Posts filed under ‘Brownies’
Brownies are great for many reasons but I like them because they are easy to make and when I am really craving chocolate, they are quick to stir up and bake. I don’t like add-ins like chocolate chips ~ just give them to me plain and chocolate-y.
When my kids were young and in elementary school, they used to love those Hostess brand little bags of mini brownie muffins. I never liked buying them for a few reasons so I went on a hunt to try and find something that they would like instead. This recipe was it! I would put a few in a ziplock and they were happy ~ and so was I.
This recipe is easy and although it says it makes 40, I’ve never made that many ~ more like 32 or so. Sometimes I put the nut on the top, sometimes I don’t. I used pecans when I made them today because that’s what I had in my freezer here in the kitchen.
This recipe would be great for a bake sale ~ the elementary school my kids went to used to have bake sales with each grade’s Moms and Dads supplying the treats. I used to make lots of goodies but these I would put 5 in a bag and charge around 50 cents. We would sell out every time.
1/2 cup butter
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup flour
walnut or pecan halves, optional
In a medium-sized pan, melt butter and chocolate over low heat. Stir occasionally until it is melted and smooth.
Remove pan from heat and stir in the sugar and vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time, stirring well after each addition. Stir in flour.
Spoon batter into mini muffin pans sprayed with cooking spray. You can also use mini muffin paper liners, too. Fill cups almost to the top and place a nut half on the top of each.
Bake at 325º for about 20 minutes (I use my convection oven and bake about 15 minutes) or until tops of brownies look dry and are firm when lightly touched.
Let cool in pans for 10 minutes then place brownie bites on a rack to col completely. Store in an airtight container.
Makes 40 brownie bites ~ or 32 in my case.
OK, so I have a thing for desserts. These brownies are so good and super easy to make but look like you have been baking all day. I found the original recipe in an old Duncan Hines cookbook about 25 years ago. I have made them many times since always to rave reviews.
1 package Duncan Hines Brownie Mix (I use milk chocolate lovers)
2 packages of 3 ounce each cream cheese
5 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons flour
3/4 teaspoon vanilla
Easy Milk Chocolate Frosting:
3 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
1 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 350º. Soften cream cheese and butter; beat together. Add sugar, eggs, flour, and vanilla; beat until smooth and set aside. Mix cakelike brownies as directed on the package. Pour half the brownie batter into a greased 13×9 pan; pour all the cream cheese mixture over the brownie layer. Spoon remaining brownie batter in spots over the top. Swirl the two mixtures together with a knife or spatula. Bake at 350º for 35 to 40 minutes or until done. Cool.
Easy Milk Chocolate Frosting~~Melt butter in a medium saucepan. Stir in cocoa until dissolved. Add confectioner’s sugar, milk, and vanilla. Stir until smooth. Add more milk if needed for a soft spreading consistency. Frost brownies. Let set until firm; cut into squares.