Christmas Cupcakes

Christmas cupcakes

Sooo another Christmas post! lol I know we are way past the Christmas season but it can’t hurt to post these beautiful Christmas tree cupcakes :) I spotted these all over pinterest for Christmas. Each one had something unique about them, so I decided to try my own version :) They turned out really delicious and my little cousins really loved them. Specially Cami, so this post goes out for her ♥. Let’s get started!

These cupcakes are actually not a new recipe, I recycled my delicious Carrot Cupcakes and used my go to buttercream frosting (you can get the recipe from my previous post Cupcakes & Popcakes for a Quinceañera ♥ ). So what’s new in this post? Well I will show you my trick to keep the frosting standing nice and tall so it actually looks like a tree! I’ve seen a couple other tricks to do this. Some of them include a merengue base or a dulce de leche base. But I said to myself merengue or dulce de leche with frosting? That sounds too sweet for my taste and I’m actually a sweet tooth :D So instead I used … a strawberry! Yes a strawberry and it was the smartest decision because you can eat the frosting with the strawberry and it tastes like strawberries and cream! So here I will show step by step how I did it.

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1. Have your carrot cupcake ready (remember it should be completely cool). Also you might want to have an easy to clean station.

Christmas cupcakes 2

2. Using a pastry bag and a 1M star tip with your frosting ready, drop just a little star on the middle of the cupcake.

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3. Next put the strawberry right on top of the frosting star. Make sure the strawberry is not wet and it is as fresh as possible.

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4. With your bag ready, start frosting around the strawberry as you work your way to the top.

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5. Here is the almost finished product with your strawberry covered completely with frosting yum!

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6. And then to finish it off go ahead and add some nice decorations. I went and added some silver spherical sprinkles and a heart at the top :)

I served these cupcakes as dessert for Christmas dinner and they were a total hit! But also I gave some of them away as Christmas gifts :) I put them in this nice red box my grandma bought me a while ago and they looked beautiful! Tip: you might want to prepare these the day you will be eating them and if not definitively keep them in the fridge.

Christmas cupcakes box

So these cupcake boxes were only one of the DIY gifts I made. Why not show you the other gifts :) For my aunts and grandmas in my family I was thinking something personal that they can enjoy and relax with. So I did some lavender sugar scrubs!

Lavender Sugar Scrub

 Lavender Sugar Scrub

Now for all my cousins (I have a lot from my mom’s side) I wanted to give them something personalized but also delicious. And I found this great tutorial on how to do personalized mugs with their initials! Plus I added some delicious sugar cookies I made in my previous post Christmas Cookies

Personalized mug

Personalized Mugs

Now this wasn’t a gift but I would like to show you our Christmas dinner table :)

Christmas dinner

Everything was delicious! Grandma made a potato salad, yellow rice, fruit salad, of course the turkey, and turkey dressing! You can also see my cupcakes on the far right :) And last but not least I will share the mulled wine recipe I found and it is absolutely to die for! (you can see it on the far left). For this recipe you will need the following ingredients:

1 liter of red wine (you can use the one that comes in a box, no need for a fancy wine)

4 cloves

1 cinnamon stick

4 sweet black peppers

2 star anise

2 oranges cut in slices

1/4 cup of brown sugar

1. In a small pot pour 1 cup of red wine with the cloves, cinnamon, sweet black peppers, star anise and sugar and let boil for 8 minutes.

2. Incorporate the rest of the red wine and let boil for another 5 minutes.

3. Meanwhile cover the top of each wine glass with an orange wedge so it will be wet and white sugar will stick to it. Also put half an orange slice on each glass.

4. Pour the wine and it is ready to drink!

And to finish off with Christmas :) here is a picture of my Christmas tree! Wish y’all had a happy holiday :)

Christmas tree

Hope you enjoyed the recipes!

Christmas Cookies

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Hello once again! Sorry for this very late post on Christmas but I was so busy during the holidays preparing sweet treats, that I completely forgot to post these incredible cookies :) Also it’s 2015 so Happy New Year! Later I will post the cupcakes that I made for New Year’s Eve! Anyhow I made two types of christmas cookies, you will see the other ones below but let’s start with these candy cane looking cookies! You will need the following ingredients:

3 cups of flour

1 tsp of baking powder

1 cup of unsalted butter

1 cup of sugar

1 egg

1 tsp of vanilla extract

1. Mix the flour and baking powder and put them in a bowl.

2. Using an electric mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the butter (better at room temperature) and sugar until creamy.

3. Add the egg and vanilla extract and mix.

4. Add the flour mixture slowly and mix until it forms an uniform dough and it starts to attach completely to the paddle.

5. Split the dough in two parts once it’s firm. Take the first half and knead it with your hands a couple of times.

6. Leave the second half in the mixer and add some food coloring (I added about 3 drops of red food coloring) and mix until all the color is incorporated. Then knead it with your hands a couple of times.

7. Then put both doughs in separate ziplock bags and refrigerate for about 2 hours.

8. Take the first half out of the fridge and separate it into 5 parts (For the next step you are going to need a long working station covered with Silpats or some flour on the counter so that the dough doesn’t stick).

9. Roll each section so that it forms a long string (make sure they are not too thin or they will break).

10. Repeat steps 8 & 9 with the red dough.

11. Once you have long strings from both doughs, take one from each and twist them so they form a rope. Cut the long twisted rope into smaller pieces so that you can bend them so they will look like candy canes.

12. Place them in a baking sheet with a Silpat, they will look like this:

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13. Bake the cookies in the oven at 177° C ( 350°F) for 10 minutes. 

There you go some festive cookies that taste delicious!

Sugar cookie recipe adapted from Glorious Treats 

Now the other cookies I made looked amazing! I call them swirl christmas cookies. But you can actually use any other colors and bake them for any occasion :) You will need the following ingredients:

2 cups of flour

1/2 tsp of baking powder

1/4 tsp of salt

2/3 cups of powdered sugar

1/4 cup of white sugar

1 1/4 cups of unsalted butter

1 tsp of vanilla extract

1/2 tsp of almond extract (you can use any extract you’d like)

1/2 tsp of green food coloring (you can use any color you’d like)

2 tbsp of flour

1 1/2 cups of christmas red and green sprinkles (again you can use any color you’d like).

Note: the original recipe uses a food processor to make these, but I used my KitchenAid mixer and it worked! Although, I did take the butter right out of the fridge like a minute before I was going to use it and I didn’t over mix the dough.

1. Mix all the dry ingredients in the mixer: flour, baking powder, salt, powdered sugar and white sugar.

2. Add the butter (right out of the fridge and chopped into little cubes) and mix until the mixture looks like cornmeal:

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3. Add the vanilla extract and mix until the dough forms a ball:

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4. Split the dough in two parts. Leave the first half in the mixer and add the almond extract, the green food coloring and the 2 extra tbsp of flour and mix until it forms an uniform dough.

5. Roll each dough between two sheets of waxed paper so it forms a rectangle and refrigerate both doughs for at least 2 hours. They should look like this:

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6. Meanwhile pour the sprinkles into a rectangular dish:

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7. Take out both doughs and take off one piece of waxed paper from both. Lightly brush one of the doughs with a little bit of water and place the other dough on top. Be sure that both doughs are stuck together and that their edges are even (you might want to trim them a bit).

8. Throw away the other waxed paper from only one dough and roll both doughs so they form a log.

9. Once you have your log, take away the last waxed paper and place the dough into the dish with sprinkles. Roll the log so that every part is covered with sprinkles:

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10. Wrap the log in clear plastic and place in the fridge for about 4 hours.

11. Take the log out, take off the clear plastic and slice it into 1/4 inch (0.6 cm) thick cookies and place them on a baking sheet with a Silpat.

12. Bake the cookies in the oven at 163° C ( 325°F) for 15 minutes.

Adapted from Sprinkle Bakes

There you go! Colorful and delicious cookies for Christmas. Kids will love these :)

Hope you enjoyed this recipe :)