Friday, February 22, 2013

Whopper Brownie Bites

Sometimes, one of my favorite things is to peruse (omgosh, my sister uses this word ALL the time and it drives me NUTS and here I just used it) the store, grocery store, Target, drug store, ANY store with food and see what I find on sale or on clearance and then write a recipe around it.  When my creative juices feel all dried up, it gives me inspiration. 

That is exactly what happened when I found this bag of Whoppers.  I seem to have these fond childhood memories of my dad making us "malts" in the blender as kids.  Not shakes, malts.  He used that wonderful malt powder we all know and love!  The Whoppers just confirmed that I needed to make something chocolate...malted....and delicious with them!   I will confess something, right here, and right now.  I have never made homemade brownies.  Yes, I know, shoot me now.  The good thing is, I will from now on!  This recipe from my mom is amazing.   I of course added some malt powder and such but, on the regular, you can bake these in an 8x8 pan!  They are SO fudgey which is how I like my brownies!

If you decide not to use liners, spray your mini cupcake pan liberally!  Don't forget or you will be serving them savage style, everyone trying to chip their brownie bite out of the pan at once!  Wouldn't THAT be fun!  I also piped my icing, you can just dollop it with a teaspoon, I am just obsessed with piping anything I possibly can.  It's a personal thrill.....leave me alone, don't judge. HA

1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
1/4 cup cocoa
1/4 cup chocolate malted milk powder
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Using a mini muffin pan, add liners or spray liberally and set aside.  In a medium saucepan, melt butter completely.  Remove from heat and add cocoa, malted milk powder, sugar, eggs, vanilla, and salt.  Mix until completely combined.  Now add in flour, mix until JUST combined.  Using a teaspoon or small cookie scoop, fill each cup about 2/3rds of the way.  You should get 38 mini brownie bites out of this batter.  Bake for 12-14 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean!  Let cool completely.

Chocolate Malted Buttercream:
1/4 cup butter (room temperature)
1 tbsp cocoa powder
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup chocolate malted milk powder
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup SMASHED Whoppers (I mean smashed to dust or it will clog your piping bag if you are piping)
38 whole Whoppers

Mix all ingredients.  Place in a piping bag or use a teaspoon and add a small dollup to the top of each brownie.  Use a star tip or plain piping bag, or heck, use any tip you like!  Add a whole Whopper to the top of the dollop of icing!

Make sure to keep these sealed in a container to keep them fresh until you are ready to serve.  You could also freeze these!!

These are so good and will work wonders on your chocolate cravings!  ANYTIME!!

Your "do you whopper or don't you whopper"chefwannabe

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