Christmas is right around the corner, so everyone’s ready to PAR-TAY. Whether you’ll be hosting a bash or two or attending as a guest, leave cookies and cocktails to someone else. Instead, bring out *the* sweet treat that’s guaranteed to get the most oh-em-gees: cupcakes. You can’t go wrong with cute Christmas cupcakes — especially when they feature adorable Mickey ears, sugary Frosty faces or comical Rudolph noses. Here are 18 crafty cupcakes guaranteed to make you everyone’s holiday BFF.

Reindeer Christmas Cupcake Recipe Ideas

1. Reindeer Cupcakes: You need these in your life right now! Break them out while watching your fave Hallmark holiday romances involving cheesy mistletoe kisses, perfect snowflakes and mischievous elves, and they’ll put you in the Christmas mood. (via Your Cup of Cake)

Christmas Light Cupcake Recipe Ideas

2. Christmas Light Cupcakes: The M&M *bulbs* on these little trees have a totally 3D effect. It’s so cool, and the technique is so easy, even the littlest bakers in the house can get in on the decorating action. (via Baked Bree)

Mini Christmas Tree Cupcake Recipe Ideas

3. Mini Christmas Tree Cupcakes: These mini cupcakes are super easy and fun to make; all you need is buttercream icing, piping bags, tips and sprinkles. Add a playlist of your favorite holiday tunes in the background, and you’ll be dancing around the kitchen while they bake. (via Lydia Bakes)

Santa Hat Christmas Cupcake Recipe Ideas

4. Santa Hat Cupcakes: Here’s a festive cupcake that requires no special decorating tools. Just pipe on store-bought icing straight from the tube, then add mini marshmallows and voila! — jolly Santa hat! (via Frugal Mom Eh!)

Hot Cocoa Christmas Cupcake Recipe Ideas

5. Hot Cocoa Cupcakes: These hot cocoa cupcakes are cold-weather cute and full of seasonal flavor, thanks to hot cocoa mixed right in the batter. Add fresh whipped cream, mini marshmallows, mini chocolate chips, crushed peppermint and all your fave toppings. (via Lick the Bowl Good)

Snowman Christmas Cupcake Recipe Ideas

6. Snowman Cupcakes: These jolly little guys are guaranteed to bring a smile to everyone’s face. Keep your phone handy while you bake, because they’re guaranteed to rack up the likes. (via Little Sunny Kitchen)

Ultimate Chocolate Reindeer Christmas Cupcake Recipe Ideas

7. Ultimate Chocolate Reindeer Cupcakes: These cupcakes are made from the very best chocolate batter you’ll ever taste, then topped with a giant swirl of chocolate ganache. Add a peanut-butter cup head, M&Ms nose and candy cane antlers and they’re utterly irresistible. (via Hungry Happenings)

Snowman Christmas Cupcake Recipe Ideas

8. Snowman Cupcakes: These little treats are *snow* good, as only cupcakes topped with donut holes can be. Both pieces are rolled in confectioner’s sugar before assembly, making this cupcake doubly sweet. (via Bakerella)

Adorable Rudolph the Reindeer Christmas Cupcake Recipe Ideas

9. Adorable Rudolph the Reindeer Cupcakes: Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer… had a shiny gumball nose! Your littlest guests will be wowed to see their fave christmas animation make an appearance on your dessert table. (via Crafty Morning)

Christmas Tree Cupcake Recipe Ideas

10. Christmas Tree Cupcakes: The base of this cupcake is the richest double-fudge cake batter you’ll ever taste. Prepare for the onslaught, because everyone will be asking for the recipe. (via Frugal Mom Eh!)


11. Santa Hat Cupcake With Homemade Icing: These cupcakes are easy to make but look like a million bucks. But the real star of the show is the homemade butter cream icing that melts in your mouth like the very snowflakes you’re piping on. (via Midget Momma)


12. Easy Snowman Cupcakes: These snowman are so festive, and they come together quickly using ingredients that you probably already have on hand. Be sure to finish them off with a generous avalanche of granulated sugar *snow* to make them extra-sweet. (via One Little Project)


13. Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes: These chocolate cupcakes are intensely flavored with coffee and peppermint in the batter. Add a mountain of peppermint vanilla frosting and crushed candy canes and you will be in dessert heaven! (via Sally’s Baking Addiction)


14. Polar Bear Paw Footprint Cupcakes: These polar bear cupcakes look just like little teddy bear paws. And the clever coconut *fur* makes them as sweet to look at as they are to eat. (via One Little Project)


15. Mickey Mouse Santa Hat Cupcakes: Hold onto your holiday Mickey Mouse ears, because everyone’s fave santa hat cupcakes just got a cartoonish twist. Your *new* favorite Christmas cupcake has just arrived! (via Two Sisters Crafting)


16. Hot Chocolate Cupcakes: Christmas season has not truly arrived until you spend a morning sipping on hot cocoa. Be sure to invite a few friends over, because treats this sweet must be shared. (via Your Cup of Cake)


17. Mini Polar Bear Cupcakes: Sprinkles and candies make for the cutest little cupcake faces. These baby bears would be super adorable at a winter wonderland-themed party. (via Bakerella)


18. North Pole Cupcakes: Remember when you were small and you thought the north pole really was a candy cane? That’s why everyone *hearts* cupcakes — they recapture all that’s magical about the holidays. (via The Girl Who Ate Everything)

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