Chocolate Chip Cupcake Brownies

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Sometimes good things happen by accident. I had some over ripe bananas and decided to try something new. So, I downloaded a recipe for Chocolate Banana Muffins.

It seemed easy enough. I went to the kitchen, mixed the dry ingredients together, and set aside. My next step was mix the sugar, oil and eggs. Okay, got that done. Now I need to mash the bananas, and…there’s a problem. The bananas are gone! As in vanished into thin air. I knew I hadn’t thrown them away. However, my cleaning lady had been here earlier today, and she must have thrown them out.

So, what to do now? I skipped the bananas and put the muffins in the oven. What came out was extraordinary. The tasted just like brownies. In a cupcake cup. I call them, “cupcake brownies.” Rosie would have been so proud.

Inspired by a recipe at

Chocolate chip Cupcake Brownies

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup cooking oil
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla*
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips (regular or mini)

Preheat oven to 350F and line muffin tin with paper cupcake liners. Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a large mixing bowl. Set aside.

Mix sugar, oil, milk, egg and vanilla together in a separate bowl until well blended. Add flour mixture and stir until moist. Fold in chocolate chips. Fill muffin cups about 3/4 full. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Makes approximately 1 dozen muffins.

*Almond extract can also be used.

Cover photo by Robert Resetar

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