St. Patrick’s Day: Brownie Bites

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!

I was tempted to title this post Attempt #2 – Cake Balls – but then I realized that what I’ve created is really nothing like Bakerella’s Cake Balls. I used the same basic steps but totally different ingredients.

Thus, I get to call these beautiful things – Brownie Bites – my own lovely creation.

They were so easy to make! I started by breaking up the extra brownie bits from the Three Leaf Clover Nutella Brownies into even smaller bits.

Then I added some more Nutella, which I heated in the microwave first for about ten seconds.

Mix in just enough Nutella so that the brownie stuff is at a good rolling consistency.

Then, begin rolling!

Refrigerate these for a little while.

Once brownie bites are nice and cool, begin melting some chocolate – I used milk chocolate chips.

Seems all I do these days is melt chocolate.

Then drop in a brownie bite.

Roll it around for a little while…

And decorate!

I used Cake Mate green sprinkles.

All done and ready to eat.

If you’re nice to me, maybe I’ll give you a bite?

But don’t get your hopes up.

Yours edibly,

Elana

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St. Patrick’s Day: Three Leaf Clover Nutella Brownies

Oh brownies, brownies, how I love you so.

I made these brownies special for St. Patrick’s Day – can you tell?

The recipe was pretty simple.

I started by melting some semi-sweet chocolate chips and butter in a double boiler.

Once the chocolate and butter melted, I added sugar and cocoa powder.

Next, I whisked in three eggs and some vanilla.

Finally, I folded in flour and salt and poured the batter into a pan greased with lots of butter. I used a larger pan so I would have more surface area for the cookie cutter. I baked the brownies for about 20 minutes.

After baking, I let the brownies cool for a short while.

Then, while the brownies were still warm. I heated up about a cup of Nutella in the microwave for 20 seconds and poured it over the brownies 🙂

Spread around that Nutella nice and evenly.

And let the brownies cool down in the fridge or freezer for just a short while before cutting into them!

I found this three leaf clover cutter at Bulk Barn. It was a bit larger then I wanted but still worked well.

Having a little bit of trouble but no worries!

So many extra bits, what to do, what to do.

I’m thinking maybe Cake Balls, Attempt #2 with brownie balls!

I dipped the clovers in green sprinkles and voila!

These will be a huge hit tomorrow….

I just know it!

This is a great St. Patrick’s Day activity. Try them out and let me know how they taste 🙂

Here is the recipe, adapted from joyofbaking.com:

Three Leaf Clover Nutella Brownies

Ingredients

  • 5 ounces (140 grams) semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chopped
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) (113 grams) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 2 tablespoons (15 grams) cocoa powder
  • 1 cup (200 grams) granulated white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup (95 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup Nutella
  • Three Leaf Clover Cookie Cutter!
Method
Preheat oven to 350 Fand place the rack in the center of the oven. Butter a 9 x 13 inch pan.

Melt chocolate and butter in a large stainless steel bowl placed over a saucepan of simmering water. Remove from heat and stir in the cocoa powder and sugar . Next, whisk in the vanilla and eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Finally, fold in the flour and salt.

Pour into prepared pan and bake for about 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a little batter and a few moist clumps clinging to it. Do not over bake. Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack.

Heat Nutella in microwave about 20 seconds and pour over brownies while brownies are still slightly warm. Spread evenly with spatula and cool in fridge or freezer before cutting.

After cutting, dip in green sprinkles 🙂

Serve at room temperature or chilled. These freeze very well.

Makes about 9 brownies, depending on the size of your cookie cutter (mine was quite large). I am testing out a recipe for the extra brownie bits so please don’t discard!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Yours edibly,

Elana