Thin Mint Cupcakes

If you like thin mints, you will love these cupcakes – each component highlights the mint flavors, chocolate and they all come together to make thin mints even better.

Ingredients:

Thin Mint Cupcakes

1 cup coffee

16 tbsp. (2 sticks) unsalted butter

¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 cups sugar

1½ tsp. baking soda

¾ tsp. salt

2 large eggs

2/3 cup sour cream

1 box Thin Mint cookies (32 cookies), chopped

Chocolate Mint Buttercream

2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature

2 cups powdered sugar

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 tsp. peppermint extract

3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips, melted and cooled

2 Tbsp. heavy cream

Decoration

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15 Thin Mints, halved

Instructions:

To make the cupcakes, preheat the oven to 350° F. Line cupcake pans with paper liners.

Combine the coffee and butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the cocoa powder and whisk until smooth. Allow to cool slightly.

In a large bowl, combine the sugar, flour,salt and baking soda.

In the mixer bowl with paddle attachment, beat and blend together sour cream and the eggs. Add the coffee-butter mixture and continue beating until combine. Mix on low speed until the dry ingredients are well blended.

Add and fold the chopped Thin Mint cookies into batter.

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Divide the batter equally between the liners, filling them from 2/3 to 3/4.

Bake about 17 minutes.

Allow to cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

To make the chocolate mint buttercream, in a standing mixer fitted with a whisk, mix together butter and half of the powdered sugar until combined.

Add the rest of the sugar and mix until completely incorporated. Then whisk for 2-3 additional minutes until the mixture is light and fluffy.

Add the vanilla and peppermint extracts and mix until combined.

Pour in the melted chocolate and cream and mix for 2-3 minutes.

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Frost the cupcakes and then top each with a Thin Mint per desire.

If you like thin mints, you will love these cupcakes – each component highlights the mint flavors, chocolate and they all come together to make thin mints even better.