Leaving cookies for Santa is so last year.
Everyone has a favorite holiday dessert: It could be a favorite Christmas cookie recipe, an ambitious Bûche de Noël, or the inevitable destruction and consumption of the gingerbread house. But Christmas cupcakes are often overlooked — and they shouldn’t be, especially if you like to get creative in the kitchen. The simplicity and ease of making the base cupcake — which can come in seasonally appropriate flavors like gingerbread or eggnog — offers a blank canvas for a variety of fun and festive cupcake toppers, especially when set against the white of a vanilla or cream-cheese frosting.
Once you’ve got the base set, get ready to go crazy: Donut holes and marshmallows can become snowmen. The top of a cupcake can be a playground for gingerbread men, be it ones you bake yourself and cut with mini cookie cutters, or sprinkle-sized ones you buy. Red and green M&Ms or crushed up candy canes are a pretty way to decorate with candy that you're dying to eat anyway. Plus, just about anything can become a Christmas tree, from an upside-down ice cream cone to expertly shaped melting chocolate. Just remember to sprinkle the whole thing with coconut shavings, so it all looks snow-covered and perfect. Now, why doesn't Santa ask for these to be left out instead of cookies?