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A Sweet Holiday Treat

Abigail Sajdak

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If you’re looking for a fun and festive way to pass time this winter break, try out this reindeer cupcake recipe!

12 servings

Ready in 2 hours



Cupcakes ~

9 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature

¾ cup white sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 eggs

1 ½ cups sifted self-rising flour

½ cup milk


Frosting ~

1 cup confectioners’ sugar

1 tablespoon unsalted butter, room temperature

1 tablespoon milk

1 drop brown food coloring


Decoration ~

6 vanilla wafer cookies (Nilla Wafers)

12 red jellybeans

24 candy eyeballs

24 chewy chocolate-flavored candy (Tootsie Roll)

24 pretzels



  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 12-cup muffin tin or line cups with paper liners.
  2. 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.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 18 minutes.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.



Recipe from allrecipes.com


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Abigail Sajdak, Author

Abigail Sajdak is an author for Warrior’s Word and is in the class of 2021. She joined the newspaper during her freshman year. Abigail also participates...

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A Sweet Holiday Treat