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Mint Chocolate Cupcakes w/ Cookie Crust

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I love supporting the Girl Scouts – and it’s not just because of their cookies.  I swear! 🙂 Over the years, there’s only been one cookie that captured and kept my heart. Thin Mints. I can pass on all of the others, but please don’t take my Thin Mints! I love them so much, I even made Thin Mint Bonbons a few years ago!  These simple cupcakes feature Thin Mints as the crust, with a delicious chocolate cake and minty buttercream. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

What You Need:

Cookie Crust

  • 32 Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies (or any other chocolate cookie) – 2 sleeves
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (melted)

Chocolate Cupcakes

    • 1 box of chocolate cake mix
    • 1 box (3.9 oz) chocolate pudding/pie filling powder
    • 3 eggs
    • 3/4 cup oil
    • 1/4 cup water
    • 1/2 cup brewed coffee
    • 1/2 cup sour cream

Mint Buttercream

  • 1 cup unsalted butter (softened)
  • 3 to 3.5 cups powdered sugar (sifted)
  • 1 teaspoon mint extract (add more for more flavor)
  • 2-3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream (or milk)

Make Them:

Cookie Crust

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Prep your muffin pans.  Use cute cupcake liners !

Finely crush the cookies, then add them to a bowl with the melted butter and stir to coat completely.

Fill each cupcake liner with about 3/4 tablespoons cookie mixture – evenly distribute throughout 24 cupcake liners.

Chocolate Cake

Combine all cake ingredients and mix until just combined.  Don’t over mix.

Fill muffin cups 3/4 way full with batter.

Bake 14-21 minutes, OR until a toothpick comes out clean.

Mint Buttercream:

In a cold mixing bowl, beat butter for about 4-5 minutes, scraping the sides of the bowl often.

Add powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time. Continue to mix until combined.

On medium-low speed, add in extract.

Stop mixer and  add heavy whipping cream (or milk).  Slowly increase the speed and leave it beating on medium-high for about 4 minutes.

Use food coloring to make the frosting green.

Frost cupcakes and enjoy!

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5 from 5 votes

Mint Chocolate Cupcakes w/ Cookie Crust

Love Thin Mints? You'll really like these cupcakes!

Ingredients

Cookie Crust

  • 32 Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies or any other chocolate cookie - 2 sleeves
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted

Chocolate Cupcakes

  • 1 box of chocolate cake mix
  • 1 box 3.9 oz chocolate pudding/pie filling powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup brewed coffee
  • 1/2 cup sour cream

Mint Buttercream

  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 3 to 3.5 cups powdered sugar sifted
  • 1 teaspoon mint extract add more for more flavor
  • 2-3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream or milk

Instructions

Cookie Crust

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Prep your muffin pans.  Use cute cupcake liners !
  • Finely crush the cookies, then add them to a bowl with the melted butter and stir to coat completely.
  • Fill each cupcake liner with about 3/4 tablespoons cookie mixture - evenly distribute throughout 24 cupcake liners.

Chocolate Cake

  • Combine all cake ingredients and mix until just combined.  Don't over mix.
  • Fill muffin cups 3/4 way full with batter.
  • Bake 14-21 minutes, OR until a toothpick comes out clean.

Mint Buttercream:

  • In a cold mixing bowl, beat butter for about 4-5 minutes, scraping the sides of the bowl often.
  • Add powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time. Continue to mix until combined.
  • On medium-low speed, add in extract.
  • Stop mixer and  add heavy whipping cream (or milk).  Slowly increase the speed and leave it beating on medium-high for about 4 minutes.
  • Use food coloring to make the frosting green.
  • Frost cupcakes and enjoy!

 

 

Jeni’s Disclaimer: I’m just a regular girl.  I love to drink wine while I bake.  I’m by no means a professional baker or pro photographer. My creations aren’t staged, they just are what they are, and that’s probably obvious from the pictures.  I create my recipes from inspiration of scents and flavors around me. I also repurpose my grandma’s old recipes. If you love to bake and your food ends up looking like REAL food, and not like something you’ll see on Instagram, you’re in the right place.

7 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Those are my very favorite cookies, too. These cupcakes look yummy.

  2. 5 stars
    I missed getting GS cookies this year. What would be a good cookie replacement?

  3. 5 stars
    I have never had these before and they sound so good thanks for sharing this one.

  4. 5 stars
    I need these cupcakes but I’d have to have somewhere to take them or else I’d eat them all myself.

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