Cinnamon Brownie Cupcakes

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 15 mins

Warm cinnamon enhances the chocolate flavor in this lightened version of a brownie – a perfect lunchbox surprise. From McCormick. Nov 26/09 - changed the cinnamon from 4 tsp to 2tsp per Deantini's suggestion - if you're a real cinnamon lover, you may wish to add more than 2 tsp.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F Mix flour, cocoa powder, cinnamon, baking powder and salt in medium bowl. Set aside.
  2. Mix sugar, applesauce, eggs and vanilla in large bowl until well blended. Gradually stir in flour mixture until well mixed. Stir in chocolate chips. Spoon 1/4 cup batter into each of 15 paper-lined muffin cups.
  3. Bake 15 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out with fudgy crumbs. Cool in pans on wire rack 10 minutes. Remove from pans; cool completely on wire rack.
Most Helpful

These are absolutely wonderful! The first time I made these I left out the cinnamon and iced them with mocha icing (they really don't need icing though!). They are pretty dense, but I loved it because it was like a good brownie. They are great with the cinnamon too.

Food.Is.Good October 01, 2010

These are absolutely to-die-for! Made as directed using the original 4 teaspoons cinnamon. I cannot imagine these with a smidgen less cinnamon due to the flavor blast and the antioxidant properties inherent in cinnamon. Thanks, Katzen, for posting a recipe I will be making frequently! Made for my fellow Fall 2009 PAC hostie! :)

mersaydees April 09, 2010

First I was going to give these cupcakes 4 stars but then I bit into an area with the chocolate chips and that made a big difference. I would make a few changes next time; I would reduce the cinnamon to 2 tsp as the cinnamon flavour is a tad overpowering and perhaps add 1/4 cup of 1% yogurt to make the texture not so dense. I used 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of splenda. I got 12 cupcakes and with the reduced sugar and reduced servings it ended up being 180 cal per cupcake. Quite the innocent little treat that I will be making again. Made for Sweet Traditions.

Deantini November 25, 2009