Pot of Gold Brownie Cups

by Maria SalovaMarch 12, 2014

St. Patrick’s Day is almost here! It’s time to whip up a mini delicious treat that is perfect for the green Irish holiday! I love these brownie cups for all holidays because they are always the first to go at parties (because they’re oh so delicious). It’s easy to give them a St. Patrick’s Day “twist” with a secret surprise! These brownie cups hide a POT O’ GOLD for all the lucky leprechauns.

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If you’re making these for kids (or even adults), try only having one special brownie cup hold the gold and give a prize to the child who selects that brownie cup! They’ll have a blast and will love seeing the special gold inside this easy-to-make treat.

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You can certainly customize these yummies to your liking! You could add shamrock sprinkles (let the kids help!) or even add a ½ teaspoon of peppermint extract for a minty dessert. If you’re in a hurry, use a store-bought brownie mix or even store-bought brownie cups. Below is the full recipe + how-to!

Pot of Gold Brownie Cups

FOR THE BROWNIE CUPS
½ cup butter
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
½ cup all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon baking powder

FOR THE FROSTING
1 /2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
3-4 cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon heavy cream or milk
1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
green food coloring gel
gold Sprinkles, gold stars, or other edible gold decorations!

Yields 24 brownie cups

Step One

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Step Two

Melt ½ cup butter for brownie cups. Add to sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Stir with wooden spoon.

Step Three

In a separate bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking powder until combined. Stir into wet ingredients with wooden spoon just until mixed. Do not beat or overmix.

Step Four

Scoop 2 teaspoon size amounts into a greased mini muffin pan (with each cavity about halfway full).

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Step Five

Bake for 15-18 minutes or until releasing from edges and a toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean.

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Step Six

Let cool and use back of a wooden spoon to push down brownie center for gold. Pour in gold sprinkles.

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Step Seven

In a mixing bowl with paddle attachment, beat together butter and 2 cups powdered sugar. Add additional sugar 1 cup at a time. Add cream (or milk) and food coloring. Beat for 2-3 minutes on medium until light and fluffy.

Step Eight

Using a piping bag and fluted tip, swirl on a dollop of frosting to each brownie cup to hide the gold surprise! Top with a shamrock decoration or sprinkles.

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Step Nine

Serve & Enjoy!

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About The Author
Maria Salova
Hi! I’m Maria, the Marketing Coordinator for Homes.com. I am part of a dream team that is dedicated to running this awesome blog along with Homes.com’s social channels. If I am not busy writing blogs and socially sharing for Homes.com, you can find me painting, drinking tea with my friends, and doing DIY projects!

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