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A brownie made to look like a mug of hot chocolate with a candy cane

Hot Chocolate Brownie Cups

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Hot Chocolate Brownie Cups are an adorably sweet treat that are perfect for the holiday season. You will be surprised how easy these cute brownie bites are to make.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Servings 24 mini brownies

Equipment

  • Mini Muffin Pan

Ingredients

  • 1 package brownie mix or your favorite brownie recipe
  • 24 Chocolate Kisses
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons instant white chocolate pudding mix use the dry mix, do not make the pudding
  • Optional Garnish: candy canes, mini marshmallows, chocolate sprinkles, chocolate sauce

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. Prepare a 24 mini muffin pan by spraying with a baking spray that includes flour.
  • Prepare the brownie mix according to the package directions, or follow recipe directions. Fill mini muffin cups ⅔ full. 
  • Bake for 7-10 minutes or until the edges are set but the centers are still soft, but not liquid.
  • As soon as you remove them from the oven, press one kiss into each brownie cup with the pointed down, flat part on top. You can leave them as is or as soon as they begin to melt and soften you can use a thin spatula or a spoon to smooth out the chocolate and make it look more like cocoa!*
  • Allow the brownie cups to cool completely then transfer them to a cooling rack. While they are cooling, prepare the stabilized whipped cream.
  • Whip the heavy cream at high speed in a very cold bowl until it starts to thicken. Add the powdered sugar and continue beating until soft peaks will form. Next, add the mix and beat until stiff peaks form. Watch it carefully, as this can happen quickly. Don’t want to overmix or it will curdle.
  • When the brownies are fully cooled you may pipe on the stabilized whipped cream. Garnish with mini marshmallows, pieces of peppermint sticks, sprinkles and chocolate sauce if desired.

Notes

*If you would like additional chocolate topping as shown for presentation purposes, melt some extra Hershey Kisses and spoon the melted chocolate on to the top of the brownies. To microwave place in a microwave safe bowl and microwave in 20 second bursts at 50% power, stirring well between each burst. As soon as the chocolate starts to melt, stir vigorously to melt remaining chocolate. Low and slow is best here to avoid overheating the chocolate. 
Once topped with whipped cream, store covered in the fridge. If brownies have not been topped, they can be stored at room temperature for up to five days. 

Nutrition

Calories: 190kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 106mg | Potassium: 15mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 292IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg
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