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HERSHEY'S KISSES Snowball Elf Cupcakes


14 Min.
1 Hr. 15 Min.
Skill Level:
48 cupcakes

Add something new to your holiday baking routine with this HERSHEY'S KISSES Snowball Elf Cupcakes recipe — chocolate cupcakes decorated with coconut flakes to look like little round snowball elves! The HERSHEY'S KISSES Candy Cane Flavored Mint Candy makes the elves' pointy hats, while the mini marshmallows make their hands and feet. These HERSHEY'S KISSES Snowball Elf Cupcakes are flavorful and fun, so you can get your tiny baking elves involved in the kitchen as well!

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Ingredients & Directions

Prep Time
1 hour 15 minutes
Bake Time
14 minutes
Cool Time
30 minutes


  • 1 cup
  • 3/4 cup
    all-purpose flour, plus 2 tablespoons
  • 3/4 tsp
    baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1
  • 1/2 cup
  • 1/4 cup
    vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup
    boiling water
  • 48
    HERSHEY'S KISSES Brand Candy Cane Mint Candies
  • 24
    marshmallows, pale pink miniature
  • 48
    marshmallows, green miniature marshmallows
  • 1 to 2 cans
    white ready to spread frosting or about 2-1/2 cups your favorite homemade frosting (12 oz each)
  • 1 cup
    sweetened coconut flakes, divided

Step-By-Step Directions

Equipment Needed 
oven oven
1-3/4 inch muffin cup tin 1-3/4 inch muffin cup tin
muffin cups muffin cups
mixer mixer
measuring cups measuring cups
rubber scraper rubber scraper
wire rack wire rack

Heat oven to 350°F. Line 48 small muffin cups (1-3/4 inches in diameter) with paper or foil baking cups.


Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add egg, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of electric mixer 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water. Batter will be thin. Divide batter evenly into prepared cups.


Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center of cupcake comes out clean. Cool several minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely.


Remove wrappers from candy cane candies and cut straws into 96 (1-inch) pieces; set aside.


To make ears for the elf hats, cut one pink marshmallow on the diagonal and then cut in half again. (One marshmallow will make ears for two hats). Press the two exposed sticky sides of one marshmallow piece against one side of the candy cane piece to form ear. Place another marshmallow piece on opposite side for second ear. Repeat until all "hats" have ears  attached.


To make shoes for each elf, cut one green marshmallow on the diagonal.  Press each half onto one end of straw section, curling ends slightly to form elf shoes.  Repeat until all "legs" have shoes.


Frost each cupcake with frosting; sprinkle with about 1 teaspoon coconut.  Add hat and legs to each cupcake to make snow-buried elf.

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