19 January 2017

Brownie Bites - Chewy But Not Gooey

Brownie Bites - Chewy But Not Gooey / www.delightfulrepast.com

Brownie Bites take a little more effort than a pan of Brownies, but I think it's worth it for two reasons. First, every single brownie is one of the coveted "edge" brownies with the extra chewy exterior. And, second, they're cuter! 

Like most people, I'm very particular about the texture of my brownies. Some people prefer a cakey brownie; and if you are one of them, go back to Google and keep looking! I'm a chewy brownie fan. Chewy, but not gooey (gummy). 

The most important thing when baking brownies, or brownie bites, is to not overbake them. Watch them like a hawk! Don't underbake them either, but watch for them to just be the perfect degree of doneness. 

This recipe makes exactly 24 mini-muffin brownie bites. If you have enough tins, double the recipe and make exactly 48; I'm sure they freeze beautifully.

How do you like your brownies? Or are you more of a blondie fan? Do you like them best with coffee, tea or milk? One could, of course, decorate these any number of ways, but I wanted to show you the basic brownie bite.


Brownie Bites - Chewy But Not Gooey / www.delightfulrepast.com
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Brownie Bites


(Makes 24)

1/2 dip-and-sweep cup (2.5 ounces/71 grams) unbleached all-purpose flour
3/8 cup (1.125 ounces/32 grams) natural unsweetened cocoa powder*
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 stick (4 ounces/113 grams) unsalted butter
1 cup (7 ounces/198 grams) sugar
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon espresso powder, optional
2 large eggs 

* I buy organic and Fair Trade Certified coffee, cocoa and chocolate products. 

1 Preheat oven to 350F/180C/Gas4. Butter 24 mini muffin cups. (OR, of course, you could just use an 8x8x2-inch pan.)

2 In small bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt.

3 In 1-quart glass measure, microwave butter for 1 1/2 minutes, or until melted. Stir in sugar, vanilla and espresso powder. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add flour mixture to wet mixture; beat until well blended.

4 Using a measuring tablespoon, spoon batter into muffin tin(s). Then go back with a measuring teaspoon and do the same. In other words, divide the batter evenly between the 24 mini muffin cups, filling quite close to the top. 

5 Bake for about 17 minutes, or just until brownies begin to pull away from sides of pan or test moistly done with a toothpick or ... well, you'll sort it out. Do not overbake. I'll say that again: Do not overbake. Turn out onto wire rack, and cool completely. Brownie bites will keep for several days at room temperature in airtight container with wax paper between layers.

88 comments:

Angie Schneider said...

They are perfect for my afternoon tea, Jean.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks, Angie. They disappeared fast, so none today!

Thomas "Sully" Sullivan said...

Chocolate…the root of all evil. Sugar…puh! NOT! Sooooo, you’ve gotten down to the nitty-gritty. Excellent, excellent. But freeze? Freeze what? 48 brown bites? Methinks you’re freezing an empty plate if Mr. Delightful has first crack. And blondies. Long time since I’ve heard even the name. But they’ll do fine. Sweet chewy, that’s the trick. And you’ve mastered it. 5 cleavers.

Rue said...

Hi Jean :) I can't wait to try these! I usually buy the store brand, but I'd rather make them myself. I like my brownies the same way you do ;)

xo,
rue

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Sully, I'm so honored to be the recipient of the coveted 5 Cleavers award! Mr Delightful thought you might like this one!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Rue, thank you. I hope you'll like them as well as your usual store brand. Store bought brownies can be very good, but I like to make mine all organic. And they do make the house smell all cozy while they're baking.

Daniela said...

Wow, I really can't miss them, hubby loves brownies so much, especially if they're chewy, thank you again and again, my lovely friend !

Hope you're having the best of weeks,
I'm sending hugs and ever much love to you,
with utmost gratitude

Xx Dany

Cheryl mylittlepieceofengland said...

Yum, especially as they aren't 'cakey'. I think I'd like mine with a nice hot, strong cup of tea, Earl Grey of course xx

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Dany, mine does too! Me -- I'm not so keen on chocolate. But next time I'll make a non-chocolate treat for me!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thank you, Cheryl! I do love my Earl Grey!

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

Boy do these sound good, Jean. I'll also have mine chewy with a cup of Earl Grey. I have a pot brewing on the counter. Bring the brownie bites over. ♥

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Okay, Martha Ellen, I'm on my way. I smell the Earl Grey!

Cranberry Morning said...

They look great but bites? More than one would be so noticable. And when I make a 9x13 pan, I can cut little slivers. LOL. I like brownies chewy and with chopped pecans or walnuts. I always add more cocoa powder than called for and bake them at 350 F.for exactly 23 minutes. But I have such a weakness for them that I don't make them often. Actually, maybe those 'bites' would be more self regulating.

Margie said...

Of course, I like chewy brownies with tea! Now I'm craving brownies. Hee!

Gerlinde de Broekert said...

I am drinking a cup of tea right now and your brownie bites would go so well with. I'm pinning the recipe for later.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Too funny, Judy! Yes, I'm all about "self regulating" -- sometimes we can trick ourselves, can't we?

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Margie, thank you. Go ahead, have a brownie!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks, Gerlinde. And if you pipe on a little rosette of frosting, they're cute enough to put on a three-tiered stand for afternoon tea!

Grammy Dee said...

Going to have to try this one. I'm a chocolate addict. Thank you for sharing this post at the Wednesday AIM Link Party. I shared it on my social media sites.

Menaka Bharathi said...

Hi Jean,
I cant wait to try these brownies, look at them - so yum and extremely inviting!

Marisa Franca @ Allourway said...

I am so with you! Want a cakey brownie? bake cupcakes. I love the chewy, delicious, chocolatey treats!! This is certainly a unique way to make them -- no crumbs and all the same size. And if I snuck one or two -- there would be a cut as evidence. :-) Great idea!
Have a great weekend.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Grammy Dee, thanks. And thank you for sharing on your social media sites. Much appreciated!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Menaka, thank you. And, like you, I make them with all organic ingredients.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Exactly, Marisa! No evidence! :D And, "want a cakey brownie, bake cupcakes," -- so true!

Candace Kage said...

Have something like brownies on hand as a great snack, easy treat, chocolate fix is always the way to go. Thanks for linking up with Blogging Grandmothers.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thank you, Candace. I'm definitely going to keep a supply in the freezer!

Amy at love made my home said...

What a great idea to make them like this! yummy!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks, Amy! I like cute food!

Sippity Sup said...

I like gooey as long as it's not undercooked. Do you know what I mean? GREG

Debbie Harris said...

Yummy! Those are the cutest and I bet they are delicious.
I'm a cake brownie girl, but the chewy will do as well. :)

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

I know what you mean, Greg! Undercooked is not good.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks, Debbie! Sounds like you just like chocolate! :D

Leanna - Of Faeries and Fauna said...

I became allergic to chocolate at 50. How rude is that...

Brownies are my favorite and like you I am a chewy brownie fan. These look cute and adorable. They would be lovely with a coffee cream cheese icing dabbed on top.

Thank you for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks, Leanna! Sorry about the allergy. But don't worry. Food allergies change all the time. I was deathly allergic to some foods, avoided them for several years, and then the allergy went away and I became allergic to garlic.

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Mmmmm Jean, I love chewy brownies (and cookies, for that matter!). Wish I had one of your mini brownies with my cuppa tea right now.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks, Kitty. Mmm, yes, chewy cookies -- I'd like a chewy molasses ginger cookie right now!

Cocoa and Lavender said...

I am with you, Jean - brownies must be chewy and is not cakey! The only thing on which we don't see eye to eye is that I am a center brownie kind of guy. If you were edges, the better! Still, these brownie bites look perfect and perhaps the edges are better when they're round?

I also want to report back that I made your Bakewell tart the other day and it was amazing!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thank you so much, David. I do love my Bakewell tart! So much better than anything chocolate, even chewy brownies!

Brandi Puga said...

I love everything that is bite seized, and honestly i kind of think anything that can be bite sized tastes better that way! can't wait to try these!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thank you, Brandi! And I hope you'll let me know how they turn out for you!

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

wow...so many comments already. You hooked all of us with the picture of those lovely little brownies! Will be trying it out.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thank you, ARC! Let me know how you like 'em!

Clearissa Coward said...

These look delicious. I can't wait to these! Thank you for sharing with #blogginggrandmothers. I am pinning for future use.

Anonymous said...

Chocolate! Let's see, I enjoy cake-like brownies, chewy brownies, and even goofy brownies - if they are properly baked. Brownies! : )

I think it is as you said to Debbie, "Sounds like you just like chocolate! :D" Yes I do but, Jean, these do sound and look especially good.

Thank you for the recipe. I will save it for future days - when your gingerbread cake recipe is sadly gone.

Love,
Lily

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks, Clearissa!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Lily, thank you. When you try them, let me know how they turned out for you!

Anonymous said...

These look totally amazing Jean. Perfect for the PB and chocolate trifle! Thank you for sharing at #ThursdayFavoriteThings! Have a wonderful week.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks, Anon! PB and chocolate is one of those classic combinations.

Bernideen said...

Those would satisfy the chocolate cravings! Thanks for sharing Jean!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks, Bernideen! I love joining your tea party!

Grammy Dee said...

Thank you for partying with us at Blogging Grandmothers Link Party. I shared your post on my social media sites.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks, Grammy. Social media shares are always soooo appreciated!

Angela said...

It looks delicious! Brownie is something that everyone likes. Thanks for the recipe! Also, thank you for you visit!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks, Angela! Even I like brownies, and I don't even care for chocolate!

Sue Loncaric said...

These look delicious and just the right size. Thanks for the recipe Jean, I've pinned and tweeted.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks, Sue! I am fond of miniature desserts. Social media shares are soooo appreciated!

Karen (Back Road Journal) said...

I always like mini bites of desserts and your brownies sound perfect.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Karen, thank you! Mini desserts are always fun *and* make me feel somehow "healthier!"

menaka bharathi Bloggers Pit Stop Crew said...

Such wonderful mini bites Jean! they look so yum, would surely want to try them

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Menaka, thank you so much. And, of course, they are organic!

Annette, 3 Little Buttons said...

I am totally swooning at the sight of these gorgeous bites. They look really scrummy and something that would go so well with a good movie and mug of hot chocolate. Thank you for sharing with the #DreamTeam xx

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Oh wow, Annette, that sounds like my kind of thing! Start the hot chocolate -- I'll be right over!

Pauline Wiles said...

Jean, I'm going to show myself up as a terrible philistine, but I don't think I ever met a brownie I didn't like... except I might be one of those rare people who enjoy the middle slices. So I don't think I mind cakey or chewy or gooey even. In my family, we use the word "chuggy", and if a brownie claims that description then that means it's a fine specimen. But now you mention it, blondies are pretty appealing, too.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Jean, I love chewy brownies too. Your little bites are really cute and would accompany my coffee and tea perfectly. A cup of hot chocolate would be nice too. Only thing is, it would be almost impossible to have just one or two! I must try making these. My hubby loves chocolate but he's not supposed to eat a lot of it. A brownie bite or two wouldn't hurt him. Thanks for sharing another wonderful recipe.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks, Pauline. I like your family's word "chuggy!" I just might have to adopt it!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Sandi, thank you. And tell your hubby to do what I do: put just two on a lovely little plate and eat them very slowly with the tiniest fork you have.

Grumpy Mum (@the_grumpy_mum) said...

Mmm... I need to get my baking stuff out of storage as these look yummy!! #dreamteam

Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

I am definitely a chewy fan!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks, Grumpy Mum! Definitely get your baking stuff out of storage!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Of course you are, Carol; you're a woman of taste! :D

Miz Helen said...

Hi Jean,
I am just in time to enjoy your delicious Brownie Bites, just delicious! Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing you awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday.
Come Back Soon!
Miz Helen

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thank you, Miz Helen! I will. It's such fun!

Jeanie said...

These look great, Jean. I might have to make these for book club. Or maybe a trial run before, just because!

Thanks for coming over to the Gypsy and leaving such a nice comment! It's always fun when you visit!

(And I prefer a blondie but a chewy brownie is high on the list!)

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Jeanie, thank you. They'd be perfect for book club. Wish I could join you!

Nikki Frank-Hamilton said...

Jean, I am an equal opportunity brownie eater, they can be blondies or brownies, either way, I love them! And these would go perfectly with my morning coffee. Brownies aren't just for breakfast anymore! LOL

I like these little bites, I have a great excuse to eat more than one or two. Who's counting!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

That's my problem, Nikki! If I don't put a certain number in a certain place, it's too easy to grab "just one" every single time I walk by!

Sandra Lee said...

These would disappear in a heartbeat at my house!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks, Sandra! And that would be great, because I like to bake a lot but I don't need to eat a lot! :D

Chloe Crabtree said...

You are right, these are way cuter than a pan full of brownies! they sound wonderful, and would make a good base for a chocolate trifle, too! Thanks for sharing at Celebrate Your Story!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks, Chloe! We girls are into cute, aren't we?! :D

Life Redesign 101 said...

I love these, easier to take to a gathering because they have fewer crumbs than brownies when you cut them.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks, LR! I think you're right -- and it seems I'm always hauling food somewhere!

Donna said...

Found this on #BloggersPitStop and very unhappy, because I was trying a avoid brownies and I have, really have to try these. Off to brownie my night away, glad to have found you Jean, now I have to follow and share and chew. ;) Hope this weekend treats you kindly. :)

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thank you so much, Donna! You just made my day!

Ruth Schiffmann said...

I'm always surprised to hear people talk about the coveted brownie edge pieces. Everyone at my house wants the middles!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Ruth, great to hear from you! I prefer the middles, simply because I like all the pieces on the serving tray to look exactly the same. So I trim the edges, then cut the brownies! The edges are my little "ccok's treat." If you all like middles, with these you would just make sure not to overbake.

Sarah | I Heart Frugal said...

Hi Jean! Your food looks amazing. Your pictures on your site are great too! I might have to try a salad with brownie bites for dessert!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Sarah, thank you! I'm so glad you like the photos, too.

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