Chocolate Mint Cupcakes with Rich Chocolate Frosting

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This may sound completely crazy, but it never quite feels like the holidays for me until it’s all over.

Thanksgiving seems to sneak up on you just as you’re getting used to the change of seasons. Then, you have that blur of a period between turkey time and Christmas, where it’s a mad race against everyone to get your holiday shopping done. And then, all of a sudden you are scrambling to figure out New Year’s Eve plans.

Ok, so maybe if you are an organized person, , this is not exactly how your holiday season goes…

But we are approaching the home stretch of the festivities and only now do I feel like it’s “the holidays.” Weird? Maybe. I guess it could be because only now it seems like the rush of the celebrating everything, so consecutively, has seemed to slow down, finally.

And what better time for things to feel like they are taking a breather, then ahead of welcoming a new year?

Here is a sweet treat to help compliment the final phase of your holiday festivities and cheers to a delicious 2015.

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Chocolate Mint Cupcakes with Rich Chocolate Frosting

Chocolate Mint Cupcakes

2 cups sugar

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 cup cocoa

1 1/2 tsp. baking soda

1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. salt

2 eggs

1 cup milk

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1 tsp. mint extract

1 cup boiling water

Preheat the oven to 350F and either spray the cupcake tin with cooking spray or use bake cups. In a large bowl mix sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add in the eggs, milk, oil and min extract, beating with an electric mixer for about 2 minutes. Stir in the boiling water. Fill each cups 2/3 full and bake for 22 minutes. Will make 30 cupcakes.

Chocolate Frosting

1 stick unsalted butter, melted

2/3 cup cocoa

3 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1/3 cup milk

Mix the butter and cocoa together in a large bowl with an electric mixer. Add in part of the powdered sugar and part of the milk, alternating until all is combined. If it is too thick add in a touch more milk and beat until fluffy. Will make about 2 cups of frosting.

(Recipe adapted from Hershey’s)

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