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Thin Mint Cupcakes

by Laura

Here is a great treat for St. Paddy’s Day! I got the cupcake idea from The Food Librarian. Now she used the Girl Scout’s Thin Mint cookies, I cheated and used Keebler Grasshopper cookies. Either one will do. She made a cream cheese frosting for her cupcakes and left the frosting white. I used a buttercream recipe that uses a little cream cheese. I also used green food coloring in the frosting to make these the perfect St. Patrick’s Treat.
Now, these cupcakes were made from scratch. Don’t let that scare you away. It’s a Martha Stewart recipe and it’s all made in one bowl. It was almost as easy as whipping up a boxed mix. If you want you could easily make these with a boxed devil’s food cake mix if you must. If you do make the cup cakes from scratch, don’t worry when you see the batter. This batter is quite runny. The recipe says it makes 18 to 24 cupcakes, I got 21 out of it.
I also cut some cookies into fourths to put on top of the cupcakes. Just beware that if you add the cookie on top, only add it to the ones you are gonna eat. We didn’t eat all of ours in one day, the next day the cookie on top was really soft from the moisture in the frosting. Those mint cookies aren’t as yummy when they are soft.
These cupcakes had a nice light mint flavor the complemented the chocolate cupcake well. If you want a stronger mint flavor you could omit the vanilla extract from the frosting recipe and add 1/8 to 1/4 tsp. mint extract. Just start with the 1/8 tsp mint and taste it. Then add more if you want it to be stronger.

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Thin Mint Cupcakes


Ingredients

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  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 3 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1 sleeve of Girl Scout thin mint cookies or 1/2 a package Kebbler Grasshopper cookies, crushed plus additional 6 cookies for garnish
  • Buttercream:
  • 1 cup (8 oz.) butter, softened
  • 2 (16 oz) pkgs powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp milk, divided
  • green food coloring

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners.
  2. In a bowl, whisk cocoa powder, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together. Add eggs, warm water, buttermilk, oil, and vanilla, and mix until smooth. Fold in crushed cookies.
  3. Divide batter among muffin cups, filling each 2/3 full. Bake until tops spring back when touched, about 20 minutes.
  4. Transfer cupcakes to wire racks, and let cool.
  5. In a bowl, beat cream cheese and butter together until smooth. Gradually add powdered sugar, vanilla, salt, and 1 Tbsp of the milk until blended and smooth. If frosting is too thick, add remaining 1 tablespoon milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, until smooth. Beat on medium-high speed until light and fluffy. Add in desired amount of green food coloring to get that right shade of green.
  6. Frost cupcakes and cut each of the 6 cookies into 4 and top each cupcake with a piece of the cook. Makes 18-24 cupcakes.
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Jennifer January 10, 2013 - 9:46 pm

Making these for my Girl Scouts tonight to kick off cookie sles tomorrow. Thanks for posting an easy option manageable for this frazzled mom.

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Making these for my Girl Scouts tonight to kick off cookie sles tomorrow. Thanks for posting an easy option manageable for this frazzled mom.

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Sarah March 11, 2010 - 12:53 pm

I stumbled upon this post the other day when looking for green cupcakes for St. Paddy’s Day. I sent a few links to husband to help me decide. Your recipe is the winner! We’ll be making these for a party this weekend. Can’t wait to try them!

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Sarah March 11, 2010 - 12:53 pm

I stumbled upon this post the other day when looking for green cupcakes for St. Paddy’s Day. I sent a few links to husband to help me decide. Your recipe is the winner! We’ll be making these for a party this weekend. Can’t wait to try them!

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The Food Librarian March 19, 2009 - 1:28 pm

I’m so glad you made these!!! How awesome! And I like how we can make these all year long with those Keebler cookies! (I brought mine to the library so they were gone in one day (more like hour!) but thanks for the hint about the second day!

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The Food Librarian March 19, 2009 - 1:28 pm

I’m so glad you made these!!! How awesome! And I like how we can make these all year long with those Keebler cookies! (I brought mine to the library so they were gone in one day (more like hour!) but thanks for the hint about the second day!

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Emily S. March 17, 2009 - 4:31 pm

Made these this afternoon, but cheated and used a box mix and they turned out really good all the same! Thanks for the great ideas!!

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Emily S. March 17, 2009 - 4:31 pm

Made these this afternoon, but cheated and used a box mix and they turned out really good all the same! Thanks for the great ideas!!

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Mary Ann March 17, 2009 - 7:06 am

I have one sleeve of Thin Mints left and I am making these tonight. They look wonderful- great job decorating!

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Mary Ann March 17, 2009 - 7:06 am

I have one sleeve of Thin Mints left and I am making these tonight. They look wonderful- great job decorating!

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Sara March 16, 2009 - 9:43 pm

These look so good! My girl scout cookies are long gone, so I’ll have to make them with the grasshopper cookies instead 🙂

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Sara March 16, 2009 - 9:43 pm

These look so good! My girl scout cookies are long gone, so I’ll have to make them with the grasshopper cookies instead 🙂

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Jenn March 16, 2009 - 3:23 pm

Your blog is my new favorite blog. I am far from a cook. My meals consist a prepackaged box and mixing the ingredients but I’m trying to learn. I am super excited to start trying some of the stuff you posted. I’ve already started making my grocery list.

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Jenn March 16, 2009 - 3:23 pm

Your blog is my new favorite blog. I am far from a cook. My meals consist a prepackaged box and mixing the ingredients but I’m trying to learn. I am super excited to start trying some of the stuff you posted. I’ve already started making my grocery list.

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Patti March 16, 2009 - 2:51 pm

Wow, they look moist and delish and pretty!

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Patti March 16, 2009 - 2:51 pm

Wow, they look moist and delish and pretty!

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teresa March 16, 2009 - 10:21 am

THese look great, I love anything mint-chocolate!

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teresa March 16, 2009 - 10:21 am

THese look great, I love anything mint-chocolate!

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Crystal March 16, 2009 - 9:55 am

Yummy!

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Crystal March 16, 2009 - 9:55 am

Yummy!

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Melanie March 16, 2009 - 9:44 am

Those look beautiful, Laura!

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Melanie March 16, 2009 - 9:44 am

Those look beautiful, Laura!

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Megan March 16, 2009 - 9:15 am

I just discovered your blog on a friends page. You have some awesome looking recipes here! I love to cook too so I will definately be trying some out!

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Megan March 16, 2009 - 9:15 am

I just discovered your blog on a friends page. You have some awesome looking recipes here! I love to cook too so I will definately be trying some out!

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Laura March 16, 2009 - 8:57 am

Sorry about the frosting link. I fixed it now.

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Laura March 16, 2009 - 8:57 am

Sorry about the frosting link. I fixed it now.

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Stephanie March 16, 2009 - 8:36 am

They look so scrumptious! I’m a huge fan of mint and chocolate together. I love the creamy green frosting!

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Stephanie March 16, 2009 - 8:36 am

They look so scrumptious! I’m a huge fan of mint and chocolate together. I love the creamy green frosting!

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Annemarie March 16, 2009 - 8:29 am

YUM! Yet one more way to get thin mints into my mouth…love it!

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Annemarie March 16, 2009 - 8:29 am

YUM! Yet one more way to get thin mints into my mouth…love it!

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abejorra March 16, 2009 - 8:22 am

Buttercream link takes you to cupcakes, not frosting.

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abejorra March 16, 2009 - 8:22 am

Buttercream link takes you to cupcakes, not frosting.

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