#83: Christmas Peppermint Chocolate Cupcakes

In September of 2009, I started a cupcake adventure. If you haven't read about it yet, you can do so here. ***

((I know this is a Christmas post and it's February. I also know some people who just took down their Christmas tree, so at least I'm not that far behind...))

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The first step in making Christmas Peppermint Chocolate Cupcakes is to steep 4 bags of Peppermint tea in hot water for several minutes.

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While the tea was 'brewing', I mixed together the chocolate chips, butter, and sugar.

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I also got my Christmasy cupcake papers ready to be filled.

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Then, I poured the hot tea over the chocolate chip mixture (it made the weirdest bubbles!)

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The mixture was then stirred together until everything was nice and soupy.

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The chocolate/butter/tea mix was then added to the dry ingredients to make the chocolate batter.

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Meanwhile, I got the egg whites whipping in the mixer.

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From there, they were folded into the liquid chocolate.

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Few things are as potent as this stuff right here:

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But it's sooooo good when you add it to a bowl of cream cheese icing.

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Since the icing called for crushed up candy canes, I grabbed a dozen...

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and experimented with my food processor (note: not the best method--makes them more like dust than nice, yummy chunks.)

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So, I switched to the old stand-by method: Ziplock bag and a rolling pin!

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Mmm...peppermint cream cheese icing with candy cane chunks.

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LOOK at that!

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So...I should've remembered to divide the batter out to more cups than the recipe called for. If I had, I wouldn't have experienced this overflow:

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But...moving on! I just gently peeled away the part that overflowed. The cupcakes looked a little raw around the edges, but since I wasn't selling these, their 'look' didn't matter much.

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And once a cupcake is iced, who really cares anyway, right?!

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As a group, they looked so tempting.

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Individually, they were pretty darn tempting, too. :)

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Yummy!!