Black Bottom Brownie Bites


My knitting group decided to have a holiday luncheon. (No, I don’t knit. I stink at knitting, in case you were wondering. They humor me because I bring treats!). I was in Virginia when plans were made, but guess what? They assigned me dessert. I planned to bring some English toffee and caramels I had whipped up earlier in the week, but needed a chocolate treat. I am never disappointed by Fine Cooking’s dessert recipes and these mini brownies reminded me of cupcakes I used to make decades ago. In bite sized form, these Black Bottom Brownie Bites were perfect for a sweet nibble after a pitch in lunch.

I made a half batch, using 1/2 tablespoon of egg yolk for half the egg. The knitters loved them…and I only brought a few home. Both Bill and Nick gave their approval. Nick typically does not favor desserts with cream cheese, so either he was delighted to eat something other than dorm food or these are just plain terrific. You make the call.

 

Black Bottom Brownie Bites

Ingredients

  • Adapted from Fine Cooking
  • 1/2 cup butter, cut into pieces
  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 4 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • For topping:
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 egg yolk, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips, plus more for garnishing

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Line mini-muffin tins with paper liners (will make approximately 5 dozen). Set aside.
  2. Melt butter and chocolate in microwave safe bowl, stopping and stirring at 30 second increments, till melted and smooth. Set aside.
  3. Beat eggs and salt till foamy, about 2 minutes. Gradually add sugar while continuing to beat till thick and a pale lemon color, about 3 minutes. Fold in the chocolate and vanilla.till just incorporated. Fold in flour till just incorporated. Put batter in a gallon zip-lock bag, remove air and seal. Set aside to make topping.
  4. With a wooden spoon, miix cream cheese and sugar till smooth and creamy. Mix in the egg yolk, then chocolate chips. Put filling into a quart sized zip-lock bag, remove air and seal.
  5. Snip off a 1/2 inch corner of each bag. Pipe brownie batter into muffin cups, filling 2/3 full. Follow by piping approximately 1 teaspoon of topping onto center of each brownie. Sprinkle with a few mini-chocolate chips if desired.
  6. Bake for about 20 minutes or till toothpick inserted into brownie comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing bites to cooling rack to finish cooling.
  7. If reusing muffin tins, make sure they are cool before filling with batter.
  8. Makes approximately 5 dozen.
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Comments

  1. I have never made black bottom cupcakes, but I love to eat them. think this is a great idea in a brownie bite! happy new year!

  2. yum! Looks delicious!! I have never knitted but I want to learn and have already decided that even though I won’t be that good at it- it totally doesn’t matter. People will be getting angled scarves for presents- yes! haha

  3. I don´t knit either but sell knitted things for a living, so I suppose I should learn… Wonderful bites, no wonder they were liked by everyone! Have a great beginning of 2013 Liz!

  4. Those brownies look delicious from where I’m sitting. Can’t knit to save a jumper myself. Happy new year. Continue baking. I adore your pastry fancies;)

  5. What a way to end the year… talk about delicious! I would eat my share of bite for sure. :)

    Happy New Year my friend. It’s been wonderful getting to know you through your blog and I appreciate all the support you have given my blog. I hope 2013 brings you all the joy, happiness, health and prosperity you deserve. You are a great human being, wife, mother, friend to your community and the blogging community. I always say I can see genuine goodness in a person’s heart and I see it there in your heart. Have a blessed year my friend. ~ Ramona :)

  6. Ooooh lucky knitting group! These look so cute and so rich and delicious!

  7. I just love these! I stopped making them when the kids were away – that it was up to Paul and me to eat them all! (And we did!) Happy New Year – may it bring a year of goodness.

  8. I’d have you come to any kind of group no matter the topic so long as you brought all your fabulous baked goods! I’d have been all over these babies – they’re the marriage of two perfect desserts (cheesecake and brownies). Who can resist? Not even your cream cheese averse son! I’ve always wanted to make brownies with cream cheese so these are on my 2013 foodie bucket list. I hope your NYE is filled with good food, booze and family. Cheers, Liz!

  9. These look like the perfect bites for after any dinner. Your knitting group is very lucky to have you as a member. I hope you and your family have a joyful New Year, Lizzy!

  10. delicius, Happy New Year, bye SILVIA

  11. Lizzy, that looks wonderful!! I remember reading somewhere that you don’t eat everything you make or you’d be the size of a house! Who eats what you make? Curious me. :)

  12. P.S. I eat everything I make…I’m not the size of a house, but not as skinny as you either. ;)

  13. If cream cheese is involved, I call these a major success! I stink at knitting too, but I so wish I was good at it. They look really good (sometimes brownies are given chocolate leniency).

  14. Geraldine Saucier says:

    Happy New Year :)

  15. I love the little cups that you put these in…and that they are single-serving. We love brownies around here! Happy New Year, Liz!

  16. I would also totally humour you to get your desserts :) These look so tasty!

  17. I love brownie bites, these look delicious. Happy New Year! :)

  18. Hah! Hah! I stink at knitting too :) Those brownie bites are irresistible! Now wonder the knitting folks keep you there hee..hee..

  19. Knitting ?! I can’t even sew to save myself :D I bet some peeps from your knitting group are lurking right now ! lol Chocolate and cream cheese ?! I’m all for it ! I’m sure they taste as good as they look :D

    Lizzy , I wish you and your family all the best in 2013 ! Here’s to more decadent and gorgeous posts in the ahead – CHEERS !!!

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