Dark Chocolate Peppermint Cups
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12
 
A cool, peppermint Oreo-like filling laced with crunchy bits of peppermint candy is encased in dark chocolate -- a holiday party in your mouth!
Ingredients
  • For the Chocolate
  • 2 Ā½ cups (300 g) dark chocolate, coarsely choppedĀ 
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable shortening
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened dark (Dutch-processed) cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon real vanilla extract
  • ⅓ teaspoon sea salt
  • For the Peppermint Filling
  • ¾ cup (98 g) powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
  • 4 teaspoons milk
  • ½ teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 2 tablespoons finely crushed peppermint candies
  • To Garnish
  • Additional crushed peppermint candies or sprinkles
Instructions
  1. In a regular size muffin tin, place 12 fluted muffin liners.
  2. In a medium, heat-safe bowl add the chocolate, shortening, cocoa powder, vanilla and sea salt and set over a medium saucepan of simmering water. Do not let the bowl touch the water or let the water come to a boil. Stir frequently until melted and smooth and then turn off the heat. Fill each muffin liner with 1 tablespoon of melted chocolate and place the muffin tin in the fridge for at least 20 minutes to set up.
  3. In a small bowl, thoroughly blend together the powdered sugar, butter, shortening, milk and peppermint until smooth. Stir in the crushed peppermint candies until evenly distributed and set the bowl in the freezer to firm a bit. Once chilled through, roll 1 heaping teaspoon of the peppermint filling into a ball and press down to form a flat disc. Place one disc on top of the chocolate in the center of each muffin liner and then cover with an additional 1 tablespoon of melted chocolate. Tap the muffin tin on the counter to smooth the chocolate over the top. Set in the fridge for 4 minutes. Once the chocolate is not quite set (but firmed up a bit) sprinkle each cup with either crushed peppermint candy or sprinkles. Place in the fridge to firm up and set out for 5-10 minutes prior to serving.
  4. Thank you for making these Dark Chocolate Peppermint Cups! Please tag me @displacedhousewife #displacedhousewife #12DaysOfSweetTreats so I can see your beautiful, delicious chocolate peppermint cups!
Recipe by DisplacedHousewife at https://www.displacedhousewife.com/dark-chocolate-peppermint-cups/