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Here’s How to Make Chocolate Muffins from Brownie Mix!

How to Make Chocolate Muffins from Brownie Mix
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Chocolate muffins are one of my favorite desserts and I have become very creative when making them. One time, I wanted to make chocolate muffins, but I didn’t have any muffin mix, which is when my creativity took the lead and made them with muffin mix instead. 

With a dose of skepticism and a whole lot of hope, I made my brownie mix chocolate muffins and eagerly waited for the results. They turned out great and became my new favorite thing. Obviously, I couldn’t keep this to myself, and that’s why I am sharing everything you need to know in this article. 

What Is the Difference Between Muffin Batter and Brownie Batter?

The main difference between muffin batter and brownie batter is in the texture. While muffin batter is lighter, more cake-like, and fluffy, brownie batter is denser, stickier, and fudgier. Still, they aren’t drastically different, which makes brownie batter a suitable substitute for muffin batter, 

Another difference between these two are the ingredients. Muffin batter usually contains baking powder or baking soda as leavening agents, which is why it is fluffier. 

Brownie batter, on the other hand, usually has a higher amount of fat (butter or oil) and, of course, chocolate, resulting in a richer and more intense flavor. Still, that doesn’t mean that you can’t add flavor to muffin batter and make it just as rich. 

When it comes to flavor, we encounter another difference between these two types of batter. While muffins can range from sweet to savory, brownies are sweet with a strong and deep chocolate flavor. You can easily make savory muffins with cheese or deli meat, but doing the same with brownie batter would result in a disaster. 

How to Make Muffins from any Boxed Brownie Mix?

Making muffins from a boxed brownie mix is a simple task that only needs some minor tweaks. Different brands have different requirements, and adjusting the batter is the trick. Generally, you should add an extra egg and milk instead of water. Bake and serve as you would usually do. 

For Betty Crocker brownie mix, use one egg and 1/2 cup of water and bake at 325°F for 25 minutes. You will get about 12 muffins. If you want to make your muffins fluffier, add 1 teaspoon of baking soda.

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If you use Duncan Hines brownie mix, add 1/2 cup yogurt for moisture and bake at 350°F for 26 minutes. This yields about 12 muffins.

For the Pillsbury brownie mix, add 1/4 cup of sour cream and an extra 1/4 cup of water.

Bake at 350°F for 23 minutes and expect 12-15 muffins. 

If you are working with Ghirardelli brownie mix, add 1/2 cup applesauce and reduce oil by half. Bake at 325°F for 27-30 minutes, and you’ll feast on about 12 muffins.

If you choose King Arthur brownie mix, add 1/3 cup of melted butter and bake at 375°F for 25 minutes. It will give you about 12 muffins.

Jiffy is my favorite and if you use this brownie mix add an extra 1/4 cup of milk and bake at 350°F for 20 minutes. It yields about 8-10 muffins.

Annie’s brownie mix usually requires 1/2 cup of vegetable oil for a richer batter. Bake at 350°F for 25 minutes and expect 10-12 muffins.

Add 1/4 cup of melted coconut oil and 1/4 cup of water for Trader Joe’s brownie batter. Bake at 350°F for 22-27 minutes. You’ll have around 12 muffins.

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Add-Ins for Brownie Muffins

The add-ins are the best part when making brownie muffins. Your choices are only limited by your creativity, and the list is endless. So, to narrow it down, I included my all-time favorites, but feel free to experiment and find your favorite brownie muffin add-ins. 

Chocolate chips or chocolate chunks are a great add-in for brownie muffins. They add flavor, sweetness, richness, and depth to the muffin, and you can pair them with different ingredients and beverages.

Walnuts, hazelnuts, pecans, or almonds give the muffins an extra layer of texture, making them crunchy and slightly earthy. Plus, if you choose to add chocolate, you absolutely must add nuts; they fit perfectly together. 

Fresh fruit is another excellent add-in, especially if your muffins are a summer refreshment! I like mixing in raspberries, banana slices, or dried cherries, strawberries, blueberries, and even some apples (for a muffin-strudel experience). 

If you are out of ideas or don’t have much to choose from, a spoonful of peanut butter will do the trick. I love the richness and extra moisture the peanut butter gives to the muffins, adding an extra layer of flavor with sweet and savory peanut notes. 

When I am in the mood for something gentle yet flavorful, I use coconut powder to sprinkle onto my brownie muffins. The sticky texture keeps the coconut powder intact on the surface, giving you a mouthfeel of deliciousness. This add-in also works great with chocolate syrup on top of the coconut powder. 

If you don’t want to add new flavors and only seek to enhance those that are already in the batter, then I suggest adding coffee. It will intensify the muffin flavor without overwhelming the taste. Pair these muffins with hot chocolate or espresso. 

If you are a tea lover, then adding baking spices to your brownie muffins is the best option for you. Add cinnamon, pumpkin spice, or nutmeg, and enjoy your toasty and warm dessert with a cup of your favorite tea. 

What is your favorite brownie mix you plan on using to make your brownie muffins? I would love to hear from you and perhaps get some inspiration for another article. So, any ideas you have, they are all welcome! 

chocolate muffins from brownie mix

Chocolate Muffins from Brownie Mix

Author: Laura Bais
Surprisingly simple process of converting a standard brownie mix into mouth-watering chocolate muffins. I worked with Betty Crocker Brownie mix, but also shared the tips for any brownie mix in the article.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 muffins
Calories 222.7 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 muffin tin
  • 12 muffins cups

Ingredients
 
 

  • 1 box Betty Crocker Fudge Brownie Mix
  • 1 tsp baking soda optional
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup water
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 325 °F (160 °C).
  • Place the boxed mix in one bowl and stir in baking soda.
  • Then, add the rest of the ingredients and mix until blended; one minute should be sufficient.
  • Line the muffin tin with paper cups and divide the brownie mixture into 12 cups, filling each halfway.
  • Bake the muffins for 25 minutes. After baking, remove them from the oven and allow to cool for at least 10 minutes. These muffins are delicious whether enjoyed warm or cold. Enjoy!

Notes

I’ve listed baking soda as an optional ingredient because it offers a choice between a brownie-like or more cake-like texture. Include baking soda if you prefer a cake-like texture.

Nutrition

Serving: 1muffinCalories: 222.7kcalCarbohydrates: 33.3gProtein: 2.5gFat: 8.9gSaturated Fat: 1.7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2.4gMonounsaturated Fat: 3.4gTrans Fat: 0.03gCholesterol: 13.6mgSodium: 221mgPotassium: 5.1mgSugar: 21.1gVitamin A: 19.8IUCalcium: 2.3mgIron: 1.3mg
Keyword betty crocker brownie mix, boxed brownie mix hack, chocolate muffins, easy chocolate muffins, Fudge brownie mix

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