Grab your mini cupcake tin because these Fudgy Brownie Bites are one of the easiest bite-size treats to make! They're rich and chewy chocolate brownie bites with a light and creamy chocolate mascarpone whipped cream that is absolute heaven!
About the Recipe
Adapted from my Double Chocolate Mint Brownies recipe, these ultra-fudgy brownie bites with chocolate mascarpone whipped cream are perfect for taking to any party, outdoor picnic, or book club night! And I'll be impressed if you can eat just one—they're quite addictive!
Grab Your Ingredients
To make this rich and fudgy brownie bites recipe, you will need the following pantry staples.
- All-Purpose Flour
- Baking Powder
- Unsweetened Cocoa Powder. I used Hershey's brand of unsweetened cocoa powder.
- Unsalted Butter. Room temperature is best. If you use salted butter, omit the salt from the ingredients list.
- Vegetable Oil. You can also use coconut oil or canola oil.
- Granulated Sugar
- Eggs. You'll need three large eggs at room temperature.
- Vanilla Extract
- Dark Chocolate. I recommend 60-70% dark chocolate. My favorite is Trader Joe's or ALDI.
- Heavy Whipping Cream. This is best kept cold when making chocolate mascarpone whipped cream.
- Powdered Sugar. For a smooth whipped cream, sift the powdered sugar before adding it to the mixture.
- Vanilla Extract
- Mascarpone Cheese. A creamy, spreadable cheese that is comparable to cream cheese that is used for bagels, toast, tiramisu, and this chocolate mascarpone whipped cream recipe! You'll need an 8-ounce tub to make these chewy, fudgy brownies. The brand of mascarpone cheese I use is Bel Gioioso.
- Dark Chocolate Curls. I used the Choco Maker brand. Or you can learn to make your own homemade chocolate curls!
What is Mascarpone Cheese?
Mascarpone cheese is the slightly sweet Italian cousin to the slightly acidic cream cheese we know here in the United States.
Both mascarpone cheese and cream cheese are made from cow's milk, but mascarpone has a higher fat content that gives you a milky rich, buttery taste that's creamier in texture.
Mascarpone is most commonly seen in the popular dessert, Tiramisu, while American cream cheese is often used in cheesecakes and on top of bagels.
You can swap out one for the other, but it's best to check what ratios will work best for the recipe you're making.
Recommended Baking Tools
- I used this Wilton 24-count Mini Cupcake and Muffin Pan, which worked perfectly with the Baker's Joy baking spray! Each brownie bite came right out with no issues whatsoever. Let them cool for 10-15 first through before removing.
- Mini-Baking Cups (no need to use the baking spray if going this route)
- Cooling Rack
- Hand Mixer or Stand Mixer
- Large Piping Bag
- I used the Wilton 8B Decorating Tip to pipe on the chocolate mascarpone whipped cream, but you can use anyone that you'd like!
- Store-bought Chocolate Curls. They made the perfect topping for these fudgy brownie bites. Or you can learn how to make homemade chocolate curls!
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Helpful Tips for Making Fudgy Brownie Bites
- The brownie bites will continue to bake a little after you take them out of the oven, so it's best to take them out when an inserted toothpick comes out with some brownie bits and crumbs still on it. They'll be a little puffy too, which is normal. They'll deflate as they cool and form their crackly tops.
- After baking the brownie bites, let them cool for 10-15 minutes in the mini cupcake tin, then transfer them to a cooling rack.
- For the chocolate mascarpone whipped cream, both the heavy whipping cream and the mascarpone cheese are best left in the refrigerator to keep cold until ready to use.
- I like to use a mixing bowl and a whisk that's been chilled in the freezer for about 10-15 minutes before I make the whipped cream. It's especially good for when you're making whipped cream on a hot day!
- Once you add the mascarpone cheese to the rest of the whipped cream mixture, it doesn't take long—maybe 1-2 minutes—before it forms stiff peaks.
For this recipe, I recommend using this 24-count mini cupcake and muffin tin.
No, you can spray each cupcake cavity with some flour-based baking spray. My favorite is Baker's Joy. If you choose to use mini cupcake liners, you do not need to spray the cavities.
They'll be puffy when you bring them out of the oven but will deflate some as they cool, giving them their crackly tops!
No, but it is helpful on warmer days. I recommend chilling the bowl and whisk for 10-15 minutes in the freezer.
These are best kept in the refrigerator in a sealed food container for up to a week.
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fudgy brownie bites
- 1 cup All-Purpose Flour
- ½ teaspoon Salt
- ½ teaspoon Baking Powder
- ½ cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- ¼ cup Unsalted Butter (softened)
- ¼ cup Vegetable Oil (or you can use Canola or Coconut)
- 1 ½ cups Granulated Sugar
- 3 Large Eggs (whisked slightly)
- 2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 4 oz Dark Chocolate (melted)
chocolate mascarpone whipped cream
- 1 ½ cups Heavy Whipping Cream (cold)
- ½ cup Powdered Sugar (sifted)
- ¼ cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- 1 ½ teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 8 oz Mascarpone Cheese (cold )
fudgy brownie bites
- Generously spray each cavity of a 24-count mini cupcake tin with a flour-based baking spray. Set aside.
- Adjust the oven rack to the 2nd level position (just above center), preheat oven to 325ºF.
- Place the dark chocolate into a small, microwaveable glass bowl. Heat the chocolate in the microwave for 1 minute on high, stirring each time, until it's fully melted. Set aside and allow to cool slightly. For reference, I had to heat my chocolate twice each for 1 minute on full power.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, salt, baking powder, and unsweetened cocoa powder. Set aside.1 cup All-Purpose Flour, ½ teaspoon Salt, ½ teaspoon Baking Powder, ½ cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- Using your hand mixer or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the unsalted butter, vegetable oil, and granulated sugar together on medium speed until light in color and fluffy in texture.¼ cup Unsalted Butter, ¼ cup Vegetable Oil, 1 ½ cups Granulated Sugar
- Add in the slightly whisked eggs, vanilla extract, and melted dark chocolate, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.3 Large Eggs, 2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract, 4 oz Dark Chocolate
- Switching the mixer speed to low, add in your dry ingredients, mixing until it's blended with the wet mixture. Be careful not to over-mix though.
- Using a 1 ½ tablespoon-size cookie scoop, place one scoop of the brownie batter into each cupcake/muffin cavity. Bake for 12-15 minutes at 325ºF. Your brownies might look puffy when you bring them out of the oven, but they will deflate and get their crackly tops as they cool.Baking Tip: Insert a toothpick to ensure your brownie bites are done. Remove them from the oven if they still have crumbs on the toothpick. Your brownies will continue to bake even as they cool. If they still have brownie batter on the toothpick, keep them in, but monitor them every minute.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly for 10-15 minutes. Remove them from the mini cupcake tin and transfer them to a cooling rack to cool completely before piping on the chocolate mascarpone whipped cream.
- Fudgy brownie bites are best kept in the refrigerator in a sealed food container for up to a week.
chocolate mascarpone whipped cream
- Optional Step - chill the mixing bowl and whisk in the freezer for 10-15 minutes before using them to make the chocolate mascarpone whipped cream.
- Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, whisk the heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar, unsweetened cocoa powder, and vanilla extract together on low speed at first so the powdered sugar and unsweetened cocoa powder don't go flying everywhere. Once the mixture is partially mixed, switch the speed to medium-high, whisking until soft peaks form (approx. 2-3 minutes). Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.1 ½ cups Heavy Whipping Cream, ½ cup Powdered Sugar, ¼ cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder, 1 ½ teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- Add the mascarpone cheese and continue to whisk on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form (approx. 1-2 minutes).8 oz Mascarpone Cheese
- Fill a large piping bag that's been fitted with a decorating tip of your choice (I used the Wilton 8B) with the chocolate mascarpone whipped cream. Pipe onto the tops of each brownie bite, then top with the chocolate curls (optional). Tip: If piping isn't your thing, you can use an angled spatula and apply the whipped cream this way.
- The Wilton 8B decorating tip I used for all 24 brownie bites left me just a little amount of leftover chocolate mascarpone whipped cream. If you choose to use a smaller decorating tip or an angled spatula instead, you will have a fair amount of whipped cream left.
- The dark chocolate curls I used are from Choco Maker.
- I used a 1 ½ tablespoon-size cookie scoop, adding one scoop to each mini cupcake cavity.
Nutritonal information provided above is an estimate only and will vary based on specific ingredients used.