Mint Chocolate Brownies

When I was only four years old, we relocated from Wisconsin to Vermont, where I grew up until after I graduated college.  Some of the kids I graduated high school with, I have known since pre-school. Several years after we moved to Vermont, a few mothers in my 2nd grade class got together to a organize a holiday cookie exchange. Twenty years later, it is still going on with most of the original moms and some new ones we have met along the way.

When I was little, I looked forward to the cookie exchange every Christmas. It meant a few things for me. I got to help my mom bake cookies and I had an excuse to see my friends on a school night. Plus I got to eat lots and lots of delicious homemade cookies. This year was the 20th anniversary of my Mom’s cookie exchange.

Chocolaty goodness

I thought it would be fun for my Mom and I to each make a recipe of her mother’s Mint Frosted Brownies on the weekend of the cookie exchange. Even though I am 3000 miles away, we constantly swap cooking advice, especially around this time of year. How do I make that again? These mint frosted brownies were one of my absolute favorite Christmas cookies that my grandmother used to make; I swear, this is how I became hooked on mint chocolate. Well Grandma’s recipe is true to it’s taste, the same way it was when I was a child.

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Christmas Funfetti Cupcakes

I make tons of chocolate cupcakes from my favorite doctored cake mix recipe, but I have never really tried a yellow or white doctored cake mix. A friend of mine at work got his wisdom teeth taken out, and since he couldn’t eat much of any solid foods, he asked me to make him cupcakes. His request: funfetti. I have never made a homemade funfetti recipe, so I thought it would be the perfect time to try. He wouldn’t be able to taste much anyway, right?

Christmas Funfetti cupcakes with dark chocolate frosting

I perused the internet for ideas; I was looking for something somewhat easy. I landed on the  Your Cup of Cake blog. She has lots of very intriguing cupcake recipes and lot of doctored cake mix recipes. I decided I would start with a white-based cupcake and add some Christmas colored sprinkles.

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Chocolate Caramel Moose Munch Explosion Cupcake

Okay, this cupcake was too fun to make. It’s ooey, gooey and chocolaty delicious; I am still cleaning my camera off after this photo shoot. The Moose Munch Cupcake is  a chocolate cupcake, dipped in chocolate ganache, topped with caramel Swiss meringue buttercream, Moose Munch popcorn and drizzled with caramel and chocolate. It’s a chocolate caramel cupcake explosion!

Are you ready for this?

Moose munch is a wildly popular snack around this time of year. Caramel popcorn, plus chocolate covered caramel popcorn, plus caramel covered cashews and almonds. Don’t mind if I do. I thought I could whip together a few ingredients and turn this into an uber sugary sweet cupcake.

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National Cupcake Day; Hot Chocolate Peppermint Mousse Cupcakes

Tomorrow, December 15th, is National Cupcake Day!!! That has to be the best food holiday ever! This is the one time I wished I lived in a major city, so I could visit all the amazing cupcake stores in one day! Instead, I will celebrate with myself and force my boyfriend to eat cupcakes with me; it shouldn’t be too hard.

I am celebrating National Cupcake Day with Hot Chocolate Peppermint Mousse filled cupcakes with White Chocolate Swiss Meringue Buttercream.

Hot Chocolate Peppermint Mousse filled cupcakes with White Chocolate Swiss Meringue Buttercream

I am bursting at the seams to make dozens and dozens of holiday cupcakes: so many flavors, so many combinations.  Last weekend, I was playing around with flavored whipped creams, so I decided to create a cupcake based around chocolate and peppermint.

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Easy Christmas Tree Cupcakes

Tis the season, right? Endless cupcake and cookie ideas and only 25 days to try them all! I wanted to share this idea with you because it is so easy to do! It doesn’t require any piping bags or special tips or complicated frosting recipes. Perfect for kids as well!

Easy assembly and it makes for a cute decor!

You start with your favorite cupcake recipe, bake’em and let’em cool. For the Christmas tree cupcakes, it is better to have a cupcake that is a little denser so it can withstand the weight of the frosting and the tree.

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