10 Festive Christmas Cupcake Recipes

Big batches of Christmas cupcakes are great for big holiday-dinner crowds. Try classic gingerbread or cocktail-inspired White Russian cupcakes this year.

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Gingerbread Cupcakes with Black Licorice Frosting

A nicely spiced gingerbread cupcake would be plenty festive for a holiday celebration, but topped with black licorice frosting and a tower of licorice slices, it has extra bite — perfect for making a statement.

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Caramel Apple Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

Add chopped apples to cupcake batter along with a squeeze of caramel to replicate the flavors of the favorite fruit-on-a-stick sweet –– without the stick-to-your-teeth mess.

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Red Velvet Cupcakes

Instead of a cream cheese icing, Chuck Hughes tops his red velvet cupcakes with a sweet mixture of marscapone and whipped cream, which is rich and tangy but a lot lighter.

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Cookie Dough-Stuffed Dark Chocolate Cupcakes

A chocolate cupcake is good. A chocolate cupcake topped with cookie dough buttercream is even better. But a chocolate cupcake stuffed with chocolate chip cookie dough and topped with cookie dough buttercream? That's perfection.

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Espresso Cupcakes

Bake these caffeinated cupcakes in espresso cups so that guests can enjoy individual portions with ease. A chocolate espresso glaze and single espresso bean serve as telltale garnishes atop the moist chocolate cake.

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Tiramisu Cupcakes

For a great hand-held treat, combine a classic Italian dessert with a popular American one. Booze in dessert for Christmas? Yes, please!

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Carrot Cupcakes

Serve up traditional carrot cake in bite-size form. For a twist on the classic, add shaved coconut and dried cherries instead of walnuts and raisins.

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White Russian Cupcake

There's enough liqueur (both the Irish kind and the coffee variety) in these cocktail-themed cupcakes to give you a buzz — perfect for dealing with relatives during the holidays.

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Cannoli Cupcakes

Get all the flavor of the Italian treat in cupcake form with creamy ricotta filling, almond cream and a bittersweet chocolate ganache.

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