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    filed under: Cupcakes on November 18, 2015

    These sweet little Reese’s and Hershey’s Kiss Christmas Trees are fun, easy, and a delicious treat for everyone!

    I created a video tutorial on how to put these adorable little Hershey's Kisses & Reese's Peanut Butter Cup tree's together!

    I saw some adorable Reese’s Christmas Trees over on Sweet Simple Stuff and knew that I wanted to try them. I mean, how adorable is a CHOCOLATE TREE?

    I wanted these to taste good in addition to being adorable so I made a white cupcake with vanilla buttercream covered in sweetened coconut. When people see this cupcake they usually eat the tree first so it was important that the cupcake taste delicious on its own.

    To Make Mini Christmas Tree Cupcakes:

    2 dozen white cupcakes, recipe below

    4 cups whipped vanilla buttercream

    1 cup (maybe more depending on how much you use) sweetened coconut flakes

    Green Food coloring

    Rainbow non-perils (tiny ball sprinkles)

    24 Miniature Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, unwrapped

    24 Hershey’s Kisses, unwrapped

    #5 decorators tip and pastry bag

    Mini Stars (mine are from the Bakerella brand)

    Optional: Confectioner’s sugar for dusting

    Perfect White Cupcakes
    Prep Time
    15 mins
    Cook Time
    22 mins
    Total Time
    37 mins
     

    These sweet little Reese’s and Hershey’s Kiss Christmas Trees are fun, easy, and a delicious treat for everyone!

    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: Perfect White Cupcakes
    Servings: 28 cupcakes
    Author: Amanda
    Ingredients
    • 1 c 2 sticks, 8 ounces, 230g unsalted butter, room temperature
    • 1 tbsp. baking powder
    • 2 1/2 c 500g superfine or granulated sugar
    • 3/4 tsp. salt
    • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
    • 1 tsp. almond extract
    • 5 large egg whites
    • 2 3/4 c 344g cake flour
    • 1 c 8 ounces, 225g milk, room temperature (I prefer whole)
    Instructions
    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare muffins tins. This recipe yields 24-28 cupcakes.

    2. In the bowl of stand mixer with paddle attachment, cream together butter, baking powder, sugar, salt, and extracts until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. (be sure to stop half way and scrape down sides)

    3. With the mixer on the lowest speed, carefully add in egg whites, one at a time, beating well after each addition. (scrape down sides as necessary)

    4. With mixer still on low, add in 1/3 of the flour into the creamed mixture, then half the milk, another third of the flour, the remaining milk, and then the remaining flour. (scrape down sides as necessary)

    5. Using a 1/4 cup ice cream scoop or a 1/4 measuring cup, fill muffin tin.
    6. Bake for 16-22 minutes, or just until cupcakes start to brown and the center springs back when touched. You can also insert a toothpick into the center of the cupcake, and if removed mostly clean, cupcakes are done. Make sure to not brown cupcakes as they are better when slightly less done.

    7. Remove cupcakes from oven and cool in pan for up to five minutes, then invert onto wire rack. Cool completely before frosting.

    Recipe from here.

    I made a little video on how I assembled these cupcakes:

    To make the green frosting I took 1/2 cup of buttercream and added green food coloring. You can also skip this step and simply pipe out white buttercream.

    I poured all of my non-perils into a bowl so that I could dip/roll the trees in it. This ended up being much easier than trying to press the non-perils in with my fingers. They did not cover as well when sprinkled on either.

    I created a video tutorial on how to put these adorable little Hershey's Kisses & Reese's Peanut Butter Cup tree's together!

    You can also serve these Chocolate Christmas Trees alone, or not on top of a cupcake!

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    Comments

    Could these be ANY cuter?!

    Oh! These would look so beautiful on Christmas table!

    These are the most prettiest Christmas cupcakes ever! I love how simple they look but gorgeous!

    You are so right, it’s no good if something is cute without being delicious and this one looks incredible!! Sharing <3

    The cupcakes are so cute. Almost too cute to eat 🙂

    Gosh, these cupcakes are gorgeous. Love the creative and simple chocolate trees! So much creativity out there (for me to copy)! ; )

    These are absolutely ADORABLE! Thank you for sharing your recipe and how-to with us! sharing! 🙂

    Looks so adorable!

    These Christmas tree cupcakes are soooo cute. I definitely am making these. Thank you, Vivian

    Made these cupcakes last weekend. Turned out great. Thank you for sharing.

    Don't Pass on Dessert!