Monday, May 21, 2012

Ooey Gooey Chocolate Brownie Bites

There's nothing better than a good friend, except a good friend with CHOCOLATE
Linda Grayson, "The Pickwick Papers"

A dear friend of mine was in crisis the other day when her beloved great dane devoured a plate of delicious brownies sitting idly by on the kitchen counter. The crisis was not so much that he had eaten them, but that they were given to her as a gift of gratitude for her kind assistance and now she was out of chocolate! So understanding of her crisis and being the sympathetic friend that I am. I created this recipe to aide in her diabolical deficiency of chocolate and let me say, oh how ooey and gooey and chocolatey they were! This recipe is perfect for gift giving as it makes a whopping 48 brownie bites which can either be frozen or given to friends in small gift bags. Remember as Linda Grayson said " There is nothing better than a good friend, except a good friend with CHOCOLATE!" So remember friends if your going to pay it forward, why not pay it forward with chocolate and love... Enjoy!

1/2 Cup Butter ( Melted )
1 Cup Sugar
2 Eggs
1/3 Cup Baking Cocoa Powder
1/4 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
1/2 Cup All Purpose flour
1/2 Cup Mini Dark Chocolate Chips.
1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
1/4 tsp. Nutmeg
1/4 Cup Nutella
Chopped Hazelnuts ( Optional )
Hershey's Chocolate syrup for drizzling ( Optional )
Chocolate frosting ( Optional )
Sprinkles ( Optional )

This is what you will need! 

First, Melt your butter! 

Then cream the butter and sugar with a whisk

Add your eggs and vanilla

 Add Flour, cocoa powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Mix until batter is smooth.

Once your batter is there you can add your nutella! 
 If you are a fan of hazelnuts, add a little more nutella and mix in some chopped hazelnuts while your at it!
Mix in your nutella so it does not clump to the chocolate chips.

Once the nutella is mixed in, add your chocolate chips. ( I used 1 cup regular size dark choc. chips because the store was out of mini. )
Line your mini muffin tin with mini baking cups or grease generously with cooking spray and dust a bit of flour in there.

Spoon your batter into your mini muffin tin.
 Leave space in your cups for the batter to rise, as we don't want muffin tops!
Drizzle a tiny amount of Hershey's Chocolate syrup onto the batter ( 1-2 drops is all you need!) 

Bake at 325 for 10 - 15 minutes

Let cool for 20 minutes or so
Then frost and decorate with sprinkles or chopped nuts if preferred! 

Has your crazy critter ever done something like this? We would love to hear about it in the comment section! 

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