Recipe | Brownie Owls


These are a hoot – chocolate, biscuits and nuts all nestled together in a brownie cupcake. The recipe makes use of round, cream-filled chocolate biscuits, split in half. The cream-covered sides make up the owls’ wise eyes; some of the other halves go to make crunchy bases for the cakes; and the remainder are broken up and stirred into the mix to give you a brownie with bite. If you want even more texture, add a handful of chopped nuts to the batter too: they’ll make for a bake that’s totally top of the tree!

Makes 12 brownies Brownie Owls

For the brownies

24 round, cream-filled chocolate biscuits, such as Oreos (about 265g)
150g butter, roughly chopped

3 tbsp golden or maple syrup

300g golden caster sugar

300g dark chocolate, chopped into small pieces

1 tbsp vanilla extract

3 eggs (at room temperature)

150g plain flour


For the ganache

100g dark chocolate, chopped into small pieces

1 tbsp golden syrup

1 tsp vanilla extract

150ml double cream


To finish

24 giant milk chocolate buttons (about 100g)

24 small, round, dark chocolate chips

12 whole skin-on almonds

72 milk chocolate buttons (about 90g)

12 walnuts

12 pecans



12-hole muffin tin

12 paper muffin cases

Fine paintbrush


Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas 4. Line the tin with the muffin cases.

Split the chocolate biscuits in half. Set the 24 cream-covered halves aside. Put 12 of the plain halves into your muffin cases, embossed side down. Put the remaining 12 plain halves in a sandwich bag encased in a tea towel and bash into large crumbs using a rolling pin. Set aside.

Put the butter, syrup and sugar into a saucepan. Set it over a medium heat and warm, stirring occasionally, until the butter has melted and the sugar has dissolved. Take the saucepan off the heat and add the chopped chocolate and the vanilla extract. Set aside for a few minutes to allow the chocolate to soften.

Stir the warm chocolatey mixture in the pan until smoothly combined, then use a hand-held electric whisk to beat in the eggs until the mixture is thick and velvety. Sift over the flour in a couple of batches, gently folding in each batch until just combined. Finally, fold in the broken-up biscuit pieces.

Spoon the mixture into the biscuit-based muffin cases, dividing it evenly. Bake for 20–25 minutes or until the brownies have risen and are firm to the touch; a skewer inserted into the centre should come out a little sticky.

Leave the brownies to cool completely in the tin – they will firm up as they cool. If you like a really fudgy brownie, refrigerate them before decorating.

Recipe from Quinntessential Baking by Frances Quinn