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Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! OK not really, but my kitchen sure did smell like Christmas today. I don’t mean to push Halloween and Thanksgiving aside, but this recipe for Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes makes me excited for the upcoming Christmas season. I was literally *this* close to turning on the Christmas music this afternoon. Then my husband reminded me that I’m behind on making the little one’s Halloween costume and I snapped back to reality.

Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes

The reason behind the cupcakes is to celebrate my husband. I don’t share details about him often but if there’s one thing you should know it’s that he’s an incredibly hard worker that always puts our family first. Two days ago he interviewed for a higher position at work and yesterday we found out he’s being promoted. Him working in law enforcement is hard on our family, we don’t always get to see him during holidays and our schedules are a complete mess most weeks. My husband works long hours to provide for us, all while driving almost an hour away on his days off to finish graduate school. I am so incredibly lucky to have such a wonderful husband, who also happens to be an incredible father to our children. I wanted to celebrate him for everything he does for our family everyday. This evening we went out to dinner then came home and enjoyed a chocolate peppermint cupcake.

Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes

We loved the cupcakes, especially the kids!

For this recipe I tried the new Cool Whip chocolate frosting. Have you tried it yet? It has a great light and fluffy consistency that’s the perfect substitute to homemade frosting. I love homemade frosting but  I’ll admit sometimes I like something quick and easy. I found it while shopping at Walmart in the freezer aisle right next to the original Cool Whip. They have a vanilla and cream cheese flavor too. I can’t wait to try the cream cheese next!

Chocolate Peppermint Cupcake Recipe



Chocolate Peppermint Cupcake Recipe:

1 box Betty Crocker triple chocolate cake mix

3 eggs

1 1/4 cup water

1/2 cup oil

1tsp peppermint extract

1 cup Andes peppermint crunch


Cool Whip Chocolate Frosting

Andes peppermint crunch

Ghirardelli Peppermint bark

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and fill muffin pan with cupcake liners. Mix eggs, water, oil, and cake mix together. Add peppermint extract to batter and mix thoroughly. Fill pan and bake for 18-20 minutes; allow to cool. Fill pastry bag with COOL WHIP frosting and pipe onto cupcakes. Top with peppermint crunch and bark if desired. Serve immediately or store in freezer until ready to eat.

This was my first time trying the recipe, I may try a tablespoon of peppermint extract next time to increase the flavor. I also recommend frosting the cupcakes right before serving or keeping them in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Want to see more #CoolWhipFrosting recipes? Check out this Pinterest board.

There’s also a coupon available right now to save on Cool Whip Frosting!

Chocolate Peppermint Cupcake Recipe

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  1. These look great! I kept my cupcakes in the refrigerator with the Cool Whip Frosting and they stayed beautiful!!! I can’t wait to start baking Christmas goodies :)

  2. Wow, these look to die for! Chocolate and mint is my husband’s FAVORITE combo.

  3. Those are some gorgeous cupcakes! I love chocolate and peppermint, especially when it involves Ghiradelli Peppermint Bark! :)

  4. YUMMY! Those look so good I want to dive in.

  5. These look AMAZING!!

  6. The chocolate cool whip frosting was my favorite out of the three. Reminded me of a frosty:-) Your cupcakes looks so delicious and I am happy to see you went Christmasy on them!!! I keep wanting to break out the holiday recipes but I have been waiting.

  7. I love this cupcake! I love peppermint, this really gets me in the mood for Christmas! I loved this post too! Sounds like a great guy you’ve got there! I hope he loved his cupcakes!

  8. Absolutely yummy! What a sweet thing to treat your husband. I am definately going to try this recipe. Peppermint and chocolate is one of my favorite things.

  9. I must try these immediately – they look fabulous! I can’t tell you how much I LOVE the new Cool Whip frostings. I stocked up my freezer (with 11) because I’m afraid they’ll stop making them. They, hands down, beat ALL the frosting recipes I have tried over the years. And the convenience is a huge plus.

  10. What a yummy cupcake! I could listen to Christmas music year round but I think my husband would get annoyed. It’s my favorite time of year.

  11. Those look so good I can taste it! I would love it if you would share these on Super Sweet Saturday at swtboutique.blogspot.com. We have lot’s of cupcakes over there ; )
    Have a great weekend!

  12. Those look fabulous!

  13. Oh. My. Gosh!! These look amazing! I’m such a sucker for anything peppermint so I’ll definitely be making these–especially with the holidays coming up :) Thanks for sharing!

  14. For the love of God, woman! For. The. Love. Of. God! I am going to have to make these & barricade the kitchen.

  15. Cutest Cupcake Evuh! These look super good :)

  16. Beautiful and DELICIOUS looking! My husband would die (he loves peppermint).

  17. I’m so not ready for Christmas but these look good enough to make right now. I had no idea Cool Whip made a frosting.

  18. Congrats! I know how exciting work promotions are, my fiance just made assistant IT director. These cupcakes look amazing. I love chocolate peppermint.

    I’d love if you would link your cupcakes up to Fall Into the Holidays-

    Hope to see you there!
    Katie @ Horrific Knits

  19. Wow! Gorgeous stuff! I am your newest follower and was hoping that you would hop on over to my blog and return the favor!!


    Thank you!

  20. Saw you at the Sunday Scoop! These look amazing! :)

  21. Thanks for linking up to our Strut Your Stuff Saturday with your delicious Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes! Congrats on your husband’s promotion! That is awesome! -The Six Sisters

  22. Those look so delicious! I love peppermint and can’t wait to try out this recipe. Megan

  23. Oh my yumminess!!! Perfect way to celebrate a fabulous accomplishment!! What dedication!!

  24. Those cupcakes look BEAUTIFUL! And so yummy…just in time for the holidays!

    I would LOVE for you to link this up at my Ginger Jamboree Link Party!!

  25. Those look AMAZING!!!! I love the cool whip frosting too – it makes things so much easier but it isn’t like the other ‘plain’ chocolate frostings in the can.

  26. amazing! I’ve been hearinfga lot about the cool whip frosting – it looks divine

  27. Looks delicious! I am looking forward to Christmas too and I am wondering when I can start posting holiday related tutorials! :)

  28. Ooo…I love chocolate and peppermint! . Congrats to you and your hubby! Law enforcement is a tough career – I think I told you in NYC that my Dad was a police officer for 20+ years…It was hard but it also provided a good life and some crazy memories (I will never forget eating hamburgers on the hood of a police car as the local refinery was blowing up and my Dad was blocking the street off). A strong understanding wife and mother is so important to this career as well.

  29. Wow, these look wonderful. I really wish I had one right now! Yum!

  30. YUM! Talk about just beautiful and probibly SO SO yummy too!!! I am in love! Thank you for sharing!

  31. Mm. Mm. Mm. This looks so delish! :) Super cute too!

  32. These cupcakes are beautiful! I bet they taste amazing. Thanks for sharing! Stopping by from Chef in Training and now following via GFC.

    Have a great evening.

  33. Yum!! These look so good! I love the chocolate/peppermint combo – it’s so perfect for Christmas!

  34. Those cupcakes look delicious … I love that combination for Christmas. We just tried the Cool Whip frosting too and loved it … it’s really delicious. {and I have to tell you, that curly hair on your little one is SO cute!}

  35. I pinned these to try for Christmas, I LOVE Andes. They’re addicting!! I host a Wednesday link party and I’d love it if you shared these and any other posts you’d like. Have a wonderful day!

  36. I love peppermint bark because it is so pretty and makes me think of Christmas. These are beautiful and sound tasty. I will give them a try. Great photos!

  37. They look scrumptious!
    I would love to have you share this (or any other of your recipes) at Wednesday Extravaganza – my Foodie Link Party, and maybe claim a spot on my Wall of Fame. Here is the link:

    Can’t wait to see you there!

  38. Hi, new follower here and I have a weakness for cupcakes. To be their are the perfect bite and I can see how these cupcakes get you in the mood for Christmas. These look great and judging from the pictures of the kids .. yummy too.
    I would love to take a bit out of it :)

  39. i could so go for one of them!

  40. These cupcakes look divine!! I love peppermint bark!! Thanks for sharing!

  41. These cupcakes look and sound so incredibly yummy!! They will most certainly be added to
    my must try list. Thanks for sharing.

  42. Gorgeous Crystal…so gorgeous…xo

  43. I’m starting to think you need to start your own cupcake blog! You seriously have the prettiest cupcakes and they all look amazing!

  44. Oh man, these are calling my name! I seriously think chocolate and mint might be my all-time favorite sweets combo. These are definitely going on my holiday baking list!

  45. These look AMAZING! Thanks so much for linking up!


  46. Oh my wow! These look like super amazing cupcakes! I found this via Whipperberry!

    Blue Eyed Beauty Blog

  47. Beautiful pics of those delicious cupcakes! Pinning!

  48. Those look just amazing! Getting hungry!

  49. I’ll take two. :) LOOOOOVE chocolate and peppermint together. Divine. :)

  50. wow, i’m drooling & pinning!! xo

  51. These look AMAZING, Crystal! And the frosting sounds divine. I will be keeping my eye out for some!

  52. These cupcakes look amazing and I’m betting they taste even better! Definitely on my list of Christmas goodies to make. Thank you for sharing!

  53. I am DYING for one of these right now! I am not a big fan of peppermint these days, but peppermint with chocolate is still ok to my tastebuds! I love peppermint bark and to put a piece on top of a cupcake is brilliant! Found you at the CHic and Crafty party.

  54. Oh these look divine! Please come link them up on Totally Tasty Tuesdays…pretty please :)

  55. These cupcakes are absolutely amazing, really brings Christmas feeling, I’m delighted with them! I’ve featured this recipes on my blog! I hope you don’t mind! If you don’t agree with that please contact me and I will remove it. All the best.

  56. These look SO delicious (and pretty)!!! Such beautiful photography too! I will definitely have to have a go at making these, thanks for sharing the recipe :) I’m now following on GFC and look forward to reading more!

    Lauren @ http://www.stylelixir.com

  57. These look so good! The frosting looks perfect! I hope your husband loved them:0)

  58. I love peppermint at the holidays. I’ll have to try this. Thanks for sharing

  59. These were good, thanks for making them.

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