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Pistachio + Pepper Brownie Muffins

April 5, 2015 | 25 comments

The chocolate supply in my house dwindles down very, very, very fast during times with huge amounts of projects and FINALS. Though it’s not quite time for finals yet (yay!), projects have been piling on like water on the foot of a waterfall, except this pool doesn’t empty its water quite fast enough. Obviously, this would lead to a breakdown (figuratively and emotionally), but we don’t need to get into that today.


This currently is my life, full of scary fast waterfalls, chocolate, projects, and figurative/mental breakdowns.



I believe this post/recipe needs some clarification. This recipe does not include waterfalls or breakdowns, but it most certainly includes chocolate. Because: BROWNIES!!!! (and muffins…)


I made brownie batter, then I made it awesome with pistachios and pepper. Trust me, it works brilliantly! And you know that delicious chewy edge that is only on 0-1 sides of most square brownies? Well, now all the brownies have that distinctive edge, all the way around along with a super fudgy center. It’s amazing.





-Like with every brownie, underbaking is better than overbaking.
-Feel free to omit the pistachios and/or pepper if you don’t like either. Except then, the brownies won’t be awesome. They’re still great though! 😛
-Melt the chocolate and butter/coconut oil in a bowl free from water and avoid getting water in the bowl because the chocolate will seize into a grainy mess.

Pistachio + Pepper Brownie Muffins
3 oz chocolate
2 tbsp butter/coconut oil
3 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tbsp cocoa powder
3 tbsp hot water
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 c sugar
3/4 c flour
pinch of baking powder
1/2 c pistachios, ground into unevenly sized bits
3/4 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp salt

Preheat the oven to 375 F.

Melt the chocolate and the butter/coconut oil in a bowl over boiling water, or in the microwave. Add in the vegetable oil and whisk until combined.

In a small bowl, combine the hot water and the cocoa powder. Whisk into the other chocolate mixture.

Add in an egg, vanilla, and sugar. Finally, add in the rest of the ingredients and mix until combined.

Grease a muffin tin and then add in the batter, evenly distributing the mixture in 9 muffin tins.

Bake for 12-15 minutes.


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  1. Brooke @ Chocolate + Marrow on

    April 5, 2015 at 8:00 pm says

    OMG this GIF is everything! And chocolate brownie muffins?! That’s like all of my favorite things rolled into one! :)

    • Anne on

      April 5, 2015 at 8:29 pm says

      I know right? Gotta love gifs! 😀

  2. Matea on

    April 5, 2015 at 8:18 pm says

    I’m definitely getting nervous about finals week but these brownies will come in handy as comfort food 😉
    Awesome photos!

    • Anne on

      April 5, 2015 at 8:31 pm says

      Oh yes! I’m glad there’s still around 7-8 weeks (we got a bunch of snow days that are now at the end of the year). Thank you Matea!

  3. Elaine|ChinaSichuanFood on

    April 5, 2015 at 9:05 pm says

    Those muffins look so great. A perfect choice for afternoon tea. I love the strong chocolate flavor.

    • Anne on

      April 11, 2015 at 5:39 pm says

      Thanks Elaine! They’re great with afternoon tea! 😀

  4. Cathy on

    April 5, 2015 at 10:19 pm says

    That gif of the powdered sugar! Genius!

    • Anne on

      April 11, 2015 at 5:39 pm says

      Hahahaha love making gifs when I have the time… They’re so much fun!

    • Anne on

      April 11, 2015 at 5:39 pm says

      It is awesome!

  5. Jessica | A Happy Food Dance on

    April 6, 2015 at 9:46 am says

    Um… these look amazing! I’ve never added pepper to my baking but I am all for it and now I must try! Good luck with your waterfall of stuff to do…. I not so fondly remember those days and know you’ll get through it.

    • Anne on

      April 11, 2015 at 5:40 pm says

      Hahaha pepper is great! I only use it occasionally…
      Thanks Jessica!! I don’t think I have a choice of whether or not to get through it… :/

  6. Dawn @ Words Of Deliciousness on

    April 6, 2015 at 7:19 pm says

    I love everything about these pistachio pepper brownie muffins. It is nice to have that chewy edge with each brownie muffin. Great stuff!!

    • Anne on

      April 11, 2015 at 5:41 pm says

      Yes, most certainly! 😀

  7. Tandy | Lavender and Lime on

    April 7, 2015 at 3:28 am says

    I am so intrigued by the pepper in this recipe! And I love the waterfall of dusting sugar in your photographs :)

    • Anne on

      April 11, 2015 at 5:41 pm says

      Thank you!

  8. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef on

    April 7, 2015 at 8:44 am says

    I’ve dropped my chin at the thought of pepper in the brownies. What a clever idea this is!

    Your photos are very good!

    • Anne on

      April 11, 2015 at 5:41 pm says

      Hahhaaaa thank you Maureen!

  9. Eva on

    April 7, 2015 at 8:46 am says

    J’aime beaucoup ta présentation et j’en suis sûre que ces brownies ont le pouvoir de tout guérir : des breaksdowns, the finals…Parfois, tout ce qu’on a besoin es de, chocolat !!

    • Anne on

      April 11, 2015 at 5:42 pm says

      Bien sûr, le chocolat est génial! 😀

    • Anne on

      April 12, 2015 at 7:08 pm says

      I know right???!!! Thanks! 😀

  10. Roxy | Roxy's Kitchen on

    May 10, 2015 at 9:57 pm says

    Pistachios & brownies, just the perfect combination! I’ve never tried adding pepper to my baked goodies but you just made my curious now :-P.
    p.s. your pictures are gorgeous!

    • Anne on

      June 7, 2015 at 8:00 pm says

      Thank you Roxy! Hahaha, I’ve never added pepper to savory foods (except an egg here and there). Though, I must say, pepper isn’t a regular addition in baked goods either. ;D



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