Friday, December 14, 2012

Toffee Topped Fudge Brownie Bites

12 Days of Christmas Cookies Day 8! Need a perfect little bite of chocolate for your holiday cookie tray? These are the ones for you! I really love anything baked in a mini muffin pan. It makes a simple cookie look neat and elegant. They’re also the perfect size for a party as you can pick them up and they are very portable. This is a rich brownie bite topped with chocolate ganache; how you top it beyond that is up to you. I used toffee bits. I think they would be especially good topped with crushed candy canes.

Don’t let these brownie bites deceive you. They look a little dry on the outside, but they are nice and fudgy inside. And what isn’t better topped with chocolate ganache? I made the batter for these while other cookies were baking, and it took no time at all. I was a little crunched for time and didn’t end up finishing them until the next day. I was really please at how well they kept. You can’t make them a week ahead of when you plan to serve them, but they remained nice and fudgy for several days. 

Toffee Topped Fudge Brownie Bites
3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1/3 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ cup flour

¼ cup heavy cream
½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Toffee bits, or 3 bar chocolate covered toffee, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 24 mini muffin cups.

In a medium saucepan, combine the unsweetened chocolate and the butter. Cook and stir over low heat until melted and smooth. Remove from the heat and add the sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Stir with a wooden spoon until combined. Stir in the flour. Divide the batter between the 24 muffin cups (about 1 tablespoon of batter in each cup.)

Bake for 12 minutes. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes and then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

Make the ganache: heat the heavy cream over low heat until just simmering. Place the chocolate chips in a small bowl and pour the heavy cream on top. Allow to rest for 5 minutes, then whisk until smooth.

Place the toffee bits in a small bowl. Dip the top of each tart in the ganache and then in the toffee bits. Return the bites to the wire rack to allow the ganache to set.

Recipe from Ultimate Cookies and Bars

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