White Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes

Moist homemade white chocolate cupcakes with white chocolate peppermint cream cheese frosting. A fun and festive holiday dessert!

Moist homemade white chocolate cupcakes with white chocolate peppermint cream cheese frosting recipe from @bakedbyrachel

If you’re on Goodreads, you might have received an email this week with your yearly stats. It’s the first I remember ever getting… probably because this is the first year in a while that I ever really read a bunch. I have friends that read way more than I do. But going from maybe a few books to double digits is a nice change. My goal for next year will be to at least surpass the number of books I read this year. That may prove challenging if I don’t find any good authors to binge on…or not. Only time will tell though! And maybe I’ll be lucky enough to find some other authors I fall in love with. I do still have a handful of Colleen Hoover books to read. So, that’ll be a good start to 2017.

I’ve never liked resolutions, but I can absolutely get behind making goals. I feel like if you’re going to make a change, you should just do it and not wait for the new year. But, if you’re looking to reach a number of something or are challenging yourself in some way (GOALS!), it’s worth waiting and comparing one segment of time to another. Or, in this case, 2017 compared to the current year. I’ll stick with reading more books. It’s a good goal to have. I should start compiling a list of fun ones to read. If you’ve read any amazing books this year, send the titles my way!

Do you make resolutions or goals?

Moist homemade white chocolate cupcakes with white chocolate peppermint cream cheese frosting recipe from @bakedbyrachel

I went on a mini baking spree yesterday… more goodies from that baking session to come! But, for now…

Cupcakes!!

Moist homemade white chocolate cupcakes, topped off with creamy white chocolate peppermint cream cheese frosting! A dusting of crushed peppermint candies offer the perfect finishing touch!

These are super easy to whip up! And, a nice bonus, this recipe makes a fairly small batch so you won’t have a ton of cupcakes lingering around the house taunting you. BUT, it’s easy enough to double or even triple if you want to feed a crowd! Perfect for a few, or many!

Just be sure to make these soon! An essential Christmas cupcake!

These white chocolate peppermint cupcakes are a must make for the holidays!

Moist homemade white chocolate cupcakes with white chocolate peppermint cream cheese frosting recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Yield: 8 cupcakes

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

White Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes

Moist homemade white chocolate cupcakes with white chocolate peppermint cream cheese frosting. A fun and festive holiday dessert!

Ingredients:

Cupcakes:

  • 1/4C unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2C granulated sugar
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2oz white chocolate, melted
  • 1C all purpose flour
  • 1/4C sour cream or plain yogurt

Frosting:

  • 2oz white chocolate, melted
  • 4oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4C unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • 2 3/4C powdered sugar, sifted

Topping:

  • Candy canes, crushed

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare a standard cupcake pan with 8 paper liners. Set aside. 
  2. In a heat safe bowl, microwave 2 ounces white chocolate in 30 second intervals, stirring between each interval. Set aside, stirring occasionally to cool. 
  3. In a large bowl or stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg whites, followed by vanilla. Scrape the bowl as needed. Mix in cooled melted chocolate, followed by salt and baking powder. Add flour in 1/2 cup portions until all flour has been added. Increase speed after each addition. Finally, add sour cream, mixing until just combined and no streaks remain. 
  4. Divide batter between prepared paper liners using a large cookie scoop. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool in pan until easy to handle, then trasnfer to a wire rack to cool completely. 
  5. Meanwhile, crush candy canes in a plastic bag until only fine crumbs remain. 
  6. To prepare frosting, melt 2 ounces white chocolate in a heat safe bowl. Add butter and cream cheese to a large bowl or stand mixer, beating until light and fluffy and well combined. Mix in cooled melted white chocolate, followed by peppermint extract. Add 1 cup of powdered sugar at a time, mixing well between additions. Continue mixing until fully combined. Transfer frosting to a large piping bag, fit with a piping tip. 
  7. Frost cooled cupcakes. Immediately sprinkle crushed peppermint candy dust over frosting. 
  8. Store cupcakes in an airtight container for up to several days. 

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14 Responses to “White Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes”

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    Jess @ Gas Stove Girl — December 14, 2016 at 9:52 am

    I love how finely you crushed the peppermint candies! It looks like crystals on top of the frosting! I am always tempted to give them a rough texture but this will get the peppermint flavor in each bite without cracking a tooth :-)

    • Rachel — December 15th, 2016 @ 7:18 am

      Thanks, Jess! :)

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    Danae @ Recipe Runner — December 14, 2016 at 10:35 am

    You make the prettiest cupcakes Rachel! I love this white chocolate peppermint version!

    • Rachel — December 15th, 2016 @ 7:18 am

      Thanks, Danae! :)

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    Rachael — December 14, 2016 at 11:30 am

    Oh so yummy, love this!

    • Rachel — December 15th, 2016 @ 7:18 am

      Thanks, Rachael!

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    Sandi G — December 14, 2016 at 11:40 am

    Gorgeous cupcakes! It looks like there is a puffy cloud on top, which would be hard to resist!

    • Rachel — December 15th, 2016 @ 7:18 am

      Thanks, Sandi!

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    Catherine — December 14, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    Dear Rachel, these cupcakes sound fabulous…that frosting is like a little cloud…so pretty for Christmas! xo, Catherine

    • Rachel — December 15th, 2016 @ 7:18 am

      Thanks, Catherine!

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    Patricia @ Grab a Plate — December 14, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    Wow! You’ve come up with a way to make an everyday-yummy treat super lovely! That frosting is amazing! So beautiful!

    • Rachel — December 15th, 2016 @ 7:15 am

      Thanks, Patricia!

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    Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom — December 14, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    What piping tip is this and do you have a video or anything that shows how to frost cupcakes like this? I am in LOVE!

    • Rachel — December 15th, 2016 @ 7:20 am

      I used a jumbo round tip. I linked to them at the very bottom of the post. Just squeeze and release. :)

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