Gingerbread Cupcakes



  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 ounce cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • Dash salt
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar


  • In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg. Beat in water and molasses. Combine the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, nutmeg and allspice; add to the creamed mixture. Beat on low speed until combined. Beat on medium for 2 minutes.
  • Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • For frosting, in a small bowl, cream the butter, cream cheese, brown sugar and salt until light and fluffy. Beat in maple syrup and vanilla. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Frost cupcakes and pipe a gingerbread man on the top or top it with a cookie gingerbread man. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 1 dozen.

Make Your Own Fingerpaints

From the supermarket:
• One package Knox plain gelatin
•  1/2 cup cornstarch
• Joy dishwashing liquid
• Six clean, empty 4-ounce baby food jars
•  Food coloring From the kitchen:
• Two mixing bowls
•  Spoon
• Measuring cup
• Pot From the tap:
• Water

In a mixing bowl and using a spoon, mix the packet of powdered gelatin mix with V4 cup water until dissolved. Set aside.

In a pot, mix the cornstarch with 3A cup water. Add 2 cups hot water and mix well. Heat the pot on a stove, bring-
ing the mixture to a boil while stirring constantly. When the mixture becomes clear and thick (after one to two min­utes), remove the pot from the heat. Pour in the gelatin mixture. Mix well, then pour equal amounts of the mixture into the six baby food jars. Add one drop of Joy dishwashing liquid to each jar.

In the first jar, add five drops of yel­low food coloring and mix well. In the second jar, add five drops of red food coloring and mix well. In the third jar, add five drops of green food coloring and mix well. In the fourth jar, add five drops of blue food coloring and mix well. In the fifth jar, add four drops of yellow food coloring and one drop red food coloring, and mix well. In the sixth jar, add three drops red food coloring and two drops blue food coloring, and mix well. Let cool.

You’ve created finger paints that can be used on heavy white paper. To store, seal the lids on the jars.