My thought process when I was creating this recipe started with chocolate covered cherries. These delicacies have been around since 1929. Just goes to show that the good things in life are timeless. And since brownies are one of my all-time favourite treats, a chocolate covered cherry in the middle is a pleasant surprise to an already deliciously decadent dessert.
THESE ARE THE BEST BROWNIE CUPCAKES, AND HERE IS WHY
The addition of the chocolate covered cherry adds a little surprise in the middle.
This dessert works really well for Valentine’s Day and Christmas, but should not be limited to those holidays because the candies are available all year long.
The base starts with a brownie box mix, qualifying as an easy recipe.
TO MAKE THIS EASY RECIPE, YOU WILL NEED
12 chocolate covered cherries – some boxes only have 5, so check the amount
boxed brownie mix – the 9 x 13 family size
oil – I like canola oil, but a vegetable oil would also work
frosting – canned works well here
decorations – appropriate for the upcoming holiday
cooking spray – I prefer the butter flavoured
cupcake/muffin baking tin
cupcake/muffin paper liners
HOW TO EASILY MAKE THIS RECIPE
A full printable recipe is available in the recipe card toward the end of this post.
Line your cupcake/muffin tin with 12 cupcake liners and spray with cooking spray.
To a medium mixing bowl, add the brownie mix, eggs, oil and water. Mix by hand about 50 strokes.
Divide the batter equally between the muffin cups.
Carefully sink a chocolate covered cherry into the center of the batter in each cup. Try to place the cherry in the center. You will need to use a spoon to spread the batter over the top.
Bake and cool the brownie cups.
Frost and decorate.
brownie mix, eggs, oil and water sink the chocolate covered cherries.
THE THREE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS ABOUT THIS RECIPE
Be sure to try to place the chocolate covered cherry in the center of the brownie batter.
By using the cupcake liners, the brownies are much easier to remove and handle.
WHEN SHOULD I SERVE BROWNIE CUPCAKES?
This decadent treat would work well for Valentine treats. Why not send them to school with the kiddos to pass out? In addition, the red really sets them off as a Christmas holiday treat. Why not use green mint icing for the top? But don’t limit yourself to just those holidays. Chocolate covered cherries are available all year long.
DO THESE BROWNIE CUPCAKES KEEP AND FREEZE WELL?
Yes–they are fine in a covered container for a couple of days on the counter. After that, I would store them in the refrigerator. For additional time, you could seal them really well and store in the freezer for a couple of months. But they will probably not last that long because you will find that they disappear very quickly.
12 chocolate covered cherries
1 box brownie mix (9 x 13 family size)
1/2 cup oil (canola or vegetable)
1/4 cup water
1 can ready-made frosting (vanilla or cream cheese)
sprinkles to coordinate with the season or holiday
To a medium mixing bowl, combine the brownie mix, eggs, oil and water. Mix by hand about 50 strokes.
Prepare the muffin cups by lining with paper liners and spraying well with cooking spray. Spoon the brownie mix into the 12 muffin cups, dividing equally.
Place a chocolate covered cherry in the center of each and sink to the middle, being careful not to go down to the bottom. Using the back of a spoon, smooth the batter over the candy.
Place in a preheated 350 degree oven for 25 minutes.
Cool the brownie cupcakes completely. Lightly frost the cups and decorate with appropriate sprinkles.