Thursday, March 17, 2011

Mint Cookie Cupcakes

Happy St. Patricks Day!

Oh goody, another holiday, another excuse to eat chocolate!
I found this delicious recipe last year at Pleasant Home (I love the name).
I wish my home evoked pleasant instead of loud!
I baked these marvelously minty cupcakes last year about this time and last night.
Not sure why I don't make them more than once a year because who doesn't like chocolate & mint or chocolate & anything??

Mint Cookie Cupcakes
Ingredients:
1 box Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix
1 pkg Mint Chocolate Cookies Like Grasshopper Cookies or GS Thin Mints
Chocolate Mint Buttercream Icing

Directions:
Make cake mix as directed.
Place one mint cookie in the bottom of each cupcake liner in a muffin pan.
Fill cupcake liners with approximately 1/4 cup of cake mix.
Bake according to directions on the box.
Let cool.
Frost with chocolate mint buttercream icing.
Simplicity and so yummy!
Yield: 24 cupcakes

Helpful tip: Don't forget the cute cupcake liners but bake the cupcakes in plain liners because they are quite sticky on the bottom after baking and need to be sat in another liner. You're welcome!

Chocolate Mint Buttercream Icing

Ingredients:
1/2 c solid vegetable shortening
1/2 c butter, softened
3/4 c cocoa or three 1 oz. unsweetened chocolate squares - melted
1 t mint extract
4 c sifted confectioners' sugar - (approximately 1 lb.)
3-4 T milk

Directions:
Stiff Consistency: In large bowl, cream shortening and butter with electric mixer. Add cocoa and vanilla. Gradually add sugar, one cup at a time, beating well on medium speed. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl often. When all sugar has been mixed in, icing will appear dry. Add milk and beat at medium speed until light and fluffy. Keep bowl covered with a damp cloth until ready to use. For best results, keep icing bowl in refrigerator when not in use. Refrigerated in an airtight container, this icing can be stored 2 weeks. Rewhip before using.
Yield: 3 cups

Chocolate Mocha Icing: Substitute cold brewed strong coffee for milk in Chocolate Buttercream recipe.

Darker Chocolate Icing: Add an additional 1/4 cup cocoa (or one additional 1 oz. square unsweetened chocolate, melted) and 1 additional tablespoon milk to Chocolate Buttercream Icing.

For Thin (Spreading) Consistency Icing: Add 3-4 tablespoons light corn syrup, water or milk.

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