Whoopie Pie Wednesday:Peppermint Hot Cocoa

Yessssss, now that it is December I can fully indulge in my absolute addiction love of all things peppermint(don't you worry, I am still eating pumpkin & caramel, as I've stated over & over, Fall is still on for another 15 days) Anyhoo, I found these mini peppermint marshmallows at Target and was confounded as to how to work them into a recipe and not just use them as a finisher for my hot chocolate. but hot chocolate IS my favorite, thus this flavor combo. And it was better than I hoped!

1 box chocolate cake mix
1/3 cup veggie oil
2 eggs
1/4 cup water
3 packs peppermint hot chocolate mix
1 cup whipping cream
4-6 oz chocolate cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup marshmallow fluff
1 cup mini peppermint marshmallows 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Combine cake mix, oil, eggs, 1 packet of hot choc & water in bowl, slowly mix in 1 cup of the peppermint marshmallows.(if it's way too dry, you may want to add a tsp of water)  
Drop by  tablespoon onto lined cookie sheet (leave about an inch between each cookie)

Bake 8-9 minutes

Cool on pan 5 minutes, move to wire rack and cool 15 more minutes

Beat softened cream cheese & fluff on low for a min or until fluffy, add 2 hot choc packets & 2 tbsp of whipping cream, beat on low till hot choc is fully incorporated into cream cheese and add remaining whipping cream, turn speed to high and beat until stiff peaks form. Let set in fridge for at least an hour before frosting. 

Place a dollop of frosting in center and top w/another cookie.

if you can only find the cans of peppermint hot choc, 3 tbsp would equal one packet. And I just happened to have chocolate cream cheese on hand, regular should work fine too. You can forgo the marshmallow fluff in the filling, I made it that way too and it was tasty...but this just gives it a more "genuine" hot cocoa taste. If you can't find the mini marshmallows, just use andes peppermint pieces or even crushed candy canes. You could also just use the peppermint frosting that is out now and crush in the peppermint pieces.
You could make this so many ways. Can't really go wrong.

and as usual, I had some filling left over, I added a tsp of coffee extract, 2 more oz cream cheese and a little more whipping cream, whipped for a few minutes, put in freezer for an hour, placed in dip bowl and topped w/the mini marshmallows. 
Voila, Peppermint Mocha Dip
Served w/ apples, pretzels & graham crackers.

These are so good and pair perfectly with, what else, a peppermint dunkachino, or if you're one of those people and you love mochas, that works too;)

and today...six years later, I miss you, Jeremy, as much now as I did then. 24 years wasn't enough time, yet the mark you left upon our family will always be felt.

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6 comments on "Whoopie Pie Wednesday:Peppermint Hot Cocoa"
  1. Hey girl! Thank you so much for checking out my blog. I appreciate it. Can't wait to check out your blog more often.


  2. Yum!! These look delicious, just gotta try them with some spiked hot chocolate ;)

  3. I wish I could just reach through the computer screen and just grab one of those Whoppie Pies. ;) So yummy looking!!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog!!

  4. Those whoopie pies look amazing...I have been craving peppermint stuff lately! I like my hair with a red tint, but not RED. Mine gets brassy and dull looking!
    Thanks for stopping by today!

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