Rich Brownie Muffins + Video
Yeah, brownie muffins. As in a rich, dense, super fudgy chocolate brownie in a cupcake/cookie cup/muffin form. Making each bite even more thick and dense and rich and gooey than a bite out of a regular brownie is.
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Well, if you really want to go on thanking me, do so while watching this little 1 minute and 36 second video I've made for you here. It's a video all about these rich brownie muffins and how to go about making them:
Or, watch it on Youtube.
If you would ask me to describe these brownie muffins in one line, I'd say simply that they're epicness in its purest form.
Now, come on, did you really expect me to exaggerate about these things? They're only a sweet, little snack after all. "Epicness in its purest form" is a perfectly sufficient way to describe these. No need for hyperbole.
I mean, all I'm saying is that if you like chocolate and you like brownies and you like rich, gooey, dense, fudgy desserts, you might like these brownie muffins. That's all I'm saying.
Also, did I mention that these brownies have no chocolate in them? Ha, had you fooled there.
They really don't. These brownies only have cocoa powder in them. A very decent amount. And that's all the chocolate flavor these brownies need to make them deep and intense. More intense than lots of brownies I've tried with melted chocolate in them.
Because with cocoa powder, you're getting pure cocoa bitter awesomeness, unlike with chocolate, which is really just a little cocoa mixed with a lot of sugar and oil.
And yeah, this is a one bowl recipe.
Dump your sugar, cocoa, butter, coffee, and salt into a big bowl and microwave the mixture until it's all melty and hot. And then dump in the wet ingredients and whisk. And then mix in the flour a little more gently. And then add in those walnuts and chocolate chips. And that's it.
And at this point, instead of spreading the batter into a pan, use an ice cream scoop to divide the batter into cupcake liners. And then bake those babies for like 15 minutes.
Yup, a lot less time than a tray of brownies takes. Cuz little, individual stuff have a shorter baking time than large pans of stuff do. And also, because you want your brownies still gooey and melty in the center and fudgy all around.
Also, did you know that "fudgy" is not a real word? You should be ASHAMED of yourself, Dictionary.
These brownie muffins are some of the richest chocolate brownies you're ever gonna come across.
They're also some of the most dense and fudgy things you're gonna bite into in your lifetime. And the most intensely chocolaty (oh, so "chocolaty" is a real word but "fudgy" is not?? Give me a break, Dictionary) brownies you'll ever have.
These brownies are not too sweet either. Which isn't to say that biting into one of these is like biting into a bar of 95% cacao chocolate. These muffins are still pleasantly sweet. Just not too sweet. Like many brownies I've tasted have been (ehem, you know who you are).
And these brownie muffins have walnuts. AND chocolate chips. Both of which I highly recommend but can be omitted if you really so desire.
rich brownie muffins
Yield: about 12 brownie muffins
10 tablespoons butter
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup cocoa
1/2 teaspoon instant coffee granules
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 350 F. Line 12 muffin holders with cupcake liners.
In a large bowl, combine the butter, sugar, cocoa, coffee, and salt and melt in the microwave in short intervals, stirring between each interval, until mixture is smooth and warm.
Let mixture cool a bit and then mix in vanilla extract and eggs, one at a time. Stir flour in gently. Mix in chocolate chips and walnuts last.
Use a large ice cream scoop to divide batter into cupcake liners evenly. Sprinkle some more chocolate chips and walnuts on top of the muffins if desired.
Bake brownie muffins for 15-18 minutes, or until tops are cracked and a toothpick inserted comes out with lots of moist crumbs but no wet batter. You DO NOT want a clean toothpick - the brownies should still be gooey in the center.