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Cheery Cherry Snowmen
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1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup buttermilk  

2 tablespoons maraschino cherry juice

1/4 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 teaspoon almond extract

2 large Land O Lakes® Eggs (whites only)

1/4 cup chopped maraschino cherries


3 cups powdered sugar

1/3 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened

1/4 teaspoon almond extract

2 to 3 tablespoons milk or buttermilk


Mini snowmen cupcake decorations  

 *Substitute 1 teaspoon vinegar or lemon juice and enough milk to equal 1/3 cup; let stand 5 minutes. **Substitute other small holiday decorations.

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Heat oven to 350°F. Place mini-foil or paper baking cups into 24 mini-muffin pan cups. Set aside.

  2. STEP 2

    Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in bowl. Combine buttermilk and cherry juice in 1 cup glass measuring cup. Set aside.

  3. STEP 3

    Place 1/4 cup butter into bowl; beat at medium speed until creamy. Add sugar, vanilla and 1/4 teaspoon almond extract; continue beating until well mixed. Add 1 egg white at a time, beating well after each addition. Add flour mixture alternately with buttermilk mixture, beating at low speed after each addition, until just combined. Stir in chopped cherries.

  4. STEP 4

    Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups, filling each about 2/3 full. Bake 15-18 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes in pan; remove to cooling rack. Cool completely.

  5. STEP 5

    Combine powdered sugar, 1/3 cup butter and 1/4 teaspoon almond extract in bowl; beat at medium speed until well mixed. Continue beating, adding enough milk for desired piping consistency.

  6. STEP 6

    Place frosting into large resealable plastic food bag; cut small tip from one corner of bag. Pipe frosting onto tops of cupcakes to form peaks. Top each cupcake with mini snowman decoration.

Tip #1

Mini muffin pans can vary in size. The yield may vary depending on the size of the pan.

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