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19
Apr
2015

Homemade Cracker Jack Recipe

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Homemade Cracker Jacks Recipe

Happy baseball season to you!

We are ready to cheer on the Mariners in our house this season and I thought it would be fun to post an easy recipe for delicious homemade Cracker Jacks!

These are just so darn good and you can mix up a batch to pop into little baggies for your own little baseball and softball stars or mix this up to watch during the game at home.

You only need a few ingredients to make homemade caramel corn and you are not going to believe how good this is.

Homemade Cracker Jacks Recipe
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Quick and easy homemade cracker jacks!
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup butter (half a stick)
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup molasses or dark corn syrup*
  • ½ cup unpopped popcorn kernels
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ can sweetened condensed milk (about 7 oz)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup- 1 cup peanuts (according to preference)
Instructions
  1. To start you want to pop ½ cup of popcorn kernels.
  2. You can add the coconut oil to a dutch over over medium low heat.
  3. Once it melts, add ½ cup popcorn kernels and immediately place a lid on top of the pot.
  4. Allow popcorn to pop, shaking the pan occasionally - be very careful not to burn the popcorn. Remove from heat right when the kernels stop popping.
  5. Set popped popcorn in a very large bowl- you should have about 10 cups total.
  6. Try to remove any unpopped kernels from the bowl and discard.
  7. Add butter to a clean pot over medium heat and allow to melt.
  8. Add molasses and brown sugar to the pot- stir well and once it starts to boil, let it gently cook for about 4 minutes. Careful not to burn but don't stir as it cooks.
  9. Remove from heat and add vanilla and peanuts. Stir well and allow to cook another 2 minutes or so.
  10. Add condensed milk and salt and stir well.
  11. Pour the molasses mixture over the popcorn and stir very well to fully coat all the popcorn.
  12. Put parchment paper over a cookie sheet and spread the popcorn mixture in an even layer over the top.
  13. It will be gooey (and delicious!) so you can either let it harden slightly by sitting out or pop it in the oven under 350 degrees for about 5 minutes.
  14. Store in a sealed container for about 2 days.

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Homemade Cracker Jack Recipe

The recipe might seem complicated but really it is so fast and easy. I have never much cared for Cracker Jacks but this recipe is seriously addicting. Most of the items listed you probably have in your pantry with the exception of Molasses. I found it by the maple syrup for about the same price as corn syrup at my grocery store.

While you can use dark corn syrup for this recipe, I recommend molasses instead. You will have a deeper flavor and it is so much easier to work with. I have tried this recipe with corn syrup and the corn syrup tends to harden really quickly and I find it hard to spread on the popcorn.

The other note is that you really have to be on the ball to make sure nothing burns as you are making the caramel- so for this recipe it is important to have everything ready to go right at your fingertips.
(The first time I made this Cracker Jack recipe I totally burned the butter because I was fussing with getting the brown sugar out and had to toss it out and start again.)

So give this a whirl and see what you think! You will have about 10 cups total of popcorn so feel free to double this if needed. I found this recipe to be a generous amount for 4 people and enough for about 6 little snacks for kiddos.

This recipe was adapted from the amazing Martha Stewart.

If you like this recipe, you might also like:

How to Perfectly Cut a Watermelon- these little sticks are so easy to grab for parties!How to cut watermelon sticks

No Bake Monster TreatsMonster Treats

Crock Pot Caramel Sauce (Just one ingredient and so easy to make!)  This is amazing on french bread, sliced apples, drizzled on ice cream or eat it straight from the jar!

And to use up the leftover condensed milk, here is an easy Crockpot Caramel sauce! Perfect for dipping apples or drizzled on ice cream.

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13
Apr
2015

White Chocolate & Macadamia Nut Pancakes

04/13/2015. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

White Chocolate and Macadamia Nut Pancakes

I have the most delicious recipe for you to try for White Chocolate Chip & Macadamia Nut pancakes.

Our family went to Maui in winter and had these amazing pancakes.  They were delicious and we actually waited for 60 minutes to get a table at one of the more popular restaurants.

We only had time to get these yummy things once and when we returned home I set to work trying various recipes to see if I might be able to recreate them.

I finally figured out a perfect recipe for these delicious pancakes and I actually think this version is better than what we had in Maui.  The pancakes at the restaurant had whipped cream and coconut syrup and even my kids found them a bit too sweet. So this recipe calls for pure maple syrup instead which is absolutely perfect with these pancakes.

White Chocolate Pancakes

Fluffy and light with a hint of sweetness from the white chocolate and a little saltiness and crunch from the nuts.  Well these are amazing and I really hope you decide to make them for your kids or maybe as a special brunch treat.

Here is the recipe:

White Chocolate & Macademia Nut Pancakes
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Serves: 6
 
White Chocolate and Macadamia Nut Pancakes- absolutely delicious!
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups all purpose flour
  • 3 tbl sugar
  • 1½ tea baking powder
  • ½ tea baking soda
  • ¼ tea salt
  • 1½ cups buttermilk (well shaken)
  • 3 tbl melted unsalted butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tea vanilla
  • ½ cup white chocolate chips
  • ½ cup roasted macadamia nuts- chopped
  • maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Whisk dry ingredients together in a bowl and set aside.
  2. In a second bowl, whisk together buttermilk, eggs, vanilla, and butter.
  3. Slowly add dry ingredients to wet and stir well.
  4. Add macadamia nuts and white chocolate chips and stir to incorporate.
  5. Cook on a skillet until golden brown, flip the pancakes and repeat.
  6. Top with butter and maple syrup.

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And that is it!  I bought a can of roasted macadamia nuts in a 4.5oz can and that was enough for just shy of (2) batches of these pancakes.

If you decide to give these a shot, please come back and let me know what you think!

White Chocolate Pancakes recipe

Buttermilk pancake recipe adapted from Epicurious.

Here are a few more recipes you might also like:

Nutella and Banana Swirled MuffinsNutella Swirl Muffins

Homemade Cold Brewed Iced CoffeePerfect Iced Coffee

How to Cook Bacon in the OvenPerfect baked Bacon

 

 

 

 

 

 

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06
Apr
2015

Tomatillo Ranch Salad Dressing (2 Minute Blender Recipe)

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Tomatillo Ranch Dressing- just 2 minutes in the blender and you have a delicious homemade dressing for salads or dipping!


I have a super fast and easy variation on a standard Ranch dressing for you today. This is really delicious on burrito bowls, taco salads or use it as a dip for fresh veggies and chips.

This takes literally minutes to whip up in the blender and it will last a few weeks in the fridge.

tomatillo ranch recipe

Here is the basic recipe. You can add a little jalapeno if you prefer for a bit of a kick or if you want a slightly more zesty flavor add just a bit of lime juice.

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Tomatillo Ranch Salad Dressing (2 Minute Blender Recipe)
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Quick and easy blender Tomatillo Ranch Dressing.
Ingredients
  • 4 small tomatillos
  • handful of cilantro
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • 2T dry ranch dressing mixture (the packet is pictured but I actually buy small amounts of this from the bulk section of my grocery store)
  • --optional ½ cup sour cream or plain Greek yogurt for a thicker consistency.
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
  2. Chill well before serving.

Last year I gave our teachers a Tomatillo plant as part of Teacher Appreciation week. I attached a gift card from Whole Foods and put a tag on the plant with a recipe for tomatillo salad dressing on the back side. The Whole Foods gift cards are really cute because they say lunch money on them which I thought was cute for a teacher.

I posted a quick shot of the gifts on Instagram last year– here is what they looked like:

tomatillo gift

Anyway, give this a shot and come back and let me know what you think!

Here are a few more dips to try:

Cilantro Lime Guacamole RecipeCilantro Lime Guacamole

Fresh Homemade Salsa Recipe5 Minute Blender Salsa

Creamy Crock Pot Chicken TacosCrock Pot Chicken Tacos

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30
Mar
2015

Frozen Key Lime Pie {Perfect Spring and Summer Dessert}

03/30/2015. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

Frozen Key Lime Pie Recipe

Oh boy I have a delicious Key Lime pie recipe for you. The beauty of this pie is that it is so easy to make and so perfect for Spring and Summer weather.

You can make a standard pie with this recipe or you can do individual little pies- I have done it both ways to great results.

I love this recipe because it does not call for eggs if you are a bit squeamish about uncooked eggs in recipes.  I try to avoid them if I can.

The key to this recipe is using actual Key Lime juice. I don’t find a standard lime to have the same vibrant flavor and I always find myself disappointed with the pie.  You can for sure use standard limes but just note you won’t get the super bright and tangy freshness of key lime.

key lime juice

If you don’t want to juice about a zillion little key limes, not to worry. My Safeway store carries Nellie and Joe Key Lime juice in the juice aisle and that worked beautifully in this recipe.  The last time I made this pie I couldn’t find Key Limes anywhere and when I finally spotted them at Sprouts they were so tiny- like walnuts.  I probably would have needed 30 limes to get enough freshly squeezed juice.

You can use a premade graham cracker crust for this recipe but really homemade is so fast to make and has so much more flavor. I like to add in a little coconut and it gives just a subtle hint of flavor but it is so good!

Here is the recipe we love:

Frozen Key Lime Pie {Perfect Spring and Summer Dessert}
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Cuisine: Dessert
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Serves: 6
 
Quick and refreshing frozen key lime pie.
Ingredients
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • ½ cup Key Lime Juice (fresh squeezed or bottled)
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • For the crust:
  • 9 Graham Crackers
  • 6 tablespoons melted butter
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons shredded coconut (optional)
Instructions
  1. To start the crust add 9 graham crackers into a food processor and grind into crumbs.
  2. Add 6 tablespoons of butter to a bowl and microwave until melted.
  3. Add the graham crackers, brown sugar and coconut and stir well.
  4. Press crumbs into a pie plate firmly.
  5. Bake for about 6-7 minutes in a 375 degree oven.
  6. Remove from oven as it is slightly golden brown and let cool completely.
  7. For the filling:
  8. Mix key lime, condensed milk and cream in a bowl.
  9. Pour into the cooled crust and either place in the fridge overnight for a pie or place in the freezer for frozen pie.
  10. Top with fresh whipped cream or serve plain.

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Here are a few tips for this recipe-  make sure you measure the butter carefully.  I have found when I use more than 6 tablespoons of butter I get a soggy crust the next day on the pie.  When I use 6 tablespoons exactly the crust holds up beautifully for leftovers.

The brown sugar and coconut are completely optional- I like the extra flavor it adds to the crust.  I used unsweetened coconut.  If you have sweetened coconut you might cut back a little on the brown sugar.

key lime pie crust

And to make individual pies, I used a popover pan that I have.  It is slightly larger than a muffin pan.  I lined the pan with cupcake liners and pressed the graham cracker mixture into the liners.  I baked and let cool and then topped with the key lime mixture.  Once the mixture was frozen, I popped them out of the pan and removed the cupcake liner.  Serve immediately from the freezer as the pie will start to melt.   You should be able to get about 9 of these larger size individual pies.  If you use a standard muffin tin you should get at least 12.

To make the whipped cream- I use the super simple recipe here.  You can dollop it on top or put it in a pastry bag with tip to get pretty swirls on top.

And that is it!  Really this is so simple to make and so perfect for warmer weather.  The only trick to this recipe is the patience to let it freeze overnight or chill enough in the fridge :)

Frozen Key Lime Pie Recipe- so easy and so refreshing!

And here are a few other recipes to consider:

Easy Watermelon Lime Sorbet RecipeWatermelon Lime Sorbet 

tPerfect Fresh Squeezed Lemonade  

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28
Mar
2015

Whoppers Cupcakes {Perfect for Easter!}

03/28/2015. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

Whoppers Cupcakes

 

Here is a fun recipe for Easter or for parties this year.

My littlest daughter absolutely loves Whoppers candy – it is always her first choice when we hit the candy aisle.

I thought it would be fun to do a Whoppers cupcake for my sweet girl- which she absolutely loved.

You can use any variety of Whoppers but I chose these pretty Easter Robin Egg Whoppers.    So fun when you are looking for an alternative to coconut cakes and lemon tarts on Easter.

Here is the recipe:

Whoppers Cupcakes {Perfect for Easter!}
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Whoppers cupcake recipe- so festive for Easter!
Ingredients
  • Cupcake Batter:
  • 1½ Cups All-purpose Flour
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • ¼ Cup Malted Milk Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • ½ Cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Cup Milk
  • ½ Cup Vegetable or Canola Oil
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Egg (beaten)
  • Frosting:
  • 2¾ Powdered Sugar
  • 6 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder
  • 6 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter
  • ⅓ Cup Whipping Cream (or Milk)
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 10-20 Easter Egg Whoppers Candy
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Line the muffin tin with cupcake liners
  2. or grease well.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, mix the flour, sugar, malted milk powder, baking soda, salt, cocoa powder together. Set aside.
  4. In a small mixing bowl, whisk the milk, oil, vanilla
  5. extract and egg until smooth.
  6. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until
  7. smooth.
  8. Fill the muffin tins to the halfway mark.
  9. Bake for 15-17 minutes (depends on your oven) until a toothpick
  10. comes out clean when inserted into the middle.
  11. Let the cupcakes cool completely before frosting.
  12. For the frosting:
  13. In a medium bowl, sift together the powdered sugar and cocoa.
  14. Set aside.
  15. In a large bowl or mixer, cream the butter until smooth.
  16. Slowly add in the sugar mixture.
  17. Once combined, add in the whipping cream followed by the vanilla.
  18. Combine until light and fluffy.
  19. Once the cupcakes are cooled, top them with crushed Easter Egg Whoppers Candy.

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And I hope you like this recipe!  Come back and let me know what you think if you decide to try it.

Here are a few other recipes you might enjoy:

Homemade Lemon Curd RecipeHomemade Lemon Curd (in the microwave!)

Amazing Buttercream Frosting Recipe - just 4 ingredients and you have a creamy and delicious go to frosting.

The best Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting (this would be delish with Strawberry Whoppers candy!)

 

 

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27
Mar
2015

Slow Cooker Maple Glazed Ham

03/27/2015. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

Slow Cooker Maple Ham


I have been meaning to post this super easy recipe for like… maybe two years now. I am finally getting to this one for those of you prepping for Easter dinner.

I have to tell you I was very skeptical about cooking a ham in the Crock Pot- sometimes the meat gets dried out and I just thought it wouldn’t have the rich flavors of a baked ham.

But this ham recipe is delicious. I have served it many, many times always to great feedback.

So why cook the ham in the Crock Pot? I find I always have so many dishes going for big events, it is nice to free up the oven space. The other issue we run into is the schedule on Easter- with church and egg hunts and such I often need to have everything ready well in advance. In fact this year I am hosting Easter and we will be going straight from Church to our house so fussing for ages with different dishes will not be an option.

Sometimes around the holidays I like to pick up ham on sale and cook it up for a regular weeknight meal or to make sandwiches all week for my husband. It is a breeze with this recipe.

So here ya go! My super simple recipe for Slow Cooker ham. Please note that all Crock Pots will cook at a slightly different time so it is really important you watch your ham in the last hour or two to ensure it doesn’t overcook. I found my ham was slightly overcooked at 6 hours so I prefer to go about 5 hours but the size of your ham and your Crock will make a big difference.

I typically buy bone in ham but I did grab a boneless ham the last time I tried this just to be sure it would still cook properly and taste delicious.

Slow Cooker Maple Glazed Ham
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Recipe type: Slow Cooker
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Serves: 6
 
Easy slow cooker ham
Ingredients
  • Bone in or boneless ham (7-8 lb)
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon Mustard
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1½ cup brown sugar (separated)
  • ½ cup pineapple juice (optional)
Instructions
  1. Add about ½ cup of water or pineapple juice to the bottom of the slow cooker. Just enough to cover the bottom of the slow cooker but not actually soak the ham.
  2. Next add about 1 cup of brown sugar to the water/juice and stir.
  3. Add the ham into the Crock Pot.
  4. In a small bowl mix the mustard, syrup and remaining ½ cup brown sugar.
  5. Coat the ham with the mixture and set to cook for 5 hours on low.
  6. Add the lid to the Crock Pot and check after 3 hours.
  7. You might want to quickly baste the ham with the liquid at the bottom of the pan.
  8. Check again at 4 hours and again at 5 hours.
  9. Some older Crock Pots or larger size hams might take up to 6 hours to cook.
  10. Remove ham from crock and allow to rest for about 10 minutes.
  11. Discard the water at the bottom of the slow cooker.

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A few other little tips- you want to make sure the ham you buy will fit in your Crock Pot so keep that in mind. You may need to trim yours a little bit before popping it in. If you are struggling to get the lid on tightly, you can skip the lid and instead cover tightly with foil and that should work fine.

Also as for the little flavor packet in the ham- I just toss that out. The maple syrup/brown sugar/mustard will have tons of flavor and you will know exactly what is going into your food.

Maple and Brown Sugar Slow Cooker Ham Recipe

And here are a few other easy Slow Cooker recipes you might enjoy:

Crock Pot Baked Potatoes- perfect fast and comforting weeknight dinnerEasy Crock Pot Baked Potatoes

Crock Pot Applesauce recipeCrock Pot Applesauce- so flavorful and no added sugar!

Crock Pot Chicken SandwichCrock Pot BBQ Chicken Sandwich (with a secret ingredient!)

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15
Mar
2015

Glazed Dill Carrots Recipe

03/15/2015. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

Glazed Dill Carrots

Here is a super easy side dish idea that would be perfect with Easter ham or save it for next year for Thanksgiving dinner.

You might also consider this for just an easy side dish for a weeknight too because it is so fast and easy to get on the table.

Here is the recipe:

Glazed Dill Carrots Recipe
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Recipe type: Side Dish, Veggies
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Serves: 4
 
Quick and easy Dill Glazed Carrots recipe
Ingredients
  • 3 cups carrots washed, peeled and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1-3 teaspoons fresh dill or dried dill
  • 1-2 tablespoons brown sugar (depending on your preference)
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Start by slicing your carrots into coin shapes. You can buy presliced and washed carrots or slice them yourself or this also works with whole baby carrots.
  2. Add the butter to a saucepan over medium to low heat.
  3. Once that melts slightly, add the brown sugar and the carrots.
  4. Cook the carrots until fork tender- about 15 minutes.
  5. You may want to increase the heat to medium, stirring often so your butter does not burn.
  6. Once the carrots are tender, add dill and season with salt and pepper.
  7. Serve immediately.

.This might be a fun recipe to try with the kids to see if they like it and it is especially good with glazed ham. The carrots will be on the sweet side so you might consider decreasing the brown sugar and increasing the dill for a fresher flavor.

Easy Glazed Carrots Recipe

And here are a few other recipes you might enjoy:

Copycat Outback Steakhouse Alice Springs Chicken RecipeCopycat Outback Steakhouse Alice Springs Chicken Recipe

Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe and a free printable labelHomemade Taco Seasoning

Healthy Avocado Lime Spread- perfect for burgers, tacos, sandwiches and more!Avocado Lime Spread- wait until you try this on a burger! So good!

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08
Mar
2015

Andes Mint Chocolate Cupcakes

03/08/2015. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

Andes Mint Chocolate Cupcakes

I have a really yummy recipe for you today. These cupcakes are delicious anytime but they are especially perfect for St Patrick’s Day!

I absolutely love the combination of mint and chocolate and I think these cupcakes feel really gourmet and special.

They would be a perfect homemade gift or something special for a bake sale.

You should get about 20 cupcakes from this recipe- I used Andes mints which are so creamy and delicious but you can easily substitute Thin Mint cookies instead.

Andes Mint Chocolate Cupcakes
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Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 20
 
Andes Mint Chocolate Cupcakes!
Ingredients
  • Cupcakes:
  • 1½ Cups All-purpose Flour
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • ½ Cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Cup Milk (or substitute coffee to bring out chocolate flavor)
  • ½ Cup Vegetable or Canola Oil
  • 1 Teaspoon Vinegar
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Egg (beaten)
  • 10 Crushed Andes Mints (more if you want to incorporate into the batter)
  • Cupcake Frosting:
  • 2¾ Powdered Sugar
  • 6 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder
  • 6 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter
  • ⅓ Cup Whipping Cream (or Milk)
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Line the muffin tin with cupcake liners.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt,
  3. cocoa powder together. Set aside.
  4. In a small mixing bowl, whisk the milk, oil, vinegar, vanilla
  5. extract and egg until smooth.
  6. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until
  7. smooth.
  8. For extra minty-ness add ½ cup chopped Andes into the batter.
  9. Fill the muffin tins to the halfway mark.
  10. Bake for 15-17 minutes until a toothpick
  11. comes out clean when inserted into the middle.
  12. Let the cupcakes cool completely before frosting.
  13. To make the frosting:
  14. In a medium bowl, sift together the powdered sugar and cocoa.
  15. Set aside.
  16. In a large bowl or mixer, cream the butter until smooth. Slowly add in the sugar mixture. Once combined, add in the whipping
  17. cream followed by the vanilla. Combine until light and fluffy.
  18. Once the cupcakes are cooled, top them with the chocolate frosting and sprinkle crushed Andes mints over the top.
  19. Enjoy!

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If you decide to make these please come back and let me know what you think!

And if you like this recipe, you might also like:

Rainbow Brownie BitesRainbow Brownie Bites 

Salted Caramel Starbucks Cupcakes- so fun and very easy to make!  Use any flavor of cupcake you prefer. (1 of 1)Salted Caramel Starbucks Cupcakes

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