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Topic: Jojo's Sweetheart Brownie Bites - Perfect for Valentine's Day  (Read 9379 times)
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« on: February 10, 2010 05:49:37 AM »



I bake up something special for my nephews for almost every holiday, so this year I had big plans for Valentine's Day. My original petit fours idea went out the window when I realized my favorite almond cake wouldn't work. My nephew has a nut allergy, and I'd rather a gift from me not cause him to swell up and get rashy Smiley Thus, the idea for brownie bites was born. You really don't need much aside from the basic ingredients, a tiny heart shaped cookie cutter, a 9x13 inch baking pan, and about an hour.

To package them up I used mini cupcake liners (I'm pretty sure they are Wilton and can be found in most craft stores or Walmart) and tucked them into a small box. I had a plastic package from pine nuts that I thought made them look cutesy and store bought, but any small box will do. The label is just decorative paper, gel ink, and spray adhesive: easy peasy blah blah blah...

Jojo's Sweethearts Brownie Bites:

Ingredients:
One batch of standard brownie batter (I used a box, but you can make your favorite from scratch recipe)
Zest of one tangerine
1 cup dark fondue chocolate (or candy melts)
Pink, white, and red nonpareils
Red sweethearts

Preparation:
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Grease a 9x13 inch glass pan and line with parchment paper to create a sling. Stir zest into brownie batter. (This isn't essential, but it is soo very worth it. A bit of orange flavor really kicks up chocolate, and these end up being super-moist little decadent treats instead of 'just another brownie.') Pour into prepared pan and spread evenly. Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Remove from pan to a cutting board when completely cooled.

Use a small heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut out brownies. Set aside.

In a double boiler or microwave, melt chocolate. Using a fork*, dip brownies into melted chocolate, allowing excess to drip off. Lay on a wire rack** and decorate with nonpareils and sweethearts. You need to do this step quickly as the chocolate sets as soon as it cools! Continue for each brownie:



Allow chocolate to set for 15 minutes before packaging.

* I don't spear the brownies with a fork, I lay them flat on top of the tines. It lets all the extra chocolate drip off, and they slide off the fork easily.

** I don't use wax paper for this because I hate when little pools of chocolate harden around the bottom of a treat. It ruins it. This way any excess drips off, and I can just pop the cooled bites off by pushing them up from underneath the rack with my fingers. Yes, you'll get a little wire mark in the bottom, but it's better than a puddle!

And one last quick note! If you plan to ship these, like I did, you'll want to make sure they are snugly packaged to avoid breakage. Since my plastic box was just taller than the brownies, they didn't move around at all. If you use a bigger box and there is open space, pack it with a little crumpled parchment paper, tissue, or more baking papers so the brownies won't jump around.
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« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2010 06:04:47 AM »

looks deeeeelicious! You;re making me hungry
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« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2010 07:02:27 AM »

Thanks for the great little tute!  (My personal pet peeve is when someone puts up pictures of something they baked and then say nothing about recipe or technique.)  Way to go to you for sharing with the group!
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« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2010 07:15:01 AM »

yummy. I am going to try these. I can not get over how perfect they look. Thanks for the cooling rack tip, no more puddles here!

Made these today and everyone thought they were adorable. Super easy and I even did various types and am thrilled with the finished product. The coating helps keep the brownie stay moist and they looked store bought. Wink Thank you!!!!
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« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2010 07:56:17 AM »

So adorable!
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« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2010 09:11:53 AM »

Yum yum yum!!  Thank you so much for sharing!  These shall be my Foodie Friday this week... drool!
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« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2010 11:22:47 AM »

These look delicious  Cheesy! However, if your nephew is allergic to nuts, is packaging the treats in a pine-nuts container the best idea?
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« Reply #7 on: February 12, 2010 05:16:04 AM »

I need these.
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« Reply #8 on: February 12, 2010 05:18:00 AM »

I need them in my belly. Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: February 12, 2010 06:34:39 AM »

love it!  I can't wait to make these for my boyfriend (who is a chocoholic!)!
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