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Two Sisters, Serial #29 and Mint Brownie Bites

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So we got to thinking (we do that every once in a while here at R&R). Normally, our desserts are small and designed for someone to bake and eat while they’re staying at home and spending the night reading or listening to one of our stories or serialized novels. And that will remain our emphasis long as we’re around (and we’re coming up on two years old in a few months–yay for Reading and Recipes!).

But after last week’s casual suggestion that you might want to make a double batch of our Mini Apple Pies for your Super Bowl buffet, it occurred to us that some of our small-batch recipes for a quiet night alone with a story could do double duty as a plate of goodies for a dessert buffet table or an afternoon get together. After all, it is that time of year for informal indoor parties with a small group of friends.

If last week’s recipe was an accidental double-duty candidate, this week’s gem–Mint Brownie Bites–is intentionally so. It is the perfect stay-at-home, curl-up-on-the-couch comfort treat. These bite-size brownies are deelish even before you add the Junior Mint, which then kicks them into the realm of deelish and exotic. You’ll polish off the whole batch without missing a beat (unless it’s your heart racing from the combined chocolate-sugar rush).

But and also, this recipe can be used to give your guests–at a Super Bowl party or any other party–a memorable sweet treat. If you put them out to share, we guarantee that anyone who is lucky enough to try one will remember the event and wonder who made those yummy mint brownies.

You see, at R&R you can have your brownie and eat it too! (O.K. So maybe we’ve taken this thinking thing a little too far. We’ll get back to our non-thinking basics next week.)

mint brownie bites

Mint Brownie Bites

1/4 cup unsalted butter

3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup granulated sugar

pinch of salt

1 egg plus 1 egg yolk

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup mini chocolate chips

1 box Junior Mints

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a mini muffin pan with cooking spray and set aside.

Add the butter and semi-sweet chocolate chips to a large pot. Warm the ingredients over medium heat, stirring constantly, until both are melted and mixed together. Add the granulated sugar and salt and stir until sugar is dissolved. Add the egg and egg yolk and mix until completely combined. Slowly stir in the flour and mix until just incorporated, careful not to over mix. Fold in the mini chocolate chips.

Divide brownie batter between muffin cups, filling each about 2/3 full. Bake the brownies for 20-24 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center of brownie comes out clean. (This time will vary slightly depending on the size of the mini muffin pan you use. Check brownies after about 15 minutes and test doneness.) Remove from the oven and gently press one Junior Mint into the center of each brownie. Let the brownies cool completely in the pan before removing and storing in an airtight container.

Makes about 12 brownie bites.

mint brownie bite

{Adapted from Cooking to Perfection}

Click below to listen to or read Serial #29 of “Two Sisters”.

Two Sisters, Serial #29, audio © Jeffrey Anderson

Two Sisters, Serial #29, text © Jeffrey Anderson

Enjoy!

About Elaine

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