What I have learned through teaching and through having a child of my own is that kids learn best when there is either something hands-on or food. With these Apple Tree Cupcakes, you can tie in just about any story you want making this treat an educational one. Here are just a few good books you can read before having an Apple Cupcake snack.
- Ten Apples Up on Top
- My Little Golden Book About Johnny Appleseed
- The Season’s of Arnold’s Apple Tree
- Apples and Pumpkins
Make these snacks ahead of time, or get your little ones to help. Giving little ones the chance to help make these delicious snacks drives comprehension, increases fine motor skills, and gives kids a sense of accomplishment.
If you want to create a whole apple learning unit, check out these Amazing Apple Crafts for Kids!
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Apple Cupcakes Ingredients
- 12 Double Stuff Oreo cookies
- 1 (12 ounces) package green candy melts wafers
- 12 cupcakes
- 2 to 3 cups vanilla frosting in green (Used store-bought canned frosting)
- 12 Tootsie Roll Midgies
- Red mini M&M candies (5 to 9 for each cupcake)
You will also need:
- Large open star tip (Wilton 1M Open Star Piping Tip)
- Piping bag
- White lollipop sticks, cut to 3 to 4 inches (one cut stick for each cupcake)
How to Make Apple Tree Cupcakes
Line a baking sheet with waxed paper.
Gently press a lollipop stick into the cream center of the cookies. If the cookie cracks, press it back together.
Melt candy coating according to package directions. If the candy is too thick to pour, add 1 teaspoon coconut oil or vegetable shortening. Stir well. Do not add water. You can add up to 1 tablespoon of coconut oil per bag of candy wafers.
Dip each cookie into melted candy. Remove cookie, tapping gently against the side of the bowl, allowing excess candy to return to the bowl. If air bubbles form, pop them with a toothpick. Place the cookie onto the waxed paper.
While it is still wet, apply 4 to 6 mini M&Ms on each cookie. Allow cookies to set completely. Once cookies are set, twist a Tootsie Roll around the top half (where the cookie connects) of the stem on each cookie pop.
To decorate the cupcakes, pipe frosting over cupcakes in a circular direction working from the center of the cupcake towards the outside.
Press a cookie pop into the center of each cupcake. Sprinkle remaining M&M candies around the cookie pop.
Enjoy your Apple Tree Cupcakes!
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