Monday, December 7, 2009

Mint and Chocolate Capped Brownie Bites





As I've mentioned, I really love this time of year. I love going to the mall and looking at how cute they've decorated it. I love the sparkling street lights. And I LOVE LOVE LOVE that you can buy all the mint chocolate you want! My favorites are the Hershey's mint kisses, with the candy cane ones coming in at a close second. They only come out at Christmas time, which I kind of like because it keeps them a real treat. Do any of you have your special treat that you only eat during the holidays?

Anyway, I found this recipe on the bag and I had to make them. After all, the only thing better than a mint chocolate truffle, is a mint chocolate truffle attached to a brownie. The fun thing about these is that you could really make them with any of the different flavors of kisses out there, cherry, coconut, almond, caramel, etc. They were fun to make and really tasty, the only thing I would do different next time is to just forget the little cupcake papers. They stuck to the brownie bites and just got in the way of eating them, otherwise, they're wonderful!

Mint Capped Brownie Bites

Ingredients

48 Kisses, flavor of your choice
2/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
powdered sugar

Directions

1. Heat oven to 350 F. Line 48 small muffin cups with paper or foil mini muffin cups. Remove wrappers from chocolate.

2. Beat butter, sugar, water and vanilla in a large bowl on medium speed of mixer until well blended. Add eggs; beat well.

3. Stir together flour, coca, salt, and baking soda. Gradually add to sugar mixture, beating on low speed just until blended. If necessary, refrigerate dough until firm enough to handle. Shape dough into 1-inch balls; place in prepared muffin cups.

4. Bake 11-13 minutes, or until cookie surface is set. Cookies will appear soft and moist. Do not overbake. Cook about 5 minutes on wire rack. Press chocolate piece into center of each cookie bite. Cool completely and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

32 comments:

doggybloggy said...

too easy to gobble these up - you must need to make a ton! they look so inviting.

HoneyB said...

I LOVE your excitement! I love seeing all the lights as I come through town on my way home from work. I also like shutting all the lights off in the house and just have the tree and candles going. Your brownies look yummy!

Palidor said...

I don't know what it is about mini-paper liners... they always seem to stick. Anyway, these are so adorable! I bet I could eat a dozen of them at once.

♥peachkins♥ said...

i love mint chocolate..

Karine said...

They look so pretty! thanks for sharing :)

Ingrid said...

I need to find some of those candy cane kisses. Everytime I've go into Target I forget to look for them. :(

My mom and I are going to do some holiday baking and these would make a nice change to plain brownies.
~ingrid

Kim said...

I bought some kisses today and was having fun looking at all the different kisses available now. I saw these brownie bites on the back of the package and thought about making them. Yours look terrific!

Jenn said...

Weee....brownies!!!! I've got my Christmas decor up and i'm ready to celebrate. Bring out the hot cocoa and the sweets.

Julie said...

Those are just way too cute...delicious!

Pam said...

These are so cute and tasty - I love mint with chocolate.

theUngourmet said...

These are just adorable! They are so perfect for the holidays! They are pretty enough to give as a gift.

Joanne said...

I can't find any of these flavored Kisses around here! Coconut! Cherry! Candy cane!

These look super delicious. The holiday season is such a great time. I love all of the lights.

Lara said...

My kids had to learn to like mint with chocolate early around our house, since I make treats with it whenever I can. This kind of recipe is my favorite--simple, with mostly ingredients on hand, but with a fun, unique twist!

A Year on the Grill said...

oh my... these look really good. I make a clear chocolate martini that I use the candy cane kisses as a garnish. i always have a bag left over, and now I have a use for them

great post

Barbara Bakes said...

Love the idea of a mint chocolate truffle attached to a brownie! Yum! We're Cadbury mini egg fans around here!

Debbie said...

Thanks for posting this. Absolutely terrific - I am making these as part of my Christams tray!

Katherine Aucoin said...

I am definitely making these with may daughter this weekend. they look so elegant and festive. We both love, love, love mint chocolate. Isn't christmastime just the best?

Cheryl said...

Those are so dang cute, I am a sucker for cute!

Erica said...

They're super cute! I love that you can use all the different types of kisses to make them. No real different foods during the holidays- except maybe more squash and pumpkin :) and the special starbucks flavors

Erica said...

btw- I love your new pic! I keep forgetting to tell you!

Brandi said...

Those are darling! Thanks for sharing. I, too, have a cooking blog, and am always looking for new recipes. If I use one of yours, I'll be sure to link back!

Heidi said...

These looks so yummy. I love all the new flavors of hersheys kisses!!

Velva said...

These are absolutely divine! A perfect size too. Very nice.

Ma What's 4 dinner said...

Those look beautiful and my hubby will think he's the luckiest guy around when I whip those up later this week. Thanks for making me the best wife ever this week. My kids'll be pretty thankful too.

Saw you on the Ungourmet's site and thought I'd stop by. Love what I see. I'll be back very soon.

Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner?
www.MaWhats4Dinner.com

Cathy said...

Oh, those are the prettiest little cookie bites. I've added this recipe to my baking list for Christmas. Thanks for the tip about the liners.

burpandslurp said...

Oh wow! Those look so precious...little cups of jewel-encasing goodies!

MaryBeth said...

I love these little bites, they have to be even way better with the kiss in the center of them.

Katy ~ said...

How CUTE CUTE CUTE are these! Just right for that cookie platter!!

Barbara said...

Those are adorable! I love the holiday candy kiss flavors.

Grace said...

yeah...those papers just get in the way of my chocolate consumption. :)
great little brownies--the kiss topper is a great idea, and it's festive to behold as well!

Megan said...

These would look so pretty on a cookie platter. Love them!

pigpigscorner said...

These are so cute!