Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Easter brownie bites

I knew I wanted to make a dessert for Easter this year - holidays always seem like a chance to bust out something fun. I had an idea that started forming after I did the cupcakes for C's birthday party. (I wanted the cupcakes to look like grass and dirt so I did chocolate cupcakes and piped buttercream frosting to look like grass.) I realized I could sort of do the same thing for Easter just by adding some embellishments.

I changed it up a little and made brownie bites instead of cupcakes (truthfully I like brownies way better than cake). I found the most amazing recipe for brownies on All Recipes - to turn it into to bites, I just shortened the baking time to 15 minutes.

Then came the fun part. I made a basic buttercream frosting (3/4 cup of sugar beaten with vanilla until smooth, add 2 1/4 cups of powdered sugar a little bit at a time, add 1 tbps of milk to thin it slightly) and added green food dye to give it a pale green color. I piped this onto my brownies using a star tip. Then I added two candy eggs to the top - I used the Hershey's ones for half and the Reese's one for half. If I had to pick, I'd give a slight edge to the Reese's ones; the peanut butter was a really nice contrast.

I'm really excited that they looked as good on the plate as they did in my head plus they are so yummy!


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