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cookies on sticks decorated like flowers with cupcake liners to look like pots

Okay. So I think I’ve talked about how much I loved New Kids on the Block when I was a kid.

Loved people. Like not just in a  “sure I love that band” way, but LOVED them. My room was covered in posters. I have no idea what other songs were released during their reign because I never listened to any of them.

I was going to marry Joey McIntyre. For reals.

He was going to drive up in his limo to my middle school and pick me up and never let me go. He would propose on the day of my high school graduation and we would get married and have babies.

I’m not making any of this up. I’m sure my mom still has all the notebooks I wrote our life story in somewhere in her attic.

Anyway, back to the present. The other day a fellow-NKOTB lover friend of mine emailed me the link to this Groupon.

First, I was super excited. Until I saw the price. Ten grand? For a trip to Hershey? Um, I’m sorry. I want to see the boys again, sure {who doesn’t?}, but for that kinda money I better get to swim in a chocolate pool like in Willy Wonka.

And then I got a little sad for my boy Joey and his band. I mean, let’s be honest. Do the New Kids really have new fans? As in, teenagers or young twenty-somethings who gush all day long about how good they are?

No, I didn’t think so.

All their fans are thirty-something moms whose highlight of a trip to Hershey would be sitting in the airplane because then their phones would be off and no one could reach them for the length of the flight.

What’s that going to look like, that meet ‘n greet? Sort of like school pick-up, but with music and bling?

Anyway that really has nothing to do with these cupcakes. Except that my husband could go return my Mother’s Day present and buy me a supercool Groupon instead.

The idea for these cupcakes came about when Jordan and I were at the American Girl lunch. They served chocolate mousse in flower pots with a fake daisy. I remember thinking, a fake daisy? Really? It would’ve been much better as a cookie.

So that’s what I did.

But I got lazy. {Hey, if your husband kids make these for you for Mother’s Day, it’ll be perfect, right?}

I used a tube of cookie dough. And a can of icing. But I made you chocolate dirt icing. And when you see what it was made with, you’ll forgive me.

Have you seen this stuff yet? It’s amazing. I made chocolate frosting with it.

To. Die. For.

To make my cupcakes look like they were in pots, I made cupcake wrappers out of terracotta colored paper. {This is the template I used.}

I wish I’d taken pictures of making the flowers. But I didn’t. Forgive me?

I’ll take you to a great concert.

Flower Pot Cupcakes

by Crazy for Crust
Keywords: cupcake

For the Cupcakes & Decoration

  • Chocolate Cupcakes, baked and cooled
  • Chocolate Frosting
  • White Frosting (canned or your favorite recipe)
  • Food coloring
  • Oreos, crushed
  • Sugar Cookies, from your favorite recipe or store bought dough, cut in flower or round shapes, baked and cooled
  • White chocolate chips
  • M&Ms or Skittles
  • Popsicle sticks

For the Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 4 ounces (1/2 tub) Philadelphia Indulgence Milk Chocolate Spread
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 ½ – 2 cups powdered sugar

To Make the Frosting

  1. Beat spread and butter together with a hand mixer until fluffy. Slowly add in powdered sugar and mix until blended. Spread on cupcakes. (Frosts about 4-6 cupcakes, depending on how much frosting you use.)

Assemble the Cupcakes

  1. To make the cookie sticks, melt the white chocolate chips in a small bowl. Dip a Popsicle stick in the melted chips and press against the back of the cookie. Place face down on a wax-paper lined cookie sheet and chill until hardened.
  2. To make the flowers, tint your white frosting the desired color(s). Place in a sealable sandwich bag and snip of a small tip of the corner. Pipe the frosting onto the cookie in a flower shape, filling in the petals. Place an M&M or other small candy in the center of the flower. Chill to harden frosting.
  3. To make the pots, first frosting the cupcakes with the chocolate frosting. Place the Oreo cookie crumbs on a plate and dip each frosted cupcake in the cookie crumbs to resemble dirt.
  4. Once the cookie icing hardens, place the sticks in the cupcakes and serve.
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  1. I would accept that groupon… except I actually live about an hour away from Hershey so it would be kinda pointless!

  2. Okay, these are super cute…Something my sister and I would have made when we were young. And, NOW, I know what to do with that milk chocolate cream cheese. For real? Genius.

  3. I hate to burst your fantasy bubble…but Joey was going to marry me:-) LOL! Isn’t it fun to look back and remember all the funny crushes we had as kids. I had quite a thing for Brandon from 90210 too! Now about the cupcakes….awesome!!! Who serves a cupcake with a fake flower? I love that you made them with a cookie flower…much better that way!!! And that cream cheese is to die for. I must confess that I ate the rest of mine with a spoon the other day!!!

  4. LOL you are just like my friend in high school, she was obsessed, and when we saw them a few years back here in Toronto, she was all, I will be so cool and whatever. But she was the first one to scream like an idiot when she saw them, so funny! And I so want that chocolate cream cheese stuff, dang it all, we better get that here soon!

    1. I saw them on that tour. And I screamed like a 12 year old. Next to all the other old women like me. 🙂

  5. these cupcakes are so cute! and i must be older than you because my room was plastered in duran duran….like crazy plastered! (my sister was a fellow NKOTB devotee though!)

  6. Like the idea of flower pot cupcakes…It looks cute…I like it.Send Flowers To Pakistan From AustraliaSend Flowers To Pakistan From AustraliaSend Flowers To Pakistan From Australia

  7. Are you sure you don’t want to go 50/50 on the Groupon? 🙂 Cute post and cute cupcakes! Oh, and I am pretty sure that Joseph Mulrey McIntyre was going to marry me . . . On December 31st . . . His birthday! LOL!

  8. I’m older than you, so Kids on the Block isn’t who I fantasized about. I’m to embarrassed to admit who it was for me, cuz I’m sure you never heard of him. Anyhoo… how clever of you to make those terracotta cupcake pots. Love it! No, I haven’t seen that cream cheese, but I’m going to be on the lookout.