Junior Mint-Inspired Cupcakes for Thanksgiving

Happy belated Thanksgiving! So very much to be thankful for — each and every day, but especially this past weekend. I couldn’t have asked for a better kick off to the holiday season. I hope that everyone enjoyed time with family and loved ones, and that the next few weeks are full of joy.

Tryptophan is real, y’all– there’s a reason that many companies honor the Friday after Thanksgiving as a day off. But the celebrations began far before Friday, with a festive Friendsgiving. It was here that I was able to debut this week’s Junior Mint-inspired cupcakes. They were inspired by a (probably terrifying) interaction with a nine-year-old boy at the local Freddy’s. I was going back and forth between Junior Mints and Wintergreen Mints as my cupcake inspiration. I (overly) enthusiastically asked for an unassuming passerby’s feedback. Junior Mints were the winner, and off he ran. Sorry/thanks bud.

Recipe (makes 12):

Cupcakes:

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 box Junior Mints

 Frosting:

  • 16 oz confectioner’s sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • Junior Mints for garnish

Preheat oven to 350 and line cupcake tin with especially festive liners. Combine cupcake ingredients (sans Junior Mints) and beat until smooth. Fill cupcake liners. Place 1-2 Junior Mints in each liner. Bake for 16 minutes. While cooling, combine frosting ingredients. Pipe frosting on cupcakes and garnish with 1-2 Junior Mints. Note- I like all chocolate cupcakes on the fudge-y side. If that’s not your cup of tea, you can bake up to 20 minutes for a more cake-like texture.

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May your leftovers be plentiful, and your pants’ waistbands be elastic!

Hope everyone has a great week. OH! And everyone should tune into Afternoon Live on KATU on December 1 at 3pm. Just saying… 😉

Xo,
Jenna

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