7 Totally Terrific Thanksgiving Cupcake Recipes


We're so excited that new seasons of Next Great Baker and Cake Boss are coming back next week, that we couldn't contain our sweet tooths. And because Thanksgiiving is the perfect excuse to eat your way into a sugar coma, we've gathered together 7 delicious and decadent cupcake treats that would make even Buddy's mouth water. 


Thanksgiving Gobbler Cupcakes

Nutter Butters are delicious peanut buttery cookies. But they serve a dual purpose -- as a perfect cupcake proxy for a Thanksgiving turkey. Using colorful fruit leathers and chocolate sprinkles, you can create fun kid-friendly 'cakes that everyone will enjoy.


Turkey Cupcakes

Tiny, delicious turkeys? Yes, please. These cupcake turkey, complete with stuffing and garnish, are sure to please meat eaters nad vegetarians alike. But beware, these cupcakes involve a lot of patience, and a way with caramel (that's what the "turkey skin" is made from), so you might want to try another recipe if you're short on either.

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Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes

If you're a pumpkin-pie-on-Thanksgiving purist, you can change your game up a bit and create miniature pumpkin pie cupcakes. These err more on the pie side than the pumpkin side, but satisfy the desire to serve something adorably miniature and sweet.


Mashed Potato And Gravy Cupcakes

We confess, the idea of eating an entire huge pat of butter looks a bit nauseating, but never fear -- the butter pats are actually lemon Starbursts. (Phew). These are easy to make (you can use a standard yellow or white cupcake recipe) but sure to surprise.



Brown Butter Pumpkin Cupcakes With Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting

Few things better to capture the flavor of the season than a cupcake that mixes the flavors of pumpkin and caramel. Add the words "brown butter," and you've got a recipe for culinary happiness.


Marshmallow Magic Turkey Cupcakes

Love coconut and marshmallows? Us too. That's why we're flipping out over these T-Day-riffic mallow magic cupcakes. These are so easy you can even make 'em with the kiddies.


Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner Cupcakes

These cupcakes aren't so much cupcakes, as tiny little servings of Thanksgiving turkey dinner. The base is turkey meatloaf and cornbread stuffing, topped with mashed potatoes and cranberry stuffing. A dainty alternative to typical T-Day fare, and you'd only need to eat a good four or five to feel full.

Tell us: What's your favorite Thanksgiving dessert?

--Julie Gerstein

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