Yesterday, we covered the chocolate chip cookie dough truffles and peanut butter balls. Today, I’m going to give you the recipe for brownie bites, and show you what my sister created for the shower favor. First on the list, brownie bites. If you read yesterday’s post, than you know I was thinking of making Bakerella’s cake pops for my brother’s Jack and Jill shower, but since I ran out of lollipop sticks and I forgot to buy a piece of Styrofoam, I decided on making brownie bites instead, a slight variation of Bakerella’s cupcake bites. I chose a brownie mix instead of a cake mix since the cupcake bites can be a bit on the sweet side, but let me warn you, the brownie mix combined with the icing and melted chocolate was just as rich as the cake bites are sweet. I traded really sweet for really chocolatey. They were a big hit.
1 Box of Brownie Mix
1 Can of Icing
Assorted Candy Melts (I used one bag each of chocolate, pink, and white)
M&M’s & Sprinkles for decorating
Candy Mold Trays (that look like molds for miniature peanut butter cups)
Bake brownies according to the directions on the box. It’s best if your brownies are slightly under done. Once done baking, allow brownies to cool completely. This is important, trust me. I made my brownies the night before, because if I hadn’t, I guarantee you I would have rushed the process and ended up with a giant pile of mush, like I did the first time I attempted cake pops. Once your brownies are cool, take a fork and mash them all up. Thoroughly combine the brownies with icing. Once combined, roll the mixture into small balls and lay on a tray with waxed paper. Part two, melt chocolate melts in the microwave, stopping every 30 seconds or so to stir. Pour melted chocolate into the candy mold, filling halfway. Place the ball in the chocolate and allow to harden. I put mine in the refrigerator to speed the process. Once hardened, pop them out of the molds. They should look like this: Now, it’s time to get creative. Melt some pink, or white, or blue, or whatever floats your boat, candy melts in a small bowl. Holding your brownie bite upside down, dip the domed part into the chocolate, careful not to dip too deep. The idea is for the finished product to look like a little cupcake, the pink chocolate being the icing, the chocolate being the wrapper. Before the chocolate has hardened, top with sprinkles and an M&M, if you like. Give them a chance to harden and voila, brownie bites. Since I’m all about redemption, once again, I must tell you where I went wrong so that you can learn from my mistakes. I only had one candy mold tray. This wasn’t the plan. There was some miscommunication between the husband and I, and when I called him from the store to find out if I needed to buy more candy molds, his answer to how many do I have was, “nine.” Now, I should have been suspicious, nine candy molds is a lot, but in my defense, these candy molds were passed down to me from one of my mom’s old neighbors, and I hadn’t bothered going through the large bag of stuff that she had given me. I had simply placed it in the closet, knowing that I would use every one of them some day. Also, this woman did a lot of baking, so I guess nine seemed reasonable. But no, there were not nine trays, there were nine molds on one tray, so the process became a little long and painful. In the future, I would definitely use at least three trays at once. Perhaps then, I could have used the plastic squirt bottle (see yesterday’s post) without incident.
As another side note, I made my own icing for this recipe because it’s easy to do and I’m not a big fan of canned icing. I just don’t understand why you have to add food coloring (and a million other unintelligible ingredients) to produce vanilla icing. Butter cream icing is very simple: confectionery sugar, softened butter, a little bit of vanilla and a few tablespoons of milk. I use the recipe on the back of confectioner’s sugar bag as a guideline and adjust it to my tastes accordingly (and I halved it). So, if you are using canned icing, I would start with only half the can. Remember, you can always add, you can’t take away. Since I made my own icing, I already had the mixer out and ready to go, so I just threw the cooked brownies into the icing bowl and let the mixer do the work rather than combine them by hand. Besides that, everything else was pretty easy and the results-delicious!
The last item on today’s agenda is the favor boxes. My sister and I discussed favors at length, ok, not really, she pretty much scoffed at any idea I had, but ultimately decided to give candy. Let’s face it, most favors are crap. Who doesn’t like candy? But, we wanted a cool presentation and a little personalization. This is what my sister came up with. Simple, elegant, perfect! She got the boxes and ribbon at Michael’s. Inside the box was some shredded grass and Hershey Kisses. On the bottom of the Hershey Kisses were little stickers with my brother and his fiance’s name. She also found these at Michael’s and personalized them and the favor tags on her computer. Pretty sneaky, sis!
Tomorrow: The Shower.