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Scarecrow Cupcakes

Ingredients:
2 (13-oz. each) bags Cookies & Snickers Fun Size Bars, unwrapped
1 (13-oz.) bag Twix Caramel Cookie Fun Size Bars, unwrapped
1 (14-oz.) bag M&M’S Peanut Butter Chocolate Candies for Halloween or M&M’S Milk Chocolate Candies for Halloween
1 (13-oz.) bag Snickers Fun Size Bars, unwrapped and chopped
1 (18.25-oz.) box yellow cake mix
1 (16-oz.) can vanilla frosting
6 shredded wheat biscuits
1 tube brown decorator’s icing

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line cupcake pans with paper cupcake liners.

Prepare yellow cake mix according to package instructions.

Fold chopped Fun Size bars into batter before transferring to cupcake pans. Bake 18–21 minutes. Remove from oven, transfer to wire rack, and let cool completely.

Tint vanilla frosting beige by blending with 1 tablespoon brown decorator’s icing. Spread beige frosting on cupcake.

Hats: Place 1 Fun Size bar at top of each cupcake, and top with Caramel Cookie bars to resemble rim on hat.

Hair & Neck: Arrange strands of shredded wheat under hat and around neck.

Face: Use Peanut M&M’S for eyes and nose. Create mouth with remaining brown decorator’s frosting.

Tip: Consider using cut licorice laces, snipped fruit chews or shredded coconut instead of shredded wheat biscuits for “hair.”

All materials are courtesy of M&M’S Seasonal Brands. Family Features Editorial Syndicate

Published in the October 26, 2005 issue of Farm World.

10/25/2005