In my ongoing quest to find tasty, kid-friendly food appropriate for the whole family, this week I chose a festive St. Patrick's Day treat. I found the recipe on Spoonful.com, a website that's filled with thousands of crafts, games and recipes for children and families.
- Cupcake batter (your choice)
- Cupcake tins and liners
- Aluminum foil
- White frosting
- Green food coloring
- Green licorice (for example, Twizzlers Rainbow Twists sold in a pack with other colors)
1. Place paper liners in 32 standard muffin cups, then fill each halfway with the batter.
2. For each cupcake, roll three balls of foil (2/3 inch in diameter) and insert them evenly around the perimeter between the liner and the tin.
3. Bake the cupcakes for a few minutes less than the package suggests (because there's less batter per cup than usual), or until a toothpick comes out clean.
4. Allow the cupcakes to cool, then remove them from the tin.
5. Cover each with green frosting (a ratio of 1 teaspoon of green food coloring to one 16-ounce can of white frosting).
6. Use a toothpick to draw leaf veins, and insert a 2-inch-long piece of green licorice for a stem.