Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 24 muffin
cups with liners.
For the crust: In a small bowl, stir together the crushed cookies
and butter until combined. Divide among the prepared cupcake cups. Using a small juice glass or your fingers, press the crumbs into the bottom of the cupcake liners. Bake until fragrant, about 8 minutes. Set aside to cool completely.
For the cupcakes: In a large bowl, whisk
together the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the eggs, milk, oil and vanilla and, using a hand mixer, beat on medium speed, 2 minutes. Stir in the boiling water. Pour the batter
into the prepared cupcake liners (about 3/4 full). Bake until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean, 17 to 20 minutes. Cool 10 minutes in the pan. Remove the cupcakes from the tins and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
For the buttercream: Meanwhile, in the bowl of an electric mixer
, beat the butter until light and fluffy. Gradually add the confectioners' sugar
until combined. Stir in the salt, mint extract and, if using, food coloring. Beat until creamy, about 2 minutes. Transfer the buttercream
to a pastry bag
fitted with a medium round tip.
Using an apple corer
, remove the center of the cupcake down to the cookie crust
. Fill the cupcakes with buttercream and smooth the tops with an offset spatula
. Set aside.
For the ganache
: Place the chocolate in a medium bowl. In a medium saucepan
, heat the butter and heavy cream
(do not boil). Add the extract. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and let stand 3 minutes. Using a rubber spatula, stir until smooth. Let cool slightly, about 5 minutes.
Dip the tops of the cupcakes into the melted chocolate (dipping until the chocolate meets the liner). Let the cupcakes set on a wire rack before serving, about 1 hour.
This recipe was provided by professional chefs and has been scaled down from a bulk recipe provided by a restaurant. The Food Network Kitchens chefs have not tested this recipe, in the proportions indicated, and therefore, we cannot make any representation as to the results.