Mounds Brownie Cupcakes #ChristmasWeek #Giveaway

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Mounds_Brownie_Cupcakes (1)I remember when my love affair with Mounds bars began. I was in 7th grade and my junior high homeroom went on a weekend ski trip to Afton Alps on the Minnesota-Wisconsin border. Were there really Alps in the Midwest? And what were those teachers thinking? Pure craziness on both accounts.  We were let loose all day teaching ourselves to ski, or fall, in my case, then goofing around in the ski lodge when we needed refueling. Having no one to tell me what I had to eat, my mid-day sustenance consisted of a Mounds bar…and I think I may have even had a second for an afternoon snack. I had found a new favorite candy bar. No wonder I still have a fond spot for recipes like these Mounds Brownie Cupcakes!

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I spied this Mounds brownie recipe on Desserts Required, a blog written by my friend, Betsy Cohen…and knew I would find an excuse to bake up a batch. I changed the method for mixing the brownie batter, but otherwise,  the recipe is unchanged. The coconut filling is frozen for a few minutes so that it can be shaped and properly positioned in the middle of a traditional brownie batter. I always love a delicious surprise when biting into a chocolate treat…especially when it’s coconut! I took these to Colorado when I went to visit my sister and parents this past weekend…see, I knew I could come up with an excuse to bake these babies. They were a HUGE hit! If you’re a coconut love, you must make yourself a batch ASAP.

Mounds Brownie Cupcakes #ChristmasWeek
 
Ingredients
Recipe adapted from DessertsRequired.com
Filling:
  • 1 tablespoon butter, at room temperature
  • ¼ cup sweetened condensed milk
  • ⅓ cup powdered sugar
  • ⅛ teaspoon vanilla
  • 3½ ounces sweetened shredded coconut (a scant 1 cup)
Brownie batter:
  • 2 sticks (1 cup), butter
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1¼ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 eggs,
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1¼ cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. To make filling, whisk together all filling ingredients except coconut till smooth. Add coconut and mix till blended. Line a baking sheet with foil. Scoop out approximately 2 teaspoons of filling and place on pan till you have 12 mounds. Adjust sizes so all the filling mounds are approximately the same size. Freeze while preparing the brownie batter.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350º. Line a 12 capacity muffin tin with paper liners or spray with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  3. Microwave the butter and the two sugars in a heat safe bowl for about a minute, stir and microwave up to another 1½ minutes or till all the butter is melted and mixture is starting to bubble. Carefully remove bowl to work surface.
  4. Whisk in chocolate chips till melted. Whisk in eggs and vanilla. Stir in flour and salt just till combined. Remove filling from freezer and using your fingers, shape into round balls (diameter should be less than the size of the bottom of the muffin tin).
  5. Place about 2 tablespoons of brownie batter into the bottom of each muffin tin, then add the filling and follow with another scoop of batter.
  6. Bake 18-20 minutes. Let cool in pans before removing cupcakes to cooling rack.
Yield: 12 cupcakes
Total time: 1 hour

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Comments

  1. I would love to make baklava in the roaster. It is beautiful!

  2. Oh boy – those cupcakes look amazing!!!! You have presented them so beautifully as well.

  3. I LOVE this…not just because of the wonderful compliment you paid me by making Desserts Required’s Gooey Mounds Brownie Cups, but also because I could laugh with you as I read about your skiing adventure. We had mirror skiing experiences!

    I also LOVE the change you made with the recipe. Great idea to melt the chips first! I have to give this a try!!

  4. coconut is a new love for me, so these cupcakes are looking especially wonderful!!

  5. Dear Liz, they look beautiful a yummy treat for the holiday season!!!

  6. Love me some coconut with chocolate! And I’m thinking enchiladas in the pretty baking dish:@)

  7. There’s something about Mounds that always makes me feel like I’m eating a “fancy” version of a candy bar! These cupcakes would kill it at my house.

  8. Oh Liz, I was just telling someone that I had finished my Christmas baking and you go and post this tantalizing treat. Shame on you! I may have to warm up that oven and bake a batch of these. 😉

  9. What a great treat for the holidays! Love it! And what a generous giveaway – I’d love to win it of course ! 🙂

  10. A glazed ham? love your brownie cupcakes!!

  11. I’d make a pork roast with some vegetables. I love the smell of a roast cooking and also makes the kitchen nice and toasty this time of year.

  12. Oh shut the front door, you just knocked it out of the park again. Man, do these look good!!!

  13. I made some candies that tasted like an almond joy this week and now this – I’ve got to have them.

  14. On or off the ski slopes, winter or summer, these mounds brownie cupcakes are champion chocolate desserts!

  15. 5 quarts! That’s enough scalloped potatoes for TWO people! (If I am one of them)

  16. I think I would start out with a roast chicken.

  17. Being the only coconut lover in the house it would be such a shame that I would have no one to share these with…..NOT!!!!!

  18. If I won I would make lasagna first.

  19. :Lizzy I love these lovely brownies!!!

  20. I think I’d fill that beautiful pan with a ton of enchiladas – from the recipe on the CB board. They would feed me (and maybe my girls and grands) for a few days. What a nice giveaway!

  21. These are BEYOND gorgeous! And the coconut…ohmahgaw!

    Happy day #4!

  22. I’ve never had a mounds bar! We don’t have them here. Yet another reason to travel to the US! I love your little sugar balls – very festive xx

  23. Barbara Bradford says:

    Wow just beautiful. I would roast a pork butt. I got a new rub from my sister-in-law that I am dying to try.

  24. Oh my my my! I loved Mounds as a kid. Making these is a must!

  25. When I was little the Mounds bar was the one that I always gave away at Halloween. However… as I’ve “matured”, its the candy I like! Love the chocolate coco combo you have going on… this recipe is printed in case of chocolate emergency!!!

  26. I love the coconut surprise in those brownies. They look divine, Liz.

  27. Unfortunately, mounds are not as popular as they once were. But I still love them. Your little mounds brownies look gorgeous.

  28. These are gorgeous! I am a total sucker for Mounds bars and need to try these stat!

  29. These look delicious Liz! Mac and cheese – that’s what I’d make!

  30. I have never tried brownie cupcakes, which is odd considering I love brownies so much. Having a coconut secret centre is just brilliant. In the UK we have bounty bars which are coconut and chocolate and I just adore them. I love these and will definitely give them a go sometime.

  31. Oh my, I am imagining what it would be like for a group of junior high students to be having a blast on the slopes! I always went for the candy too, only mine was peanut butter cups. Mounds was a close second though. These are going to end up here at my house. (sigh) I will have no choice but to eat them after I make them!

  32. I can’t say I’m surprised to find another delicious, decadent dessert here 😉 These look incredible. I wish I had one to sink my teeth into right now!!

  33. oh, my! I could feed a crowd my chicken tetrazzini and not have to do
    two large Pyrex!

  34. These look wonderful. My husband is a huge Mounds fan, and I think he’d love them!

  35. These cupcakes look wonderful, Liz! Love that chocolate-coconut flavor. Totally unexpected but delicious for this time of year!

  36. I haven’t had a Mounds bar in years but now I’m suddenly craving chocolate and coconut. These are so fabulous, I especially love the coconut filling!

  37. Great recipe and one I can’t wait to try! They look scrumptious!

  38. Okay… these are making crave brownies for breakfast. They have eggs in them.. I think it counts for breakfast food.. right? 🙂

  39. i will be having my family for new years and they all love my lasagna. This pan is large enough to serve them all and would make the most beautiful presentation. Any time I put down the aluminum restaurant pan I have now, I always dream of a beautiful blue 5 qt ceramic oven dish in its place. Please let me win!

  40. Okay you know how much I love coconut. And you. And cupcakes. And you. And brownies. And you. And Christmas Week. And you!

  41. Oh my goodness these sound decadent! I bet you could easily make them almond bars by just adding an almond to your mounds brownie. Lots of baking going on in your kitchen this holiday. I am sorry for my delay but just getting back around. I hope you a re doing well. Take Care, BAM

  42. I love these! Not only are these cupcakes with a hidden surprise, they involve brownies too.

  43. You just made me dinner and now here is the dessert! I can never get enough coconut!

  44. I would try this recipe it looks fantastic and I would use it all the time after it’s a great pan to own

  45. What a beautiful roaster! I would love to make a number of dishes in this roster, starting with a roast, then moving on to a scalloped potatoes dish, with some bubbly cheese on top (must have that cheese), and of course ending with a dessert selection. I would like to try these Mounds Browne cupcakes, but in layered bar form (I am a little lazy). What a wonderful way to end a meal, chocolate and coconut!

  46. I’d make a potato gratin

  47. I remember the first time I made something with dark chocolate and coconut, such a great combo. These is a phenomenal recipe Liz! I think many would eat Bill’s portion!

  48. I love coconut!! oh my gawd, that shredded coconut filling!! Amazeballs!!

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