PEEPS® Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes

Moist chocolate cupcakes topped off with creamy peppermint buttercream frosting and a PEEPS® chocolate dipped candy cane marshmallow chick! A fun and flavorful holiday dessert!

PEEPS® chocolate peppermint cupcakes recipe from @bakedbyrachel. A fun holiday dessert!

It’s funny how the second December hits, peppermint everything is immediately acceptable. But, not a moment sooner. I love the food phases and monthly flavor changes. It always gives me something new to look forward to. For the next month, I’ll happily enjoy all things peppermint and candy cane flavored. Because, it’s the one month out of the year that it’s totally acceptable and encouraged to enjoy anything and everything peppermint flavored! Every other holiday flavor can easily be enjoyed throughout the year, but pepperminty goodness… that’s definitely a December treat.

I reserve the right to change my mind… just in case I decide on a whim to share something pepperminty in July. Christmas in July… we should definitely start celebrating it for real.

PEEPS® chocolate peppermint cupcakes recipe from @bakedbyrachel. A fun holiday dessert!

I’m sharing this fun and festive recipe for the “24 Days of PEEPSONALITY, a fun month long celebration of recipes all featuring a different variety of PEEPS®!

I couldn’t resist the opportunity to whip up a new cupcake recipe, perfect for the holidays! Chocolate and peppermint are perfect together, so it was a no brainer to put these two scrumptious flavors together.

Moist homemade chocolate cupcakes topped off with creamy peppermint buttercream frosting, crushed candy canes and PEEPS® chocolate dipped candy cane flavored chicks! These are sure to be a hit at your next holiday party!

PEEPS® chocolate peppermint cupcakes recipe from @bakedbyrachel. A fun holiday dessert!

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PEEPS® Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes

Moist chocolate cupcakes topped off with creamy peppermint buttercream frosting and a PEEPS® chocolate dipped candy cane marshmallow chick! A fun holiday dessert!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate, Cupcake
Servings: 8 cupcakes

Ingredients

Cupcakes:

  • 1/4 C unsalted buter softened
  • 1/4 C granulated sugar
  • 1/4 C light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 C unsweetned cocoa powder
  • 1/2 C sour cream or plain yogurt
  • 1 C all purpose flour

Frosting:

  • 1/2 C unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 C shortening
  • 1 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
  • 2 C powdered sugar sifted

Additional ingredients:

  • crushed candy canes for decoration
  • PEEPS® chocolate dipped candy cane flavored chicks

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a cupcake pan with 8 paper liners. 
  • In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugars. Beat in the eggs and vanilla. Scrape bowl as needed. Mix in baking soda and unsweetened cocoa powder. Alternate additions of sour cream and flour until fully incorporated and no streaks remain. 
  • Divide mixture between paper liners. 
  • Bake for 20-22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. 
  • In a large bowl, beat together butter, shortening and peppermint extract until smooth. Add powdered sugar in 1/2 cup batches, mixing well between additions. Continue mixing until fully combined and smooth. 
  • Frost cooled cupcakes with a piping bag and piping tip, or an offset spatula. Decorate sides of frosting with crushed candy canes. Top off with PEEPS® chocolate dipped candy cane flavored chicks. 
  • Store in an airtight container for up to several days. 

Notes

An original recipe from Baked by Rachel

This post is sponsored by PEEPS®. As always, all thoughts and opinions are completely my own.

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