Maybe I don’t recommend seeing Hamilton on a weekend, because then you have to wake up that Monday morning – potentially dark and stormy and so scattered that you give one of your kids two water bottles and the other none – and face the post-Hamilton life. I’ll be fine, I swear, and I’ll be sharing some stories and photos later this week – after I’ve had time to process it. It’s going to take a LOT of soundtrack-listening while roaming around the New England countryside in my minivan. That’s right. It’s also going to take cupcakes. What else is there? I don’t even LIKE cupcakes, but I like these.
Gingerbread OREO Cupcakes:
What You Need:
One dozen of your favorite vanilla cupcakes
12 OREO cookies
1 cup brown candy melts
¼ cup white candy melts
2 tsps coconut oil
1 stick butter, softened
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
4-5 tbsp milk
1 tsp red gel food coloring
Yields: 12 decorated cupcakes
What You Do:
1 – Before decorating, ensure your cupcakes are completely cool. Line a plate or baking sheet with wax paper and place both candy melts in a microwave safe bowl. Add coconut oil.
2 – In 30-second intervals, microwave your candy until completely melted.
3 – Use a fork to dip each OREO cookie into the candy melts. Coat completely and place gently on lined sheet and/or plate.
4 – Allow for the candy to set on the cookie.
5 – Make your buttercream by beating butter, confectioners’ sugar and milk on medium speed. Gradually increase to high.
6 – Once the ingredients are smooth and form semi-stiff peaks, the buttercream is done. Take ¾ of the buttercream and place it in a separate bowl.
7 – Color your remaining ¼ buttercream with red gel food coloring and mix until completely tinted. Scoop into a piping bag with a small decorating tip and pipe out two small dots on each coated OREO cookie.
8 – Scoop ¾ of the white/uncolored buttercream in one piping bag with a frosting decorating tip and frost each cupcake.
9 – Scoop the remainder of your uncolored buttercream in another piping bag with a small decorating tip and draw out your gingerbread man’s smile, eyes, and decorative touches (we used a “swirl” technique for the top of his head).
10 – Enjoy, and happy holidays!