Fudge Mint Brownie Cupcakes

I’ve got a great St. Patrick’s Day treat for you! These little brownie bites are one of the best things I’ve ever made. Mike actually liked them so much he requested I make them again a few days later for him to take into work. These cute little treats consist of a mini brownie cupcake, a thin layer of hot fudge, a whipped cream mint frosting, and sprinkles of oreo crumbs. All of that in a 2 bite dessert! These things are dangerous.

Fudge Mint Brownie Cupcakes

I got the idea from a fun new blog I’ve been reading: Confessions of a Cookbook Queen. She made brownie parfaits in a jar with the same layers I’ve used here. I didn’t have any jars to bake in, so I transformed the idea into mini cupcakes. Definitely one of the best ideas I’ve ever had. Not only are they delicious, rich and decadent, they’re also cute! I was rushing around when I made these and used a box brownie mix (Ghirardelli) for the brownies. You could always use your favorite brownie recipe instead. I think they’re absolutely adorable in cupcake form, but you could also bake them in a standard brownie pan and just layer the rest of the ingredients on top. With the combination of gooey brownies, hot fudge, minty whipped cream frosting and oreos, you pretty much can’t go wrong!

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Fudge Mint Brownie Cupcakes

Ingredients:

Box Brownie Mix (or your favorite brownie recipe)
Hot Fudge
8 oz package of cream cheese, softened
1/2 of a 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
8 oz container Cool Whip, thawed
1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon mint extract
Green food coloring
Crushed Oreos

Directions:

Pre-heat the oven according to the brownie directions. Spray 24 mini muffin tins very well with cooking spray (or use mini muffin liners). Prepare the brownies according to the back of the box. Fill the mini muffin tins 2/3 full with brownie batter and bake until a toothpick inserted in a center brownie comes out with moist crumbs, about 10-15 minutes. Remove brownies from muffin tin and let cool.

Meanwhile, make the minty frosting. In the bowl of a mixer, beat cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk until smooth, scraping the bowl as needed. Gently fold in Cool Whip, mint extract and green food coloring until mixture is well blended and desired shade of green is achieved.

Heat the hot fudge slightly to make it spreadable and spread a thin layer on top of each brownie. If the hot fudge is too warm, allow to cool before adding the icing. Place a dollop of mint frosting on top of the hot fudge and sprinkle with crushed oreos.