Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Teeny, Tiny Bites of Heaven ~ Mini Brownie Bites!

I was kindly asked to make some goodies for a dear, dear friend's going away party ~ something that is always the biggest compliment!  Knowing that I am always willing to get my baking fix, I gladly obliged.  This could turn out to be quite a large shindig so I knew I would want to make something that could feed many mouths.  I am in love with tasting parties, finger foods and mini desserts, so knew immediately I wanted to make some mini brownies and top them with yummy things!

My imagination ran wild and I had to quickly reign it in.  I made myself decide on 3 flavors.  The winners were Peanut Butter Cup, Chocolate Marshmallow and Strawberry Cheesecake. 

I can make a mean homemade peanut butter frosting, if I do say so myself, but so can you.  It is the simplest recipe but will cause your friends to beg for the recipe.  So here it is!

Homemade Peanut Butter Frosting

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup butter
2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup milk

Simply combine all ingredients and beat until smooth!  ** I found mine to be a little runny and I was out of powdered sugar at this point, so I simply placed it in the fridge for about 20 minutes and it thickened up.

I piped the frosting on top of mini brownies that I made in here from a simple Betty Crocker boxed brownie mix (bake at 350 for 12 minutes and pop out of pan 1 minute after removing from oven!)I then topped them off with a mini-buckeye each that I found at a little sweet shop a little bit ago.

For the Strawberry Cheesecake brownie bites I did the same thing in terms of the mini brownies, but then whipped up the frosting on my own again.  Deeeelish! 

Homemade Strawberry Cheesecake Frosting

1/2 cup strawberries (pureed in food processor)
1/4 cup butter (room temp)
3-4 cups powdered sugar
8 oz cream cheese (room temp)

1.  Cream the butter and cream cheese
2.  Mix in the strawberries.
3.  Add the powdered surgar to taste / consistency preference.

Just as with the Peanut Butter frosting, this was a tad soupy so I chilled it for a few minutes and then it was good to go!  I topped them with a single white chocolate chip and they were complete.

Lastly, I did Chocolate Marshmallow.  Thankfully Riley had begged for some pastel mini marshmallows at the store recently as though she would just die if we didn't buy them ... and then never ate a single one ... so I had cute garnish right in my pantry.  I knew it was love at first sight recently when I saw the Frosting Creations by Duncan Hines at Target.  Have you heard of these?  They are tubs of plain white frosting but then about ten different flavoring packets you can pick from that you mix into the plain frosting.  Brilliant!  When I saw Chocolate Marshmallow, I knew I had to try!  I quickly mixed the packet and the frosting together, piped it onto the mini brownie, and then topped it with a mini marshmallow.  How simple is that?!

The final product?  A beautiful display of teeny, tiny bites of heaven ready to serve up!

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