Filled Brownie Bites

Screen shot 2014-12-11 at 1.40.09 PMDeb Pankey’s brownie bites are a simple treat that can be endlessly adapted and will add sparkle to any holiday dessert lineup.

You can use your favorite from-scratch brownie recipe that makes a 9-by-13-inch pan or simply use a boxed mix. To create the bites, scoop the batter into greased mini muffin pans and bake them 20-plus minutes at 350. 

Once they come out of the oven, use the bottom of a shot glass and gently press down and fill with your choice of fillings (dark or white chocolate mousses, caramel) and toppings (Heath Bar bits, chocolate jimmies, strawberries, candied fruit peels…)

Deb offers four delicious variations.

Peppermint Mousse Brownie Bites
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Ingredients
  1. 1 box (18.3-19.5 ounces/family size) milk chocolate brownie mix
  2. 1 egg
  3. ½ cup vegetable oil
  4. ¼ cup water
  5. 8 ounces good-quality white chocolate (such as Lindt, finely chopped, or Baker's morsels)
  6. 1 2/3 cups chilled whipping cream, divided
  7. 1 t. clear peppermint extract
  8. 3 candy canes, crushed
Instructions
  1. For the brownie bites: Heat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat two mini muffin tins with nonstick spray.
  2. Prepare the brownie batter with eggs, oil and water as directed on the box (quantities of these ingredients may vary slightly). Scoop the batter into prepared tins, filling each cup about halfway. Depending on the size of the muffin tin, you'll get 36 to 48 mini brownie bites. Bake 20-24 minutes. The brownie should be crisp around the edges.
  3. Once pans are out of the oven, use the rounded end of a wooden spoon (or similar tool) to indent each mini muffin making a cup shape.
  4. For the mousse: Stir white chocolate and 2/3 cup cream in heavy medium saucepan over low heat until chocolate is melted. Transfer chocolate mixture to large bowl and let it cool, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes. It should look thicker now.
  5. In a medium bowl beat remaining cream and peppermint extract until stiff peaks form. Fold into cooled chocolate mixture in 2 additions. Cover; chill mousse at least 2 hours.
  6. Spoon or pipe onto cooled brownie bites. Garnish with candy cane bits.
Notes
  1. For White Chocolate Raspberry Bites: Omit the peppermint extract. Spoon or pipe mousse into brownie bites and garnish with a fresh raspberry.
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Bourbon Bacon Caramel Brownie Bites
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Ingredients
  1. 1 box (18.3-19.5 ounces/family size) dark chocolate brownie mix
  2. 1 egg
  3. ½ cup vegetable oil
  4. 2 T. water
  5. ¼ cup bourbon, divided
  6. ½ cup (1 stick) salted butter
  7. 1 cup dark brown sugar
  8. 1/3 cup heavy cream
  9. ¼ t. kosher salt
  10. 2-3 cups powdered sugar
  11. 3 slices cooked crisp bacon, crumbled
Instructions
  1. For the brownie bites: Heat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat two mini muffin tins with nonstick spray.
  2. Prepare the brownie batter with eggs, oil and water directed on the box (quantities above may differ slightly), only cut back the water by half and make up the difference with bourbon.
  3. Scoop the batter into prepared tins, filling each cup about halfway. Depending on the size of the muffin tin, you'll get 36 to 48 mini brownie bites. Bake 20-24 minutes. The brownie should be crisp around the edges.
  4. Once pans are out of the oven, use the rounded end of a wooden spoon (or shotglass) to indent each mini muffin making a cup shape.
  5. For the filling: Melt the butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Once melted, add brown sugar and heavy cream. Stir constantly over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Add salt. Allow to bubble for exactly 2 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Stir in remaining bourbon then beat in powdered sugar 1 cup at a time, until you reach desired consistency.
  6. Spoon or pipe frosting onto cooled brownie bites. Garnish with bacon crumbles.
Notes
  1. For S'mores Brownie Bites: Prepare batter without bourbon and bake as directed. In a large bowl beat 1 jar (7 ounces) marshmallow crème with 6 ounces room temperature cream cheese until smooth. Pipe or spoon onto cooled brownie bites. Garnish several bits with S'mores Crunch Crumble-ons, available at crumbleons.com.
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