Peppermint Patty Brownie Cupcakes

by Amy on 26 March 2012

Today, I’m participating in a fun monthly blogger event — the secret recipe club. How does it work? Every participating blogger is secretly assigned another blog + chooses a recipe from that blog to make. On reveal day (today!), all of our posts go up at the same time, + everyone gets to see who was assigned to their blog, which recipe they chose, + how it turned out. Fun, huh?

This month, I was assigned the blog baking + creating with avril + as I starting looking through her wonderful creations, I knew I’d have no trouble finding a recipe to make. When I came across her post for york peppermint patty brownies, I knew I had found a winner. I’m a huge fan of the chocolate/mint combo (as you may know from this recent post), so I decided to give them a try.

But wait! As I was about to start baking, I remembered something. I had seen a very similar recipe in martha stewart’s cupcakes. The difference? Martha’s brownie batter was baked in a muffin tin to make individual brownie ‘cupcakes’ rather than in a single pan + cut into squares. With this in mind, I adapted the recipe from Avril’s blog, making brownie ‘cupcakes’ rather than the traditional squares.

So, how’d they turn out? First, let me say that baking brownies in a muffin tin is genius. The individual brownies are a perfect single serving, + frankly, adorable. They turned out positively scrumptious – moist + seriously chocolatey, with a perfect hint of mint. I worried that the mint overpower them, but it didn’t – the rich brownie perfectly balances it + even people who don’t normally like chocolate/mint desserts (ahem, my husband) said that these were amazing. Hooray!

Thank you to avril for introducing me to a fabulous new dessert, + to the secret recipe club for connecting me, yet again, with fantastic bloggers + amazing recipes!

Peppermint Patty-filled Brownie Cupcakes

makes 12 cupcakes, adapted from martha stewart’s cupcakes + baking + creating with avril


8 ounces semisweet chocolate
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
¾ teaspoon salt
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup flour
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa, sifted
12 mini york peppermint patties


preheat oven to 350°F. line a muffin tin with 12 paper liners.

melt chocolate + butter together in a double boiler. stir occasionally just until melted, around 4 to 5 minutes.

remove the mixture from heat. whisk in the sugar + salt until the mixture is smooth. whisk in the eggs + vanilla until combined. gently whisk in the flour + cocoa just until smooth, taking care not to overmix.

spoon 1 heaping tablespoon of batter into each lined cup of the muffin tin. place 1 peppermint patty on top of the batter in each liner, pressing down gently to push the peppermint patty into the batter. spoon another tablespoon of batter into each liner, making sure to completely cover each patty.

bake at 350°F for 30 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted halfway into the cupcakes (above the peppermint patty) comes out mostly clean. let them cool completely, then serve with or without paper liners still attached.

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{ 72 comments… read them below or add one }

51 Erin @ Making Memories March 27, 2012 at 9:45 pm

Those look so cool! And YUM!

52 missy maki March 27, 2012 at 10:42 pm

These are wonderful! I love them! Mint is the best and right in a brownie!! yes!

53 March 27, 2012 at 10:43 pm

Oh boy, do these look yummy–chocolate and mint are a favorite pairing of mine! And you are so right–the Secret Recipe Club is a wonderful opportunity to meet fellow foodies who are as recipe-crazed as I am. :-)

54 Baking Serendipity March 27, 2012 at 10:53 pm

I love peppermint patties, and you’re totally right, brownie cupcakes are adorable. I love the bite sized versions of everything :)

55 Tamar March 28, 2012 at 1:20 am

I love mint treats, hubby can’t stand them. I guess that just leaves more for me. :)

56 Terry March 28, 2012 at 3:14 am

Chocolate and mint – best combo ever! I awarded you the Versital Blogger Award. Head over to my blog to claim it. Have a great day!

57 amy March 28, 2012 at 8:08 am

woohoo, thanks so much, Terry – i’m so flattered! =)

58 Jessica @ Cajunlicious March 28, 2012 at 8:36 am

amy, these are wonderful, brings me back to childhood :)

59 nicole @ I am a Honey Bee March 28, 2012 at 2:25 pm

this sounds so good. I love how you adapted the recipe and were creative making them into brownie cupcake!

60 Julie @ Table for Two March 28, 2012 at 5:59 pm

This sounds so good! I love that it’s filled with a minty center because I LOVE chocolate and mint together :) great recipe, Amy!!

61 kristy lynn @ Gastronomical Sovereignty March 28, 2012 at 9:13 pm

i think i’m in love with you 😉

Happy SRC reveal day (belated) from a group D member!

62 amy March 28, 2012 at 9:45 pm

ha! chocolate-tastic desserts have that effect on me, too. =) so glad to meet you through the SRC, kristy lynn!

63 Jess March 28, 2012 at 10:15 pm

oh my goodness, you had me at peppermint-patty-filled! It’s one of my favorite candies (next to Reeses!) I will definitely be trying these!!!

64 Apeksha March 28, 2012 at 11:49 pm

Wow…those look awesome! mint and chocolate together is my all-time fav!

65 Baker Street March 29, 2012 at 4:26 am

These sound terrific, Amy! Your pictures are just stunning.

66 brandi March 29, 2012 at 7:32 am

oh my goodness. these would be dangerous for me. i LOVE peppermint patties!

67 Andrea @ Andrea Out Loud! March 29, 2012 at 9:11 am

oh gosh i need to try this recipe asap! I love peppermint/chocolate mix!

68 Rituparna March 29, 2012 at 9:35 am

Those muffins look so delicious ! Drooling !

69 Ashley March 31, 2012 at 9:19 am

These look so good. I just found your blog its great. Come check out my blog at

Have a Great Day :)

70 Asmita March 31, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Chocolate and mint is my favorite combination. These look so adorable and heavenly!

71 bakingaddict March 31, 2012 at 7:37 pm

I saw the recipe in Martha Stewart Cupcakes. I love that you’ve adapted it to a cupcake version. Love chocolate and mint – a great combination.

72 Kelley @ The Culinary Enthusiast April 2, 2012 at 8:38 pm

I love that cute little apron you’re wearing in the picture on your homepage! Nice adaptation to the recipe. We just launched the all new and I’d love if you would check it out! April is peas month, so if you have any great peas recipes, join the fun and link up! We’d love to have you.

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