your star. I used about a 1/2″ ball of fondant for each Christmas Tree star.

After your cake pops have chilled and you’re ready to frost your Christmas cake pops, place your icing in a piping bag fitted with a star tip.

Pipe a straight row up the tree and continue until your tree is completely covered. Add your nonpareil sprinkles while the buttercream is still soft and then adhere your Christmas star to the top of your tree.

piping green frosting on cake pop

These Christmas cake pops are super easy but they are time-consuming. Give yourself plenty of time in advance to complete these perfect Christmas desserts.

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Delightful Christmas Tree Cake Pops
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Chilling Time
2 hrs
Total Time
50 mins
 

Be the mini Martha Stewart that you are and make these whimsical Christmas Tree cake pops. 

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cake pops, christmas cake pops, christmas dessert, christmas party food
Author: Lindsay
Ingredients
  • 1 pkg of your favorite cake mix
  • ¾ cup butter softened (1 ½ sticks)
  • 3 cups icing sugar
  • 3-5 tbsp milk
  • green gel food coloring
  • yellow fondant
  • nonpareil sprinkles
Instructions
How to prepare your Christmas cake pops to be frosted.
  1. Line a baking sheet with wax paper and set aside

  2. Ensure that your cake has cooled before beginning the cake pop process. In a large bowl, break your cake up into little bits. You may even use a food processor to do this.

  3. Using an electric mixer, beat together butter, confectioners’ sugar, and milk until smooth. Split into two bowls, 1/4 into one and 3/4 into another.

  4. Add the smaller amount of frosting into your crumbled cake and mix thoroughly. You’ll want the consistency of semi-wet sand, but don’t make it too wet or else it will not set.

  5. Start rolling your frosted cake into 2-3 inch balls then shaping them into cones, so that they start to take the form of a Christmas tree. Insert a lollipop stick from the top and place gently on a lined baking sheet.

  6. Chill the cake pops in the refrigerator for 2 hours.

  7. Add the green gel food coloring to your remaining buttercream and add it to your piping bag fitted with a star tip. 

  8. Place a piece of wax paper on a clean working surface. Separate your yellow fondant into 20-24 spheres, about ½ an inch in size. Shape each one into a star. Lay gently on wax paper.

  9. Remove cake pops from the refrigerator and frost each one. Top with sprinkles and place fondant star at the peak of each tree.

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The Cutest Reindeer Cupcakes You’ve Ever Seen and You Can Make Them

December 13, 2018

Holiday parties are coming and why not create the cutest Reindeer Cupcakes your friends have ever seen? See how easy these holiday cupcakes are to make and how quickly you can put them together. 

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Christmas Eve is happening at my house this year. I know some people do a thing on either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. I love to be lazy on Christmas Day so I get everything done for the night before in advance to save me a headache. These Reindeer Cupcakes are so easy that you can add them to your list and actually complete them before the lazy day.

You can always buy a cake mix for your cupcakes but I love to go to my local bakery or even the grocery store bakery and grab a dozen premade ones. Go ahead and ask for some chocolate frosting too while you’re there and make these even easier.

reindeer cupcake ingredientsSupplies for your Christmas Reindeer Cupcakes

Cream together your butter, icing sugar and cocoa powder until it is smooth and fluffy. A Kitchen-Aid stand mixer is perfect for jobs like this but a hand-held electric mixer works great too. cupcake with brown frosting and pretzel antlers

How to assemble your Holiday Cupcakes

After you’ve creamed your butter and sugar, place a piping bag or Ziploc into an empty cup and drape the bag over the rim. Use a spatula to add your frosting into the bag and then take it out of the cup to squeeze out any air.

I like to use this piping tip to create texture in my reindeer cupcakes face. The tip I’ve used is a Wilton Open Star Tip #8B. Add your candy eyes and then use your Red Hots or red decorating icing as the nose. Ta-Da! Your Reindeer holiday cupcakes are complete. Aren’t they the cutest? Christmas cupcake decorated like a reindeer

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Adorable Reindeer Cupcake Recipe for Christmas
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 

Make Santa's reindeer their own cupcakes for Christmas Eve. These Reindeer Cupcakes are so festive for any holiday party.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas cupcake, christmas dessert, christmas party food, cupcake, cupcake recipe, cupcakes
Servings: 12 cupcakes
Author: Lindsay
Ingredients
  • 12 of your favorite chocolate cupcakes
Buttercream Frosting
  • 1 stick butter softened
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tbsp cocoa
  • 3-4 tbsp milk
Reindeer Decoration
  • 24 pretzels
  • 24 googly candy eyes
  • Red decorating frosting or Red Hots
Instructions
  1. Once your cupcakes are out of the oven, ensure you cool them completely on a wire rack before decorating.
How to make Buttercream Frosting
  1. In an electric stand mixer, beat together butter, sugar, cocoa and milk on medium speed, gradually increasing it to high.
  2. Once the ingredients are mixed, smooth, and form stiff peaks, your buttercream is ready. Frost each cupcake with a frosting bag.

How to make the pretzel reindeer
  1. Add two pretzels on each cupcake: these will be your reindeer’s “antlers.”

  2. Add candy eyes and dot a nose with your red decorating frosting. Enjoy and happy holidays!

group of reindeer cupcakes

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Make your own Christmas Gift Bags using stencils from DecoArt

December 11, 2018

Creating these DIY gift bags is easy as 1, 2, 3! Use your Cricut to cut the paper and add some stenciled art with DecoArt stencils and acrylic paint.

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Last week I used some DecoArt Americana acrylic paint to create these super cute buffalo plaid wrapping paper and today I’m showing you how easy it is to create your own Christmas gift bags.

Supplies for your Homemade Gift Bags

Cut all your gift bags out using your Cricut. You’re going to want to leave the bags flat to decorate the DIY gift bags.

Using washi tape to hold your stencil down is helpful. You’ll want to dip your brush in the color you want and blot off the excess. Pounce your brush until it’s fairly dry to help prevent seeping. I used the small brush to go over the berry area in the opposite color of the stencil. For the red cardstock, I used the Thicket paint for the stencil first and then I went over the berries using the red. I did the same thing for the blue paper but just reversed the colors. Add some coordinating ribbon to your homemade Christmas gift bags for the final touch.

That’s it. So easy and it makes such a difference in presentation. People will know that the gift is ultra special by these homemade touches. It’s simple and makes all the difference in the world.