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Skill Level: Intermediate Prep Time: 1 Hour & 5 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 10 to 12 JOLLY RANCHER Fruit Chews
  • FILLING (recipe follows)
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups water
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Assorted HERSHEY'S, TWIZZLER, REESE or JOLLY RANCHER Candies

Directions

  1. Remove wrappers from fruit chew candies. Cut each candy into six equal pieces. Roll each piece into ball. (If necessary, heat candy in microwave at MEDIUM (50%) for about 5 seconds to soften.) Set aside.
  2. Prepare FILLING. Set aside. Heat oven to 350°F. Line muffin cups (2-1/2 inches in diameter) with paper or foil baking cups.
  3. Stir together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add water, oil, vinegar and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 3 minutes. Fill muffin cups about 2/3 full (scant 1/4 cup) with batter. Drop two circles (each 1 level measuring teaspoon) of FILLING in the center of each filled muffin cup. Center 1 candy ball in each circle, pressing down lightly.
  4. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in cake portion comes out clean. Cool slightly; remove from pan to wire rack. Cool completely. Garnish masked faces as desired with additional candies. About 2-1/2 dozen cupcakes.
  5. FILLING: Beat 2 packages (3 oz. each) softened cream cheese, 1/4 cup sugar, 1 egg yolk, 2 teaspoons milk and a dash of salt in small bowl until smooth and creamy.