Moist mini Brownies and a White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting and sprinkled with crushed Candy Cane
If you follow With A Blast you should know by now that I love anything, especially food, in miniature size ! These Candy Cane Brownie Bites are just that, about 2 bites and it’s gone. A very good reason to have another one or five ..
A few days ago, I spotted some candy cane at our local Woolworths store and quickly grabbed a couple of containers. Hardly any of our usual stores we go to, keep candy cane in stock at Christmas time, so when I find them, I grab them as if there is no tomorrow !
You would not find me eating a candy cane as is, I like them crushed (fine, medium or rough) sprinkled over an actual treat. I do however, like to use whole candy canes as a decoration or to stir a hot chocolate drink, and then also the kids like to eat them whole (by kids I really mean, my daughter !)
This is a very basic Brownie recipe, moist, very soft and so very chocolatey … You can also make them in a standard cupcake size – but adjust the baking time to around 18 – 20 minutes.
The added White Chocolate to the Frosting makes it not only holding up better and longer, but it also adds a very creamy, chocolate taste, which is wonderful with the slightly sourness of the Cream Cheese.
Candy Cane Brownie Bites
- 2 Eggs
- 1/2 cup Cocoa Powder
- 1/4 t Salt
- 1 t Baking Powder
- 1 t Vanilla Essence
- 1 cup Sugar
- 1/2 cup Butter melted
- 1/2 cup Flour plus an extra 2 Tabelspoons
- 1/2 cup Chocolate Chips
- 250 g Cream Cheese softened ( 8 oz )
- 1/2 t Vanilla Essence
- 100 g White Chocolate broken ( 3.5 oz )
- 3 1/2 cups Icing Sugar
- 1/4 cup Candy Cane crushed
Pre-heat the oven to 180 deg C (350 deg F) – line or spray 2 x 12 hole mini muffin pans with cooking oil
Beat together the Eggs, Cocoa, Salt, Baking Powder and Vanilla until well mixed
Stir in the Sugar and Butter – mix well
Add the Flour – stir to mix – add the Chocolate Chips and stir until combined
Divide the batter between the 2 mini muffin pans – bake 12 minutes or until a tester comes out clean – remove from oven – let sit for 5 minutes – transfer baked brownie bites to a cooling rack to cool completely
Meanwhile, prepare the Frosting – beat together the Cream Cheese and Vanilla until smooth – melt the White Chocolate and whilst beating the Cream Cheese add the Chocolate – beat until well combined
Add the Icing Sugar by the cupful – beat well after each addition
Pipe or spoon the Frosting over the cooled Brownie Bites and sprinkle with crushed Candy Cane – chill for 15 – 20 minutes before serving
ps: Any leftover Frosting will keep well in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days (maybe longer, but mine have never lasted that long!)