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Portable Birthday Brownies

A few weeks ago, I headed out to celebrate a friend's birthday at the Rogue Ales Public House in San Francisco. While there, the group of us drank from the huge selection of beers and noshed on delicious Kobe-style burgers and onion rings. The celebration was a big success, and near the end, my friend's wife pulled out a plastic container full of mini brownie muffins. She stuck candles in a few of them and we all sang a round of Happy Birthday.

After the birthday boy had his first bite, everyone dug in and the next thing we knew we'd each devoured several mini muffins. They were moist, chocolatey, and paired perfectly with our beers. I asked Kerrie — the wife and baker extraordinaire — which recipe she used, and surprisingly she was able to take out a piece of paper and give it to me right then and there! If you want her recipe for delicious bites — the batch makes 72! — then just


Mini Brownie Muffins

Mini Brownie Muffins

Mini Brownie Muffins


  1. 8 oz. unsweetened chocolate
  2. 4 sticks unsalted butter
  3. 1 3/4 cup flour
  4. 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  5. 1/2 tsp. salt
  6. 3 1/2 cups sugar
  7. 8 eggs
  8. powdered sugar to decorate


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Grease mini muffin tins very well.
  3. Melt chocolate and butter together in a sauce pan over very low heat.
  4. Whisk together flour, cocoa, and salt in a medium bowl.
  5. Remove chocolate pan from heat when all is melted. Add 3 1/2 cups of sugar, stirring until incorporated.
  6. Add eggs, one at a time, whisking into chocolate.
  7. Stir in flour mixture until just blended.
  8. Pour mixture into muffin tins and bake on middle rack for 13 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven and cool. Dust with powdered sugar.

Note: If the batter is too thick to pour, but it into a bag and pipe it into the cups!

Join The Conversation
eplasteras eplasteras 8 years
I may be missing this, but can you please tell me how many muffins this recipe should yield?
zboundy zboundy 9 years
They look great!
Food Food 9 years
Sorry blackdresses, but the ones I had were pretty moist and were very brownie like. On the actual recipe I called them Mini Brownie Muffins, sorry if there was any confusion. Glad they tasted good though!
blackdresses88 blackdresses88 9 years
I want to start off by saying thank you for posting this recipe. It looked great and when I made it today, it was great. But just not what I expected. Call it a pet peeve or an overwhelming hatred, but I cannot STAND when people post desserts labeled as "brownie" when they should be labelled as muffin or cake. Anything other than brownie. It boggles my mind when people describe brownies as "cakey." If they're "cakey," then they're not brownies, in my opinion. Brownies are moist and fudgey. This recipe was described as "moist" and it was mildly moist, as in a moist muffin or cupcake. But the texture was nowhere near brownie. Like I said, this was a great recipe and tasted good but just as a warning to others who want to make this-it's nothing like a brownie. Okay, now that I'm done ranting...
Food Food 9 years
NinaG - a stick of butter is 8 tablespoons, hope that helps!
cassee cassee 9 years
I made mini brownie muffins once, and they are AWESOME. If you like brownie edges the most, then this is definitely the way to go.
NinaG NinaG 9 years
Sorry sorry sorry but I am working with metric here: how much is a stick of butter?
Missy-Prissy Missy-Prissy 9 years
I have made these before but there is nothing like the real thing. These are good though.
starkiss23 starkiss23 9 years
They look so good.. I do think that the powdered sugar adds to that effect!
nancita nancita 9 years
I love the idea of simply dusting them with powdered sugar. They look delicious and elegant.
ElizabethRae ElizabethRae 9 years
I baked for my husband to take to work last night! I wish I would have had this recipe :/ Looks yummy. I'll have to make them soon. Thanks for sharing Yum!
anniekim anniekim 9 years
I will try making these--and yours too oliveye! More for the picnic basket.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
Oh, that IS to die for!
sonnabobble sonnabobble 9 years
yum to you and oliveye!!
Rachelleybelley Rachelleybelley 9 years
i am craving brownies ! thanks alot !!!
oh-cecilia-baby oh-cecilia-baby 9 years
i'm gonna have my mom send me a care package of these. hehe. and those pb sugar cookie muffins sound delicious as well!!!!!!!
ILovePugs ILovePugs 9 years
Will try these for sure! (And love oliveye's tip as well - sounds yummy!)
oliveye oliveye 9 years
Speaking of mini muffins and pb cups, I had this English teacher in HS that would press pre-made sugar cookie dough into mini muffin tins (like a thumbprint), bake until mostly done, then add a mini peanut butter cup, put back int he oven just enough to melt it, then take out swirl the melted chocolate to cover the top completely therefore creating a smooth choco-peanut-butter-sugar-cookie-mini-muffin. Delightful.
zombielove zombielove 9 years
that looks soooooooo good! yummm
RobinFabulous RobinFabulous 9 years
Ohh yummmmm! :-)
Phasekitty Phasekitty 9 years
I've been craving brownies lately! Perfect! :)
BloodyFuFu BloodyFuFu 9 years
Yum! I used to make little brownies like that but would push a little reese's peanut butter cup into them before they baked. Can't handle that too often but so good!
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