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.
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.
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.
Chocolate Peppermint Cupcake Recipe:
1 box Betty Crocker triple chocolate cake mix
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.
These cupcakes look and sound so incredibly yummy!! They will most certainly be added to
my must try list. Thanks for sharing.
Gorgeous Crystal…so gorgeous…xo
I’m starting to think you need to start your own cupcake blog! You seriously have the prettiest cupcakes and they all look amazing!
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!
These look AMAZING! Thanks so much for linking up!
Oh my wow! These look like super amazing cupcakes! I found this via Whipperberry!
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Beautiful pics of those delicious cupcakes! Pinning!
Those look just amazing! Getting hungry!
I’ll take two. :) LOOOOOVE chocolate and peppermint together. Divine. :)
wow, i’m drooling & pinning!! xo
These look AMAZING, Crystal! And the frosting sounds divine. I will be keeping my eye out for some!
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!
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.
Oh these look divine! Please come link them up on Totally Tasty Tuesdays…pretty please :)
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.
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!
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These look so good! The frosting looks perfect! I hope your husband loved them:0)
I love peppermint at the holidays. I’ll have to try this. Thanks for sharing
These were good, thanks for making them.
You’re welcome! :)