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Mint Chocolate Cupcakes

Mint Chocolate Cupcakes

CHOCO MINT, YES Consider the Mint Chocolate Cupcakes from Stop and Smell the Rosemary for Valentine’s Day, or any day. (Photo courtesy of the Junior League of Houston)

From Stop and Smell the Rosemary

Ingredients: 

2 cups cake flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup unsweetened cocoa
⅔ cup (1 stick and 2⅔ tablespoons), unsalted butter, at room temperature
1½ cups superfine sugar
3 large eggs
2 teaspoons peppermint extract
1 cup milk
Frosting:
3 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
4 Tablespoons unsalted butter
1 teaspoon peppermint extract

Recipe directions: 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin cups with paper liners. Sift flour, baking soda, salt, and cocoa. Set aside. Cream butter and sugar until light, about 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in peppermint extract. Slowly blend in flour mixture, alternating with milk, until blended. Spoon batter into paper liners, filling each cup three-fourths full.

Bake 12-15 minutes, or until cake tester inserted in center comes out clean. Do not overbake. Cool cupcakes in pan on a wire rack 5 minutes. Remove cupcakes to wire rack to cool completely. Melt chocolate and butter in a medium saucepan over low heat. Stir until smooth. Remove saucepan from heat and stir in peppermint extract. Cool frosting until spreadable. Frost cupcakes. Yields 20 cupcakes.

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