Chocolate Cupcakes with Peppermint Patty Frosting and A Giveaway!

Now that December is here and Thanksgiving has passed, it’s time to start thinking about holiday goodies. My favorite winter flavor combo is chocolate and peppermint. They just go so well together.

I decided to make some chocolate cupcakes with these fun red tulip cupcake liners and some Peppermint Crunch (both were sent to me curtosy of King Arthur Flour). I love how bright the red color on the cupcake liners is! So festive.

I have to admit that this frosting recipe is quite tasty, but kind of a pain to work with. Amanda over at Fake Ginger used it in her peppermint brownies during the holiday bakeoff I attended. It was just sticky and messy to top the cupcakes. And if you were using regular cupcake liners, it might spill over the edges because it oozes as it sets. If I were using regular liners, I think I’d fill the cupcakes with this frosting and then dip them in ganache and sprinkle the pepperminte crunch on top of the ganache.

One of the most fun things about these cupcake liners is unwrapping your cupcake. It’s like opening a little holiday gift!

The best part of this all is that the awesome people at King Arthur Flour are offering up the same goodies they sent me to one lucky reader (to be chosen by Random.org)

Some Rules:
– Enter giveaway by midnight EST Thursday December 9
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– To enter, leave a comment with your favorite holiday flavor (sweet or savory)
– For an extra entry, Tweet about this giveaway and come back here and leave another comment

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Chocolate Cupcakes with Peppermint Patty Frosting

Yield: 24

Ingredients:

For the Cupcakes
1 cup butter
1/2 cup Dutch-process cocoa
1 cup hot water
2 cups Flour
2 cups sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp espresso powder, optional
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup plain or vanilla yogurt, or 1/3 cup buttermilk
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla

For the Peppermint Patty Frosting
1 can sweetened condensed milk
2 tsp peppermint extract
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Directions:

For the Cupcakes
Line two muffin or cupcake pans with papers, and lightly grease the papers. If you only have one pan, you'll need to bake in shifts. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Melt the butter; stir in the cocoa and hot water.

In a separate bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, espresso powder, and salt.

Blend the buttermilk or yogurt, eggs, and vanilla. Pour the cocoa mixture and the yogurt mixture over the dry ingredients, beating till smooth.

Pour a scant 1/4 cup of batter into each cup; a level muffin scoop works well here. Bake the cupcakes for 23 to 25 minutes, or until a cake tester or toothpick inserted into the center of one of the middle cupcakes comes out clean. Remove them from the oven and cool on a rack.

For the Peppermint Patty Frosting
Use a mixer to combine sweetened condensed milk and extract.

Mix in powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time until combined.

Scoop 1 Tbsp of frosting onto each cupcake. Using the back of a spoon, spread the frosting but not all the way to the edge of the cupcake. Place in fridge for frosting to set up.

Cupcake Recipe from King Arthur Flour
Frosting Recipe from Fake Ginger

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31 Responses to “Salted Dark Chocolate Truffle Cookies”

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    Eva @ Eva Bakes — May 3, 2013 at 8:29 am

    Dark chocolate truffles in cookie form? Um, YES!!! I’ll take a dozen for myself and another dozen for later, please.

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    Erica @ In and Around Town — May 3, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Wow – these sound good! and I truly do not understand how people can just “not be into chocolate!” It is my favorite!

    • beantownbaker — May 8th, 2013 @ 8:26 pm

      Yea, I really don’t get it either. Oh well, more for me!

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    Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen — May 3, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Oh wow, chocolate truffle cookies sound divine! These look ridiculously good! Love that they’re salted too!

    • beantownbaker — May 8th, 2013 @ 8:27 pm

      I have been sprinkling salt on all of my cookies recently. It makes them much more adult and less super-sweet.

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    Brooke Schweers — May 3, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    Yum these look divine!

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    tracy {pale yellow} — May 4, 2013 at 8:21 am

    I’m always in need of a chocolate fix! I have several friends that claim they are not chocolate people, yet I find whenever I make something chocolate + salt, they are all over it!

    • beantownbaker — May 8th, 2013 @ 8:28 pm

      I definitely find that people who claim they aren’t chocolate people rarely say no to any homemade baked goods. Chocolate or otherwise.

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    Nutmeg Nanny — May 5, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Oh my! These look divine 🙂 I’d love to make these babies soon!

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    Shannon — May 6, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    these look amazing!! and how thick that batter is 🙂 love the sea salt!

    • beantownbaker — May 8th, 2013 @ 8:29 pm

      The batter was basically ganache. You could have just made truffles from it directly.

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    ErinsFoodFiles — May 6, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    I love any and all things dark chocolate. These look so decadent!

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    best friend rings — May 7, 2013 at 11:07 am

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    Jane — May 13, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Wow! Those look so perfectly decadent! I’m practically drooling on my screen 😉

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    Amy — May 16, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    Just made these. Worried I didn’t bake them long enough… however they still tasted divine. Waiting to get the verdict from my husband on them.

    • beantownbaker — June 10th, 2013 @ 12:11 pm

      I think underbaking these sounds like a great idea. I might have to do that next time.

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    Rachita — June 4, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    Since I’m trying this recipe for the first time, can I halve the entire recipe?

    • beantownbaker — June 10th, 2013 @ 12:12 pm

      Sorry for not getting back to you sooner. I didn’t see this comment until now! I don’t see why you couldn’t make a half batch of these cookies. Did you try it? How did they turn out?

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    Joan — June 9, 2013 at 10:08 am

    These are the most amazing chocolate cookies I have ever made. Everyone with whom I have shared them have gone absolutly nuts and want the recipe. I do not wet my hands when rolling the cookies into balls—too messy. I just let my hands get sticky and rinse and dry them after making several balls. This is one of the best recipes on Pinterest.

    • beantownbaker — June 10th, 2013 @ 12:13 pm

      Thanks for the kind words! So glad you enjoy these cookies. I was wondering if getting my hands wet actually helped with the messiness very much. Next time I’ll be sure to just go at it without dealing with the water.

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    Rachita — June 18, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Hey! I tried halving the recipe…but it melted while in the oven. Became runny & all of them just stuck together 🙁
    I tried just one batch. Anything I can do to fix the remaining batter?

    • beantownbaker — June 18th, 2013 @ 4:01 pm

      Interesting… How did you account for half of an egg? And is your baking powder past it’s expiration date?

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    Rachita — June 18, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    Ohh! Looks like I’ve added a lil too much egg. Damn! Any way I can fix the batter? Add more flour perhaps? Plz help!

    • beantownbaker — June 19th, 2013 @ 7:12 am

      I’d add a little more flour to see if you can balance out the extra amount of egg in there.

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    Rachita — June 20, 2013 at 6:49 am

    I added 1/4 cup more flour & a teensy bit of baking powder to my messed up batter & they came out wonderfully! They’re so gooey & yumm that my husband & son (who never eats chocolate!) finished six cookies at one go!
    Amazing recipe!! Thank you so much for your help, I appreciate it !

    • beantownbaker — June 20th, 2013 @ 7:00 am

      Oh GOOD! So glad you were able to make them work. Aren’t they divine?

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    Rachita — June 20, 2013 at 7:17 am

    U bet! They are sinfully delicious! Sent some in my son’s snack pack & I have mommies calling for these cookies!
    I’m officially ur No.1 fan now! 🙂

    • beantownbaker — June 20th, 2013 @ 7:18 am

      Aww Thanks! 🙂

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    Emily — June 27, 2013 at 6:59 am

    Hi, I was wondering if I could put them in the freezer instead of the fridge for a shorter period of time? If so, how long should I put them in the freezer for instead of the fridge?

    • beantownbaker — June 27th, 2013 @ 8:06 am

      Hm. You could definitely try it. I would think it’s still going to need an hour or so in the freezer since you want it to set up pretty well. Let me know how it turns out if you do.

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