FORTUNE COOKIES CUPCAKES

June 23, 2010 10:13:55 AM PDT

24 mini chocolate cupcakes baked in white paper liners
1 can (16 ounces) vanilla frosting
48 caramels (Kraft), unwrapped 24 3/8-by-2 1/2-inch slips of paper with printed fortunes (make your own on a computer or write them by hand and cut them to size) Orange candy fruit slices (optional)

1. Spread the tops of the cupcakes with the vanilla frosting and smooth.

2. For the cookies, microwave several caramels at a time for 2 to 3 seconds to soften slightly. Press 2 caramels together and roll out to an approximately 3-inch round. Cut out a 3-inch circle using clean scissors, a cookie cutter, or the rim of a glass. Repeat with the remaining caramels. Place a paper message down the center of a caramel circle, allowing it to overhang one side. Fold the opposite sides of the round up over the message to enclose it in a half-moon shape. Bring the ends together to make a fortune-cookie shape.

3. Place the caramel fortune cookies on top of the cupcakes, pressing down lightly to adhere and place the orange candy fruit slices on the side, if using.


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