Wednesday I went to the store. After reading a post on The Pioneer Woman’s blog about brownie bites, I wanted to have some brownies ready when my family arrived, but I needed cocoa powder. I should never be allowed to go to the store after a run. Never.
The idea of putting brownie batter in mini muffin pans to create brownie bites was extremely appealing. I love small finger foods. I love the crumbs in the bottom of a bag, too. Anyway, about the brownies, I have a brownie recipe that is out of this world, and it is all made in one bowl.
To get started, melt a stick of butter in a medium bowl. 30 seconds in the microwave usually does the trick. Let the butter sit at room temperature a good 10 to 15 minutes to cool once melted.
Grab your cocoa powder
and whisk it into the melted butter along with a teaspoon of instant espresso. Make sure it is unsweetened.
Next, mix in some sugar
then beat in eggs and vanilla.
Lastly add the flour and salt.
Only mix until the flour is incorporated completely. Over mixing leads to sadness.
Spray a mini muffin pan with a non-stick cooking spray and scoop in some batter.
Press one large bittersweet chocolate chunk into the middle of each brownie bite.
Bake at 350° for 10 minutes.
Pop them out of the pan, and sprinkle with powdered sugar. If you enjoy while hot, the center will be deliciously gooey.
Mocha Brownie Bites
½ cup butter, melted
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon of instant espresso
1 cup of sugar
2 whole eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup all purpose flour
Preheat oven to 350° F. Melt butter in a medium microwave bowl. Allow to cool for 10 minutes. While butter cools, spray mini muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray. Once butter has cooled, add cocoa and espresso; mix well. Next add sugar; stir. Add eggs, and beat well. Stir in vanilla. Add flour and salt, and mix just until all ingredients have combined. Use a small scoop to fill muffin pans. Push a bittersweet chocolate chunk into the center of each brownie bite. Bake for 10 minutes. Allow to cool for two minutes in the pan, then remove to finish cooling on a plate. Sprinkle the tops with powdered sugar. Enjoy while hot for a gooey center.