When I saw the Picky Palate Blog I was in love! Jenny has a lot of amazing recipes. I didn't find her blog on my own my friend, Amy, led me to it. She wanted me to try Jenny's Festive Candy Cane Kiss Centered Brownie Bites. They looked so good - they had to be difficult to make right?
Nope - not too hard! I mixed up my favorite brownie mix according to the box instructions. I greased my mini-muffin pan thoroughly. Then I used a scoop to fill the pan about 3/4 full with brownie batter. The brownies I used are really yummy - but lots of chocolate chunks. Not ideal for this recipe. I think it would be even easier if I used a smooth brownie mix which I will do next time. And there will be a next time soon!
Then I inserted a Candy Cane Hershey Kiss into the brownie batter of each muffin tin. This is where the chunks made it a little difficult. See how I couldn't always get the kisses in straight and even? But I forged on!
I baked them in the oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes and let them cool completely. I was worried because the kisses didn't go in as evenly as I hoped. When they were done baking you could see some of the kisses poking out of the tops.
No worries though! They are topped with a simple frosting. And the frosting took care of my little eye sore!! The frosting is just melted chocolate chips and heavy cream. I used 1 Cup chocolate chips, melted them, added 4 Tablespoons of heavy cream, mixed together and then back in the microwave for 10 seconds - mix again. I doubled the frosting recipe because we love frosting here but also because originally I only made one batch of frosting and it was not enough. I got 40 brownie bites and that requires a lot of frosting!! I just dipped the top of the brownie bites in the frosting. Then as the Picky Palate suggested I crushed 3 candy canes and sprinkled them on top. You want the candy cane to be in small pieces, not dust but small bite size pieces. I put mine in a ziploc bag and used our potato masher to smash them up (only the best baking tools are used in this kitchen!) They taste so good. You have to try it!
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