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Thin Mint Obsessed? To. Die. For. Chocolate Mint Cupcakes

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If you like Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies, then you have come to the right place. Or if you are simply a fan of the deepest, richest, chocolate cupcake with creamy mint frosting, then you are also in the right place.  On the other hand, if chocolate just does not rock your world, please feel free to move on.  I will contemplate whether you are allowed to return.  Kidding…just kidding.

Thin Mints have a special place in many peoples’ hearts.  Are you one of those?  Do you have a freezer stocked full of Thin Mints yet?  As a Girl Scout leader for seven years, I have seen some pretty obsessed Thin Mint fans while selling cookies with my troop.

While the girls were “boothing”,  inoccently standing in front of the local Michael’s Craft store, hoping someone would buy A BOX, one super duper customer purchased a whole case of Thin Mints, handing over a cool $50 and telling them to keep the change ($2).  My girls did a happy dance that day whoever you are so thank you.

I’m beginning to think the Thin Mint should have its own Facebook page, PR person and possibly should tour on its own and have a solo career.  If you have been without Thin Mints your whole life and have no idea what all this nonsense is about, I am sorry.  Just go to Ebay, and you will find dozens of cookies being sold and you, too, can have Thin Mints at your disposal.

Anyhow, onto the cupcakes.  The cake recipe for these beautiful babies come from Death By Chocolate…only the best cookbook in history.  It is honestly the richest, most chocolaty cupcake you will ever try and as the book title dictates, you just may die from chocolate when you eat this and you know what, nothing else will matter.

If you think I am exaggerating here, just glance at the recipe; unsweetened chocolate, semisweet chocolate and TWO CUPS of CHOCOLATE CHIPS go into these life altering cupcakes. Then I added a cream cheese, mint flavored frosting and crushed Thin Mints to sprinkle over the top.

Hold your horses and anything else around you because this cupcake will most assuredly make the world spin faster.

If you are not convinced, please make the cupcakes, take a big bite and hold on to nothing, nada.  When you are flat on the ground, I will laugh.  Yes, I have a fairly sick sense of humor.


“Granny Twitchell’s Secret Chocolate Cupcake Recipe adapted from Marcel Desaulnier’s life altering cookbook, Death By Chocolate
10 ounces semisweet chocolate, broken in 1/2 oz. pieces (just use good quality chocolate chips for ease)
1 c. heavy cream (yeah…this ain’t no diet recipe)
2 oz. unsweetened chocolate, broken into 1/2 oz. pieces
5 eggs
1/2 c. granulated sugar
1 t. pure vanilla extract
3/4 c. cake flour
1/2 t. baking soda
1 c. chopped Thin Mint Cookies (not pulverized, just chopped about the size of a chocolate chip)

Creamy Mint Frosting (or leave out the mint and it’s delicious cream cheese frosting)
8 oz. softened cream cheese
1 c. butter, slightly softened
1 box (16 oz) of confectioners sugar
1/2 t. natural mint extract
Just a drop or two of green food gel…just a bit to give it a tinge of green.
1/2 c. of Thin Mint Cookies pulverized  in the food processor or chopped finely.

The Wilton Frosting Tips which changed my life can be found by clicking on the link. The large star (#22) makes nice large swoops and are E-A-S-Y to make your cupcakes look all that. Don’t forget to buy the huge coupler as well.

Topping: Crushed Thin Mints or Oreos (if using crushed Oreos, you could leave out the mint extract and add vanilla extract instead and make a Cookies and Cream cupcake)

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.  Prepare a cupcake pan with liners.

Heat water (only half way full) in the bottom of a double boiler or simply use two sauce pans; one pan that can sit on top of the other.  In the top pan, place 1o 0z. semisweet chocolate, heavy cream and unsweetened chocolate and cover tightly with plastic wrap for 8 minutes.

While the chocolate is melting, place eggs and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and cream together on medium speed until it is a light yellow color and thickens up just a bit. See photo above. This will take about 4 minutes.  Add the melted chocolate while your beater is slowly mixing.  I pour just a little in at a time so that my eggs don’t scramble.  That would be very bad news this far into the recipe so please heed my warning, pour slowly with beater on slow speed.  Add the flour and baking soda.  Mix just barely until combined.  Then add your chopped Thin Mints.

Ladle your batter with an ice cream scoop, until 2/3 full, into each cupcake liner.  Bake for 20-25 minutes or until slightly firm to the touch and “set”.

Frosting: Using a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat together on high speed the cream cheese and butter. Add the powdered sugar.  No need for sifting, just beat the heck out of it and it will smooth out.  Add the vanilla and beat together adequately.  In a large Ziploc bag, place a few Thin Mint cookies (about 6) , seal the bag shut and roll over it back and forth with your rolling pin.  This is a great time to get out your aggressions.

Frost your cupcakes and sprinkle cookie crumbs over the top and voila… you have the perfect chocolaty, minty cupcake.  Cheers!

51 thoughts on “Thin Mint Obsessed? To. Die. For. Chocolate Mint Cupcakes

  1. Chocolate Cupcakes make me smile, smile big..love it!!! Those are really stunning and so delicious!

  2. Chocolate + mint is my husbands all time favorite flavor combination. I can’t wait for our next romantic dinner in because I will definitely be surprising him with these.

  3. Oh so yummy! I’m such a Thin Mint-aholic!!! Love them!! These look great! A good way to make an already sweet treat that much better!!

  4. they look perfect… you make such a nice job of the swirl on top….I know it is not exactly simple now that I have actually tried one. I wonder if I even have this particular tip in my little kit.

    I’m thinking cream cheese would make a much stiffer icing … and, therefore… would work better for the frosting….. …yes…. must try it some day….. failing that…. can you come here to show me how to do it? …. or hey…maybe I’ll just come there… it’s probably warmer… and……. you bake! tea and a chocolate cupcake please……

    • Oh my gosh….I will include the link in my recipe (just give me a minute) to the Wilton large tips that changed my decorating life. They make it EASY to make it look pretty with large swoops of frosting. I have been spending the last several months trying to replicate the cupcakes from “Stay Calm Have a Cupcake” and finally have the tips of my dreams. Thanks for the compliments! :)

  5. OMG THIN MINTS!!!!!!!!! I love them so.

  6. Do you know something in choclate, mint and banana. know its weird buy hubby loves thoose

  7. O.M.G. You have NO idea how many frozen thin mints I am capable of consuming. The beauty of that cookie is that they are SOOOOOO good straight from the freshness-preserving freezer. I, honestly, love nothing more than a thin mint. The Samoas, they try, but they just will never be a thin mint. I’m 99% sure Ill be making these ASAP. Love. Hearts.

    • P.S. Its hurts my heart that Death By Chocolate was my first cookbook, that I still have it, and that I’ve utilized it so infrequently. Note to self: Fix this.

      • I would have to agree with “yourself”…fix this problem and make the cupcakes tout de suite. Ok? The Death by Chocolate cookies might be the first ones I’d check off the list though…or the browneis…or…

  8. My husband adores those mint cookies. I think he’d be crazy about these cupcakes, too!

  9. These cupcakes are spectacular! I love these.

  10. Love thin mints, love cupcakes, so thin mint cupcakes have to be a winner! They look fantastic!

  11. Oh my goodness! I am a total chocoholic and thin mints are my favorites (along with samoas) How can I have never heard of the death by chocolate cookbook? It may be dangerous for me to have it, but I’m off to check that out on amazon. Have a great day!
    Katie

  12. Wonderful recipe, Geni :)
    I’ve made the Tagalongs and Thin Mints from scratch, but haven’t made them into cupcakes. Gotta try this one. The cupcake looks truly divine with all the fancy swirls and such. What a pro you are!

    Here’s my post on Tagalongs…super simple to make:

    http://drexeliuschocolates.wordpress.com/2009/04/29/girl-scout-cookies-revisited-tagalong/

  13. I LOVE mint and chocolate. It’s absolutely one of my favourite combinations. For awhile, there was a three musketeers dark mint chocolate bar that was incredible, but it seems to have disappeared. To answer this craving though, I’m totally going to make these cupcakes! Thanks for sharing!

  14. This look divine! Stunning photography!

    Great blog; happy I found you!

    Mary xo
    Delightful Bitefuls

  15. Wow….that is one decadent cupcake…I must make this. ;) Beautiful job!

  16. Wow, these are stunning and a spectacular use of thin mints! This is my first visit to your blog, which is fantastic! So happy to have found it! Cheers, Nina

  17. OMG, Geni, these look decadent! I wish I had a freezer full of thin mints! Nice step by step photos, you make it all look so easy!!

  18. this cupcakes look really amazing. thank you for sharing this with us and have a great weekend.

  19. Thank you to everyone for your nice comments. Enjoy your Thin Mints!

  20. Those look great! Next best thing to baking those delicious cup cakes is having someone bake them for you and then bring them over, I have the milk! My mint fantasy is chocolate mint ice cream with?

  21. Hi, Geni. I put chocolate-mint in the same category as chocolate-malt and chocolate-coffee (or mocha, sometimes). Is there a better dessert combination possible? This is just another recipe right up my alley.

    Just last weekend during a trip to Seattle, I had to pick up a box of the Thin Mints. Some day I should explain how the Canadian Girl Guide Thin Mint varies from the American version. Wouldn’t you like to know?!?

    Thanks,

    Dan

    • I would like to know how the Canadian variety differs. How could they possibly improve on a dark chocolate, crispy cookie with mint covered in chocolate?! Great chocolate pairings, I would have to add peanut butter though.

  22. I am so disappointed that I have not seen a SINGLE girl scout this cookie season! I’m going to have to make it up for it by making these cupcakes. They sound so delicious!

  23. Oh this is to die for, I know what Lee and I will be making tonight. :)

  24. I do love thin mints! And I DON’T have a freezer full of them right now because even if I had bought a freezer full of them, they would already be gone. These cupcakes look even better than the thin mints alone!

  25. Chocolates and Mint are a perfect combination, this recipe really rocks!

  26. Oh wow, these sound amazing. I love thin mints, and am also a fan of mint chocolate chip ice cream, so these are right up my alley! Beautiful job! Great, now I am craving a thin mint!

  27. looks yummy! maybe i should try making this too!

  28. I’m not a huge fan of choc and mint but my hubs is, these looks so beautiful!

  29. I am a huge fan of thin mints!! I have 2 boxes in my pantry right now and i think i night have to make these!! Thanks for the recipe!!

  30. G.S. Thin Mints are my favorites, but I haven’t even seen one G.S. yet?!? These sound fabulous, and I’ll have to try them, with a substitute on top:)

  31. These look so perfect!! :)

  32. These look so absolutely amazing!! I’m a huge fan of the mint and chocolate combo, so I’m so excited to try these out, hopefully sometime soon!

  33. Can we just discuss how not nice you are for posting this recipe? Now I am going to be forced to make these and then eat them all. This will not help my ever expanding waistline!! :)

  34. I love this part!!!…”—If you are not convinced, please make the cupcakes, take a big bite and hold on to nothing, nada. When you are flat on the ground, I will laugh. Yes, I have a fairly sick sense of humor….” Bwaaaaa ha ha ha ha ha!!!! You love chocolate AND are twisted…awesome!…First, first time visiting your blog c/o “Babygirl”, second, these cupcakes look freaking awesome and will be made in the very near future…lastly, your chocolate malt cake looks awesome too! Have a great day and I look forward to reading more posts!

  35. Lovely photo! The dark background is very effective.

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  38. I’ve made these several times now. I have many friends of mine addicted lol! Thanks for a fabulous recipe!

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