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.
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.
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


  • 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


  • 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

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Melt ½ cup butter for brownie cups. Add to sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Stir with wooden spoon.
  3. 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.
  4. Scoop 2 teaspoon size amounts into a greased mini muffin pan (with each cavity about halfway full).


  1. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until releasing from edges and a toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean.
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  1. Let cool and use back of a wooden spoon to push down brownie center for gold. Pour in gold sprinkles.
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  1. 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.
  2. 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.


  1. Serve & Enjoy!


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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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