Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes

These Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes show off an easy homemade chocolate cupcake topped with peppermint frosting and cute little mini York Peppermint Patties.  Cupcakes this good are perfect for any party or picnic at any time of year.

Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes - homemade dark chocolate cupcakes with a peppermint frosting and candy

I realize that you must think I am bonkers for posting a peppermint recipe as we head into the summer season.

Let me plead my case before you pass dessert judgment upon me!  You see, to me Peppermint Patties get a bad rep of being a winter treat.  Peppermint = a holiday flavor in everyone’s eyes.

I happen to absolutely love eating Peppermint Patties any time of year.  They have that chilly refreshing taste that almost cools you off as you are eating them.  Try freezing the peppermint patties and biting into one on a hot summer day.  Instant chill factor for sure!

Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes - homemade dark chocolate cupcakes with a peppermint frosting and candy

My second reason for making these cupcakes were these itty bitty Peppermint Patties I found.

A few weeks ago I was at Meijer grabbing a few items…ok, fine a cartload of baking stuff…when I saw this bag of unwrapped mini Peppermint Patties staring at me.  Before I could even blink, two bags of candy jumped right into my cart.  For realsies!  I seriously don’t even remember reaching out and grabbing them.

Mini York Peppermint Patties

After a minute of just staring at these cute candies, I realized that I didn’t need 2 bags.  I know just how long they would last in my possession.

The smart thing to do was put one bag back on the shelf and buy one bag to bake something fun with, but for some reason my hands were frozen to the front of the cart.  Finally after that inner dialogue between the good dessert angel and the bad dessert devil, I slowly removed one bag from the cart.  I’m pretty sure I heard the candy pleading with me to buy it as I walked away.

What?  You don’t hear candy talking to you?  Hhhhmmm…maybe that was just that inner dessert devil talking again.  What??  You don’t hear one of those either???  Ok, maybe I should keep these things to myself more often.  You all are going to start thinking I’m a crazy lady.  What’s that?  You already do???  It’s ok, I can live with that ;-)

Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes - homemade dark chocolate cupcakes with a peppermint frosting and candy

Now for the fun stuff.  I came home with that bag of candy anxious to start baking.  The first thing that came to mind was this chocolate cupcake.  But then all night long I kept debating whether that seemed too holiday-ish!   Finally I just gave up debating the issue and made cupcakes.

Now if you want to simplify things a little bit, you can use a chocolate box mix.  I usually do too!  BUT…I do have a fantastic homemade chocolate cupcake recipe that I like to break out every once in a while.   You can mix the batter up in almost the same amount of time as a box.  Promise me you will give it a try some time.

Start by sifting all the dry ingredients into one bowl.  I like to use the Hershey’s dark cocoa powder for that rich, deep chocolate taste and look.  You can use regular cocoa if that’s all you have in your cupboard.

Then whisk the oil, eggs, and extract in another bowl.  Alternately add the dry ingredients and the buttermilk and hot water into the egg mixture.  Beat for another minute and you are done.  See how easy that is?  Divide the batter into 24 cupcake liners and bake.

Beat together all the frosting ingredients while the cupcakes are baking.  For this frosting, I used a little bit of peppermint extract.  If you like a much stronger peppermint taste, go ahead and add more.  Just be very careful to not add too much.  Peppermint extract is very strong, and you can over do it quickly if you are not careful.

Then sit down and relax a bit while you wait for them to cool completely.   Or go for a run or better yet, do some house work.  It’s totally up to you how you wait. Just don’t let the mini Peppermint Patties talk you into opening the bag early.  You will wish you had bought two bags!  At least that’s what I hear…

Are you convinced yet that dark chocolate cupcakes with peppermint frosting is totally an all year treat?

Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes - homemade dark chocolate cupcakes with a peppermint frosting and candy

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Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 16 minutes

Yield: 24 cupcakes

Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes

Chocolate cupcakes topped with a peppermint frosting is a delicious way to have dessert.

Ingredients

For the Chocolate Cupcakes
2 1/4 cups flour
1 1/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup dark cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
3/4 cup buttermilk
3/4 cup hot water
For the Peppermint Butter Cream
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup shortening
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract*
4 cups powdered sugar
2 Tablespoons whipping cream
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
1/2 teaspoon shortening
24 mini York Peppermint Patties

Instructions

  1. Sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  2. Beat the oil, eggs, and vanilla until light and foamy. Add the dry ingredients alternately with the buttermilk and hot water. Beat until everything is incorporated. Spoon the batter into 24 cupcake liners. Bake at 350 degrees for 16-18 minutes, or until a tester comes out somewhat clean. Let cool completely.
  3. Beat the shortening, butter, and extracts until creamy. Slowly beat in the powdered sugar and whipping cream. Beat another minute until creamy. Use a piping bag and tip to swirl on top of the cupcakes.
  4. Place the chocolate chips and shortening in a microwave safe bowl. Heat for 1 minute. Stir until creamy. Spoon into a ziplock baggie and cut one tip off. Drizzle quickly over the top of the frosting. Top with a mini Peppermint Pattie. Makes 24 cupcakes. Store in a sealed container.

Notes

*If you want a stronger peppermint taste, increase the peppermint extract to 1 teaspoon.

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I really hate to do this to you…but these Oreo Peppermint Cookies are going to rock your world.


I realize you probably already have your cookies baked

or at least have your list of ones you are going to bake.

And I realize you need another cookie recipe
like you need a hole in your head.

But let me persuade you to add these
chocolate peppermint goodies
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Santa would want them on his plate of cookies.

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Seriously they have Oreo and Peppermint Patty candy pieces
all baked inside a dark chocolate dough.
What’s not to like???

Shoot, forget Santa…you need these in YOUR life.

Like today:-)

Oreo Peppermint Cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Yield: about 24 cookies

Oreo Peppermint Cookies

Chocolate cookies made with Oreo chunks and peppermint candies.

Ingredients

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup flour
1/4 cup dark cocoa powder
1 egg
2 cups Oreo cookie chunks
1 cup Peppermint Patty Pieces(the chocolate candies, not the candy bars)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350* In a large bowl, beat butter until creamy. Beat in both sugars. Add the egg and beat again.
  2. Stir in the baking powder, cocoa powder, and flour. Add the oreo chunks and patty pieces and stir by hand to distribute. Do this gently so you don't break up the chunks of oreos more.
  3. Drop by rounded teaspoons onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 8 minutes. Cool on wire racks. Store in an airtight container.
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