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August 25, 2009   •   Ariel and Whitney

Lookie at my Cookies: Mint-Filled Brownie Cupcakes

Okay a quick post because I’m tired and gotta watch Mad Men from last night. As I said in my last post I did a bit of cookbook shopping last week! After some Amazoning I made out like a bandit with Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes and The Gourmet Cookbook. I held off buying Martha’s book because I was resisting more of the cupcake rage…but I finally gave in. Oh, am I glad I did! This book is filled with beautiful, irresistible pictures of delicious looking cupcakes. I want to try them all they’re SO pretty! I think half the reason I love this book is because the food styling and photography is incredible. Plus it’s by Martha so 9/10 you’re gonna get a winning recipe. The Gourmet cookbook I raved about in my post from the Rice’s cocktail party, I haven’t had time to make anything from it yet but everything from the cocktail party was amazing and I have like 100 post it notes stuck in it already. 



So what about these Mint-Filled Brownie Cupcakes? They were great! Leave it to Martha to give me another tried and true recipe. I saw the picture of these and thought “oh no, too hard, it probably involves creme de menthe and other stuff I don’t have money to buy right now”. On closer investigation of the recipe I found that the recipe is easy peasy, you just stick a York Peppermint Pattie in the middle of the batter. 

 

The brownie base is rich and made with two types of chocolate: melted semi-sweet and cocoa powder. This makes for an excellent canvas for the mint chocolate flavor to come in. I also used my new Le Creuset silicone baking cups. They are fabulous. You don’t need a muffin tin because you can just fill the cups and put them on a baking sheet! So easy for clean up and storage. Find them here. 

Definitely will be making these again, they were a hit at the Shore this weekend and will probably make an appearance at my sorority rush!

Mint-Filled Brownie Cupcakes
From Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes

8 oz semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter*, cut into pieces, room temp
1 cup sugar*
3/4 tsp salt
3 large eggs*
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
12 small chocolate covered peppermint patties, such as York Peppermint Patties
*Healthy Swaps: use light butter (will change consistency), reduce sugar to 3/4 cup sugar, and fat free egg substitute

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a standard muffin tin with paper liners. Place chocolate and butter in double boiler and stir occasionally just until melted, 4-5 minutes.
Remove bowl from heat, whisk in sugar and salt until mixture is smooth. Whisk in eggs to combine. Gently whisk in flour and cocoa just until smooth (do not overmix).
Spoon 1 heaping tbsp of batter into each lined cup. Place 1 patty on top, gently pressing into batter. Top with 2 tbsp batter, covering patty completely. Bake, rotating tin halfway through , about 35 minutes (start checking at 30). Transfer tin to a wire rack to cool completely.


Short & sweet! Enjoy!


Bon Eating,
Whitney

13 thoughts on “Lookie at my Cookies: Mint-Filled Brownie Cupcakes

  1. cookies and cups says:

    I held off getting that book too, but resist I could not! I bought it and like you am so glad I did. These look really yummy!

  2. A & W says:

    Cookies and cups: Yes! It really was a great buy, it gives such good creative and fresh ideas for cupcakes which I feel like were becoming so mundane! No more thanks to Martha! Glad you like them.

    Thanks all for stopping by!
    Whitney

  3. Liesl says:

    I love that cookbook! I have alredy made a handful of them and haven't been disappointed! I will have to try these ones next! They look delicious!

  4. Mary says:

    I really like this recipe. It is, as you said, easy peasy and that's right up my alley.

  5. A & W says:

    Liesl: I'm so glad I hopped on the bandwagon and bought it! Martha is always a trusty baker to turn to. I'll have to hop over to your blog and see which ones you've made!
    Mary: Exactly…the best baked goods should be enjoyed, not slaved over a mixing bowl for! Glad you like it.

    Thanks all for kinds words!
    -Whitney

  6. Anonymous says:

    I think after reading your post I could not resist buying martha's book anymore! by the way the link for the cupcake case is not working? could you fix that please? cheers!

  7. Mini Baker says:

    I've been wanting Martha's cupcake book, so you convinced me to go onto Amazon and finally buy it! What a good sales person you are! haha
    Happy Baking,
    Mini Baker :)

  8. A & W says:

    Anonymous: I highly suggest it! Remind me never to resist a cook book trend again, people know what they're talking about! Thanks so much for letting me know the link wasn't working, should be fixed now!
    Mini Baker: Look at all of us who resisted! I'm telling you you will not regret it. If only Martha would hire me…

    Thanks all for your comments and for stopping by!
    Bon Eating,
    Whitney

  9. oneshotbeyond says:

    I bet they are great!

  10. atamelan says:

    I have to try this recipe this weekend. Thank you.

  11. Sachi's Kitchen says:

    YUM – I am definitely making these soon :)

  12. Mary Ann says:

    These were one of the cupcakes that caught my eye in this book. I love the ease of just throwing a peppermint patty in there. They look so good!

  13. A & W says:

    Oneshotbeyond: indeed they were! Glad you enjoyed the recipe. Thanks for stopping by!
    Atamelan: you are very welcome, I think it is my duty to share these with the world they were so quick to come together and also quick to be eaten up!
    Sachi's Kitchen: great! They are sure to please anyone you put them in front of, even the most skeptical bakers/foodies! Thanks for stopping by.
    Mary Ann: that's exactly how they were for me, the pictures in this book just grab your attention they're so pretty! After discovering that all you had to do was stick a pepp. patty in the middle I had no trouble deciding to make them!

    Thanks all for the comments and for stopping by!
    Bon Eating,
    Whitney

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