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Christmas Ornament Cupcakes
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1 (15.25- to 16.5-ounce) package white cake mix

1 cup Land O Lakes® Half & Half

1/3 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, melted

4 large Land O Lakes® Eggs

2 tablespoons red, green and/or white decorator sprinkles


5 cups powdered sugar

1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened

2 teaspoons vanilla

5 to 6 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Half & Half


Small gumdrops

String licorice, cut into 1-inch pieces

Fruit chews and leathers, decorator candies, string licorice and/or mini candy-coated chocolate pieces

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Heat oven to 350°F. Place paper baking cups into 24 muffin pan cups; set aside.

  2. STEP 2

    Combine all cupcake ingredients in bowl except sprinkles; beat at medium speed until well mixed. Stir in sprinkles.

  3. STEP 3

    Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups. Bake 18-22 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove to cooling rack. Cool completely.

  4. STEP 4

    Combine powdered sugar, 1/2 cup butter and vanilla in bowl; beat at medium speed, adding enough half & half for desired spreading consistency.

  5. STEP 5

    Create ornament hangers by cutting small slice into top of each gumdrop with small knife. Insert both ends of 1-inch licorice piece into each slice. Set aside.

  6. STEP 6

    Frost each cupcake; place 1 ornament hanger on top of each cupcake. Decorate as desired.

Tip #1

- Cut strips of fruit leather with decorative or regular scissors and place onto cupcake. Top with small candies, using frosting as “glue” for fruit strip and candies.

Tip #2

- For size variety, make 18 regular-size cupcakes and 12 mini cupcakes. Bake mini cupcakes 15-17 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

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