Friday, December 18, 2015

Minty Brownie Bites


Minty Brownie Bites | Cooking on the Front Burner

Did you know that December 8th was National Brownie day?  I'm a bit late with the celebration but any day can be brownie day, right?  I was sent a bottle of BrancaMenta  from a company and asked to create a brownie recipe using the product.  I was intrigued when I heard it was mint flavored and thought I would create a holiday-ish type recipe and came up with these Minty Brownie Bites.  They were fun to make and would be perfect for your holiday celebration.  All opinions in this post are mine.

Even before the product arrived, I had an idea of what I wanted to do.  I pictured a really chocolatey liqueur infused brownie with a thick layer of green liqueur frosting to make it festive for the holidays.  Mint liqueur is clear or green, right?  I was surprised when I opened the bottle of Branca Menta and saw it was caramel colored.  While the flavor is definitely minty, it was not what I was expecting.  I knew that the frosting I had in mind would not work, so I went back to the drawing board and came up with these bites.  In order to keep it more on the simple side, I started with a box mix.  I used a really fudgey mix and substituted some of the water with the liqueur.  There was a mild mint flavor but I wouldn't suggest using all liqueur for the water.  The frosting on these brownies is amazing and again I used some of Branca Menta in the recipe.  Overall the brownies had a nice mild mint flavor and was not overpowering. 

I will say, as was suggested on their website, serve the liqueur over ice.  The DIY Guy and I enjoyed sipping on the drink as we ate our brownies!  You could also just keep the bottle in the freezer.


Minty Brownie Bites

by Cooking on the Front Burner
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Bake Time: 8-10 minutes
Yield about 24-32
Ingredients 
  • 1 box your favorite brownie mix
  • 2 tablespoons Branca Menta liqueur
  • 5 Tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons Branca Menta liqueur
  • Red or white sprinkles
  • Small candy canes
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Spray mini whoopie pie pans with cooking spray (or use mini cupcake pans)
  3. Prepare brownie mix as directed but replace 2 tablespoons of the water with Branca Menta liqueur
  4. Place batter in pans and bake until a toothpick has a few crumbs left (this will depend on your size pan)
  5. Remove immediately from pans and let cool completely
  6. Prepare frosting - Over low heat, melt butter in a small saucepan. Stir in cocoa powder. (Mixture will resemble a thick paste)
  7. Place chocolate mixture in a large mixing bowl. While mixer is on low speed, add in powdered sugar and milk, alternating the two. Reserve a few tablespoons of milk. If frosting is too thick, add in remaining milk. Add vanilla extract and Branca Menta
  8. Turn mixer to medium high speed and beat about 5 minutes, until frosting is smooth and creamy.
  9. I used whoopie pie pan so I first placed frosting on rounded side of first bite then placed another bite with the rounded sides together.
  10. Place a candy cane (gently - you might want to use a straw to make the holes first) through the bites then frost the sides and roll onto sprinkles
  11. If you used a mini cupcake pan, just place the candy cane in, frost the sides and roll into sprinkles
  12. Please note the alcohol is optional. If you don't want to use in frosting, increase milk to about 1/2 cups
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Minty Brownie Bites | Cooking on the Front Burner

These can be made without alcohol if you prefer and want to keep them kid friendly.

Minty Brownie Bites | Cooking on the Front Burner

Other mint recipes you might enjoy:






May the Mint be with you!!

Minty Brownie Bites | Cooking on the Front Burner

15 comments:

  1. Mint and chocolate, my favorite combination! ;)

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  2. Pretty sure I could eat all of these!

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  3. How fun and festive are these?? I just love these, Deb! :)

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  4. I'm all about peppermint for the holidays, and your brownie bites are just as cute as cute can be!!
    Renee - Kudos Kitchen

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    1. Thanks Renee - I've been loving peppermint this year!

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  5. These are adorable! I love that you stuck little candy canes in them!!

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  6. These are seriously adorable! And brownies, my weakness!

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  7. Love the samll size of these. Perfect for the holidays!

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  8. Yum! I love chocolate and mint together and these look delicious! Blessings, Cecilia

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