Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, these chewy Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies are a twist on my original chocolate chip cookie with a fresh minty taste!  You’re going to love them!

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I’m not one to go crazy for St. Patrick’s Day.  Why you may ask?  Well, because…

  1. I don’t believe in Leprechauns.  There are enough Easter bunnies, tooth fairies and Santa’s to worry about.
  2. It’s another holiday that I feel I don’t need to celebrate just because Target wants me to and
  3. I’m not even Irish.  Well, okay I might be like a 1/16 Irish, but that doesn’t count.

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I do, however, believe that chocolate chip cookies are good idea all the time.  Especially when they’re this delicious and so simple to make!

For these cookies, I took my Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe and tweaked it just enough to make something new and even tastier.  I switched up the sugar ratios, used semi-sweet chocolate chips, mint extract and of course, added green food coloring!

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So, if you’re like me and you don’t want to jump on the St. Patrick’s Day bandwagon but still want a delish treat for the holiday… make these Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Happy Baking!

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Chewy Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 2+ dozen
Ingredients
  • 2¼ cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1½ tsp cornstarch
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 12 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 egg + 1 egg yolk, large
  • 1 Tbsp mint extract
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips + extra for garnish
  • Green gel food coloring
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, corn starch and salt.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the sugars until no more clumps remain. Add the melted butter and continue whisking until smooth.
  3. Add the eggs, mint extract and green gel coloring and whisk until incorporated.
  4. Make a well in the flour mixture and pour in the wet ingredients. Mix with a wooden spoon until just combined.
  5. Add the chocolate chips and fold together.
  6. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze for 1-2 hours or until firm.
  7. When you’re ready to bake, preheat oven to 325 F degrees and line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  8. Roll 8 balls of dough, press down flat and place evenly on the prepared cookie sheet. Press 3-4 extra chocolate onto each ball for garnish
  9. Bake 11-13 minutes or until the tops are a light golden color. DO NOT OVERBAKE. Remove immediately.
  10. Allow cookies to cool on the pan for 2-3 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
  11. Repeat process with all the cookie dough.
  12. Eat warm! Store cookies in an air tight container for up to 5 days.

 

Chocolate Chip Mint Cupcakes

These Chocolate Chip Mint Cupcakes are so simple to make yet are packed full of flavor with a moist chocolate cake topped with a whipped mint buttercream.  So good!

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You may remember the Mint Chocolate Chip Cake I made for my friend Chasity’s birthday back in 2013.  Layers of chocolate cake filled and covered in chocolate chip mint buttercream and covered in chocolate ganache.  It was one of Chasity’s favorite flavor combinations and was SO GOOD.

When Chasity left Germany in July, I told her I’d bake for her one last time.  She chose the mint chocolate chip cake and s’mores cupcakes.  Since I wasn’t trying to make that giant layer cake again, I decided to turn the cake into cupcakes!

(PS… You need to see the S’mores Cupcakes I made here.  Chocolate cake filled with graham cracker and topped with marshmallow frosting.  I DIE!!)

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These Chocolate Chip Mint Cupcakes are super easy to make and are completely worth the effort.  The cake is my basic chocolate recipe, minus the espresso powder.  I didn’t want any mocha flavor to come though in the cake.

The frosting is whipped to light and fluffy perfection and is filled with chunks of high quality chocolate and tinted a minty green color.

Chunks of high quality chocolate top the entire cupcake.  I used Lindt 50% bittersweet chocolate in the frosting and the garnish.  Lindt is my favorite chocolate to use in baking!  I blame living in Germany for that though.  It’s EVERYWHERE here!

Chasity loved these cupcakes and I was so super happy to make them for her!

Enjoy!

Chocolate Chip Mint Cupcakes
 
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Serves: 12 cupcakes
Ingredients
Chocolate Cupcakes
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup brewed coffee
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ cup + 2 Tbsp cup dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • ⅓ cup sour cream
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
Whipped Mint Chocolate Chip Buttercream
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1lb powdered sugar
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tsp mint or peppermint extract
  • pinch of salt
  • ¼ cup finely chopped high quality chocolate
  • green gel food coloring
  • 12 chocolate chunks, for garnish
Instructions
Chocolate Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Line cupcake pan with liners.
  2. In a medium sauce pan, melt the butter. Add the coffee, cocoa powder, and vanilla and whisk until combined. Set aside to cool slightly.
  3. In a large bowl, sift together the sugar, flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the sour cream and the eggs. SLOWLY add a few tablespoons of the chocolate mixture to the sour cream and eggs. Whisk to combine. In a slow stream, whisk in the remaining chocolate mixture until combined completely.
  5. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in wet. Using a whisk, stir until no more lumps remain.
  6. Fill cupcake liners ¾ full. Bake for 18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Cool in pan for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
Whipped Mint Chocolate Chip Buttercream
  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream the butter until smooth.
  2. Add half the powdered sugar and beat on high until incorporated.
  3. Mix in the extract and half the whipping cream and beat until smooth. Scrape the bowl.
  4. Add the remaining powdered sugar and pinch of salt then mix until smooth.
  5. Add the rest of the heavy cream until you reach your desired consistency. Beat on high speed for at least 2-3 minutes until light and fluffy.
  6. Add a drop or two of the green gel food coloring and beat until completely incorporated.
  7. Add the finely chopped chocolate and beat until combined.
Assembly and Storage
  1. Using a Wilton 1M piping tip fitted on a disposable bag, pipe a large swirl of frosting on to each cupcake.
  2. Garnish with a chunk of chocolate.
  3. Store in an air tight container for up to a week.

Raspberry Mojitos

Fresh lime juice, mint and raspberries make this sweet, flavorful drink the perfect refreshment for a hot, summer day!

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My husband loves me.  Seriously.  He loves me lots.  You see, as I was making dinner this past Sunday, my husband Dave came up behind me and tapped me on the shoulder,  I turned around to see him smiling at me with a beautiful beverage in his hand.

“I thought you would like a drink.”  he said sweetly to me.  “I made it just for you because I know how much you love raspberry.” he explained.  I asked him what it was and he told me that he took his favorite drink, the mint mojito and turned it into a raspberry mojito.  His favorite drink plus my favorite fruit equals a drink full of love!

And a super delicious drink at that!

Dave started these Raspberry Mojitos by muddling mint leaves, sugar, lime juice and ice together in the bottom of a glass.  He added raspberries, rum and club soda to the glass and then topped all off with a few floating berries and a whole sprig of mint for garnish!

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Dave wanted me to make sure to mention that typically a mojito uses a simple syrup instead of just adding sugar to the glass.  But Dave says that he likes how the coarseness of the sugar helps work into the mint to get the oils out of the leaves and break them down a bit more.  I happen to think this technique is an excellent idea and really brings out the mint flavor of the leaves!

Beautiful. And simply perfect.  These raspberry mojitos were sweet, smooth and full of delicious raspberry flavor.  I really truly loved them! And of course, the man who made them for me.  I love him too.

So, if you are in need of a fruity, summertime drink, these Raspberry Mojitos are for you!

Enjoy!

Like the cupcakes you see in the pictures?  Those cupcakes were inspired by this drink! Check out my recipe for Raspberry Mojito Cupcakes

Raspberry Mojitos
 
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Serves: 1 drink
Ingredients
  • 6-8 mint leaves, stems removed
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 Tbsp (about ½ shot) fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1 cup roughly crushed ice
  • 8-10 fresh raspberries
  • 3oz (2 shots) white/clear rum (We used Bacardi)
  • 4-5oz club soda
Instructions
  1. In a glass, combine mint leaves, sugar, lime juice and crushed ice.
  2. Using the end of a wooden spoon (or a muddler), muddle (smash) the ingredients together in the bottom of the glass.
  3. Add 6-8 raspberries and gently muddle again, barely breaking up the berries.
  4. Pour in the rum and stir.
  5. Pour in the club soda to top off the drink and stir again.
  6. Garnish with 2-3 fresh raspberries and a sprig of mint on top.
  7. Serve immediately.

12 Days of Cookies – Day 12: Peppermint Chocolate Cookies

Crisp chocolate & peppermint cookies covered in smooth white chocolate and topped with peppermint candy make these Peppermint Chocolate Cookies the perfect Christmas treat!

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We’ve finally made it to the end of 12 Days of Cookies!  It’s been such a fun month sharing with you some of my favorite Christmas and holiday cookies that I’m almost sad to see it end!

Ha! Just kidding.  Making 12 types cookies all at once was hard and very time consuming!  But, the pay off was oh-so-delicious! And I was able to share holiday boxes filled to the brim with these cookies with Emily’s teachers and office staff at her school.  They, of course, loved it and ranted and raved over how delicious they all were!  It’s quite something to see a box with a dozen different kinds of cookies and know that one person made them!

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This final day of cookies brings you one cookie with two classic holiday flavors.  Chocolate & peppermint.   You really can’t go wrong with this combination.   The cookie is a crisp and crunchy dark chocolate & peppermint cookie that’s similar to cookie part of a Girl Scout Thin Mint cookie.  It’s then covered in creamy white chocolate and garnished with crushed peppermint candy.  These delicious Peppermint Chocolate Cookies will surely please the kids and grown-ups in your family!

Although my cookies are hardly”perfect” looking – I quite like the messiness of them.  I think it makes them look homemade, real and like I really put heart into making them.   I think they’re perfect!

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If you’ve missed out on any of the cookies in the 12 Days of Cookies, make sure to check out the main page where you can see photos and links to all the cookies!  If you have made any of these cookies, I’d really love to see them!  Post a picture on my Facebook wall or send me an email!  It really warms my heart knowing that my recipes have added some joy to you and your family this holiday season!

So… from my family to yours, I’d like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Peppermint Chocolate Cookies
 
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Serves: 3-4 dozen cookies
Ingredients
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 5 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • 30 peppermint candies, crushed
  • 2 pounds white chocolate, coarsely chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 F degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  3. In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar on high for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add egg and egg yolk and mix until well incorporated. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl.
  5. Beat in the peppermint extract.
  6. In two parts, add the flour mixture and mix on medium speed until just incorporated.
  7. With your hands, form the dough into a large disc and cut in half. Wrap each half in plastic wrap and freeze for 1 hour or refrigerate for 4 hours.
  8. Onto a floured surface, roll out the dough to ⅛" thickness.
  9. Using a 2" round cookie cutter, cut out discs of dough. Place the cut dough onto the cookie sheet and freeze until firm - about 10-15 minutes.
  10. Bake for 11-13 minutes or until the cookies are dry to the touch and are not soft in the center. Remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
  11. Line a baking sheet with wax paper.
  12. In a double broiler, melt the white chocolate until smooth.
  13. Dunk cooled cookies in the melted white chocolate until completely covered. Tap off the excess chocolate and scrape off the excess chocolate from the bottom of each cookie. Place them on the prepared baking sheet.
  14. Sprinkle the top of the chocolate covered cookies with crushed peppermint candies.
  15. Refrigerate until set. Store in an air tight container for up to 2 weeks.
Notes
Recipe from Mimi's Kitchen

Want more cookies?

Check out the main page for the 12 Days of Cookies and you’ll find the links to all the recipes!

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12 Days of Cookies – Day 10: Peppermint Meringues

Light and airy, these peppermint meringues are are soft with a crisp texture and are a delightful, delicate treat for the Holidays.

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This was the first time I’ve ever made meringue cookies, and although they weren’t perfect…. they were super delicious!  Pillows of peppermint that melted in my mouth with each bite.  So yum!

I did learn a few things while making these… the biggest lesson being that I should NOT rush the process of making these meringues.  Although there are few ingredients, if you don’t take care to follow the process, they won’t turn out perfectly and will either crack on the outside or collapse in the center.

These were pretty on my table with all my other cookies, but I don’t know if I’d make them again.  If we’re being completely honest.  They were a new experiment, but I was the only one who liked them.  Oh well! I know there are LOTS of other people who do love them!

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The recipe I used comes from my friend Amanda at i am baker.  I know there are dozens of versions of meringues available on the internet, but I wanted to a recipe that I knew I could count on.  That’s why I chose to use Amanda’s.   To spice things up for the holiday season, I flavored these meringues with peppermint extract and added a pretty red swirl!  So festive, don’t ya think ?

Enjoy!

Peppermint Meringues
 
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Serves: 2 dozen meringues
Ingredients
  • 4 large egg whites, room temperature
  • ½ tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • Red gel food coloring
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 225 F degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Fit a piping bag with an open star tip and line creases with red gel food coloring about 2 inches from the tip up.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer, beat the egg whites on medium speed until frothy.
  3. Once frothy, add the cream of tartar and beat until soft peaks form on medium speed.
  4. Increase speed to medium-high and add the sugar 1 Tbsp at a time until gone. Continue to beat until stiff peaks form.
  5. Add the peppermint extract and beat until combined.
  6. Gently scoop meringue into prepared piping bag. Slowly squeeze the bag over the bowl until the meringue comes out with the red line showing.
  7. Pipe a swirly dollop of meringue onto the prepared baking sheet.
  8. Bake for 45 minutes. DO NOT OPEN THE OVEN WHILE BAKING and COOLING!
  9. After the 45 minutes, turn the oven off. Let the meringues cool completely in the oven - at least 1 hour.
Notes
Recipe slightly adapted from i am baker

Want more cookies?

Check out the main page for the 12 Days of Cookies and you’ll find the links to all the recipes! Next cookie will be posted Monday!

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Mint Chocolate Chip Cake

A mint lovers dream, this mint chocolate chip cake is layers of dark chocolate cake filled and covered with creamy mint chocolate chip buttercream!  It looks like ice cream… but it’s really cake!

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I’m heading out of town this weekend to Garmish, Germany for a marriage retreat courtesy of the US Army.  Three days and two nights at the Edelweiss Resort all on the Army’s dime.  When they offer these kinds of weekends – you don’t tell the Army no.  You say, THANK YOU and enjoy yourself!

Unfortunately, by going on this retreat I’ll be missing my dear friend Chasity’s birthday on Sunday.  Sad, yes.  BUT – being the awesome friend I am… I’m making her birthday cake before I head out of town!  Her husband asked me last week if I’d make the cake for her and of course I jumped at the chance.  Chasity’s favorite flavors are mint & chocolate chip.  No lie about this too.  We went to Poland together last weekend and stopped in Dresden and she ate two giant scoops of mint chocolate chip ice cream.  She LOVES this stuff!  (PS Sorry, Chasity for calling you out on the ice cream haha!)

I started with a basic two layer 8-in chocolate cake.  You can use any recipe you like…  for a quick cake, I like chocolate fudge box mix or you can use my favorite recipe for chocolate cake. Since most of the awesomeness of this cake comes from the frosting and the decorations… the cake part wasn’t my primary focus. I frosted the cake with buttercream – but kicked it up a million notches by adding mint and chocolate chunks to create the mint chocolate chip aspect of the cake. For garnish I made a mint chocolate bark that was super simple yet so darn yummy.  Overall – this cake ruled!

Enjoy!

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Mint Chocolate Chip Cake
 
Serves: 1 2-layer 8-inch cake
Ingredients
Chocolate Cake
Mint Chocolate Chip Buttercream
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup shortening
  • 2lbs powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp mint extract
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • Wilton Food Coloring Gel - Green
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
Chocolate Ganache
  • 4oz semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
Mint Chocolate Chip Bark
Instructions
Chocolate Cake
  1. Make ½ the recipe for the chocolate cake using the recipe in the link above.
  2. Cover and freeze layers for several hours or overnight.
Mint Chocolate Chip Buttercream
  1. Cream butter and shortening together until smooth.
  2. Add the powdered sugar 1 cup at a time, beating well after each addition.
  3. Mix in the mint, salt, and heavy cream. Scrape the sides of the bowl and beat on high for 4-5 minutes or until light and fluffy. If the mixture is too thick, add more heavy cream.
  4. Add the food coloring and mix until the color is uniform.
  5. Fold in the chocolate chunks.
Chocolate Ganache
  1. Place chocolate chunks in a medium glass bowl.
  2. In a small sauce pan, heat the milk, butter and vanilla until it boils.
  3. Pour immediately over the chocolate and let stand for 2 minutes.
  4. Using a metal spoon, stir slowly and gently until all the chocolate has melted making sure not to incorporate any air into the ganache.
Mint Chocolate Chip Bark
  1. Follow the recipe found in the link above.
Assembly
  1. Trim off the rounded edges of the top of both layers of cake.
  2. Using an offset spatula, spread a ½ inch layer of buttercream over the first layer of cake. Make sure to spread it flat and evenly all the way across the edge of the cake.
  3. Spread a thin crumb coat of buttercream around the outside of the cake. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  4. Generously spread more buttercream around the outside of the cake until you have about a ½ inch layer of frosting. Smooth out the buttercream.
  5. Prepare the ganache on the top of the cake in the center. Using an offset spatula, gently bring the ganache to the edge of the cake and let it pour over. Start by pouring a small amount of ganache, you can always add more if necessary.
  6. Garnish with a stack of mint chocolate chip bark.

Frosted Peppermint Dark Chocolate Cake Donuts

Living here in Germany, I don’t get the opportunity to eat very many cake donuts.  Last week, the commissary bakery was selling a glazed chocolate cake donut that was pretty yummy.  And now… I can’t get them off my mind.

So my cake donut obsession and my current peppermint obsession came together today to make my first peppermint recipe of the season!  Baked glazed peppermint dark chocolate cake donuts! NOM!

The recipe is a simple one.  Two bowls, one whisk and just a little bit of mixing are necessary to make a thick, fudge brownie type batter that will get piped into a donut pan and baked to puffy, cakey perfection.

Instead of a typical glaze, I wanted a thicker frosting.  So, I made my vanilla buttercream and made it a little smoother than I would if I were frosting a cupcake by adding more heavy cream.   After frosting each donut, I topped them with crushed peppermint candy canes! YUMMM!

Enjoy!

Frosted Peppermint Dark Chocolate Cake Donuts
 
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Serves: 10 full size donuts and 12 mini donuts
Ingredients
Donuts
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ cup dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Frosting
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp peppermint extract
  • 3-4 Tbsp heavy cream
  • Crushed peppermint candy canes or peppermint sprinkles for garnish
Instructions
Donuts
  1. Preheat oven to 325 F degrees. Spray donut pans with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients... flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cocoa. Make sure there are no sugar clumps remaining.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, eggs, melted butter and extracts.
  4. Make a well in the flour mixture. Slowly pour in the wet ingredients and begin to whisk. Whisk until smooth, about 15 strokes.
  5. Spoon batter into a piping bag (you can use a ziploc bag too). Squeeze batter into donut pan filling about ⅔ full.
  6. Bake full size donuts for 12-14 minutes. Bake mini donuts for 9-11 minutes. The donuts will be done when you gently press down on them and they spring back.
  7. Cool in pans for about 3-5 minutes then remove to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.
Frosting
  1. Beat together the sugar and butter until smooth. Mix in the vanilla extract.
  2. Add the heavy cream slowly until you get your desired consistency. I like my frosting smooth, creamy and spreadable
  3. Spread frosting onto each donut. Sprinkle crushed candy canes or sprinkles on top.

Thin Mint Cupcakes

It’s totally that time of year… GIRL SCOUT COOKIE TIME!

I can’t resist.  I bought 10 boxes.  Yes.  You read that correctly.  10 boxes.

2 to eat (with in the first 24  hours).

8 to bake with.

Yeah… you read that correctly.  8 boxes to bake with.

Last year I made Samoa Cupcakes and Tagalong Brownies.  This year… I started with Thin Mint Cupcakes.  These cupcakes are a super decadent chocolate cake filled with a whipped chocolate ganache topped with a mint buttercream.  Serious amounts of NOM NOM NOM.

PS…. This is my new favorite chocolate cake recipe.  I know it’s got beer in it… but I’m totally using it for every chocolate cake I make from now on!!

Chocolate Stout Cupcakes
Makes 24 cupcakes

1 bottle of Guinness Stout Beer
1 cup unsalted butter
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tbsp espresso powder
1 tsp vanilla

2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt

2 eggs
2/3 cup sour cream

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.  Line cupcake pans with liners.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt.
  3. In a medium sauce pan, melt the butter on medium-high heat.  Add the vanilla beer, whisk together and heat until it just begins to simmer.  Whisk in the cocoa powder and espresso powder and heat until it just begins to bubble up.  DO NOT BOIL.  Remove from heat and whisk until smooth.   Cool slightly.
  4. In the meantime, in a large bowl, whisk together the eggs and sour cream.  Slowly pour in the slightly cooled chocolate mixture. NOTE:  DO THIS SLOW! You don’t want to cook the eggs, so start pouring a very small amount of the warm chocolate mixture into the egg mixture… DO NOT DUMP IT IN ALL AT ONCE.
  5. In three parts, add the flour mixture to the chocolate/egg mixture.  Whisk until smooth.  Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl, making sure everything is incorporated.
  6. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full with batter.
  7. Bake 18-20 minutes, rotating pan after 12 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Cool in pan for 3-4 minutes then remove to a wire rack to cool completely before filling and frosting.

Whipped Chocolate Ganache

4 oz dark chocolate, chopped

1/3 cup heavy cream
1 tbsp corn syrup

1 tbsp butter
1 tsp vanilla extract

  1. Place the chopped chocolate in a medium glass bowl.
  2. In a small sauce pan, heat the heavy cream and corn syrup just until it bubbles.
  3. Pour heavy cream over chocolate and stir until smooth.  If the chocolate doesn’t melt all the way, place the bowl over a double boiler and continue to stir until smooth.
  4. Mix in the butter and extract.
  5. Allow ganache to cool to room temperature.
  6. Using a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, whisk the cooled ganache until fluffy.  Don’t over mix or it will get grainy.

Vanilla Bean Peppermint Buttercream

12 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
4 tbsp cream cheese, room temperature
2 lbs powdered sugar
1/2 cup Madagascar Vanilla Bean Cream
1/2 tsp peppermint extract
pinch of salt
Wilton Green Food Gel

  1.  Cream together the butter and cream cheese.
  2. Add half the powdered sugar and mix on high until incorporated and smooth.
  3. Beat in half the vanilla bean cream until smooth.  Scrape the sides of the bowl, making sure all the sugar is combined.
  4. Add the remaining sugar and the peppermint extract.
  5. Mix in the food gel until it’s the color you desire.
  6. Add remaining vanilla bean cream until you get the consistency you want.  Mix on high 3-4 minutes until smooth and fluffy.

To Assemble Cupcakes:

Thin Mint Cookies
Peppermint Buttercream
Chocolate Shavings
Piping bag & large round tip
Apple corer

  1. Core each cupcake using the apple corer.
  2. Fill each cupcake with whipped ganache.  (I filled a disposable piping bag, cut off the top and filled each one with that.)
  3. Using a large round tip and a piping  bag, pipe a round swirl of buttercream on to each cupcake.
  4. Top with a Thin Mint cookie and chocolate shavings.
  5. EAT! ENJOY!

And this is what you do when you have left over peppermint buttercream.  NOM NOM NOM