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Adorable Snowman Christmas Cupcakes

It isn’t Christmas without some treats for the family to enjoy. The kids and I love to get into the kitchen to make cute desserts. These Snowman Christmas Cupcakes might be the cutest creation ever! They’re made from a white cake mix box, but decorated on top with an Oreo Cookie to look like a snowman wearing earmuffs. These cupcakes are fun and festive, plus tasty too.

Christmas Snowman Cupcake Recipe

Ultra cute things are just my thing during the holiday season. Treats that look as cute as they taste are what we do best in our home. Even though these cupcakes have a white cake base, they’re very pepperminty! The Oreo cookie snowman face uses peppermints for earmuffs and there is crushed peppermint on the buttercream.

Don’t stress about putting together the snowman – I’ll walk you through the exact steps that you need to make sure your snowman cupcakes are as cute as mine. They might take a little bit of time to make, but the kids eat them so quickly! These cupcakes are always a hit.

Looking for more cute and adorable Christmas treats? Make an entire dessert table for a Christmas party with cute little desserts that your guests are bound to love:

How To Make Snowman Christmas Cupcakes

There are a couple of kitchen tools you’ll need for this recipe. To start, you’ll need a muffin tin with Christmas cupcake liners. You’ll also need baking sheets, parchment paper, a hand mixer and mixing bowls. I use a double broiler to melt my chocolate wafers, but you can use the microwave instead – if preferred.

Snowman Christmas Cupcakes Using Oreos
These Snowman Christmas Cupcakes are the cutest holiday treat!

When To Make Your Snowman Christmas Cupcakes

I adore these cupcakes as part of a Christmas party. These cupcakes work for Christmas, but you can also make them for other winter occasions. The cupcakes are great for bake sales, class parties, potlucks and to make for Santa!

Let the kids help you in the kitchen. I’m a perfectionist and that’s hard when you’re trying to recreate the “look” – but kids love to help make these snowman cupcakes. Let them make the Oreo face, while you bake the cupcakes and frost with buttercream.

How To Keep Your Christmas Cupcakes Fresh After Baking

After your cupcakes have baked, add them to an airtight food storage container. Keep the cupcakes away from moisture and direct heat (to prevent melting). Consider adding the cupcakes to a cupcake carrier, for easy transport if you’re taking them anywhere.

Can You Freeze These Cupcakes?

The cupcakes can be frozen, but be careful how to store them in the freezer. I place my baked goods in the back of the freezer. When the freezer door opens and closes often, the temperature of the items in front can fluctuate. To prevent any melting, place the items in the back of the freezer. Cover the cupcakes with a freezer bag and let the cupcakes stand upright!

Christmas Snowman Cupcake Recipe

Recipe Substitutions

There are a few substitutions that you can easily make to this recipe! To start, you can certainly make homemade vanilla cupcakes from scratch instead of using box mix. Or try chocolate cupcakes for a peppermint mocha flavor. Try green peppermints instead of red, if you want a different look. I like red for Christmas, but that’s preference. Lastly, change the Oreo flavor to whatever you like best – it’s just dipped.

What You Need From The Grocery Store:

  • Double Suff Golden Oreos
  • Ghirardelli White Chocolate Melting Wafers
  • Black Sugar Pearl Sprinkles
  • Orange Tic Tacs
  • Twizzlers Pull and Peel Candy
  • Peppermint Candies
  • White Cake Mix
  • Unsalted Butter
  • White Chocolate Chips
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Heavy Whipping Cream
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Salt

Directions To Make Snowman Christmas Cupcakes

Gather your ingredients then prepare two baking sheets with parchment paper and set it aside. Using a double boiler, melt the white melting wafers on low heat until smooth.

Double broiler to melt white chocolate wafers

Take one golden oreo and fully submerge it into the melted wafers and make sure it is evenly coated. Lift it out with a fork and lightly tap it on the edge of the pot a few times to remove the excess. Transfer it to the lined baking sheet then repeat with a couple more Oreos to work in small batches.

Dipping Golden Oreo into White Chocolate

To decorate the snowmen faces: Add two sugar pearls for the eyes, then place an orange tic tac in the center for the nose. Give each snowman a smile by placing 4-5 sugar pearls under the tic tac.

Snowman face Oreos

For the earmuffs, attach one peppermint candy on each side of the face. Then connect them with a 2-inch piece twizzler for the strap. You may need to hold it in place for 10 seconds so the melts can firm up a bit. It helps to insert it into the crease between the cookies, where the oreo cream filling is.

Repeat the steps with the rest of the oreos. Then place the snowmen on the baking sheets into the fridge for 10 minutes or until fully set.

For the cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350 F or to package instructions and line two cupcake tins with paper liners and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the ingredients for the cupcakes and mix with a whisk until combined. Then spoon two tablespoons (about ⅔ full) of batter into each of the cupcake liners.

Making Cupcake Mix

Bake for 14-19 minutes (or to package instructions), or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow to cool completely on a wire rack before frosting.

To prepare the frosting: Melt the white chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl on low, stirring every 30 seconds, until melted and smooth. Set it aside to cool for 10 minutes.

In a large mixing bowl using a hand mixer, beat the butter until creamy. Add the cooled melted chocolate and beat again until combined. Then gradually add the powdered sugar and mix until all is incorporated. Add 1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream, vanilla extract, and salt. Beat ingredients together on high speed.

Mixing The Frosting

Adjust to taste by adding more powdered sugar to make it thicker and sweeter or add another tablespoon of heavy whipping cream to whip more air into it and make it lighter.

Adding Buttercream Frosting on top of cupcakes

Frost the cupcakes using an icing spatula or put the frosting into a piping bag fitted with a Wilton 1M tip. Sprinkle on some crushed peppermints then top each cupcake with an Oreo snowman.

Adding snowman Oreo face on top of cupcake
Yield: 24 Cupcakes

Adorable Snowman Christmas Cupcakes

Snowman Christmas Cupcakes Using Oreos
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 9 minutes

Ingredients

  • 24 Double Stuff Golden Oreos
  • 2 - 10 oz packages ghirardelli white melting wafers
  • Black sugar pearl sprinkles
  • Orange tic tacs
  • Twizzlers Pull n Peel candy, cut into 2-2.5 inch pieces and pulled apart
  • 60 peppermint candies
  • Betty Crocker White Cake mix (plus ingredients needed on box)

For The White Chocolate Frosting:

  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • ¾ cup Ghirardelli premium white chocolate chips
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt (optional to balance out sweetness)
  • Chopped peppermint candies for sprinkling (optional garnish)

Instructions

1. Gather your ingredients then prepare two baking sheets with parchment paper and set it aside. Using a double boiler, melt the white melting wafers on low heat until smooth.

2. Take one golden oreo and fully submerge it into the melted wafers and make sure it is evenly coated. Lift it out with a fork and lightly tap it on the edge of the pot a few times to remove the excess. Transfer it to the lined baking sheet then repeat with a couple more Oreos to work in small batches.

3. To decorate the snowman faces: Add two sugar pearls for the eyes, then place an orange tic tac in the center for the nose. Give each snowman a smile by placing 4-5 sugar pearls under the tic tac.

4. For the earmuffs, attach one peppermint candy on each side of the face. Then connect them with a 2-inch piece twizzler for the strap. You may need to hold it in place for 10 seconds so the melts can firm up a bit. It helps to insert it into the crease between the cookies, where the oreo cream filling is.
Repeat the steps with the rest of the oreos. Then place the snowmen on the baking sheets into the fridge for 10 minutes or until fully set.

5. To make the cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350 F or to package instructions and line two cupcake tins with paper liners and set aside.

6. In a large mixing bowl, combine the ingredients for the cupcakes and mix with a whisk until combined. Then spoon two tablespoons (about ⅔ full) of batter into each of the cupcake liners.

7. Bake for 14-19 minutes (or to package instructions), or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow to cool completely on a wire rack before frosting.

8. To make the frosting: Melt the white chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl on low, stirring every 30 seconds, until melted and smooth. Set it aside to cool for 10 minutes.

9. In a large mixing bowl using a hand mixer, beat the butter until creamy. Add the cooled melted chocolate and beat again until combined. Then gradually add the powdered sugar and mix until all is incorporated. Add 1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream, vanilla extract, and salt. Beat ingredients together on high speed. Adjust to taste by adding more powdered sugar to make it thicker and sweeter or add another tablespoon of heavy whipping cream to whip more air into it and make it lighter.

10. Frost the cupcakes using an icing spatula or put the frosting into a piping bag fitted with a Wilton 1M tip. Sprinkle on some crushed peppermints then top each cupcake with an Oreo snowman.

Notes

    • If you can’t find sugar pearls, you can use black confetti sprinkles or black cookie icing and just dot the eyes and mouth on.
    • Instead of tic tacs for the nose, you can use orange sprinkles or orange cookie icing and draw a line with it.
    • Substitute the double stuf golden oreos for mega stuff or another flavor like mint, peanut butter, or peppermint.
    • Instead of using a double boiler, you can alternatively microwave the melting wafers according to package instructions. Make sure to work in small batches as these chocolates do not reheat that well and may start to clump.
    • Fudge Covered Oreos work if you're short on time. You would just need to melt a little white chocolate so you can dab the backs of the decorations so they stick.
    • You can use your favorite cupcake recipe or cake mix. Chocolate and peppermint also go great together. You can even make it with the regular Oreos instead of golden.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 317Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 89mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 3gSugar: 33gProtein: 3g

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