Who doesn’t love gingerbread, right? These cute gingerbread cupcakes take the dessert to a new holiday level of cuteness with adorable cookie toppers.
Welcome to Day 3 of my 25 Days of Christmas series where these cute cupcakes are guaranteed to put a holiday smile on everyone’s face. I think this little gingerbread man is oh-so cute sitting on top of the muffin, I almost want to kiss him before I bite his head off.
I used two recipes for this dessert. One was a gingerbread muffin recipe and the second one was a plain gingerbread recipe used for the cookie toppers.
Here are the recipes that I used.
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup molasses
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 3½-cups flour
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
- 1 tablespoon ground cloves
- 1 tablespoon ground ginger
- 2 sticks butter (melted)
- 1 cup hot water.
- Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and bake in paper lined muffin tins at 350 degrees.
- Bake about 20-minutes until center is done.
- Makes about 1½ dozen regular size muffins.
- 3 cups flour
- ¾ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ⅙ teaspoon ground cloves
- ½ cup of butter
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 egg
- ½ cup molasses
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ¼ grated ginger
- Mix flour, baking soda, cinnamon and cloves and set aside.
- In another bowl, beat butter, add sugar and beat, add egg, molasses and vanilla and beat until well combined. Slowly add flour.
- Divide dough in half, wrap and chill for at least 3 hours.
- Bake on parchment paper lined sheet at 350-degrees for about 5-6 minutes until edges are firm.
- Roll dough out about ¼-inch thick and use a small gingerbread man cookie cutter to create the cookie toppers.
For the buttercream frosting, I used the same buttercream recipe for this muffin icing that I used for the Santa Hat Brownie Bites seen here earlier this week.
Combine 1-cup soften butter with 3-cups confectioner’s sugar and mix well in an electric mixer. Add 1-teaspoon of vanilla and 2-3 tablespoons of heavy whipping cream.
Mix until ingredients are well combined and fluffy (and delicious).
When I first put the gingerbread men on all the cupcakes, I left them plain without the addition of any Baker’s twine.
After looking at the first few photos snapped, I realized they need just a little something more.
So, I removed them all, added the Baker’s twine scarves and stuck them back on the cupcake.
I think they’re much cuter with a little winter wear, don’t you?
Here are a few more gingerbread cookie cupcake toppers.
I have Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen.
Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen and Rudolph are hanging around too.
Safety warning: If serving cupcakes to young children, don’t forget to remove the (inedible) string first.
Sprinkle a pinch of red sugar crystals on each cupcake to make them even more dashing.
Wouldn’t these look great on your holiday dessert table?
FUN TIP: You can make these cuties any time of year. Simply switch the cookie topper and cupcake to correspond with whatever holiday or seasonal occassion and you’ll always have a hit on your hands. Bunnies for Easter, Bees and Butterflies for Summer or Star-shapes for 4th of July. The possibilities are endless.
Day 3 down, 22 more days to go. Stay tuned, there is a lot more fun and inspiration ahead.
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Hope you stop by again tomorrow (12/4) for Day 4 of my 25 Days of Christmas series.
See you then. ♥
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