st. patrick's day cupcakes


1 3/4  cups all-purpose flour
1   4-serving-size package instant pistachio pudding mix
3/4  cup miniature semisweet chocolate pieces
2/3  cup sugar
2 1/2  teaspoons baking powder
1/2  teaspoon salt
2   beaten eggs
1 1/4  cups milk
1/2  cup cooking oil
1   teaspoon vanilla or 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1/2  of a can cream cheese frosting (1 cup)
Green colored sugar
1/2  cup candy-coated milk chocolate pieces


1. Grease muffin cups or line with paper bake cups. In a large mixing bowl stir together flour, pudding mix, chocolate pieces, sugar, baking powder, and salt. In a small bowl combine beaten eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla or almond extract. Stir into flour mixture just until combined. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full.
2. Bake in a 375 degree F oven for 18 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Frost with cream cheese frosting; sprinkle with green sugar, then milk chocolate pieces. Makes 18 cupcakes.

Make Ahead Tip
Up to 2 weeks ahead, prepare and bake the cupcakes but do not frost them. Wrap and freeze the cupcakes. Thaw and frost before serving.

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