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Fudgy Brownie Bites

Every once and a while a magical thing happens in the foodie world. Someone tries a recipe, adds their own twist and posts it. Then someone reads the post and does the same. And another. Before you know it there is a convoluted trail of foodies putting their spin on an already delicious recipe. Like the passing of a ritual torch, it is time I bestow to you this delicious, possibly perfect brownie recipe. This isn’t the most intricate trail I’ve seen in the foodie world, but it’s a fun one, so let’s follow it anyways.

It started with a tweet (check me out @rvank) I sent out, asking if anyone had a moist brownie recipe. The adorable, inspiring Brian Samuels of  A Though for Food–a favorite foodie of mine and a big inspiration for my pursuits here–suggested I check out one of his posts. He promised me a delicious brownie recipe, a recipe he adapted from none other than the queen of food blogging, Deb of Smitten Kitchen. She adapted the recipe from Alice Medrich’s book, Bittersweet. Who knows where this Alice got the recipe, but a few things have changed since it reached me, mostly at the work of my own hands.

My tweet was not entirely forthcoming. I was looking for a moist recipe because I planned to bake the brownies in mini cupcake tins and I didn’t want to risk overcooked, dry brownies. You see, I am a cookie fiend whereas my family and friends are obsessed with brownies. I wanted, needed something shaped almost like a cookie to trick me into thinking I was eating a cookie–or something like that.

In addition to Brian’s suggestion, my request ended up starting a 75 tweet thread about what makes brownies moist. It was foodie on foodie action–serious hair pulling action. In the end, it came down to fat. The original recipe from Alice only uses fat from butter to create a candy-like bite (the chocolate coming solely from cocoa powder). I, the careful man I am, figured I needed a bit more fat since I was baking the brownies in a mini muffin pan. I added 4 ounces of a 70% chocolate bar (which contains some cocoa butter to add to the fat content; the extra sugar in the chocolate doesn’t hurt either).  I also multiplied the recipe by 1.5 because I’m a hungry boy.

This will yield 36 incredibly moist, soft, fudgy pillows of brownie bite. The recipe should scale fine if you don’t want that many–or if you want a bunch more–, though I assure you 36 will barely last a day or two. I’ve also linked you to both Brian’s and Deb’s recipe above if you’d like to try something closer to the original.

Ok. Enough words. I should have stopped long ago because really, the only thing that matters in this post is the recipe, a recipe you must try! P.S. Did you notice my homage to Brian’s photography above?

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Fudgy Brownie Bites

Ingredients

8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter, chopped
2 cups sugar
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
4 ounces 70% cocoa chocolate bar, chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 large eggs, cold
3/4 cup cake flour

Instructions
1. Butter a mini muffin pan (with 36 muffin cups); preheat an oven to 325°F with a rack in the bottom third of the oven.
2.  Place the butter in a large bowl over a pot of simmering water (bain marie). When it begins to melt, add the sugar, cocoa powder and chocolate bar. Stir occasionally until the butter and chocolate have completely melted and mixture is completely mixed together–it may still appear a bit grainy.
3. Remove the bowl from the bain marie and allow the temperature of the mixture to cool slightly.
4. Add the vanilla and stir. Then add each egg, one at a time, mixing well after each to completely incorporate it.
5. Add the cake flour and mix the flour in until it is completely dispersed. Continue to mix for another minute to ensure the mixture is smooth. The batter will be very thick.
6. Spoon the batter evenly into the minicupcake pan. Place in the preheated oven and cook for 15 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out covered in crumbs and a paste-like substance, but not a liquidy looking substance (it should stick to the toothpick and not run or fall off). Mine baked for 18 minutes.
7. Allow the brownies to cool to room temperature then place the pans in the freeze for 20 minutes–this will help the brownies come out of the pan easier. Remove from the freezer, run a knife along the outside of each brownie and pop the brownie bite out.
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Enjoy! Thanks again to Brian for sharing this recipe! Do you have a favorite brownie recipe? I’m always looking for new varieties of delicious baked goods.
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AUTHOR - Russell van Kraayenburg

Founder of Chasing Delicious, and author of Haute Dogs, Russell's works have been featured in Southern Living, Men's Fitness, Redbook, TRADHome, and Real Simple magazines and on various sites including Lifehacker, Fast Co., Business Insider, The Kitchn, Live Originally, Quipsologies, Explore, and Fine Cooking. Follow Russell on Twitter @rvank and Instagram. Get more delicious @chasedelicious.

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  • Heather

    Um, these look amazing. Reminds me of the chocolate brownie bites my mom bought when I was a kid – she wasn’t much of a baker.

    p.s great blog.

    p.p.s i love your recipes. you’ve got some good taste buds.

    p.p.p.s i also love cornbread.

  • Miriam @ Overtime Cook

    Brownie bites are my latest obsession. I’m definitely going to try this recipe because the moist fudgy (hmm my phone first recognize that word. MUST CHANGE THAT.) texture is more difficult to achieve with the bites. Wonder how these would work with add-ins?

  • Tiffany

    Oh, these bites TOTALLY look magical!

  • Sanjeeta kk

    Cute little seducing bites! Love the idea to bake in those small molds.

  • Alan Cooke

    The brownie bites look delicious! I love the ‘corner’ pieces on ‘traditional’ brownies for the chewy crust. Baking individual bites is a great way to achieve that in every piece :)

  • Britne @ Shabbott's Habits

    Oh wow! These look amazing. Brownies in bite form are dangerous…they just asking to be popped into ones mouth when walking by the kitchen.

  • Isabelle @ Crumb

    Hel-looooo brownies!
    These look just like those packaged Two Bite Brownies, which are basically my personal kryptonite. I can eat a full bag in one sitting, which probably translates to five million calories.
    I’d probably consume an entire batch of these brownies in one sitting too, and it would probably be just as many calories… but least least I’d be spared all the icky preservatives and lord-knows-what-else lurking in the storebought versions. :)

  • Stephanie

    Those look amazing! I have a BBQ coming up and I guess I could take that opportunity to convert my guests to fudgeism with your recipe. Great photos

  • Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family

    You can stop chasing delicious you’ve found it!!! YUM :)

  • Lauren @ KeepItSweet

    Your brownies look amazing! Great photos.

  • Kathryn

    I’ve been searching for ages for a recipe that will make perfect little brownie bites and these look amazing! Your pictures are gorgeous and I pretty much want to eat at least 20 of them.

  • Brian @ A Thought For Food

    This really is my favorite brownie recipe and I’m so glad that you enjoyed it. And thank you so much for your kind words!

  • Tina@flourtrader

    Glad I stopped in to see these delicious little morsels! In reading this, I can tell you put a lot of thought into making sure that these did turn out as you expected. I will need to try this recipe-thanks for sharing.

  • RavieNomNoms

    These are so cute!! Thank you so much for sharing. I love anything that is bite sized. Makes it seem like you can have more of them. Your pictures are outstanding!!

  • Crystal's Cozy Kitchen

    I have totally been craving brownies lately, and these look so delicious. The only problem is that the size is just perfect to not keep track of how many I’m eating… and eat them all!

  • Christina Williams

    Okay, I’m making brownies tomorrow! These sound so good, and your pictures are fantastic!

  • Anne@frommysweetheart

    I love brownie bites. Because c’mon. It’s a bite. So you are meant to have more than one! These look super moist and fudgy Russell! : )

  • Christine

    Looks wonderful! Yum!

  • Kim Bee

    These look amazing! I am a big brownie fan so going to bookmark this one to try out.

  • BigFatBaker

    Your brownie bites remind me of the 2 bite brownies you can get at Costco. Love that you made your own though. Thanks for sharing!

  • Thomas Andrew

    Those look amazing! I love to slice brownie bites in half…add some vanilla ice cream and make brownie-ice cream sandwiches.

  • sarah

    L. O. V. E. The recipe and the story. Thats one of my favorite things about this wonderful foodie and blogging community. I have yet to meet a brownie recipe I don’t like and this one is getting bookmarked for sure!

  • chopinandmysaucepan

    Love the deep dark brown colour and how that precarious stack has balanced itself!! :)

  • Molly @ Toffee Bits and Chocolate Chips

    uh yum!!! I love brownies! That was THE treat I started my culinary adventures with when I was a kid. I had the recipe memorized and made it God knows how many times.
    My new fav brownie recipe: Cocoa Brownies with Browned Butter.

    I will have to try these too though!

  • Reem | Simply Reem

    Can I seriously request you to send me one of this luscious chewy goodness…
    Such a wonderful recipe and lovely post.
    This community is so beautiful and I feel so blessed to be a part.
    Thanks for the recipe, I”ll sure try these soon but till then i”ll be dreaming about these babies and drooling…

  • Ah Tze

    Lovely photos and I like the idea of using muffin pan to bake these brownie bites!

  • Peggy

    These brownie bites look absolutely adorable – and I’m sure with a combo of Brian & Deb’s recipes, they were absolutely tasty too!

  • Tina@flourtrader

    You have been tagged for the 7 links, see my 7 link post from today.

  • The Chocolate Priestess

    A new use for my mini cupcake pans. Thanks for the ideas!

  • Maria

    Hi,

    Got to know your site from Tina…. nice to know about your blog and loved your fugdy browny bites :)

    Cheers!
    Maria

  • Lilly

    Russell you did it again! You’ve made something amazing that makes my mouth water. I haven’t been baking for a while and my hands are itching. The only thing is…do you think I can use less butter? Two sticks seem a bit much to me.

  • janet@fromcupcakestocaviar

    Sounds like a GREAT brownie. I have been craving brownies all day and I adore the mini muffin cup types (a store near me sells them). may just have to start cooking :-D

  • Viviane Bauquet Farre / Food and Style

    Oh my… These are so decadent! I love all that dark chocolate… and the photos are fabulous – Kudos!

  • Hannah

    Your photos are positively enchanting… Seriously, one look, and I’m in love! Everything looks incredibly delicious. I’m scribing to your RSS this very moment. :)

  • RChristopher

    Yum. Chocolately goodness in a bite-sized form. Seriously what’s not to love about these treats! Another most excellent post Russell.

  • Elies_Lie

    I love brownies!especialy incredibly moist, soft, fudgy pillows of brownie bite, Haha ha!

    Tq for sharing the recipe Russel, I’ll try to make it & join this foodie brownies chain soon ;)

  • Debby

    I’m in loooove with brownies, it’s so decadent :D

  • Jesica @ Pencil Kitchen

    Always a good way to start a party, “pass me the brownies!”… It looks amazing :)

  • Faith

    I’m just bopping over from browsing Google+ and I just have to say that these look AMAZING – love the way you’ve styled and photographed these beauties. I love food photography and may have just found my newest favorite blog! :)

  • Carroll

    So true referring to the ever inspiring food community, we all search for deliciousness adn the tweak it to become our own. It is a very flattering cycle!

  • Karen @ superfinefeline

    There goes my weight-loss program. Keep em coming!

  • Lalage

    I love the sound of these! Shall be trying them soon… My last batch of brownies had a salted caramel layer in the middle, which was a bit fiddly, but delicious. I haven’t perfected the recipe yet though!

  • wendyb964

    Thanks for doing the hard part: fine-tweaking the recipe for mini-brownies. My go-to recipe wasn’t so perfect in minimuffin cups, and I’ve been relying on boxed Ghirardelli mix (sorry.) Will definitely use this next time as well as the hint to place cooled pan in the freezer as my least favorite task is getting cakes out of the pan cleanly. They should freeze well as a doahead for my holiday party: topped that afternoon with a delicately flavored whipped cream flourish (favs: raspberry, mocha, chocolate) far better than $4.00 apiece to a caterer.

  • britney

    I made these last night. So great! instead of the chocolate I used 2 rounds of Abuelita hot chocolate and reduced the sugar by a half cup. So so fudgy and fantastic.

    Next time im going to try adding caramel sauce inside and a bit of salt on top. mmm.

  • Melinda

    These look delicious. I was wondering why you use cake flour instead of all purpose flour. Thank you.

    • Russell

      Cake flour contains less gluten and more starch than bread or all purpose flour. Because of this cake flower gives baked goods a softer, cake-ier bite – in my mind perfect for brownies. If all you have is all purpose flour, you can substitute that in. The recipe shouldn’t be affected much outside of a small difference in the texture and bite of the brownie.

  • Melinda

    Hi! I just saw your response. Thank you. Also, how much batter do you use to fill the mini muffin tin? 1 tbsp? More? Less? Thank you!!!

    • Russell

      You’re welcome! As for filling the mini muffin tins, since they don’t rise a whole lot I fill them about 3/4ths full, maybe a little more. Since pan sizes could vary I’d measure it visually rather than by a particular volume measurement.

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    I made these in mini muffin pans for a going away party, very chewy and chocoaltey, not cakey at all, just what I was looking for! The only thing I changed was that I used 60% cacao because that’s all I had on hand. Will be making again for sure, thanks so much for the reciepe!

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      I gotta get to Target and grab a few bags of those kisses! I’m gonna cheat and use a box mix. Shhh, the boys I bake for will never know ahintyng but that Miss Ingrid baked for them! :)~ingrid

  • Kerri

    I stumbled upon your blog while looking for a good fudgy, not cakey, brownie…I just made these and they are so good! They are moist, chewy, and perfect! Thank you!

  • Gina F.

    I just finished making these and I carefully followed your instructions for getting them out of the mini muffin tins (which do not always cooperate with food removal). A quick jab of my paring knife along the edge and they popped right out. Thank you so much for this handy tip which will serve me well in the future. Oh, and the brownie bites were wonderful. Thanks.

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    I made these for a family Christmas party last week and had all amazing reviews. ‘Best brownie iv ever eaten’ Will be making them again this weekend. So fudgy and chocolaty! Thanks for the perfect recipe!

  • Natalie Sullivan

    I recently bought a minimuffin pan, and so have baking mini everything. I have only baked homemade brownies a few times, and they always came out terrible. The others were light in color,and too hard when cool. I thought I’d try brownie bites with my new pan, searched for a few clicks, and found this recipe. They came out of the oven an hour ago and my husband has already eaten four. I used dark chocolate cocoa powder, which almost puts these bites over-the-top chocolatey. My pan is non stick, so the bites just fell out when I pulled gently with my fingernail. The texture is absolutely PERFECT. Not too airy, not too squidgy. I will never use another brownie recipe, Thank you so much!

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