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

Imagine the government telling you how much meat or chicken you could buy, or how much sugar or flour you could have. Strange as it may seem, at one time it actually happened. Rosie’s Riveting Recipes gives a glimpse into life on the WW 2 home front. A cookbook and a history lesson in one with more than 180 economical, back-to-basics World War II ration recipes.

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Banana Muffins

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This recipe came to me from a friend and fellow author, David Lee Summers. The recipe is eggless and sugarless and uses honey instead of sugar, but you’d never know it. The muffins are delicious.  It’s also a great way to use up over ripe bananas, so Rosie would have approved.

By the way, I used regular all-purpose flour instead of whole wheat flour, and it came out nicely. Bread flour will also work.

Gayle Martin


BANANA MUFFINS (makes 12+ muffins)

  • 5 or 6 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cup all-purpose whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°F.  Lightly oil a 12-cup muffin pan or use paper baking cups.

Combine flour, nutmeg and baking soda in a large mixing bowl. Set aside. Stir together the bananas, oil, honey, and vanilla in another bowl. and stir the wet ingredients into the dry mixture. Blend with a spoon until moistened. Add chopped nuts, if desired.

Spoon the mixture into muffin cups, filling to the rim. Bake until golden brown-about 20-25 minutes. Serve warm.



Book Cover for Rosies Riveting Recipes
Cover photo by Rob Resetar

Imagine the government telling you how much meat or chicken you could buy, or how much sugar or flour you could have. Strange as it may seem, at one time it actually happened. During WWII, the United States government devised a food rationing program to help insure that every family would have enough to eat. Rosie’s Riveting Recipes gives readers a glimpse into life on the WWII home front. A cookbook and a history lesson in one Rosies’s Riveting Recipes includes more than 180 economical, back-to-basics World War II ration recipes and short tales of life on the American home front interspersed throughout.

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Cranberry Surprise Muffins

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It’s that time of year when we’re haunted by a ghost of holidays past. The leftover cranberry sauce. Well, fear not. Cranberries are a healthy food which they say also helps maintain a healthy bladder, and there are ways to create something delicious with that leftover sauce. This recipe came from a friend’s mother’s recipe box. It’s easy to prepare and a delicious, and similar recipes are available in the Rosie’s Riveting Recipes historic cookbook. So if you love cranberries, you can enjoy them year round.

Gayle Martin


  • 1 12 oz package corn muffin mix
  • 1/3 cup canned whole cranberry sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated orange rind

Preheat oven to 400F. Grease muffin tins or use paper baking cups.  Prepare muffin mix according to the package directions and, in a separate bowl, combine cranberry sauce and orange rind. Fill each cup about halfway, drop a teaspoonful of cranberry mixture, and top with a small amount of batter. Bake 15 minutes or until muffins are brown. Makes approximately 12 muffins.

Cover photo by Robert Resetar.

Rosie’s Riveting Recipes is available on Amazon and