Mini Mint Truffle Brownie Bites

Mini Mint Truffle Brownie Bites Final Happy Monday! You all have until FRIDAY to enter to win that pretty little KitchenAid 7-qt. Stand Mixer + other amazing prizes just in time for Christmas! Enter HERE. We’re on Day 8 of our 12 Days of Holiday Treats. Are you in a sugar coma yet? I think I hit my breaking point with these bad boys…and then these. Baking is sometimes a serious downfall! I can’t stop! Send help immediately…and not just for the desserts problem.

If you’ll recall, I told you all in this post that I was going to share some exciting news with you today. Well, here it is: we are moving! Yes, me and the Mr. and my little rascal are moving to Portland. Not so much exciting for you, but exciting for us!  Out of this small town and into the big city putting us closer to malls, bigger gyms and Trader Joes…I have such important priorities. The story behind this move is really quite simple: we were given a great job opportunity that would financially put us in great shape. It seriously was a no brainer. So, yes. That is the big news. We leave on Wednesday morning. Yippity Skippity. :) We are looking forward to some new adventures.

So in the mean time while I go insane packing my life into cardboard boxes, here’s a great recipe to keep you all up on that sugar high. Super easy brownies with a mint truffle kiss hidden inside topped with some minty buttercream. Totally to die for, easy to make and make adorable for gifts, snacks or desserts.

For these brownies I used some butter, Scharffen Berger bittersweet dark chocolate, sugar, eggs, vanilla, Scharffen Berger cocoa powder, flour, salt, baking powder and mint truffle kisses.

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Start my throwing the chocolate and butter into a bowl. These OXO bowls are great for recipes like this. brownie bites 2

Melt the chocolate and butter together in the microwave until its all smooth and runny. Then pour this into a glass and chug. Haha. Just kidding. Well, half kidding. brownie bites 3

Add in your body weight of sugar, brownie bites 4

and some of that cocoa powder.  brownie bites 5

Now stir it around until it’s all combined. Pour this into a glass and chug. {I can’t help myself…} brownie bites 6

Stream in some vanilla… brownie bites 7

…and all 4 of those eggs. I thought this picture looked kinda cool and kinda gross at the same time. What do you think? brownie bites 8

Stir it all together and resist the urge to drink. Raw eggs=grody. brownie bites 9

Toss is your flour and recognize that only the good brownie recipes call for more sugar than flour. OH YEAH. You heard me. brownie bites 10

Add in the final dry ingredients: salt…..and……..can you guess??? Is the suspense killing you? brownie bites 11

Nope! Wrong guess. You lose. Haha Suckers!

Just kidding. You were right. It’s baking powder! Not a lot….just a teensie bit. brownie bites 12

Et voila! Brownie batter. brownie bites 13

Spoon this into some lined mini muffin tins {about 1 tablespoon or so of batter} brownie bites 14

…and grab some of these pretty little things.  brownie bites 15

Unwrap about 48 of these guys and squish them down into the brownie batter. I don’t sink mine way down because if they touch the bottom of the pan, then the chocolate gets sort of crispy…and crispy brownies are illegal in my house. brownie bites 16

After a few minutes in the oven, the come out looking poofy and yummy. Let these cool and work on making some frosting. brownie bites 17

For the buttercream, I just tossed some really soft butter into my KitchenAid mixer with some powdered sugar, vanilla and peppermint extract.  frosting

After a minute or so, I got my frosting. A touch of green food coloring and a few more spins in the mixer, my frosting was DUN!! {*Note- I didn’t have to add in any milk. If your frosting is too dry, add in tiny splashes of milk until it starts coming together.*} frosting 2

I ended up using a Wilton disposable piping bag and a big fat tip to make these frosting domes. And, I cut some extra kisses into 4 to add as garnish. Mini Mint Truffle Brownie Bites Final 2

I think these ended up so cute! And everyone loves the surprise inside! :) Mini Mint Truffle Brownies Final 3

LOVE peppermint and chocolate together. Mmmmmm…..

Products I used in this recipe:
OXO bowls, measuring cups, measuring spoons, spatula, pop top storage containers
Kitchenaid 7-qt. Stand Mixer
Scharffen Berger Bittersweet Dark Chocolate, Unsweetened Cocoa
Wilton disposable piping bags, tips
Le Creuset Spatulas

Mini Mint Truffle Brownie Bites

Yield: 48

Ingredients:

for the brownies-
1 cup butter
6 oz. Scharffen Berger bittersweet dark chocolate
5 tablespoons Scharffen Berger cocoa powder
2 cups granulated sugar
4 whole eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
48 Mint Truffle Hershey Kisses, plus more for garnish if desired

for the frosting-
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
1 teaspoon vanilla
splash of milk, if needed
green food coloring

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 48 mini muffin tins with paper liners and set side.

Melt butter and chocolate together in microwave. Stir in sugar and cocoa. Stir in eggs and vanilla. Stir in all dry ingredients. Spoon into prepared pan to fill 2/3 way. Unwrap Mint Truffle kisses and press 1 into each brownie bite. Bake 10-12 minutes or until brownie is thoroughly cooked. Cool completely.

For the frosting, whip all ingredients together in a large stand mixer until smooth and creamy. Frost the tops of each brownie bite and add a piece of mint truffle kiss to each one as decoration. Serve.

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39 Responses to “Mini Mint Truffle Brownie Bites”

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    Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray — December 19, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Congrats on the move! These brownies look amazing, I love mint chocolate ANYTHING!

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    Rachel @ The Avid Appetite — December 19, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    Congratulations on your move! How exciting. Best of luck to you :) Make some of these amazing bites to keep you company – they look fantastic!!

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    Kathryn — December 19, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Congratulations on the move (and the reasons behind it!) I’ve always wanted to visit Portland and I’m sure it will be a fantastic move for you and your family :D

    These are so cute – every time I try to make brownies in my mini-muffin tin, it’s a disaster but I will have to follow your recipe!

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    Megan Pence — December 19, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Congrats on the big move!! I had about five different things running through my head of what the big news could be – ranging from “It’s a BABY!” to “OMG she got a book deal!” haha Portland – I APPROVE!!!
    Hooray again and btw, chocolate and mint is a match made in heaven.

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    carly {carlyklock} — December 19, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Such exciting news! You are one heckuva lady for moving just before Christmas! I’m sure you will love the new place. Even more reason for me to visit Portland. xoxo

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    Julie @ Table for Two — December 19, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    this looks SO good!! and CONGRATS on the news!! that is so awesome!! I’ve never been to Portland before — I hear it’s gorgeous!! :)

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    Bev Weidner — December 19, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    That’s SO exciting about your move, lady! WAY. TO. DO. IT. !

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    Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — December 19, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Heehee, these are adorable!! And congrats on your move–I think it’s really exciting. I’ve only heard wonderful things about Portland! Good luck with all the boxing.

    P.S. …”grody”? ‘Splain??

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — December 19, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Congrats!!! Moving just in time for Christmas?!! You will have some fun memories of Christmas in your new home. :) These brownie bites are lovely- that last picture kills me!! Delicious! Merry Christmas, Lauren! xoxo

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    Blog is the New Black — December 19, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    More mint! YES! ;)

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    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga — December 19, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    these are so cute and i bet sooo tasty!

    i love andes mints, creme de menthe bars…anything like that…yum!

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    Cookbook Queen — December 19, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    These are gorgeous!! And my absolute favorite combo…chocolate and mint.

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    Barbara @ Barbara Bakes — December 19, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Such a fun idea to hide them. They look delicious!

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    Katrina — December 19, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    These are adorable and so freaking tasty looking! Lovely.

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    rebecca — December 19, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    chocolate mint… classic for the holidays. yum!

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    Lauren @ What Lauren Likes — December 19, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    Ohmygosh. Chocolatemint = love. These look great :)

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    jenna — December 19, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    mmm..these do look delicious! i love chocolate and mint! gorgeous.

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    Lark Harrington — December 20, 2011 at 12:06 am

    Lauren, these are CALLING my name! YUM!!!

    I cant wat to bake me up a batch…to share of course! (lol)

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    DessertForTwo — December 20, 2011 at 2:36 am

    Gorgeous! My niece and nephews would love this! xo

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    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — December 20, 2011 at 4:44 am

    These are adorable!… and I bet they taste fabulous!

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    Ann — December 20, 2011 at 6:21 am

    Wow – those are the coolest brownie bites! Not only do you have the treats on top, but when I saw you put one inside I almost swooned! …AND to top it off – they’re stunning! Beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing and SO nice to meet you (Via Nat Perry)! BTW – Congratulations on your move to Portland!

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    Priya — December 20, 2011 at 6:28 am

    Positive…In Sugar coma now :). Beautiful Brownies…Congratulations!!

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    Zee @ The Recipe Code — December 20, 2011 at 7:30 am

    Lauren you keep surprising me every day with wonderful recipes.. Every day after reading your latest post I am like oh my gosh I HAVE to make this! and this and this one too :D
    But my busy schedules hardly allow me to do much of cooking during the week :(
    I have a huge pile of your recipes waiting to be tried.. I hope I can make all those soon.. Till then can I have one of those pretty little cupcakes puhleeease? :D

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — December 20, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    Oh my, love these! I wonder how many “bites” I could eat.

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    Erin — December 20, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    These look so good. I love the kiss inside!
    Congrats on the move! How exciting! :)

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    Deborah — December 20, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Yay for new adventures! And you are right – if it calls for more sugar than flour, you know it’s going to be good…

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    Maria — December 20, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    I love brownie bites! These are perfect for the holidays!

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    Chrissy — December 20, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    These look perfect! Great treat for a holiday party!

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    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — December 21, 2011 at 2:36 am

    MMM, mint. And chocolate. love.

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    Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) — December 21, 2011 at 4:00 am

    Those are so cute, and they look picture perfect! I am really hoping I get the mini cupcake pan I asked for for Christmas!!!!! (That and a donut pan – I have so many recipes bookmarked for mini cupcakes and donuts, it is insane!)

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    brandi — December 21, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    how exciting!!!

    now please mail me some of these brownie bites :)

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    JulieD — December 22, 2011 at 3:49 am

    These look amazing!!!

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    Ashley Welty — December 22, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    definitely making these for a christmas party tomorrow :)

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    Curt — December 24, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    These look awesome! Something about the holidays that has me seeking mint flavored treats!

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    Geni — March 30, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    I have been trying to figure out how to make my mint truffle brownies easily handle-able for the L.A. Bloggers’ Bake Sale next month and I think this is IT! Thanks! Love the photos because I recognize so much in them. I always use Sharfenberger or Chuao chocolate, have the Xoxo bowl and the le Creuset spatula. Looks like one of my posts. Kind of funny to recognize so much.

    The brownie bites look fantastic and gorgeous. Exactly what I will be going for at this bake sale so Thank you! Have a great weekend.

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