November 08, 2011

It's THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN! Time for my annual Mini Thanksgiving Dinner Cupcakes!

I've just arrived for another day of unpacking and cleaning at the new house.  But first I wanted to brew a fresh pot of coffee, sit down and enjoy the kitchen for a moment before I drag out yet another moving box and fill my counters with packing papers and 'mystery' items as the movers seem to have taken great joy in packing random items together; for example I have 2 boxes in front of me right now that read "Clothes and Xmas Items".  Really?  Those don't even go together.  And to top it off they are in a box marked "Garage".

Spare time is not something I have right now as we are chest high in moving boxes.  But it's time I re-post an annual favorite anyway!  Our families traditional Mini Thanksgiving Dinner Cupcakes! 

Thanks to my website, I've shared this 'recipe' many times and I'm happy to report that I now have many, many bloggers and friends and readers that make these (or similar using the products they can find in their own grocery stores) every year for their families. What a great tradition! Are you ready to start???

24 baked and cooled cupcakes
Brach's Maple Nut Candies
2 cans white frosting (or homemade)
Yellow gel food color (in a little tube)
Tiny round non-perils - red for cranberries and green for peas
I prefer to use the long skinny green sprinkles and call them green beans
chocolate chips or butterscotch chips to melt for 'gravy'
A package of cookies of your choice to look like a plate (a pretty edge on the cookie is a nice touch)
Yellow frosting or other color besides white for the 'plate'

Bake and cool your favorite cupcake recipe. Frost each cupcake with white or tinted frosting of your choice and top each with a cookie while the frosting is soft to 'adhere' the cookie-plate to the cupcake.

Carefully frost a circle on each cookie to be your plate.  Be sure not to frost more than 2 or 3 'plates' at  a time as you want the frosting to be soft enough to press the candy 'food' into.  Slice the maple nut candies thin and place them on the cookie plate to be 'turkey'. Dab some white frosting next to it for 'mashed potatoes' followed with a little dab of yellow gel food color as 'butter'.  Add the 'cranberries' (red colored sugar or non-perils) and little green 'peas' or 'beans'. Melt your butterscotch or chocolate chips and thin with a little vegetable oil. Drizzle over the 'turkey' as gravy.

These are always a huge hit no matter where I've taken them;  family functions, school parties or the work office.  Enjoy!Print Friendly and PDF