Friday, November 12, 2010

Mini Mint Brownies

My kids and I were deciding what to do that day. I was plowing through recipes trying to figure out what would be easy enough for my two little helpers. Came across these from Our Best Bites . Some seriously adorable stuff on that website. Anywho- we got to making them- Jackson (my oldest @ almost 4) was a super helper putting all the little liners in the mini muffin cups. While Nicholas was awesome at stirring up the chocolate that we melted. They came out pretty darn tasty! My boys quickly devoured the ones that they stuck their fingers in (can't send those to work with Daddy! ) they were a hit here. I think that these are pretty adaptable. I can see peanut butter frosting with dark chocolate drizzle, red PEPPERMINT frosting with a dark chocolate drizzle and crushed candy canes on top. Almost endless possibilities!

Mini Mint Brownies
adapted via Our Best Bites

4 squares unsweetened baking chocolate (4oz)
1 C butter (2 sticks)
4 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 C flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 c mini semi sweet chocolate chips

3 1/2 C powdered sugar (give or take for your consistency)
4 T butter, softened
4 T shortening
1/4 t mint extract ( I would up this to 3/4 t next time)
1-2 Tbs milk (give or take for your consistency)
green food coloring

Chocolate Glaze:
6 oz (about 1 cup) Nestle dark and mint chips -limited edition!
1 Tbs shortening

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a mini muffin pan with mini muffins liners or- go all natural. (In my opinion I prefer the liners- I think they help keep fresh if not serving same day)

Chop both unsweetened chocolate and two sticks of butter into chunks and place together in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until just melted and smooth. Set aside to cool, stirring occasionally.

With an electric mixer or stand mixer beat eggs, sugar, and vanilla for 2 minutes. While egg mixture is beating, measure out flour and combine with baking powder. While mixer is running, slowly add melted chocolate and beat to combine. Turn beater speed to low and add in flour by spoonfuls. Mix just until combined. Pour batter into prepared mini muffins and bake for 12-16 minutes or until a toothpick poked in center comes out clean.

Cool completely on a metal rack. When brownies have cooled to room temperature, prepare frosting. Combine all frosting ingredients, starting with 1 1/2 tablespoon of milk, and beat until light and fluffy. Add more milk by teaspoonful as needed. Add frosting to the mini brownie bites as you’d like. A large star tip is will work fine-or a cute little swirl with the back of a knife is adorable too.

While brownies are chilling prepare chocolate glaze. Place chocolate chips and 1 tablespoon of shortening in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until just melted and smooth. Take a fork and drizzle across the icing. And you will enjoy minty goodness.

Makes 50 mini brownies.


briarrose said...

Wonderful recipe. I love the mint....especially at this time of year. ;)

Eliana said...

Hmmm - this could not look mroe delicious.

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