We couldn't resist these adorable winter cupcakes made from basic cupcake mix and Oreo cookies. Not only are these easy (we tried them ourselves just to make sure) but they are definitely impressive to serve at a party. Try these for your next party.

Cupcake mix (boxed or using your own recipe)
Chocolate sandwich cookies (we used Oreos)
Orange Licorice
Blue Licorice
Vanilla Frosting

How to Make Playful Penguin Cupcakes:

Step 1
: Bake a batch of your favorite cupcake recipe (if you're short on time, a boxed cake mix works just fine!) in festive baking cups like these Penguin-themed ones from Reynolds. Cool cupcakes on a wire rack.

Step 2: Separate double-stuffed chocolate-sandwich cookies and mini chocolate sandwich cookies, keeping the filling on one side. Use a serrated knife to cut the mini cookies without filling in half for the penguin's wings.

Step 3: Press the mini cookie, filling side down, onto the larger cookie with filling, cream side up, to make the penguin's body and head. Press the cut mini cookie pieces, straight edge up, into the filling as the wings.

Step 4: Cut, using small sharp scissors, small pieces of orange and blue licorice twists to make the feet, beaks and bow ties. Pipe dots of vanilla frosting on the mini cookies and attach the orange licorice piece for the beak and mini chocolate chips, flat side up for the eyes. Add the blue licorice pieces to the filling as the bow tie.

Step 5: Spread vanilla frosting on top of the cupcakes and roll the top of the frosted cupcakes in sweetened coconut to cover. Step 6: Insert the penguin into the coconut and frosting to secure. Add the orange licorice pieces as the feet.