I wanted to bake something to take to work for St. Patrick’s Day, but in the end I decided it was time to lay off the food colouring for a bit. So I decided to try out my new mini cupcake pan and make two-bite brownies. And really, if you think about it, they’d be the perfect size for a leprechaun. 😉
I could have just used one of my tried-and-true brownie recipes but instead decided to search online and came across a tw0-bite brownie recipe on a blog called Dinner with Julie, which looks like a great food blog that I’ll be checking back on. Of course, I modified the recipe to suit my tastes.
(makes approximate 24)
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa, sifted
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 to 1 cup walnuts, chopped, optional*
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease mini muffin tin(s). In a large bowl, mix together butter and sugar. Stir in eggs and vanilla. In a medium bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Mix into butter mixture just until well-combined. If desired, mix in walnuts. I used half a cup and made the first 12 without walnuts and then mixed nuts into the remaining batter.
*If you use walnuts, I recommend toasting them, which can be done by putting them in the preheating oven for about 5-8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Spoon the batter into the mini muffin cups . It is super sticky. I didn’t smooth the tops but you might want to try to.
Bake for 10-15 minutes, until puffed but still soft to the touch. I baked the first batch for 13 minutes and they were a little more done than I would like. If you like softer brownies, take them out while the tops are still moist. Use a butter knife to flip them out of pan, cool on wire racks.
The original recipe said it made 24, but I actually got 26, which was a little annoying, since I only have one 12-muffin pan. These are very dense, cakey brownies. Personally I think that they are much better with nuts. I haven’t had store-bought two-bite brownies for about 8 years, that I can recall (I remember splurging on them on my first solo road trip my first summer out of university) so I can’t really tell you if these are like them or not.
Do you like your brownies more fudge-like or cake-like? Nuts or not?