Brownies are my favorite, even though I say that about 5 or 8 other desserts. But sometimes, a big portion can be overwhelming for my stomach. So I decided to make brownie muffin bites! They are portioned out to be just enough to snack on & they fit perfectly in a cup of milk to dunk into! I decided to bake before dinner. Jeremy, my boyfriend loves to cook dinner on our nights off even though he cooks all day at work. I love that man so much. I decided to bake brownies so we would have some sweets for dessert. As you all know, I prefer to bake homemade recipes rather than buying a mix from a box. I’ve made amazing desserts from boxed mixes which are always delicious! I use them if I want a dessert pronto & not take my sweet ass time. I had plenty of time before dinner so I decided I’d make homemade brownies muffin bites! The key to brownies is the more chocolate, the better! When I do any sort of baking, I use my Kitchen Aid Mixer.
I am obsessed with it!! In this day & age, it’s a baking necessity.
- 12 ounce chocolate chips, unsweetened
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup cocoa-powder
- 3/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp. salt
As I gather my ingredients, I stumble upon Reese’s pieces chocolate. I love peanut butter but Jeremy loves it even more. Probably from a previous trip to the dollar store. I figured it would be gone since it was brought in the house. I decided to use all of the contents of the box which was 8oz. So I decided to use 4oz. of the semisweet chips that I have plenty of. Baking is the perfect time to make different combinations of flavors & making the recipe your own. So whatever you bake, just own it! The first thing that needs to be done is melt the chocolate & butter together over a pot of water at low heat.
I just dumped my Reese’s pieces whole and chopped up the butter so the butter would combine better with the melted chocolate. My oven has a setting specifically to melt so I took advantage of that. It’s very important to keep the temperature low so your chocolate doesn’t burn which won’t be a good taste. Stir constantly so it continues to stay nice and smooth. Since my peanut butter Reese’s pieces are Jeremy’s favorite, I decided to have some not melt all the way so there would be little pieces of surprise. Such an awesome idea, I know! Simple and delicious.
When you can’t see anymore yellow meaning the butter, you know you’re just about done. Set this to another burner that is off so the chocolate can sit. At this point, I set my oven to 375 degrees while I make the rest of the concoction. In a standing mixer, combine the sugar, eggs, & salt at high speed for about 4-6 minutes. You don’t want to over mix because you still have other ingredients to combine. You want to make the ingredients fluffy rather than thick. Now is the time to use that nice melted chocolate I put aside & poured it right into the mixer at a low speed.
Mix in flour & cocoa powder, yes more chocolate! Again, don’t combine too much because these ingredients will make your brownie bites nice & thick and cool evenly. I used 2 muffin pans that holds 6 muffins each. Rather than just greasing the pan, I used muffin liners. I figured I’d treat the brownies like a muffin & they cook the same way so I figured it was a pro baker move. To pour the batter in the muffin trays, I used my measuring cup because it has a little spout.
Pretty much all my measuring spoons have the spout just like my mixing bowls that I used to make the Best Ever Homemade Pancakes with Jimmies. Filling the batter 3/4 the way is the maximum you can fill them up due to the expansion when they are being cooked. I poured a few that I filled 1/2 & either way they came out amazing. I baked them for 15 minutes exactly, no more or less! Putting the brownies on the top rack together will cook them evenly and at the same temperature. I always test my baking to see if every hint is cooked all the way with a toothpick! I hope you all know that trick. If you don’t know, now you know friends! The stick should come out with no liquid batter on it when you put it through your brownie. If the toothpick is dry, they are ready. If the toothpick has batter is too liquid, they need to continue to cook. You want your brownies fudgy but not too liquidy. It’s always good to bake your brownies for less time so if you need to, you can cook them for a few minutes longer. It’s a shame to bake them for too long & feel guilty you wasted the batter. Don’t do that! I tested all my brownie bites & they are perfect!
They look so beautiful & you can see the little chunks of the Reese’s pieces which makes them look even more delicious! I let them cool on the counter for 5 minutes. I like my brownies fresh so I served them with a glass of milk on the side right before dinner, I know I’m bad. Milk has to go with brownies according to my boyfriend Jeremy. The Reese’s pierces were a surprise to Jeremy because he thought I was only making chocolate brownies so he was loving them!
It’s the little things in life people so treat your loved ones once in a while. Since these brownie bites are portioned nicely, we both had 2 before dinner & still had room for dessert after dinner! Like I mentioned before, when you bake homemade treats, they taste even better! I hope you make these and share them with your mother, neighbor, coworkers, or someone you appreciate! Have fun!