Chocolate Mint Cupcakes

A favorite cookie flavor comes to cupcakes! These minty cupcakes will wake up your taste buds with a cool dash of peppermint extract.

Yield

18 standard cupcakes

Ingredients

2 cups (12 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter or margarine
1 1/2 cups granulated (white) sugar
3 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon mint extract
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups water

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Prepare the muffin pan by placing baking cups in each cavity or by brushing the cavities with Pan Release or cooking spray.

Melt 1 cup chocolate chips and butter together either in microwave oven or on top of range over low heat. Stir until chocolate is completely melted. Pour into electric mixer bowl. Add sugar; beat until well blended. Beat in eggs, one at time. Add vanilla. Stir in 1/2 cup flour, baking soda and salt; mix well. Add remaining flour and water; mix until smooth. Fold remaining cup of chocolate chips into batter. Spoon batter into baking cups.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pan on wire cooling rack; remove and cool completely.

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