A few years back, I spent a few lovely nights during Easter week with a great college friend and her sister in Virginia Beach. (I just have to say that NO ONE knows how to party like the DeRiggi sisters!) One of the more memorable moments was something we deemed Easter Sundaes. In essence, an Easter Sundae was a bowl of ice cream topped with handfuls of about every popular Easter candy on the market. Talk about excess. Aside from gummy and jelly candies, which harden when cold, this was a brilliant idea. Well, also aside from the stomach aches.
While Easter Sundaes are all about excess, Easter Brownie Bites are a tiny mouthful of goodness without putting you in a sugar coma. Well. That’s assuming you eat one or two. Good luck with that.
For the recipe I did some updates to the classic Better Homes and Gardens fudge brownie recipe, which is one that I love. I swapped out some brown sugar for white and added cinnamon. Yum! They turned out a little bit less sweet than normal, which was perfect considering I added buttercream frosting to the top and then three dark chocolate filled egg candies from Cadbury. So. Stinking. Good.
- 1 stick (1/2 cup butter)
- 2 1-ounce squares of unsweetened baking chocolate
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 eggs
- 3/4 cup flour
- 4 T butter, softened
- 1 T baking cocoa
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- a few T milk, just to get consistency
- 1 bag chocolate candy eggs (1/2 bag for brownie bites, 1/2 to eat)
- Preheat oven to 350. Grease mini muffin pans. This made about 2 dozen mini brownies.
- In a small saucepan melt the butter and then add the chocolate squares and turn off heat. Stir until the chocolate is melted and remove from heat. Stir in the sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon. When fully incorporated and cooled a bit, stir in the eggs. (If it hasn't cooled enough, the eggs will scramble.) Stir in the flour and use an ice cream scoop or small spoon to fill the mini muffin pans.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Meanwhile mix together all the ingredients for the frosting. I fudged mine a bit without using a recipe, so the amount of milk may vary. I made a thick consistency that wouldn't run and think that was about a tablespoon. Once the brownie bites are cooled, ice and top with the candy eggs.
I loved the addition of cinnamon in the frosting and though it seems crazy to put frosting on a brownie, the changing out of the sugars made a difference. These are definitely SWEET, but you’ll go back for more than one without feeling overwhelmed. Don’t ask how I know. Or how many I ate. (Also don’t ask Rob how many HE ate. He’ll admit nothing.)
This may not have the overload of an Easter Sundae (and I’m thinking of making those a family tradition), it is dainty and pretty and tasty. A perfect bite, maybe two.