Don’t these Brownie Bites look like mini Chocolate Covered Jingle Bells?
When I started blogging I use to recreate recipes from other bloggers and established chefs all the time. I was very afraid of stepping out on my own and just getting in the kitchen and create stuff that was on my mind and heart. Well, I guess when it came to baking I was really afraid because you have to be exact with all the measurements. One false move and whatever you’re baking is done. I am still not super confident when it comes to certain baked goods. Let’s see, I just made a souffle last week, I am still going to tackle cream puffs, and pastry cream. You know stuff like that. Learning how to bake those things are really more for my knowledge. I know that most of you may not care much about those goods and you are looking for something that is short and easy. Well, you came to the right place.
So, I am not a full-time blogger…yet. I do have a regular day job that has nothing to do with food or blogging that I do from home. Working from home has its perks. One of them is being able to watch Food Network for an extra 8 hours a day. One show that I know we all love is Ree Drumond’s “The Pioneer Woman”. I heart her. I had the extreme pleasure of meeting and hanging out with her personally earlier this year at the BlogHer 2014 in Miami. She is super cool and super normal. Nothing “celebrity” like about her at all. She is really down to earth. I have loved Ree long before I actually met her this year. This recipe is one of the many reasons why.
I was watching her show and she was making Chocolate Covered Brownie Bites for Santa and I thought it was such a cool, easy, and yummy idea I decided to make them and share with the rest of the world who may not know Ree or her show. Of course, I had to add my spin on them. I decided to make them like mini turtles. I added a caramel chew in the middle and topped them off with pecans and turtle pieces. However, you can do whatever you want. You can use whatever toppings you want. Go nuts! Well you can use those too. Let your imaginary take you away to where ever your stomachs take you. Enjoy!
*Recipe partially adapted from Ree Drummond Brownie Bites
- 1 stick Unsalted Butter
- 10 ounces, weight Semi-sweet Chocolate, Chopped
- 1-½ cup Sugar
- 4 whole Eggs
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- ¾ cups Flour
- ½ teaspoons Salt
- ¼ cups Hershey chocolate sauce
- 24 caramel chews, unwrapped
- Chocolate Glaze
- 8 oz. Semi-Sweet Chocolate, Chopped
- 1 c. Heavy Whipping Cream
- 2 tbsp. Light Corn Syrup
- 2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
- ½c. chopped pecans
- ½ c. toffee bits
- Preheat oven to 325 F: In a saucepan over low heat, melt the butter then add the chocolate. Stir the chocolate with a rubber spatula until blended well. Remove from heat, set aside and allow to cool to room temperature.
- In a large bowl, beat together the sugar and the eggs, adding eggs one at a time. Add the vanilla extract, flour, salt and chocolate sauce (should be at room temperature not hot). Then add the chocolate mixture and beat with a handheld mixer until well blended. Spray a mini muffin tin with baking spray. Use a cookie scooper and scoop the brownie batter into each muffin tin. Place a caramel chew in the middle of each muffin tin. Use a spoon to spoon the excess brownie batter over top the caramel chew. Bake for 12-15 minutes.
- Allow the brownies to cool in the pan for 10 minutes and remove from tin and set on cooling rack.
- Making the chocolate glaze:
- Set the chocolate in a medium-sized bowl. In a small sauce pan,pour in the cream and corn syrup and bring to a slight boil. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and using a rubber spatula, stir until the chocolate has melted and smooth and add vanilla extract. Set aside.
- Take each brownie bite and dip inside the chocolate glaze, face down, and turn to wax paper or a silicone sheet. Continue until all brownie bites have been dipped. Mix the pecans and toffee pieces in a small bowl. While wet, sprinkle the brownies with pecan and toffee bits mixture. Allow the chocolate to set before serving.