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 }

1 Debbi Does Dinner Healthy March 26, 2012 at 11:12 am

LOVE mint! I know the family would love these, they sound incredible! Thanks!

2 kristen @ notsodomesticated March 26, 2012 at 11:25 am

Another great recipe, from the amazing Amy!! 😉 Gorgeous picture … love the idea!

3 Lindsay {life and kitchen} March 26, 2012 at 11:41 am

Wow, that looks sinfully delicious! Yum!

4 Steph@TheChickpeaChickadee March 26, 2012 at 12:00 pm

These look divine:) I love york peppermint patties. Adding this flavor into a brownie sounds incredible.

5 Jocelyn @ BruCrew Life March 26, 2012 at 12:19 pm

You had me at peppermint patty…then you threw it into a cute brownie cupcake!!! Over the top amazing!!!

6 cassie March 26, 2012 at 12:35 pm

these are so fun. loving the mint/chocolate combo. they look terrific!

7 Ally Garner March 26, 2012 at 12:43 pm

I will never make brownies in a pan again. This is brilliant! And I second Jocelyn’s sentiment: you had me a peppermint patty. Such a creative, delicious idea Amy – kudos doll!

8 Jenni March 26, 2012 at 12:45 pm

These are so adorable! I bet they were a big hit!!

9 Kelly March 26, 2012 at 12:50 pm

These look wonderful! Sorry for my absence, I finally completed my professional certification (PMP) and have brought myself back to real life. At the same time, work was quite demanding, so we were eating out almost exclusively for weeks on end. My house & family needed me after checking out for so long. Hope to be actively blogging again very soon!!!

10 amy March 26, 2012 at 12:54 pm

no need to apologize – i’m just glad to hear you’re doing well! so happy for you getting your PMP – way to go!

11 Choc Chip Uru March 26, 2012 at 1:29 pm

These little brownie cups look superb – I love how delicious the colour contrast looks 😀

Choc Chip Uru
Latest: Very Nutelly Saturday

12 Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl March 26, 2012 at 1:33 pm

Utter brilliance to bake these brownies in a muffin tin! And with the peppermint patty in the middle!?!? Heaven! Your photos are amazing, too–so, so impressed!

13 amy March 26, 2012 at 1:42 pm

aww, you are too sweet, ashley! isn’t the brownie-in-a-muffin-tin idea genius? i can’t believe it never crossed my mind to do that! + thanks so much for your kind photo words. i thought they turned out pretty darn good for me! =)

14 avril March 26, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Hooray!!! I just adore that you made these brownies into precious little cupcake treats! Absolutely brilliant! I am honored that you had my blog this past month for the SRC…you are so sweet to give me such a nice review – sometimes people come to my blog and get a little worried that I have so MANY baked goodies for my recipes so I am grateful you were just fine with all the baking treats on my blog. Delighted that you found and make a recipe that you enjoyed so much!

~avril :-)

15 amy March 26, 2012 at 1:45 pm

don’t be silly … there’s no such thing as a blog with too many baked goods! =) thanks again for posting this fab recipe on your blog so i could discover it – they really were amazing!

16 sportsglutton March 26, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Cool looking cupcake and idea. But does it still whisk you away to magical places?? :-)

17 amy March 26, 2012 at 2:07 pm

bahahaha! that totally just made my day!

18 Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama March 26, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Great SRC post ! They look wonderful =)

19 BreAna {Sugar & Spice & All Things Iced} March 26, 2012 at 2:13 pm

AMAZING! These look and sound absolutely fantastic! I love the mint and chocolate combo too. And I don’t think you can ever go wrong with brownies! love it!

20 claire @ the realistic nutritionist March 26, 2012 at 3:43 pm

THOSE? are going in my belly this week. I have got to make them.

21 Lesley March 26, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Now, these I can eat! I do like peppermint patties. These look tasty!

22 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious March 26, 2012 at 3:59 pm

I love making brownie cupcakes. Each one turns out to have this wonderful crusty exterior – it’s like the corner piece in 12 cupcake forms! I can’t wait to try this stuffed with peppermint patties. Yum!

23 Rachel @ The Avid Appetite March 26, 2012 at 4:13 pm

these are adorable! Love the peppermint patty and love the idea of making them into cupcakes…great post!

24 Kathryn March 26, 2012 at 4:29 pm

Love the idea of baking a little brownie in a muffin tin. I’d like to think that that means I would exert some portion control but I’m not sure…;)

25 LeAndra March 26, 2012 at 4:58 pm

When I received your comment about a soon-to-be-posted mint-chocolate recipe, I was looking forward to checking it out. What I didn’t expect to find was a post on a recipe I had just found in a cookbook over the weekend! The recipe I read was for brownies, and I thought it was really interesting to put a layer of peppermint patties between the layers. That said, I love the brownies in the muffin tin adaptation! This sounds like the perfect dessert that I will be sure to bring to whatever occasion presents itself next.

26 amy March 26, 2012 at 5:48 pm

how awesome – great minds think alike! =)

27 danielle March 26, 2012 at 6:38 pm

These look great – I’ve tried the muffin tin trick too and if I remember correctly, I stuffed mine with Reeses PB Cups.

28 Kelsey @ K&K Test Kitchen March 26, 2012 at 9:23 pm

Ooh! I’ve made brownies with a layer of peppermint patties in the middle and they were delicious, but I love the idea of brownie cupcakes! Yum!

29 shari@myjudythefoodie March 26, 2012 at 9:56 pm

these look absolutely amazing! I can’t wait to try these. I am pinning them. Coming over as a fellow food blogger in the SRC Group D! Will be a regular

30 Sammie March 26, 2012 at 10:46 pm

Brownie cupcakes are such a genius idea!! You don’t even require a knife to serve!! Wonderful looking recipe!!

31 Ruchi March 27, 2012 at 3:29 am

Looks great! Putting it on my must try list!

32 angela@spinachtiger March 27, 2012 at 7:40 am

Amy, I think you picked a winner here. My husband has a mint chocolate obsession and would love these.

33 Mai Nguyen March 27, 2012 at 9:32 am

These came out great! What’s fun about this recipe is that you can try different “fillings” in the middle. I’m not a big fan of mint, but I’d love to try this out.

34 amy March 27, 2012 at 9:51 am

agree! they’d be awesome with really anything in the middle. danielle mentioned below that she used peanut butter cups, which i bet would be great!

35 Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray March 27, 2012 at 10:49 am

Mmm, loving these pretty photos! Hmm, maybe I’ll swap in some Cadbury creme eggs for Easter… :)

36 Kimberly March 27, 2012 at 11:37 am

omg … how adorable are these brownie cupcakes??? What a fabulous way to adapt Avril’s recipe!

And I do love mint + chocolate too … though the idea of adding peanut butter cups really hits my “sweet spot” … I just can’t say no to peanut butter + chocolate!

Great post!

37 Julia March 27, 2012 at 12:17 pm

I have been DYING for a brownie lately! This did not help the situation.

38 Asmita March 27, 2012 at 12:29 pm

Mint and chocolate is my favorite combination. This looks incredible! I could gobble up all of them.

39 Renee March 27, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Oh how I wish I could eat mint. You have been posting such yummy looking mint treats and I know I am missing out on some good stuff…

40 Lynsey March 27, 2012 at 12:38 pm

I’ve been eyeing your picture in the round-up at the bottom of the post since the blog-hop went live. These look soooo good, I’m a huge fan of chocolate and mint (and York peppermint patties), so you definitely can’t go wrong with brownie cupcakes stuffed with a peppermint pattie…YUM. Thanks for sharing.

41 Jen @ Juanita's Cocina March 27, 2012 at 12:58 pm

I’m going to use these as a bribe, errrrrrr, surprise in my house. They’ll never know what hit ’em.

42 Steve @ the black peppercorn March 27, 2012 at 1:06 pm

this is a cracker of a baked treat! I love chocolate and mint almost as much as chocolate and peanut butter. LOVE THIS!

43 Nicole March 27, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Oh I remember seeing this flash by on Pinterest and thinking – yes, I need to try this – and then imagining all the possibilities of what you could put them inside. Looks super yummy!!

44 Renee - Kudos Kitchen March 27, 2012 at 4:25 pm

I love the combo of chocolate and mint too. These are like a perfect little bite of heaven. Love that they’re portion control sized as well. Sweeeeet!

45 Kate @ FoodBabbles March 27, 2012 at 5:31 pm

Oh my goodness! I need to make these brownies ASAP. Seriously. They sound incredible. Love this recipe! I’m new to your blog but I already like it here 😉 I’ll be back for sure!

46 Wendy (The Weekend Gourmet) March 27, 2012 at 6:40 pm

Well now…aren’t these cute?!?!? I think I need to make these…love choc-mint!!

47 Sherri @ The Kitchen Prescription March 27, 2012 at 7:35 pm

Darn it! My mouth is watering. Love the idea of a secret recipe club. Sounds like so much fun. Ok, my mouth is still salivating. LOL I know TMI!!!

48 Kirstin March 27, 2012 at 8:26 pm

These sound so absolutely amazing!

49 April @ Angel's Homestead March 27, 2012 at 8:31 pm

My hubby doesn’t like mint either, but I think I just may convert him with these yummy looking brownies.

50 Mommyof2Girlz/StephD March 27, 2012 at 9:05 pm

I have a weakness for York’s and now so do my We will totally have to try this amazing recipe, thanks hun!

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