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Gingerbread Cupcakes

Gingerbread CupcakesThe heavenly aroma wafting in the air while these gingerbread cupcakes bake is sure to add to that holiday-cozy feeling around your home.

Recipe Ingredients:

For Cupcakes:
1/2 cup molasses
3/4 cup very hot water
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
4 tablespoons unsalted California butter, softened
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 large egg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

For Frosting:
8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
2 tablespoons unsalted California butter, room temperature
2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
12 small gingerbread-man cookies

Cooking Directions:

  1. For Cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour insides of 12 muffin cups or insert paper liners.
  2. Mix molasses, hot water and baking soda together in a large bowl. Cool to room temperature.
  3. With an electric mixer, cream butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Beat in egg.
  4. In a large bowl, sift together salt, ginger, cinnamon, flour and baking powder.
  5. In three additions, alternately add dry ingredients and molasses mixture to butter mixture. Mix thoroughly after each addition to make sure there are no lumps.
  6. Evenly divide batter between cupcake molds.
  7. Bake until a wooden pick inserted in the middle comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Cool for 15 minutes.
  8. Remove the cupcakes from the pans. Cool completely before frosting
  9. For Frosting: With an electric mixer, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add butter, sugar and vanilla extract. Beat until smooth. If cream cheese is very soft, refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  10. With a piping bag, swirl cream cheese frosting on top of each cupcake. (You can also frost them with a table knife or small spatula.)
  11. Place a gingerbread-man cookie on top of frosting or wedge the cookie into each cupcake.

Makes 12 cupcakes.

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of; through ARA Content.