I love fudgy brownies, but I prefer the ends when I bake a batch. I've tried several pans, but I think I've finally found the answer to my prayers--Williams-Sonoma Brownie Bite Pan! This 20-well pan is perfect for that miniature bite when we need a chocolate-fix during the day.
Brownies are one of the most popular snacks made in the United States, introduced by a chef in Chicago's Palmer House Hotel in the late nineteenth century. However, just like the Hatfields and McCoys, there has always been a feud as to what texture brownies should be--fudgy or cakey. Either way, they make for the perfect snack in lunch boxes for your kids or when you need a lift with a cup of coffee, big glass of milk, or even a glass of wine.
I decided to add malted milk powder and chopped malted milk balls to my batter, but this basic brownie recipe could be dressed up with white chocolate chips/mint flavoring, bittersweet chips/espresso, or if you're a "nut," try chopped pecans, walnuts, or even macadamia nuts. My Sis makes brownies and adds a white chocolate Reese's peanut butter cut in the middle and I'm thinking, since Reese's now makes a miniature peanut butter cup, that maybe my next experiment!
Malted Milk~Bittersweet Brownie Bites
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
4 oz. bittersweet chocolate, chopped or use chips
Over a double boiler, melt the butter and chocolate together. Set aside to cool.
2 large eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 cup Dutch processed cocoa (I used Cocoa Rouge)
1/2 cup King Arthur all-purpose flour
1/4 cup Malted Milk powder
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. Kosher salt
3/4 cup chopped Malted Milk balls
Preheat oven 350F-degrees. Lightly spray baking pan with a non-stick spray.
In a large bowl, using a whisk, beat eggs, then, gradually add the sugar and whisk until light yellow in color. Add the vanilla and whisk again. Add the cooled melted chocolate/butter mixture and whisk to combine.
Switch to a spatula and add the dry ingredients, stirring to fully incorporate. Stir in the chopped malted milk balls.
Use a 2-tablespoon scoop to distribute the batter between the 20-well pan.
Bake 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out cleanly. Transfer pan to a rack and cool completely. Use a small off-set spatula to gently pop out the bites. Makes 20!
What better way to add a surprise to your children in their lunch box or to have a snack when they come home to tell you about their day. And, this would even be a great way to let them bake with you and maybe divide up the batter between them, they can add their own favorite additions. Enjoy!