No Frost, Brownie Cupcakes

Sue Weaver


A family favorite throughout the generations, passed down from my Czech grandmother. Beside the awesome flavor and texture of these cupcakes, the best thing about them is their portability and the fact that they require no frosting! If you make them correctly they turn out with a slight shine and pretty crackle on top. Super idea for tailgate parties and picnics. The recipe calls for walnuts. Believe me, they just aren't the same if you substitute. I love pecans, but not for these babies! Great after a meal or with a hot cup of coffee. Mmmm, Enjoy!

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20 Min


35 Min




2 stick
margarine or butter
4 oz
baking chocolate, semi-sweet
1 1/2 c
walnuts, chopped
1 3/4 c
1 c
all purpose flour, unsifted
4 large
1 tsp
vanilla extract
foil-lined cupcake liners

Directions Step-By-Step

In a sauce pan, melt the semi sweet chocolate and margarine together over medium low heat, stirring often.
Chop walnuts in a rough chop. ( not too fine) and add to melted chocolate& margarine mixture. Take pan off heat and let cool slightly while you prepare other part of batter.
Into a medium to large mixing bowl measure out the flour, sugar, eggs and vanilla. Use a SPATULA or wooden spoon to blend the mixture. Do not beat! Stir only until ingredients are all combined and egg and flour disappear.
Combine the chocolate-nut mixture with the egg-sugar mixture using the SPATULA or wooden spoon. ONLY mix until fully incorporated. Over mixing will cause a dull topping to your cupcake.
With cupcake liners inside the cupcake tin, fill the FOIL-lined cupcake liners 2/3 full with the batter.
BAKE brownie cupcakes @ 325 degrees not more than 35 mins. Mine only take 33 mins. You can use the toothpick method to check if done. (Toothpick stuck in middle should come out clean, not gooey)
I use Name brand foil liners because they help your cupcakes come out of the wrapper nicely. If you have some other sort of liner/wrapper you like to use, go for it. If your cupcakes stick to your wrapper, try the foil lined! They're awesome. I've never tried just baking them in the cupcake tin itself. It might work if sprAyed really well. Grandma Vera always used the foil ones and always, always walnuts.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Chocolate
Main Ingredient: Sugar
Regional Style: American
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Heirloom