Brownie Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

"For kids of all ages, this dessert is dense and chocolaty. When was the last time you had a cupcake with sprinkles on top. It is best to use mini muffin tins."
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Ready In:
12 cupcakes




  • For cupcakes; Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line standard (1/3 cup) muffin cups with paper liners (These are really better made in mini muffin tins.) Combine butter, 1/2 cup chocolate chips, and unsweetened chocolate in the top of double broiler set over simmering water.
  • Stir until mixture is melted and smooth, Remove from water.
  • Whisk both sugars into chocolate mixture, then whisk in eggs 1 at a time.
  • whisk in vanilla, then flour, walnuts, salt and remaining 3/4 cup chocolate chips.
  • Divide batter among muffin cups (about 1/4 cup each).
  • Bake cupcakes until tester inserted into center comes out with moist crumbs attached, about 20 minutes.
  • Transfer cupcakes to rack and cool completely.
  • Frosting; Put powdered sugar and the next 3 ingredients in a medium bowl.
  • Using electric mixer, beat until mixture is smooth, adding whipping cream by teaspons if frosting is to thick to spread.
  • Spread frosting in swirls over tops of cupcakes, sprinkle with chocolate shavings or sprinkles.

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  1. moxie
    Warning: have the ice cold milk on standby!!! These are wonderful, fudgy little bites of heaven. I used a mini-muffin tin and got 36 cupcakes and they baked in about 12 minutes. Be sure and level off the tops before baking, because these do not rise. So delicious, Barb -- thanks for sharing.
  2. TaterBug
    This is a very good recipe. I have also seen this one in Bon Appetite, but I don't think that is a good reason to give it a low rating as the last reviewer did. I really enjoyed these ! Thanks for posting this great recipe.
  3. alligirl
    WOW! These are sure to impress - they are WONDERFUL! I made them for a friend's birthday, and was awfully sorry to send the remaining cupcakes home with him. They are rich and the PB frosting is a perfect compliment to the brownie/cupcakes! (P.S. this made a dozen regular sized cupcakes for me... ) Thanks for sharing a GREAT recipe, Barb Gertz!
  4. Maito
    I used the frosting recipe on my own cupcakes and it was really super!
  5. laura.ricci
    These are very good but I have made them before. The exact smae recipe was in Bon Appetite 2003. Maybe that should be noted.



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