35+ Easy Christmas Cupcakes That'll Delight Your Holiday Party Guests

We see recipes with lots of sprinkles, candy canes, and marshmallows in your future.

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When you're pondering which treats will earn a coveted spot on your Christmas dessert spread this year, don't forget about a certain treat that's easy to bake, makes a good amount for a large group, and will occupy your kids for hours. That's right: Christmas cupcakes are a perfect addition to any Christmas party or holiday dinner. Sometimes, you just want something with a little more oomph than your usual batch of Christmas cookies, as delicious as they are. And other times, you don't necessarily want to go all out on an entire cake. That's where cupcakes come into play. And trust us: Nobody will complain when they see them next to your famous gingerbread cookies. When it comes to Christmas treats, we say the more, the merrier. Especially if we're talking about hot chocolate cupcakes, peppermint chocolate candy cane cupcakes, and eggnog latte cupcakes. The great thing about Christmas cupcakes is that you can virtually work any of your favorite festive flavors into the cake, the frosting, or the toppings. Plus, kids will be excited to get in the kitchen and help you decorate with a multitude of sprinkles and candies. Get creative this holiday season with one (or five!) of these delectable dessert recipes.

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Half Baked Harvest
Gingerbread Cupcakes With Cinnamon Browned Butter Buttercream

Say it with us again: Cinnamon. Browned. Butter. Buttercream. If the most luscious frosting ever isn't enough to have you already turning on the oven, the gorgeous dollops on these cupcakes only add to their beauty.

Get the recipe at Half Baked Harvest.

SHOP PIPING BAGS

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The Creative Bite
Peppermint Chocolate Candy Cane Cupcakes

If you like your desserts minty, this is the Christmas cupcake recipe for you. Candy cane crumbles, a festive Andes mint, and candy cane-infused buttercream frosting are complemented by a rich chocolate cake.

Get the recipe at The Creative Bite.

SHOP ANDES PEPPERMINT CRUNCH THINS

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Cooking Classy
Snowman Cupcakes

After you frost these cheerful cupcakes, little ones will want to help decorate them. You can use Reese's Holiday Bells for the snowman's hat, as shown here, or any rounded chocolate candy of your choosing.

Get the recipe at Cooking Classy.

SHOP REESE'S HOLIDAY BELLS

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Sally's Baking Addiction
White Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes

Don't be surprised if all your dinner guests want to Instagram these beauties. The two-toned green and white frosting looks irresistible with crushed candy canes and coarse sugar sprinkles atop it.

Get the recipe at Sally's Baking Addiction.

SHOP CUPCAKE LINERS

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Spoonful of Flavor
Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

Enjoy your favorite winter drink in cupcake form. This decadent recipe calls for plenty of cocoa powder, dry hot chocolate mix, and mini marshmallows.

Get the recipe at Spoonful of Flavor.

SHOP CUPCAKE LINERS

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Cooking Classy
Gingerbread Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Top each cake with a gingerbread cookie for a super cute two-in-one sweet treat!

Get the recipe at Cooking Classy.

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The Cake Blog
Chocolate Covered Pretzel Cupcakes

Satisfy your sweet and salty cravings with this chocolatey recipe.

Get the recipe at The Cake Blog.

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Hungry Happenings
Polar Bear Cupcakes

This absolutely adorable dessert is made with white chocolate Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.

Get the recipe at Hungry Happenings.

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The Cookie Rookie
Red Velvet Cupcakes

This blogger calls her cupcake the absolute best red velvet recipe.

Get the recipe at The Cookie Rookie.

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Your Cup of Cake
Reindeer Cupcakes

Kids will love decorating these wide-eyed reindeers—don't forget about Rudolph!

Get the recipe at Your Cup of Cake.

SHOP HAND MIXERS

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Life, Love and Sugar
Eggnog Latte Cupcakes

Even non-coffee drinkers will enjoy the espresso frosting on this cake.

Get the recipe at Life, Love and Sugar.

SHOP MIXING BOWLS

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The Cake Blog/ EllenJay
White Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes

Not only does the white chocolate complement the minty flavors, but it also makes for a beautiful color scheme.

Get the recipe at The Cake Blog.

SHOP STAND MIXERS

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Baked by Rachel
Gingerbread Cupcakes With Brown Sugar Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

Calling all gingerbread lovers: You must make this cookie and cupcake combination for Christmas.

Get the recipe at Baked by Rachel.

SHOP STAND MIXERS

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Baker by Nature
Hot Cocoa Cupcakes

You can bake these triple-topped cupcakes any night in December—no bonfire required!

Get the recipe at Baker by Nature.

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The Cake Blog/ EllenJay
Snickerdoodle Cupcakes

Transform a sweet and spiced snickerdoodle cookie into a super moist cupcake topped with a mountain of brown sugar buttercream.

Get the recipe at The Cake Blog.

SHOP PIPING BAGS

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Your Cup of Cake
Candy Cane Oreo Cupcakes

If a dessert has Oreos in the batter, in the frosting, and as the topper, of course your kids will love it.

Get the recipe at Your Cup of Cake.

SHOP BLENDERS

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Creme de la Crumb
Eggnog Cupcakes

This recipe—filled with nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla—combines the best flavors of the holiday in one delicious snack.

Get the recipe at Creme de la Crumb.

SHOP MIXING BOWLS

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Baked Bree
Grinch Who Stole Christmas Cupcakes

With a new Grinch movie coming out this holiday season, you'll have to make these cute cupcakes before catching it in theaters.

Get the recipe at Baked Bree.

SHOP CUPCAKE PANS

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Baked by Rachel
Chocolate Candy Cane Cupcakes With Peppermint Buttercream Frosting

This beautifully swirled treat will stand out at holiday parties.

Get the recipe at Baked by Rachel.

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Lydia Bakes
Mini Christmas Tree Cupcakes

These bite-sized cupcakes are perfect for when you want a little something sweet—but we won't blame you for having two or three!

Get the recipe at Lydia Bakes.

SHOP MINI CUPCAKE PANS

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Life, Love and Sugar
Gingerbread Cupcakes With Caramel Molasses Cream Cheese Icing

This decadent recipe gets a little easier if you make the caramel in the microwave.

Get the recipe at Life, Love and Sugar.

SHOP COOLING RACKS

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Becky Luigart-Stayner
Christmas Candy Cupcakes

Enjoy tiny treats with trimmings such as M&M's and marshmallows. Pressed Laffy Taffy leaves lend a festive touch.

Get the recipe.

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Gingerbread Cupcakes with Caramel Cream Cheese Buttercream

Adding sprigs of rosemary and gingerbread men on top makes each cupcake look like a mini winter wonderland.

Get the recipe at Half Baked Harvest.

SHOP CUPCAKE PANS

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Easy DIY Snowman Cupcakes

These super-cute pastries will even have Scrooge smiling for days.

Get the recipe at Beyond Frosting.

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Courtesy of The Cake Blog
Black Forest Cupcakes

Just wait until you taste the cherry filling on the inside of these chocolate cupcakes.

Get the recipe at The Cake Blog.

SHOP CUPCAKE LINERS

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Courtesy of Cooking Classy
Gingerbread Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Indulge a little this holiday season with creamy cupcakes like this one.

Get the recipe at Cooking Classy.

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Christmas Tree Cupcakes

Use sugar cones to create these intricate, towering pieces of art. Garnish with edible silver ball sprinkles.

Get the recipe at Just a Taste.

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Courtesy of Your Cup of Cake
Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

These hot chocolate-inspired treats will keep you cozy while satisfying your sweet tooth.

Get the recipe at Your Cup of Cake.

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Christmas Light Cupcakes

Light up your cupcakes with colorful M&M's and black frosting.

Get the recipe at Baked Bree.

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Chocolate Cupcakes with Candy Cane Buttercream

Slather whipped, candy cane buttercream onto these chocolate cupcakes.

Get the recipe at The Tough Cookie.

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