July 21, 2012

Pin It Rolo Brownie Bites

Inspired by My Baking Addiction's Milky Way Brownie Bites

Week 29
Yes, this is one desert stuffed inside another.   I promise I'm trying to veer away from this theme but I'd never made brownie bites before...and they are so cute!

The original recipe calls for Milky Ways, but it's hard to find the mini candy bars outside of the Halloween season.  I thought the Rolos would be an even better fit because: 1. They are round and 2. They are caramel-filled-chocolates, which would make this desert chocolate, filled with caramel-filled-chocolate, and topped with more caramel!

To make these salty sweet little bites you'll need the following:

For the Brownies
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate; coarsely chopped
3/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into cubes
1 1/4 cups sugar
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
48 miniature Rolos, frozen for at least 1 hour

For the Caramel Sauce
See my post of Salted Caramel Sauce

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray the wells of a nonstick miniature muffin tin with cooking spray.

2. Microwave chocolate and butter in a large, microwave-safe bowl at 50% power for 3-4 minutes, or until butter is melted. You can also melt chocolate and butter in a double boiler.

3. Stir until chocolate is melted. Whisk in sugar, eggs, vanilla and salt. Gradually add in flour; stir until just combined.

4. Using a small cookie scoop, scoop the brownie batter into the prepared miniature muffin tin wells. (I used a full scoop of the mini cookie scoop and thought this made the perfect sized brownie bite. It was enough so that it puffed up a bit while baking and gave it a nice rounded top). Place a Rolo into the center of each well and press it lightly into the batter. Do not worry about covering the Rolo with batter, this will create the prefect dimple to hold the salted caramel. Bake brownies in preheated oven for 9-10 minutes, the edges will look set. Do not over bake.

5. Remove to cooling rack to cool completely. Carefully remove the brownie bites from the pan and prepare the caramel sauce.

6. Find salted caramel prep directions here. Drizzle caramel onto the center of each brownie bite.  

I was able to whip these up super fast.  The only thing that made it drag a little was the fact that I only have one mini muffin pan, so I could only make 12 at a time.

Chopped unsweetened chocolate. 
Melty chocolate and butter.
Sugar, vanilla, chocolate and butter.
Scooping batter into greased mini-muffin pans.
Pressing Rolos into the center of each brownie bite.
All organized looking and ready to go into the oven.
Baked for 9 minutes, prefect.
See how cute and mounded they are? This is my favorite angle.
Filling Rolo dimple with salted caramel.
See how nicely the caramel stays contained within the bite? I was excited about this part.
Inside: brownie + Rolo + salted caramel = surprisingly not super sweet. 
My niece Quinn enjoying a stuffed brownie bite, fever and all.
These turned out nicely.  The brownie was moist and not too cakey but also not super gooey. This was also not over-the-top sweet.  The brownie almost had a mild chocolate flavor to it, so I think the Rolo and salted caramel added a nice flavor boost and a little bit of textural diversity.

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