Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes.

Hello friends. I know I've been a little bit silent on here of late. The stresses of the season, a demanding work schedule and a weekend trip to Miami have been occupying my time over the last few weeks, which has left this little slice of internet real estate that I own neglected. My apologies.

I am having such a hard time believing that Christmas is a mere four days away. I love all of the actual Christmas Eve and Day festivities, especially time with my family, but find all of the hustle and bustle (and particularly the mall) to be a little frazzling this time of year. (who doesn't??)

*stress free Christmas day, four years ago in Thailand.

Months ago when I was trying to prepare myself for cold and dark December, I had mentally set the month aside to hole myself in, bake my face off and watch a different Christmas movie every night. I was going to buy all of my gifts online a month in advance and decorate my house a la Clark Griswold.

Oh how well intentioned my future projections are.

*pretty much the extent of my decorating.

Instead I bought all of my presents in a flurry (and in heels) on Monday night after an eleven hour work day, which I'm actually pretty proud of, even though it was fairly stressful and exhausting. I've only baked those cookies with my sister last week (which I didn't even bake) and I saw about ten minutes of Four Christmases while I was getting ready to have dinner with friends a few weeks ago. You know how these things go.

I figured, there's still a few days left before Christmas. And since I had the house to myself tonight, I decided to make up for lost time and semi-accomplish my December goal. Better late than never.

One of my favorite holiday indulgences is a peppermint mocha. Normally I'm a straight up (little bit of cream and sweetener) coffee kind of girl. But if I'm out and about or at work on the weekend, I treat myself to a grande (non-fat, two pump peppermint, two pump chocolate, no whip please) mocha to put myself in a festive mood. I figured someone must have put this sweet treat into cupcake form that I could copy.

I cobbled together a few different recipes but mostly followed this one for the mocha cupcake and this one for the peppermint frosting. Combining coffee and cupcakes together is pretty much as good as it gets for me.

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