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Mini Gingerbread House Cupcakes

Makes: 12 servings
Serving size: 1 cupcake
Start to Finish 1 hr
Mini Gingerbread House Cupcakes
Ingredients
  • 2  cups  Creamy White Frosting or canned creamy white frosting
  • 12  Gingerbread Cupcakes or other 2-1/2-inch cupcakes in paper bake cups
  •  Chocolate-covered peanut butter wafer sandwiches
  •  Honey and oats chewy granola bars
  •  Frosted mini shredded wheat biscuits
  •  Small decorative candies
  •  Fresh herb sprigs
  •  Crystallized ginger
  •  Clear edible glitter or powdered sugar (optional)
Directions

1. Set aside 1/3 cup of the Creamy White Frosting. Frost tops of cupcakes with the remaining frosting.

2. For houses, cut 2-inch pieces from chocolate-covered peanut butter wafer sandwiches. At top of each piece make an angled cut on each side to create a place to attach roof. For each roof, cut two 3/4-inch pieces of granola bar; gently press onto angle cuts on a wafer sandwich piece. If necessary, attach with frosting.* Frost roof as desired.

3. Add shredded wheat for doors and candies for doorknobs, using frosting to attach.

4. Carefully place houses on cupcakes. Decorate with fresh herb sprigs as desired, using rosemary sprigs for evergreen trees and other herb sprigs for garlands. Use frosting to attach pieces of ginger to each roof to create a chimney. If desired, sprinkle tops of cupcakes with edible glitter for snow. Makes 12 (2-1/2-inch) cupcakes.

From the Test Kitchen*Test Kitchen Tip:
  • When topping houses with the granola bars, gently press top corners together. The sticky nature of the bars will help them adhere.
Gingerbread Cupcakes
Makes: 27 servings
Serving size: 1 cupcake
Yield: 27 (2 1/2-inch) cupcakes
Ingredients
  • 1  package 2-layer-size vanilla or yellow cake mix
  • 1  tablespoon  pumpkin pie spice
  • 1  teaspoon  ground ginger
  • 1/3  cup  molasses
  • 1  tablespoon  cider vinegar
Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line twenty-seven 2 1/2-inch muffin cups with paper bake cups; set aside. Prepare cake mix according to package directions, except omit one of the eggs. Add pumpkin pie spice and ginger to the cake mix. Add molasses and vinegar with the eggs. Fill muffin cups; bake according to package directions for cupcakes. Cool cupcakes in muffin cups on wire racks for 5 minutes. Remove cupcakes from muffin cups. Cool completely on wire racks.

Nutrition Facts (Mini Gingerbread House Cupcakes)
  • Servings Per Recipe 12,
  • cal. (kcal) 421,
  • Fat, total (g) 20,
  • chol. (mg) 16,
  • sat. fat (g) 4,
  • carb. (g) 61,
  • Monosaturated fat (g) 5,
  • Polyunsaturated fat (g) 3,
  • Trans fatty acid (g) 1,
  • fiber (g) 1,
  • sugar (g) 43,
  • pro. (g) 3,
  • vit. A (IU) 49,
  • vit. C (mg) 1,
  • Thiamin (mg) 0,
  • Riboflavin (mg) 0,
  • Niacin (mg) 1,
  • Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0,
  • Folate (g) 4,
  • Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 0,
  • sodium (mg) 220,
  • Potassium (mg) 109,
  • calcium (mg) 30,
  • iron (mg) 1,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
Creamy White Frosting

Yield: about 3 cups
Ingredients
  • 1  cup  shortening
  • 1 1/2  teaspoons  vanilla
  • 1/2  teaspoon  almond extract
  • 4  cups  powdered sugar
  • 3 - 4  tablespoons  milk
Directions

1. In a large mixing bowl beat shortening, vanilla, and almond extract with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Gradually add 2 cups of the powdered sugar, beating well. Add 2 tablespoons of the milk. Gradually beat in remaining powdered sugar. Gradually add milk until frosting reaches a spreading consistency. Makes about 3 cups.

Nutrition Facts (Mini Gingerbread House Cupcakes)
  • Servings Per Recipe 12,
  • cal. (kcal) 421,
  • Fat, total (g) 20,
  • chol. (mg) 16,
  • sat. fat (g) 4,
  • carb. (g) 61,
  • Monosaturated fat (g) 5,
  • Polyunsaturated fat (g) 3,
  • Trans fatty acid (g) 1,
  • fiber (g) 1,
  • sugar (g) 43,
  • pro. (g) 3,
  • vit. A (IU) 49,
  • vit. C (mg) 1,
  • Thiamin (mg) 0,
  • Riboflavin (mg) 0,
  • Niacin (mg) 1,
  • Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0,
  • Folate (g) 4,
  • Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 0,
  • sodium (mg) 220,
  • Potassium (mg) 109,
  • calcium (mg) 30,
  • iron (mg) 1,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
Nutrition Facts (Creamy White Frosting)
  • cal. (kcal) 298,
  • Fat, total (g) 16,
  • chol. (mg) 0,
  • sat. fat (g) 4,
  • carb. (g) 38,
  • Trans fatty acid (g) 2,
  • fiber (g) 0,
  • pro. (g) 0,
  • sodium (mg) 2,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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