Gingerbread Boy Cupcakes

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Gingerbread cookies are the cutest part of Christmas time! These cupcakes make the perfect treat for any Christmas party or if you are having visitors over!

Yield: 24

Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 egg; room temperature
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
3/4 cup brown sugar
24 gingerbread cookies

Frosting:
4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp maple syrup

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, and salt. Mix and set aside. In a medium bowl combine butter, sugar, and syrup. Mix until combined.

2. Combine wet ingredients to flour mixture and mix with a blender or kitchen aid. Pour in the whipping cream slowly while mixing.

3. Line cupcake tins with wrappers and spoon in cupcake mixture evenly within 24 cupcakes. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until cupcakes are golden brown.

4. To make the frosting, in a mixing bowl mix the powdered sugar, whipping cream, syrup, and vanilla extract, and syrup with a mixer. Mix until light and fluffy. Add more powdered sugar or whipping cream depending if frosting is too thick. Once cupcakes are baked and cooled, with a butter knife frost cupcakes and place a gingerbread cookie in the center.