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Brownie Cupcakes

Brownie cupcakes are rich, fudgy, and oh-so-easy to make! No cutting or slicing with these—just grab a brownie and enjoy!

Stack of brownie cupcakes on plate

Decadent Homemade Muffin Brownies

As much as I love traditional fudgy brownies, I am always trying to come up with some twist on the classic. 

This brownie cupcake recipe doesn’t fit neatly into any one category. Sure, they’re brownies. But they have a lovely cake-like texture. And they’re baked in a muffin pan. Perhaps we should call them bruffins? Or… maybe sticking with brownie cupcakes is for the best.

These brownies are pretty great as-is, but for a little something extra, you can add a surprise inside. Once you fill the muffin cups about halfway, just drop in a few milk chocolate or white chocolate chips before adding the rest of the batter. Or how about peanut butter chips or butterscotch chips? Feel free to get creative!

If you’re looking for a quick-and-easy, one-bowl, sure-to-please dessert, you’ve found it with these brownie cupcakes! 

Overhead view of ingredients for brownie cupcakes

What You’ll Need

Scroll down to the recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions.

  • Semisweet chocolate
  • Unsalted butter – Learn more: Unsalted or Salted Butter: Which is Better for Baking?
  • Eggs – Lightly beat these in a small bowl.
  • Granulated sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • All-purpose flour – Learn more: How to Measure Flour
  • Salt
  • Chopped nuts – I like pecans or hazelnuts in brownies.
  • White chocolate, milk chocolate, or other flavored chips – These are optional.

Should I Melt Butter for Brownies?

For most brownie recipes, including these brownie cupcakes, you’ll use either melted butter or oil. This is what gives brownies a denser texture than light, fluffy cake—you’re not creaming the butter and sugar to create air bubbles, but instead melting the butter to prevent air bubbles from forming.

How to Make Brownie Cupcakes

You can have these mixed up and in the oven in a matter of minutes. And once they’re done, you can skip the cutting. Just put them on a plate and let everyone grab their very own brownie!

Melt the chocolate and butter. Place the semisweet chocolate and butter in a large microwave-safe bowl. Heat at half power in 30-second increments until the butter is melted and the chocolate melts into the butter when you stir it. Stir to combine, then set the mixture aside to cool a bit.

Prepare. Preheat your oven to 350°F and grease 12 standard-size muffin cups or line them with paper liners.

Mix the wet ingredients. Add the eggs, sugar, and vanilla to the cooled chocolate mixture. Use a spoon or electric mixer and mix until combined and smooth.

Finish the batter. Stir the flour and salt into the wet ingredients until just combined. Fold in the nuts.

Assemble. Fill each muffin cup about halfway with the brownie cupcake batter. Place about a tablespoon of chocolate or flavored chips on top of the batter, if you’re using them. Add the remaining batter, filling each cup until it’s almost full.

Bake. Place the muffin tin in the oven and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with moist crumbs. Set the muffin tin on a wire rack to cool.

Serving tray of brownie cupcakes

Do Brownies Go on the Top or Bottom Rack?

Brownies are actually best baked on the middle rack. On the top rack, the top of the brownies may bake too quickly, but on the bottom rack, you’ll have the opposite problem. In fact, unless a recipe says otherwise, the middle rack is the best option for most baked goods.

Tips for Success

Here are some hints and tips to help make sure your brownie cupcakes turn out perfect—and to make the recipe your own!

  • Don’t over-mix. The more you stir once the flour is added, the more you’ll activate the gluten, which means a tougher brownie cupcake.
  • Use quality chocolate. It’s the star of the show here, so invest in a good one!
  • Add a finishing touch. Serve brownie cupcakes with a dollop of sweetened whipped cream or top them with chocolate ganache for some extra decadence. (Get a recipe for ganache here: Chocolate Ganache Brownies)
  • Get more brownie baking tips. See my post all about making brownies: Tips for Baking Brownies from Scratch
Brownie cupcakes on plates

How to Store

Transfer your brownie cupcakes to an airtight container and store them at room temperature for 3 to 4 days. 

Can This Recipe Be Frozen?

You can freeze these brownie cupcakes for up to 3 months. Place them in an airtight container or freezer bag and let them thaw at room temperature before serving. 

Brownie cupcake on plate with wrapper removed
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Brownie Cupcakes

Yield 12 brownies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

These fantastic Brownie Cupcakes are brownies, muffins, and cupcakes all at the same time!

Brownie cupcakes stacked on plate

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces (340g, about 2 cups) semisweet chocolate
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons (141g) unsalted butter
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup (150g) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (120g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped nuts, such as pecans or hazelnuts
  • about 1 cup white chocolate, milk chocolate, or other flavored chips, optional

Instructions

  1. Place semisweet chocolate and butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat at half power in 30-second increments until the butter has melted and the chocolate melts when stirred. Stir until smooth. Set aside to cool.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease 12 standard-size muffin cups or line them with paper liners.
  3. Add the eggs, sugar, and vanilla to the cooled chocolate mixture. Use a mixing spoon or an electric mixer to mix until thoroughly combined.
  4. Stir in the flour and salt, mixing just until combined. Stir in the nuts.
  5. Fill each muffin cup about half full. Place about a tablespoonful of flavored chips on top of the batter. Cover with the remaining batter, filling each cup almost full.
  6. Bake 30 to 35 minutes, or until a pick inserted into the center comes out with moist crumbs. Cool in the pan on a wire rack.

Notes

Recipe slightly adapted from Guittard.

To store: Transfer your brownie cupcakes to an airtight container and store them at room temperature for 3 to 4 days, or freeze them for up to 3 months. Let them thaw at room temperature before serving.

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    17 Comments on “Brownie Cupcakes”

  1. Jennifer,
    These look really good. They will travel well like in school lunches. 

  2. These look great.  Very similar to ones I have made before from Martha Stewart and they are delicious.  Great topped with whipped cream.  Love your blog and recipes….everything I have made is very good!
    I have your cookbook too…everything is marked as a must try.

  3. mmm choco-choco-chocolateyyyy! I love that these are like…sorta cupcakes…sorta brownies–and ALL delish!

  4. Brownies and cupcakes in one?! What a great idea!

  5. Hey Jennifer, I love to bake and I love your site. I am a new reader and would like to know if I could add a little chocolate chip cookie dough to the middle of this brownie?

    • Hi, Wanda. I’ve not tried that, but I think it would work in theory. Depending on how much you use, you may need to use less brownie batter per cup. If you try it, be sure to let me know how it works.

  6. Hey Jennifer – These look awesome – can’t wait to try them. I would like to take them to work – can I leave out the nuts?  Thanks and I LOVE everything you make!!:)

    • Hi, Diane. With few exceptions, nuts are optional in recipes where they’re just mixed into a cupcake, cookie, brownie, etc. Omitting them will result in a little less batter, so just keep that in mind when you’re portioning them. Or just add more chocolate chips if you like!

  7. I went wrong somewhere baking these 🙁
    The batter was so delicious! Guilty- I eat from the batter LOL.
    Mine came out dry. I cooked them for 25 mins and checked them. I thought they were a bit too runny still, so I baked them for 2 more mins.

    Are they supposed to be dense or chewy?

  8. Made these today. I do not like chocolate (I just like to bake); however, these are really good! They get even better the longer they sit.

  9. Can you just use semi sweet choc chips?

  10. Hi Jennifer,
    I love this idea to make brownie muffins. Would dark chocolate chips work for melting with the butter? Thank you for your recipes.

    • Hi, Alice! Yes, you can use dark chocolate chips. Some brands of chocolate chips don’t melt very well, as they’re designed to hold their shape in things like cookies. But I’ve used many brands with no issues.

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