Ultimate Brownie Muffins

By Shiran

These are the ultimate brownie muffins—dark, rich, dense, and fudgy with a deep to-die-for chocolate flavor.

Ultimate Brownie Muffins

Brownies are one of my favorite simple desserts in the whole world, and I have more than ten different recipes for them that I make regularly. When it comes to brownies in a muffin form, though, there’s so far only been a single recipe that I keep coming back to. It creates brownies that hold their shape well, yet stay fudgy and soft in the center. They look good, and taste ten times better.

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The recipe starts with whipping the eggs until they’re pale and thick. This step is what makes this lovely crackly, shiny top. Although air is incorporated into the batter, the muffins still turn out dense and not airy, which is how we all like them, right?

The combination of melted chocolate and cocoa in the recipe makes for an over-the-top chocolate flavor. Be sure to use the highest quality products for the highest quality results.

Ultimate Brownie Muffins

Timing is everything
The right baking time is always the most crucial part of making brownies. It only takes a couple of minutes to turn them from rich fudge brownies to a dry chocolate cake. When done, brownies should appear baked on the outside, but the center should still be soft. You’ll need to bake them only until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with very moist crumbs, not dry.

Use them for cupcakes
These brownies are also great as a cupcake base. I love topping them with coffee, peanut butter, salted caramel, or marshmallow frosting.
Ultimate Brownie Muffins

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Ultimate Brownie Muffins
Yields: 12 muffins

These are the ultimate brownie muffins—dark, rich, dense, and fudgy with a deep to-die-for chocolate flavor.
  • 4 oz/113 g bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • ½ cup (1 stick/113 g) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • ⅓ cup plus 1 tablespoon (55 g/2 oz) all-purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup (35 g/1.2 oz) unsweetened cocoa powder (Dutch-processed)
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¾ cup (150 g/5.3 oz) granulated sugar

  1. Preheat oven to 350F/180C. Line 12 muffin cups with liners. Set aside.
  2. To make the brownies: In a medium heatproof bowl, place chocolate and butter. Heat mixture in the microwave in 20-second intervals, stirring between each interval, until melted. Alternatively, you can set the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water, stirring occasionally. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl sift flour, cocoa, and salt. Set aside.
  4. Using a mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whisk eggs and sugar on high speed until thick and pale, about 4 minutes. Reduce speed to low and slowly add in chocolate mixture. Stop the mixer. Add flour mixture and fold, using a rubber spatula, just until combined. Do not overmix.
  5. Divide batter between liners, filling them about ¾ full. Bake for 13-16 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the muffins comes out with moist crumbs and not dry. Be careful not to overbake as this will make the brownies dry. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan. Allow muffins to cool completely on a wire rack.
  6. Store muffins in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Allow to reach room temperature before serving.

26 Comments on Ultimate Brownie Muffins

  1. Cassie
    July 21, 2016 at 12:11 pm (7 months ago)

    These look simply amazing! It is a genius idea to make a brownie muffun. You don’t have to worry about cutting them up and breaking and getting crumbly. I am hoping to have some time to make these this weekend, I will let you know how they come out! Thanks for all the great recipes, Shiran.

    • Shiran
      July 26, 2016 at 4:20 am (7 months ago)

      Thank you, Cassie!

      • Cassie
        July 27, 2016 at 11:17 am (7 months ago)

        Hi Shiran,

        I made these muffins this weekend and they came out tasting amazing! My muffins came out different than yours did, though. I noticed that I only had enough batter for 8 muffins out of a 12 muffin pan. The muffins were also not as crackly and shiny as yours. Unfortunately, I have an older hand mixer that does not have whisk attachment, but I whipped the eggs and sugar as you directed.

        I am wondering why I didn’t have enough batter, since I didn’t put too much batter into the muffin cups.

        Either way, this is still a great recipe that I will continue to use! 🙂

        • Shiran
          August 1, 2016 at 10:28 am (7 months ago)

          Hi Cassie! Each muffin pan is a bit different in size. Did you use muffin liners? With the liners you should get at least 10 muffins. Try to whip the eggs and sugar for a longer time, or just double the recipe.

  2. Francesca
    July 26, 2016 at 5:45 am (7 months ago)

    Making these as soon as the weather cools down and it’s safe to turn on the oven again!!

  3. Claudia | The Brick Kitchen
    July 26, 2016 at 6:28 pm (7 months ago)

    These look amazing! So densely chocolatey and fudgy – I’m all for using a brownie recipe as a cupcake base because a dry, not-that-chocoately cupcake is always a bit disappointing. Those chocolate chunks on top are the perfect finishing touch <3

  4. Nikki
    July 28, 2016 at 4:04 pm (7 months ago)

    Hi! This recipe looks fantastic, i’m wondering where you got your muffin tin, I like how these muffins are straight-sided not slanted.

    • Shiran
      August 1, 2016 at 11:14 am (7 months ago)

      Hi Nikki, I have a few, but I really like this one (there are different sizes).

  5. Hasina*
    July 29, 2016 at 5:29 am (7 months ago)

    Hey Shiran?
    I tried this amazing recipe and it went down as soon as I took it out of the oven? I made it a bit smaller to get more out of the batter. Is that why it happened or what did I do wrong?? Even tho it didn’t look as great as yours, I had to share it with my family and they all LOVE IT!

    • Shiran
      August 1, 2016 at 11:03 am (7 months ago)

      Hi Hasina 🙂 Do you mean that it rose in the oven and then sank? There are many reasons why this could happen. Were the muffins very soft in the center? Because that could be the reason for it (if so, maybe try to bake it for a bit longer next time).

  6. Dally
    August 5, 2016 at 8:49 am (7 months ago)

    Can I use natural unsweetened cocoa Instead of Dutch process? Recipe looks amazing!

    • Shiran
      August 6, 2016 at 7:45 am (7 months ago)

      Hi Dally! You can, but personally I prefer the color and flavor of Dutch process cocoa powder for this.

  7. Hannah
    August 21, 2016 at 5:53 pm (6 months ago)

    Hi Shiran!

    I made this brownies and they were just amazing.
    I have question, they sank while they were in the oven. Why did this happened? I followed the instructions step by step.

    • Shiran
      August 22, 2016 at 6:08 am (6 months ago)

      Hi Hannah! At least I’m glad they’re delicious 🙂 This can happen for several reasons. Overbeating is a common reason why cakes sink, so maybe try to beat the eggs/batter less next time. If the oven temperature is off, this can also cause cakes to sink.

  8. Martin
    September 5, 2016 at 12:39 pm (6 months ago)


    I made these Muffins today, but I wondered, if they are supposed to rise in the oven. Mine didn’t. Maybe it’s because they don’t contain baking powder? They also did not get this glossy shine on top.


    • Shiran
      September 7, 2016 at 4:53 am (6 months ago)

      Hi Martin, it sounds like the eggs weren’t whipped enough. It’s important to use a mixer and whip the eggs and sugar on high speed for several minutes. This is what causes the muffins to rise (since there’s no baking powder/soda), and this also what gives them their shiny tops.

  9. Patricia
    November 18, 2016 at 5:24 am (3 months ago)

    I also tried your recipe and also had only enough batter for 8 muffins and they also did not rise, I was wondering if you didn’t add some baking soda of powder and overlooked it in the ingredient list?

    • Shiran
      November 20, 2016 at 10:53 am (3 months ago)

      Hi Patricia, there’s no baking powder or soda in the recipe. The batter gets its volume from whipping the eggs. It’s important to whisk them for several minutes, and then add the rest of the ingredients slowly or by folding and mixing as little as possible. If not whipped right, you’ll end up with less batter than you should and the muffins won’t rise. I will make sure to use a different muffin pan next time I make the muffins to see if I get less than 12 muffins.

      • Patricia
        November 20, 2016 at 2:43 pm (3 months ago)

        Thank you for your reply, You know, I’m not new at baking or at whipping eggs, and my muffin pan is totally standard, so yes I would like to see what you get with using another muffin pan 🙂 Anyway, your batch was gorgeous and tempting.

        • Shiran
          November 24, 2016 at 6:22 am (3 months ago)

          Thank you Patricia, I promise I’ll look into it. Having accurate recipes is very important to me!

  10. Ana
    January 1, 2017 at 9:54 am (2 months ago)

    These muffins taste so unbelievably good!!!! I filled them with homemade chocolate pubdding (because, why the hell not) and had to eat one immediately. Thank you!!

    • Shiran
      January 3, 2017 at 9:04 am (2 months ago)

      Thank you Ana! Adding the pudding sounds delicious!

  11. Corina
    January 12, 2017 at 7:31 pm (2 months ago)

    Using a silicon mold for baking, can I skip the liners? I like how yours look so clean without any paper in site.;-)

    • Shiran
      January 14, 2017 at 4:41 pm (2 months ago)

      Yes, you can! I used a silicone mold as well.

  12. Jacque
    January 15, 2017 at 4:46 pm (1 month ago)

    Can u use chocolate mixed with heavy whipping cream instead of butter??

    • Shiran
      January 19, 2017 at 12:27 pm (1 month ago)

      Hi Jacque, unfortunately you can’t use heavy cream instead of butter for this recipe.


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