Happy New Year! Wow it’s the end of 2015 and the beginning of a brand new year. One of the best things to happen this year was beginning this blog! It’s been a lot of fun so far, and I can’t wait for the new year with new posts, DIY, recipes, and fun.
Some of my New Year’s resolutions include getting organized, cooking lots of new recipes, and stretching myself creatively. All of which add up to an exciting new year of blogging and life in general. 🙂
It is New Year’s Eve, and I wanted to give you a delicious way to celebrate it.
These brownie bites are rich, sweet, and oh so good. The hint of salt in the pretzel crust give the brownie bites a welcome pause from all that delicious decadence. Easy and quick to whip up, these beauties a perfect dessert to bring to a party.
Enough talk! Time to get started on some deliciousness brownie bites.
Let’s begin by making the crust. You will need:
- 2 cups of crushed pretzels
- 1 cup of butter
- 2 tablespoons of sugar
- 2 tablespoons of brown sugar.
You can use a food processor to crush the pretzels or use a rolling pin to crush the pretzels in a resealable bag. The rolling pin also helps you relieve some holiday stress. 😉
Then melt the butter in a bowl in the microwave and pour everything into a medium size mixing bowl. And mix it all together.
Yum…This stuff is really good on it own or as a pie crust. I’ve made key lime pie with this, and everyone loved it. But back to the brownie bites. Once that’s all mixed (and tempting you to eat the whole bowl), you can scoop it into well grease muffin tins or cover it and save it for later.
I opted for postponing that part and started on the brownie bites.
You are going to need:
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1/4 cup of butter
- 4 eggs
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- 2 cups of chocolate syrup (or 1 – 16oz. can)
- 1 cup + 1 tablespoon of flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- and if you like nutty brownies you can add 1/2 cup chopped nuts
First melt butter in the microwave and then mix it with the 1 cup of sugar.
Cream this mixture well until it is nice, light, and fluffy. When that’s ready it’s time to add the eggs. You want to mix in the eggs two at a time, mixing way after each. It should look very creamy and light.
Next add the teaspoon of vanilla and the 2 whole cups of chocolate syrup. O.O
Looks delicious, but we are not done yet. Let’s add some substance to it – mix in the flour, salt, and baking powder.
Make sure the batter is thoroughly mixed. You don’t want any bubbles of flour in your baked goodies. (Trust me it isn’t pleasant 😛 )
Once all that is combined, it’s time to spoon everything into greased muffin tins. (Directions below) I actually have a silicon muffin tin, but you definitely don’t need one of those.
I put in about a tablespoon of pretzel crust in the bottom with about two tablespoons of brownie batter on top. (Amount depends on the size of your muffin tin.)
Next pop them in a 350 degree preheated oven for 10-15 minutes or until they feel firm to the touch but still leave a little imprint when touched.
Let them cool and enjoy!
It’s best to eat these before you start your New Years weight-loss resolution…if you are starting one. These scrumptious little bites are so good that you might end up eating 2 or 3. Not that I did any such thing… 😉
I hope you have a fantastic New Year’s, and I am really looking forward to 2016! Check back in for all these fun, new DIYs, Recipes, and Entertaining Ideas coming up!
Happy New Year from all of us here at Heartland America and Home with Heartland. Stay safe and have a great time with friends and family.
Remember no matter what year it is you are always welcome at Home with Heartland.