BROWNIE BITES

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     What can you do to dress up brownies?  How could you make them both pretty and fun?  Bake them in mini muffin pans and put a secret surprise in each one.  Since you will be feeding adults, as well as children, a secret surprise works for everyone!  

     I dug around in my freezer and found suitable ingredients for the secret surprise centers.  I used walnut halves, cherry chips, caramel bits, semi-sweet chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, and chocolate pieces with caramel centers.  If you’ve taken my advice and kept a variety of special goodies in your freezer, you should be all set! 

     I had such a good time making these little treats from heaven. They were SO delicious and would be perfect for any occasion. Serve at your New Year’s party, a birthday party, family get-together, or when you just need a few bites of a brownie. They don’t have to be decorated, but it made them so much more fun!

INGREDIENTS:  YIELD  48 MINI BROWNIE BITES

4 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate

1 ¾ sticks butter

2 cups sugar

3 eggs

1 ½ tsp vanilla

¼ tsp baking powder

1 cup AP flour

For the Secret Surprise: M & M’s, Reese’s Pieces, Chocolate chips, walnut halves, cherry chips, caramel bits, etc.

 

PREPARATION:

In a 2 – 3 quart saucepan, add the butter, chocolate and sugar over low heat, stirring with a whisk. Cook and whisk periodically, until you see tiny bubbles beginning to form.

Remove from heat and add the vanilla.  Then you can either temper the eggs or just let the mixture cool for about fifteen minutes.

Add the eggs, and whip well.  Add the flour and baking powder, whisking only until incorporated.  If you want nuts, add them now.  Simple?  Yep!

Line your mini muffin tins with paper cups.  With a cookie scoop, fill the bottoms about 1/3 full.  Add your secret surprise and continue filling until cups are nearly full.

Bake at 350° F for about 20 -22 minutes.  Don’t over bake, or you’ll lose your moist fudginess.  Brownies continue cooking even after you take them out of the oven.  Cool completely before you frost them.

FROSTING OR GANACHE:

For the frosting, you can make ganache, use any frosting, melt white chocolate for a white ganache, etc.  Just let your imagination run wild.

Ganache is simple, and so beautiful.  To make it, simply heat 2/3 cup whipping cream (heavy cream) in a sauce pan or microwave.  Stir in 1 cup chocolate until melted.  Easy?  Yep.

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By Tika for CHEW WANNA EAT? © 2016

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