Playfully present patriotic figures on top of star-splashed cupcakes. Add black licorice appendages and spice-drop feet and hands to cookies shaped with the smallest star cutter in the 101 Cookie Cutters Set.
In advance: Make cookies. Prepare dough, roll out and cut using smallest star cutter from set. Bake and cool. Cover with thinned royal icing (link to technique on p. 128); let dry overnight.
Use tip 3 and royal icing to pipe dot eyes, noses and pupils, outline mouths. For each cookie, cut four 1 1/4 in. pieces of black licorice and attach to backs of stars for arms and legs with melted candy; let set.
On waxed paper sprinkled with sugar, roll out white spice drops 1/8 thick, black spice drops 1/4 in. thick. Cut into hand and shoe shapes with knife. Insert into licorice arms and legs. Cut uncooked spaghetti into 2 1/2 in. lengths and attach to backs of legs for support with melted candy, leaving 1 1/4 in. open on one end to insert into cupcakes; let set.
Bake and cool cupcakes. Ice smooth with spatula and add sprinkles. Insert cookies.
* Combine Christmas Red with Red-Red for red shown.