Cute reindeer cupcakes for Christmas that the kids will absolutely adore. These cupcakes are great anytime of year, however, simply skip the reindeer decorating! You can get the kids to help you decorate for loads of family fun.

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Cupcakes:
Frosting:
Decoration:

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a 12-cup muffin tin or line cups with paper liners.

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  • Combine 9 tablespoons butter, white sugar, and vanilla extract in a large bowl; beat with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Add eggs one at a time and beat until well combined. Fold in half the flour and 1/4 cup milk and stir to combine. Repeat with remaining flour and milk. Spoon batter into the prepared muffin cups, filling each 3/4 full.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 18 minutes.

  • Remove tin from oven and cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Remove cupcakes from the tin and cool completely on a wire rack before decorating, about 1 hour.

  • Combine confections' sugar, 1 tablespoon butter, and 1 tablespoon milk in a large bowl; beat with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Thin frosting with a little milk or water, if necessary. Add food coloring and stir until frosting is uniformly brown. Add more food coloring, 1 drop at a time, until frosting is the color you like.

  • Spread a thin layer of frosting on top of each cupcake. Break vanilla cookies in half. Place a cookie half on each cupcake as a mouth. Use a bit of frosting to "glue" a jelly bean onto the cookie for Rudolph's red nose. Stick 2 candy eyeballs into each cupcake. Break off a piece from each pretzel so they look like antlers and stick 2 into the top of each cupcakes. Shape chewy candies into ears and stick 2 into the sides of each cupcake.

Cook's Notes:

Instead of brown-colored icing for the reindeer cupcakes, use chocolate buttercream icing, which will be naturally brown.

You could color the frosting any color, such as red, blue, or green, and then use white ready-rolled fondant icing to cut out Christmas-inspired shapes to stick on top of the cupcakes. Try stars, Christmas trees, holly leaves, etc. Silver dragees also make a festive addition to sprinkle on top.

Nutrition Facts

427 calories; 13.9 g total fat; 57 mg cholesterol; 815 mg sodium. 77.1 g carbohydrates; 6.3 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2017
My rating is just for the topping not the actual cupcake. So adorable! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2017
My rating is just for the topping not the actual cupcake. So adorable! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2017
My rating is just for the topping not the actual cupcake. So adorable! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/29/2018
They are adorable! Got lots of compliments at Christmas parties! Take a while so plan for that when making. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/27/2018
The Reindeer Cupcakes were a big hit with our family and neighbors. I did not use red jelly beans (too big). Jellybeans are not always available anyway; instead I used Imperials (red cinnamon candies) found in the baking section of many stores. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/11/2019
Didn't change a thing. This was a trial run but I'll definitely be making them for Christmas for my grand babies. They loved them! Read More