1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups applesauce
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Cinnamon graham cracker sticks
Chow mein noodles or pretzel sticks
Mini candy-coated chocolate pieces, chocolate chips, decorator candies or decorator gels, as desired
Chocolate sprinkles or licorice candies
Heat oven to 350°F. Place paper baking cups into 18 muffin pan cups; set aside.
Combine flour, baking soda and cinnamon in bowl; set aside.
Combine sugar and 1/2 cup butter in bowl. Beat at medium speed until creamy. Add egg; continue beating until well mixed. Add flour mixture and applesauce; beat at low speed until well mixed.
Fill each muffin pan cup 2/3 full. Bake 18-22 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely.
Combine brown sugar, half & half and 1/4 cup butter in 2-quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat 5-6 minutes or until mixture comes to a full boil. Cool 20 minutes; add powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat at medium speed until smooth and creamy. Cool completely.
Create scarecrow faces by spreading 1 heaping tablespoon frosting over 1 cupcake; place pretzel square onto cupcake to make top of hat. Place small amount of frosting on back-side of graham cracker stick; place below pretzel to make hat band. Insert chow mein noodles into frosting around hat to resemble straw. Make face, using assorted candies, chips or decorator gels. Repeat with remaining cupcakes and decorations.
Store in loosely covered container.
*Substitute colored marshmallows such as toasted coconut, strawberry or chocolate. Cut off 1 end of marshmallow and press sticky end to graham cracker stick and onto frosting to adhere.
- If frosting becomes too firm while decorating cupcakes, stir in additional half & half until desired consistency.
- If you are short on time, use your favorite cake mix for the cupcakes; top with frosting recipe above and decorate as directed.
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