Cream Cheese Brownie Cupcakes Recipe

Kristan Roland | Confessions of a Cookbook Queen

Cream Cheese Brownie Cupcakes are so good and require no frosting. How's that for awesome?

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My son hates frosting. It’s truly the strangest thing, being a cupcake baker with a child who hates frosting. I often find myself looking back on the last 10 years wondering, where did I go wrong?

Did I not feed him enough dessert as an infant? Was I not enthusiastic enough in fostering a healthy appreciation for butter and sugar? Perhaps I didn’t give him enough beaters to lick or sticky bowls to scrape from?

But then I realize like most 10 year old boys, he’s probably an alien.

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What Jon David DOES love, is brownies. That boy can put away a pan of brownies like it’s his job.

Actually I wish it WAS his job, because then he could pay for his own apps and stop bugging me all the time. Brownies and apps – those are his true loves in life. Good grief, what a tough existence.

Because he’s so picky about desserts, I decided to bake up a batch of cupcake brownies to stick in his lunchboxes. Obviously frosting was a no-go – not only because he hates it, but because it makes a mess in a lunchbox.

So to add a special something to these, I added a dollop of sweetened cream cheese with chocolate chips to the batter. Super simple, but it adds just enough creamy sweetness to make these brownie cupcakes extra special.

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These cream cheese brownie cupcakes travel well, so if you’re headed to holiday parties or looking for something to send to school or church, these are pretty perfect. Y

ou most likely have the ingredients on hand, which is an added bonus. I love recipes without a bunch of fussy ingredients, don’t you?

I went the boxed route with the brownie mix because I was short on time (and patience – a 2 year old was hanging on my leg while I was baking), but you could easily use THIS brownie recipe and just add the cream cheese filling.

If you don't have a frosting-adverse child, Stefani's chocolate cupcake recipe is pretty top notch too.

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Cream Cheese Brownie Cupcakes Recipe

    12 Servings


  • 1 box Family Size Fudge Brownie Mix, Plus eggs, oil, and water to prepare
  • 8 ounces Cream Cheese, Softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 cup Mini Chocolate Chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 12 muffin tins with paper liners and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix brownie batter according to box directions. Evenly distribute batter among prepared muffin tins. Each tin should be about 1/2 full of brownie batter.
  3. Beat cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla with a mixer on medium speed until smooth Fold in chocolate chips. Spoon mixture evenly over the brownie batter.
  4. Bake brownie cupcakes for about 25-30 minutes, until puffy and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with fudgy crumbs but no raw batter. Let cool in pan for about 15 minutes, then remove to wire rack to cool completely.


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Author: Kristan Roland
Recipe Yields: 12 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 12

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 72
Calories 279

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g
  Saturated Fat 4g
Sodium 189mg
Total Carbohydrate 47g
  Dietary Fiber 2g
  Sugars 36g
Protein 3g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Kristan Roland

About Kristan

Kristan is known for her candy creations and hilarity on Confessions of a Cookbook Queen. We know where her true genius is, though: fanciful fanatical cupcake and cake creations!

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