Firecracker Cupcakes

Serves: 24

These no-fuss treats are so much fun to make with kids, and they put a spark in Fourth of July parties. You can tint the whipped cream red and blue to make the frosting festive, too. My daughter doesn't like coconut, so we left it out and used sprinkles.

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5 pieces red pull-and-peel licorice
1 cup flaked coconut (optional)
1 cup sweetened whipped cream
24 cupcakes of your choice
assorted red and blue sprinkles


Cut each licorice twist into five pieces; pull apart one end of each to make firecracker fuses. Spread whipped cream over cupcakes; decorate with coconut or sprinkles as desired. Insert firecraker fuses into tops. Refrigerate until serving. Yield: 2 dozen.


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