Shamrock Pretzel Cupcakes

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When I first saw these, I figured making these would be too time consuming and, well, difficult.  The trick is to use the white, yogurt covered pretzels which are then just “glued together” and decorated.  Sort of like a craft project combined with a cupcake making project.  It might be fun to get the kids involved in the decorating, too, but don’t tell them there is spinach in the cupcakes.  That will be our secret.  Well, ours and From Apples to Zucchini.

Shamrock Pretzel Cupcakes

for the shamrocks:

about 40 yogurt covered mini pretzels

3 oz white chocolate chips

1/4 c. powdered sugar

1-3 tbsp water

green food coloring

ARRANGE pretzels on a sheet of parchment paper – bring three pretzels, narrow ends brought together in the center

melt the white chocolate and use it to “glue” the pretzels together. You can even use a bit more to fill in the center if you wish

use a broken piece of pretzel as a stem between two of the “leaves”, using more white chocolate to adhere it in place

mix sugar and water to get a pate consistency and add in food coloring

pipe around the outer edge of the pretzels to form an outline of a shamrock

allow to dry comepletely

for the cupcakes:

1 1/4 c. sugar

1 1/2 c. flour

1/3 c. butter, softened

2 eggs

2 tbsp vanilla

2 tsp baking powder

1/4 c. chopped spinach

1 tbsp olive oil

2/3 c. skim milk

CHOP fresh spinach in a food processor with olive oil to as close as pureed as you can get in consistency and set aside

cream together butter and sugar, then add eggs and vanilla

add spinach and blend throughly

add dry ingredients, then milk

line a muffin tin with cupcake papers and fill the cup 3/4 full of batter

bake at 350 for 15-17 minutes, or until done and slightly golden

allow to cool comepletely

for buttercream:

1/4 c. butter

1/4 c. shortening

1 (2 pound) bag powdered sugar

2-5 tbsp milk

1 tsp vanilla

green food coloring

CREAM butter and shortening

add sugar, then vanilla

add milk one tablespoon at at time until you achieve the consistency that you want

add coloring until you get the shade of green you desire

pipe onto cooled cupcakes

place a shamrock on top of each iced cupcake, adhering them with a little extra buttercream




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