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Christmas Cupcake Toppers {Using Nutter Butters}

Festive Christmas cupcake toppers are fun and easy to create using Nutter Butter cookies!

Christmas Cupcake Toppers Using Nutter Butters (Snowman, Reindeer, and Santa) | {Five Heart Home}I find it almost impossible to believe that we’re less than a week out from Christmas. My kids are wrapping up school this week, and (in between getting all of the presents wrapped) I’m looking forward to some enjoyable, leisurely days over the next couple of weeks getting in some of the holiday fun that we haven’t had time for up to this point: driving around to look at Christmas lights, watching some of our favorite Christmas movies, and baking up more yummy holiday treats together.

Christmas Cupcake Toppers Using Nutter Butters (Snowman, Reindeer, and Santa) | {Five Heart Home}The good news is that whipping up cute Christmas treats doesn’t mean you have to break out the fondant or toil over perfectly iced sugar cookies. Baking with kids should be fun, and these Christmas-inspired cupcake toppers are just that: fun…and easy! My boys were thrilled to help make (and eat!) these cuties and even the 15-month-old was beyond excited about them.

I’m sure you’ve seen creatively transformed Nutter Butters all over Pinterest, so I’m not sure to whom I should give credit for having inspired these ideas. I know they’ve been done before in some way, shape, or form…but these are my takes on them. So bake up a batch of your favorite cupcakes (I used this recipe — the best-ever quick, from-scratch vanilla cupcakes!) and let’s get started, shall we?

(No printable recipe today, folks…I think the photos plus some quick descriptions are all that you’ll need!)

THE SNOWMAN:

Christmas Cupcake Toppers Using Nutter Butters (Snowman, Reindeer, and Santa) | {Five Heart Home}

I started out by dipping this guy in some melted white almond bark-type candy coating. Then I pressed him into sweetened, shredded coconut that I’d first given a whir in the food processor. The food processor step probably isn’t necessary, but I wanted my coconut to have a finer texture. I used additional almond bark to adhere some mini chocolate chip eyes, mini M&M buttons, and a scarf cut out of a Twizzler. Then I frosted my cupcake, dipped the frosting in coconut, stuck a toothpick in the bottom of my snowman, and centered him on the top of the cupcake. Cute, isn’t he???

THE REINDEER:

Christmas Cupcake Toppers Using Nutter Butters (Snowman, Reindeer, and Santa) | {Five Heart Home}

For this guy, I opened up the Nutter Butter and used some melted almond bark to adhere the pretzel twist antlers in place and then to hold the two sides of the cookie back together. I used additional almond bark to affix some candy eyes and a red M&M nose. Feel free to use whatever red candy you happen to have on hand, and halved mini marshmallows with mini chocolate chip centers could also be used as eyes. A toothpick stuck in the bottom, and he was ready to adorn a lucky cupcake!

THE SANTA:

Christmas Cupcake Toppers Using Nutter Butters (Snowman, Reindeer, and Santa) | {Five Heart Home}

I dipped the top portion of the Nutter Butter in melted almond bark and then in red sparkling sugar, leaving a rim of white for the edge of the hat. I dipped the bottom part of the cookie in almond bark as well, but that part I covered in more coconut to give texture to Jolly Ol’ St. Nick’s beard. Then I used a bit more almond bark to adhere candy eyes, a teeny, tiny Twizzler mouth, and a mini marshmallow pom pom on the top of his red hat.

And if his eyes look somewhat large in proportion to the rest of his face, that’s because he sees you when you’re sleeping.

Christmas Cupcake Toppers Using Nutter Butters (Snowman, Reindeer, and Santa) | {Five Heart Home}It goes without saying that you can customize these bad boys to your heart’s content depending on your own creativity and what type of candy decorations you have on hand. The main thing to remember is have fun! Make one variety or make them all. And if you think of any other Christmas-y characters to make out of a Nutter Butter, please share it with the rest of us in the comments! I’ve made Nutter Butter flip flops before, but those didn’t seem very fitting for December… 😉

Happy week before Christmas, and happy cupcake decorating!

More Christmas cheer!

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Gingerbread Granola {plus Free Printable Gift Tags}
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Candy Cane Kiss Brownie Bites
Candy Cane Kiss Brownie Bites ~ perfect for your holiday cookie platter! | FiveHeartHome.com

Overnight Gingerbread French Toast Bake with Streusel Topping
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Free Christmas Printable
Free Christmas Printable ~ Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas | {Five Heart Home}

And see all of our recipes <<< HERE!

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  1. Oh my goodness, Samantha, these are just too adorable to eat! These brought a big Christmas smile to my face this morning! Love them! They are all fantastic but of course, I’m partial to the sweet snowman. Such a great idea! Pinning and sharing! Hope you have a wonderful Thursday!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thank you so much, Cindy! They were lots of fun to make, and my boys seemed to rather enjoy eating them, too. 🙂 I appreciate the pin and I hope you’re having a fantastic week!

  2. How cute! These would be great for school class party!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thank you, Kathy…I totally agree! I’m too late to make them for my kids’ class parties this year, but I guess I’ll have to pin this for myself to remind me next year! 😉 Thanks for stopping by…hope you have a great day!

  3. love all 3, what a cool idea!!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks so much, Michelle…I had a lot of fun creating these with my kids! Hope you have a chance to try them, too! 🙂

  4. Oh these are too adorable!!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thank you, Zainab! It’s always fun transforming an ordinary food object into something else! 😉

  5. these cupcakes just burst of happy! :>D

  6. We need to be able to follow you via email please. Sned out updates to us that way. I don’t do social medias I forget about them. I’m an old lady and some of us aren’t to computer savey. Thanks wanda ll

  7. Sorry went back and saw it at very top. It just wasn’t with others. My mistake . Thanks wanda ll

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      I’m glad you found the sign-up box, Wanda, and I’m so happy to have you following along via e-mail! Hope you’re having a great weekend. 🙂

  8. These are so cute and adorable Samantha! I love how festive they make the cupcakes 🙂 These would definitely be a fun project that my son would enjoy – although he might steal a few bites in between hehe. Thanks for sharing and hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday 🙂

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      I think stealing bites is half the fun of making these, Kelly! But I’m talking about my kids, of course…not me. 😉 I hope that you and your son enjoy making these together…thanks so much for stopping by!

  9. Simply the cutest things EVER! Samantha, you are just so creative. Wishing you a happy holiday to you and your family! (=

  10. These are so cute! =)
    I love nutter butters!!

    Im new to your blog, following from Strut Your Stuff Saturday!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      I’m so glad you stopped by, Melissa! I love Nutter Butters, too. These cupcakes are a good excuse to buy a bag, don’t you think? 😉 Hope you’re having a great weekend!

  11. Oh my gosh these are the cutest!!!

  12. Congratulations…this post was featured on Create It Thursday #35! Thanks so much for sharing such a great idea with us last week!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thank you so much, Leslie! I always appreciate you stopping by to let me know. Hope you had a wonderful New Year’s Day!

  13. These are so cute and you could serve them just by themselves as Christmas cookies too! Thanks for sharing on the weekend re-Treat link party! Hope to see you again Thursday at 7PM.

    Britni @ Play. Party. Pin.

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks so much, Britni! I’ll definitely stop by your party next week once I’m back in the swing of things. 🙂 Happy New Year!

  14. These are so adorable and I think a cupcake decoration that my 11 yr. old can do. Thanks for this.

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      You’re so welcome, Erlene! I hope y’all have fun if you end up making these with your 11-year-old, and I hope you’re having a wonderful December! 🙂

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