Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes


Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes

The two flavors that signal the beginning of the Christmas season to me are peppermint and chocolate. I love these two flavors individually and together!

I was looking for something simple that could be made for holiday work parties, school parties or your Christmas buffet. These are so easy my children made them! Using a boxed cake mix, Hershey’s Candy Cane Kisses, Starlight mints and a delicious butter cream frosting these cupcakes are so easy a tween/teen can make them.

Verdict:

The Candy Cane Kiss in the center of the cupcake adds just a hint of peppermint and the butter cream on top a hint of peppermint extract adds a nice light peppermint touch to the whole cupcake. My kids loved making these cupcakes but they loved eating them even more!

Ingredients:

  • 1 dark chocolate cake mix (ingredients for mix)
  • 18-24 Hershey Candy Cane Kisses
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 4 oz. cream cheese
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp. peppermint extract
  • 15-20 Starlight red and white mints, crushed in medium-sized pieces

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Make cake mix according to directions on package.
  3. Fill cup cake liners 2/3 full. Place a Candy Cane Kiss in the center of each cupcake upside down so the point is towards the bottom of the batter.
  4. Bake according to package recommendations.
  5. Remove cupcakes from oven and allow them to cool completely.
  6. In a bowl beat butter and cream cheese together until smooth and thoroughly combined.
  7. Slowly beat in powdered sugar, vanilla, and peppermint (if desired). Taste and adjust flavorings to your liking.
  8. Frost cupcakes and decorate with crushed red and white mints.

 

20 Comments Add yours

  1. Gouchis Girl says:

    I had just mentioned that we can’t have Christmas without peppermint being in something…. and here it is 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      I am not a fan of Pumpkin Spice so I am always happy when it is Peppermint and Chocolate!

      Like

  2. Those look so good thanks for the idea

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you!

      Like

  3. Bernice says:

    These looks yummy and beautiful!

    Like

  4. amaya911 says:

    I love these! Thank you for sharing!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      You are welcome!

      Liked by 1 person

  5. This looks amazing and sounds so good! I love the flavor combination here!!! Something I have to try

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you! I am a chocolate peppermint girl not a pumpkin spice.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. yes me too! I also love pb and chocolate but these are my two favorites, mint-chocolate and pb-chocolate

        Liked by 1 person

  6. Frances 🌺 says:

    Yum and truly festive!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you!

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Jenn Marie says:

    YUM times a million!!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thanks!

      Like

  8. Chocolate and peppermint rocks!! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      My favorite!

      Like

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you!

      Liked by 1 person

  9. mkcasey80 says:

    I just gained a pound looking at these!

    Marcey

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      (smile)

      Like

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