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    Frosted Peppermint Mini Bites

      Servings:   66 Bites

    Ingredients

      For Bites
      34 cup Ghirardelli® Unsweetened Cocoa
      1-12 cups all-purpose flour
      1-12 cups sugar
      1-12 teaspoons baking soda
      34 teaspoon baking powder
      34 teaspoon salt
      2 large eggs
      34 cup warm water
      34 cup buttermilk
      3 tablespoons sunflower oil
      1 teaspoon pure peppermint extract
      Peppermint candies coarsely chopped, for garnish

      For Frosting
      3 sticks (12 ounces) unsalted butter, softened
      1 pound confectioners sugar, sifted
      1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

    Directions

    1. For Bites: Line mini-muffin tins with mini-paper liners. Mix all ingredients to create a chocolate batter. Divide batter among muffin cups, filling each 2/3 full. Bake until a toothpick inserted into centers comes out clean, about 10 minutes. Let cool in tins on wire racks.
    2. For Frosting: Beat butter with a mixer on medium-high speed until pale and creamy, about 2 minutes. Reduce speed to medium. Add sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, beating after each addition, about 5 minutes. Add vanilla, and beat until buttercream is smooth.
    3. Frost each mini bite with buttercream frosting and garnish with peppermint candy.

    Prep: 15 minutes
    Total time: 1 hour 10 minutes