12/21/2014 01:06 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Cheery Candy Cane Cupcakes

Candy cane cupcakes are super festive and fun for the holidays. Full of peppermint, everyone will adore them!


My son is obsessed with candy canes. I honestly don’t understand it because I keep a fair amount of sweets in my home. I know that some people believe in strictly limiting sugary foods, and while I DO agree, I find that the best way to go about that is to make them readily available.

As a kid, the friends that always seemed to go crazy for candy were the ones who weren’t allowed to have it. I remember one friend sneaking into the bathroom with my mom’s candy dish, hastily stuffing chocolates down her shirt to take home and hide under her bed. Good grief, that stressed me out. I wasn’t cut out for a life of crime.

My son, Jon David, who is 10, doesn’t get crazy about desserts because he’s always been allowed to have them. From Butterfinger cupcakes and Peppermint Bark Oreos, to Junior Mint cupcakes, because he's allowed to have them, they’re just not a big deal. He likes 'em, he just doesn't go crazy bugging me to eat them.


I can’t tell you how many times I’ve thrown away Halloween or Easter candy – it’s to the point where I don’t even get him much at holidays because it’s a waste. He DOES love it, but a few pieces do the trick. I’ve never found a secret stash under his bed. Quite the opposite – I’ve found many a bag of leftover candy from a class party, uneaten and going stale.

For this reason, the candy cane obsession is a mystery. Every year my son insists on hanging them on the Christmas tree and every year he’s constantly asking if he can eat one. Of course, he never finishes them and I often find half eaten candy canes littered through the house. My only guess is that picking them off the tree adds a certain appeal. Who knows. Kids are weird.

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Kristan is known for her candy creations and hilarity on Confessions of a Cookbook Queen. We know where her true genius is, though: fanciful fanatical cupcake creations!