Saturday, February 28, 2015

Mint Brownie Cupcakes Topped With Mint Irish Cream Frosting

Fudgy mint brownie cupcakes topped with a mint Irish cream frosting. 

Brownie Cupcakes

Brownie cupcakes that are lip smacking delicious on their own, top them with Irish cream frosting and they become truly decadent. The brownies are fudgy, the frosting is velvety and they are brought together
by a touch of mint flavor in each. Not a fan of mint in your desserts? Don't run away! I have included alternate instructions for you, a non-mint version of both the frosting and the brownies.

Brownie Cupcakes

I love the mint flavor, especially in the frosting, it tastes like a creamy buttermint. Are you a fan of buttermints? I am! Parties, weddings, baby showers... I effortlessly gravitate toward the bowl holding those small colorful morsels of minty goodness.  I shamelessly eat more than my fair share. So this frosting is a new favorite for me.

I have to tell you these baked up quite large and they are obscenely rich. I could only eat half a cupcake at one time and I have a major sweet tooth. You could fill the cups two thirds full and easily get several more brownie cupcakes from the recipe. Remember to decrease the baking time if you decide to take this route and start checking around 20 to 22 minutes for doneness. I will be making these smaller the next time I make them, which will be in the very near future. As a matter of a fact, I may have another batch going at this very moment.

Mint or non-mint, which is your preference?


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Fudgy Mint Brownie Cupcakes

Recipe by Christy's Cooking Creations
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 28 Minutes
Yield: 12 Large Brownie Cupcakes

Ingredients
  • 6 Ounces Semi Sweet Baking Chocolate
  • 1 and 1/2 Stick (12 Tablespoons) Butter
  • 1 and 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Teaspoon Mint Extract
  • 1 and 1/4 Cup All Purpose Flour
Cooking Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place a cupcake liner in 12 muffin cups or lightly spray or grease each cup.
  3. Melt baking chocolate and butter together in microwave in two to three 30 second intervals or until butter is completely melted. Stir chocolate and butter together until chocolate is completely melted.
  4. Beat sugar, extracts and eggs together until creamy.
  5. Add butter and chocolate mixture and mix well.
  6. Add flour and mix just until throughly incorporated.
  7. Fill each liner to the top with brownie mix.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 26 to 28 minutes. Do not over bake. A toothpick inserted in the middle should come out with moist crumbs.
  9. Allow to cool completely before frosting.

Notes:
These can be made into regular bar brownies by using a 9X9 pan and increasing baking time by 10 to 12 minutes.

Substitute vanilla extract in place of mint extract measurement for a non-mint version of the brownies or completely omit.

A delicious Irish cream frosting for topping your favorite cakes, cupcakes or brownies for St. Patrick's Day.

Mint Irish Cream Frosting

Recipe by Christy's Cooking Creations

Ingredients
  • 3 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Stick (8 Tablespoons) Softened Butter
  • 3 Tablespoons Irish Cream Liquor
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Mint Extract
  • Green Sugar Sprinkles (Optional-Decoration only)
  • 12 Andes Mints (Optional-Decoration only)
Directions
  1. With a hand mixer or in a stand mixer, cream softened butter with extracts.
  2. Alternate adding one cup of powdered sugar along with one tablespoon of Irish Cream until all is used, mixing well after each addition.
  3. If needed, add more liquor for a creamier frosting or more powdered sugar for a stiffer frosting. Add either in very small amounts until desired consistency is reached.

Frost brownie cupcakes as desired and top with sugar sprinkles and an Andes mint, if desired.

Note:
Substitute vanilla extract in place of mint extract measurement for a non-mint version of the Irish cream frosting.

©Christy’s Cooking Creations. Please do not use my images without prior consent. Please link back to this post even if recreating and posting this recipe in your own words.

56 comments:

  1. Beautiful cupcakes. They look awesome :)

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    1. Thank you Ritu! So glad you stopped by :)

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  2. I've been dying to bake with mint and now I have the perfect excuse! These look great :)

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    1. Hi Megan, thank you! These are a delicious mint and chocolate treat :)

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  3. You had me at mint! I found you at Marvelous Monday Link Party. Thanks :)

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  4. Yum, I am a huge fan of mint and when you add chocolate to the mix it can't get any better. These mint brownie cupcakes look fantastic. YUM!!!! Great pictures.

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    1. Hi Dawn, thank you! I love mint too, especially when you throw chocolate in the mix :)

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  5. Wow, love the flavor combination in this sweet looking cupcake! Saying hello from the happiness is homemade link party! :-)
    Cathy@ threekidsandafish.com

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    1. Hi Cathy, thank you for stopping by. They are yummy!

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  6. Mint and chocolate are a fantastic combination....these would be eaten in no time at all at my place!

    Thanks for linking up to Marvelous Monday on Smart Party Planning.

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    1. Thank you Catherine. They did not last long here! Thank you for hosting Marvelous Monday at Smart Party Planning!

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  7. Coming over from Teach Me Tuesday - your recipe looks amazing! Pinning!

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    1. Thanks Laurie! So glad you came by :)

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  8. Sounds super yummy! Visiting from Wine'd Down Wed. ;)

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    1. They are so good Andrea! Thanks for visiting :)

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  9. OMG i love Andes! I used to work at Olive Garden in College, and that's all i would eat :)

    Jillian
    www.hackandjill.blogspot.com

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  10. I don't normally like cupcakes but since I LOVE brownies, I think I'm going to have to make an exception for these. So glad I saw them on Wine'd Down Wednesday. Pinning this!

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    1. Hi Corinne, they are extra fudgy brownies. I think you would love these :) Thank you for pinning!

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  11. My daughter is a chocolate mint fanatic. Her birthday is next month, thanks for helping me find the perfect cake recipe for her. These look amazing. Checking you out on Wine'd Down Wednesday. P.S. Ande mints, her FAVORITE candy too.

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    1. I think she would love these brownies especially topped with her favorite candy. Thanks for checking them out :)

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  12. Chocolate Mint something is on my to do list this month and this sounds amazing! Thanks Christy!
    Jenna

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    1. Hi Jenna, chocolate and mint is a great combo. I can see why it is on your to do list :)

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  13. These look awesome! Chocolate and mint always seems right for march :)

    I'm a new follower from the link-up! Please come by and say hi!

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    1. It does seem like a popular combo for March. So glad you stopped by, thanks for following. I'm headed over your way shortly!

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  14. Oh, my these look so tasty! Adding it to the baking list.

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    1. Thank you! Those baking lists are always growing, aren't they? I know mine does. Thanks for stopping by!

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  15. Chocolate and mint is my favorite pair, so I will definitely need to test this recipe out! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hi Katie. You will love them, so rich and fudgy! The frosting was my favorite though - Yum! Thanks for visiting!

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  16. Oh my goodness, I'm drooling here! These look absolutely gorgeous! Stopping by from The Cookie Puzzle Party! Pinning and tweeting. Have a great week!

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    1. Thank you Kim! Thank you for sharing. Have a great weekend :)

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  17. These look delicious..... and festive also. :)

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    1. Thank you, they are so good! So glad you stopped by :)

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  18. Oh wow, these look so good! I love Andes mints, so I'm always excited to see a dessert inspired by them. Thanks for sharing this one with Hump Day Happenings!

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    1. Thanks Jenna! Andes mints have always been a favorite for both my children. Thank you for hosting Hump Day Happenings :)

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  19. What a great recipe! Pinned it. VERY popular at the Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop. Congrats! You will be featured this week :)

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    1. So excited to know that, thank you Sinea! Thank you for hosting Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop!

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  20. These look so yummy. I can't wait to try it out. Thanks for linking up at #homemattersparty

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    1. Thank you Melissa! You will love them :)

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  21. Oh my goodness these looks absolutely yumculicious!!!! I have seen them featured on other blogs too, they are getting around!!! You should be proud!!

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    Thanks for sharing on Friday Features this week, hope you have a great week!

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    1. Thank you Karren! I most definitely am when I have a post featured, makes all the hard work worth it :) Thank you for hosting Friday Features and for pinning!

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  22. These look so wonderful :) Pinning now~~~

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  23. I'm loving this! You always bring such amazing things to our party. Pinned and tweeted. I hope to see you tonight at 7 at our party. I can't wait! Lou Lou Girls

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    1. Thank you Kimberly! Always love to party at Lou Lou Girls :)

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  24. Your Mint Brownie Cupcakes look fantastic and I love the frosting! Thank you for sharing them with us at the Hearth and Soul hop Link Party. Pinning!

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    1. Thank you April, the frosting was my favorite part :) Thank you for pinning and for hosting Hearth and Soul!

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  25. What a fun idea for St. Patrick's Day! Sharing these in a few different places for sure, Christy! Thanks for sharing them with us at #FoodieFriDIY...I always love what you bring to the party!

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    1. Thank you Michelle, I appreciate you taking the time to host and share! I always love to party at #FoodieFriDIY :)

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  26. Yummy!! I am featuring this recipe tomorrow!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday - Link Party!! Hope you come back tomorrow and share some more...I love having you!! Pinned!!

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    1. Yay! Thank you Elaine! They are a great St. Patrick's Day treat. See you tomorrow at My 2 Favorite Things!

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  27. These look great! Thanks so much for including instructions for those of us who aren't big fans of mint! :D

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  28. These look delicious!!! Just wanted to invite you Christy, to my link up party this weekend. This recipe would be a lovely addition!! Please stop by if you get a chance!! http://wp.me/p5zlmU-b6

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