From the Recipe Box: Chocolate Covered Brownie Bites

by kitchenarian on May 25, 2011

Everything doesn’t always run smoothly in my kitchen. In fact, some days things can get quite frantic. When this happens, family members retreat to the far corners of the house; as far away from the kitchen as possible.  Take for example this past Sunday, I promised to make desserts for my son’s lacrosse party. I should have made them Saturday, but we were gone all day at the Soap Box Derby. I confess, I started a little late in the day and decided to try a new recipe. I think that was my first mistake.

Word to the Wise: Don’t try a new recipe two hours before having to show up at an event with a dessert especially when it involves multiple steps. Don’t get me wrong, this recipe wasn’t difficult. It just requires a bit of time; something I did not have much of that particular day.

I baked cookies and then I decided to make chocolate covered brownie bites.  The recipe wasn’t difficult at all; it used a boxed brownie mix.  I thought it was going to be a “piece of cake” – my second mistake.  I baked the brownies, being very careful not to over-bake them. You need to be able to roll the brownies into balls. I considered making brownie pops out of them, but at least I was smart enough to know I didn’t have enough time to do all that.

I melted the chocolate while the brownies were cooling. Then I poured the sauce over the brownies and let it drip just a bit before putting on the baking sheet to “set”. This is where I ran into trouble. Obviously this chocolate requires a slow drying process, not something I had anticipated. I even put them in the freezer while I dashed off to get ready for the party. About 20 minutes later, the milk chocolate coating had not quite set and they were still quite sticky.  I was out of time, so I peeled the brownie bites from the baking sheets and squeezed them into the mini sized muffin liners and off I went.

And as you would guess, everything worked out alright. The chocolate brownie bites were dense in the middle and the chocolate coating was quite delicious. I am sure I was the only person less than satisfied. The next morning I decided to have a brownie bite with my coffee. I opened the cookie container and picked up a brownie bite and they were perfectly “set”.  Lesson learned:  Some things just can’t be rushed.

I used milk chocolate for the coating since my son does not appreciate the delicious attributes of a darker chocolate. At times, I do cater to his preferences especially when I am making them for his friends. This recipe is adapted from a Pillsbury on-line recipe. Click here to check out some of their other recipes.

Ingredients:

2 boxes Pillsbury® Classic Brownie Regular boxed mix (19.5 ounce box)
8 – 10 ounces milk chocolate chips
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare and bake 2 boxes of brownie mix according to package directions. Put the batter from both boxes into one greased 9 x 13 inch baking pan. Bake for 30 – 35 minutes. Do not over-bake these brownies; you want them slightly under-baked. While still warm, cut away the edge pieces and cut cooked brownie into pieces. Roll into balls and set aside to let cool. Melt chocolate chips with sweetened condensed milk in heavy saucepan over low heat. Add the vanilla and butter; mix well. Dip each brownie ball using fork or spoon into warm chocolate; let excess drip off. Place on wax paper-lined cookie sheet. If the chocolate in the saucepan starts to cool and thicken, put back on the stove top to warm gently. Decorate the tops of brownie balls with sprinkles. Let stand until chocolate has set. Several hours is necessary; overnight is recommended.

Kitchenarian Notes:  When I made these, it made 35 brownie bites. You could actually make them smaller and get more bites if you prefer.  Some of mine were rather large.

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Tiffany May 25, 2011 at 8:51 am

You have no idea… I could TOTALLY relate to your story. I am ALSO making new dishes when I should just go with what I know works… But in the end, things almost always turn out ok! These chocolate covered bites look pretty fantastic to me!

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Jill Colonna May 25, 2011 at 9:13 am

I’m with you and done the same thing: not a great idea but look at them! They are sheer perfection. Patience is so hard at times, too – esp when they look SO good and you don’t have that much time! As ever, your photos are incredible.

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Erin May 25, 2011 at 9:53 am

Wow these look so moist and wonderful!

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Carolyn May 25, 2011 at 11:06 am

They look delicious! I am guessing that it was the milk chocolate coating that was the issue…dark chocolat would have solidified earlier. But the taste is what matters, right???

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Vicki @ Wilde in the Kitchen May 25, 2011 at 11:21 am

These certianly look decadent, I love the idea of using brownies! I’ll take a dozen!

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yummychunklet May 25, 2011 at 1:26 pm

This looks like such a tasty treat with your morning coffee!

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Emily @ Life on Food May 25, 2011 at 1:54 pm

I just had something similar at a work potluck. I think the brownie idea sounds wonderful. So chocolatey! Glad in the end you could enjoy one.

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RavieNomNoms May 25, 2011 at 4:08 pm

Oh my goodness! Those are so chocolatey and so delicious looking!! Those would not last long at all around me!

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Peggy May 25, 2011 at 5:10 pm

Yeah, I feel ya on this one. I can never wait to long with baked goods or anything like this – I get too antsy! But they look absolutely to die for =)

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blogbytina! May 25, 2011 at 6:42 pm

what a great idea! the coating makes boxed brownies seem more speshul. Although, I will NEVER complain about boxed brownies! So delishus

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Kate@Diethood.com May 25, 2011 at 8:04 pm

I always know that I am going to mess up on a recipe when it involves ‘cooling’ … I don’t have the time, and sometimes I just don’t have the patience. 🙂

But, so glad to hear that it all worked out. They are gorgeous! I don’t know if I’d be able to stop at just one.

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Happy When Not Hungry May 25, 2011 at 8:10 pm

Wow these are soo cute and look so delicious! I love that they’re so easy to make too. Great recipe 🙂

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rebecca May 25, 2011 at 8:58 pm

they look fab to me sounds like something I would do 🙂

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Maggie @ Vittles and Bits May 25, 2011 at 9:17 pm

I am the most impatient person, so things like that happen to me all the time! I’m glad everything turned out fine for you in the end – these brownie bites look AMAZING!! I want one right now 🙂

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Sandra's Easy Cooking May 25, 2011 at 10:04 pm

These look amazing and very delicious..very nice photos too! I can totally relate..I am rushing all the time, and finish most of the dishes just before I have to serve:)) but looks like you did great!!!

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Danielle@Runs With Spatulas May 25, 2011 at 10:26 pm

Oh my, and how many times have I done the same thing and yet I still haven’t learned not to do that? Those look really delicious though, you can send a few my way!

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Kelsey May 26, 2011 at 12:55 am

I did not have a 9 by 13 pan so I used a 10 by 8. Unfortunately after 45 minutes of 350 degrees it still had not cooked all the way (the middle was runny). I won’t make that mistake again!

Also I am using white chocolate instead of milk or dark.

Thanks for the recipe!!

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kitchenarian May 26, 2011 at 6:29 am

You can use the 8 x 10 pan, but only prepare one brownie mix in it at a time. I love the idea of the white chocolate.

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Debbie May 26, 2011 at 1:10 am

Oh man chocolate covered brownies are just asking for trouble in my kitchen! Glad everything worked out for your event, I am sure they were a hit!

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Elle (Bromography) May 26, 2011 at 3:08 am

These look great! Sometimes we challenge ourselves without meaning to!

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the constant hunger May 26, 2011 at 7:03 am

Wow, these look gorgeous. I’m sure they did take a while to make. I’ll make sure I make this on the weekend. 🙂

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Annie May 26, 2011 at 8:08 am

I hate it when I do that, which is all too often. I have to make sure that I read a recipe two or three times to make sure that I don’t have to let things “cool completely” or something like that before moving on to the next step. They look gorgeous though and like you said, you’re probably the only person that noticed the difference. I’m sure they tasted terrific!

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Liz May 26, 2011 at 8:01 pm

Oh, my, I shouldn’t have looked! But who could resist chocolate brownies covered in more chocolate? These look great…and I’m sure you were your harshest critic 🙂

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Felice - All That's Left Are The Crumbs May 26, 2011 at 8:19 pm

Count me as another who can totally relate to this story. My girls always seem to have something or other at school that requires baked goods – that, and the fact that they have wised-up to the fact that I have a baking blog which = lots of baked goods to spare. Sometimes we get so busy that I am making things at the last minute and agonizing about it not being prefect, when really no one else cares because it tastes great. Your brownies look really good and I am glad that you got to enjoy one when the chaos was over.

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Kita May 26, 2011 at 9:07 pm

I hate when things just wont set in time! Ugh – so frustrating. I am also 100% guilty of trying out a new recipe when I really just stick to ones I know that work. Either way these do look delish.

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BigFatBaker May 26, 2011 at 11:42 pm

I did that same thing this year at Thanksgiving and I was totally cursing myself. But as you said, it is usually just me that is less than satisfied. These little brownie bites sound delicious but addicting. I would have to share to make sure I didn’t eat them all!

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Colleen @ What's Baking in the Barbershop?! May 27, 2011 at 7:28 am

Wow, what a delicious and fun treat! It can be frustrating when something in the kitchen doesn’t work quite the way we’d hoped… But we blogger/bakers are always more difficult to please than the people we share our goodies with. Glad they turned out well! 🙂

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Kelly May 27, 2011 at 10:38 am

I make cake balls all the time and the coating is usually set within minutes especially if refrigerated. I have never added sweetened condensed milk to the chocolate coating so perhaps that was the issue with the longer set time? I am notorious for trying something new when I have volunteered to bring a dessert and I have had more than one less-than-perfect ending. I should also add that I am generally a last minute type of person so I never have plenty of time to experiment – it is usually a situation where I have the EXACT amount of time needed with no room for errors. Each time I tell myself that I need to just go with what I know works and each time I will decide to try something new. *sigh* Maybe I will learn someday 🙂

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Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen May 27, 2011 at 10:43 am

Yes! A winner! Sweetened condensed milk is my new favorite thing I think. I seem to be using it all the time! Congrats!!! (And I do the same thing all of the time when trying new recipes…drives my husband crazy!)

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Amy @ Gastronome Tart May 27, 2011 at 11:09 am

These look amazing!!!!!! A must try!

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Jill May 27, 2011 at 11:57 am

OMG – genius – I cannot wait to try the recipe!!! Thanks!!

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Chrissy May 27, 2011 at 11:57 am

What?? Brownies instead of cake??? Oh my goodness. Great idea! I can’t wait to try these!

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Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes May 27, 2011 at 1:56 pm

Gosh do I love this!

So cute and indulgent.

Thank you for the lovely recipe!!

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Brooks at Cakewalker May 27, 2011 at 1:58 pm

Kitchenarian, I so enjoyed reading your story about this project – especially the part about household members retreating to the far corners of the house when things go awry in the kitchen. I don’t have enought digits to count those moments in my house, but alas, they do happen and you came through a shining star. Well done!

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Arlene May 27, 2011 at 3:57 pm

I can so relate to your experience. In the end, these look amazing and I wish I had a handful to gobble.

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briarrose May 27, 2011 at 6:40 pm

So hard to work under a time crunch. Looks delicious though…..love the chocolate on chocolate action. 🙂

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KonstantKraver May 28, 2011 at 1:20 am

You have a lovely blog! And these bite size treats look out of this world !

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red hood May 30, 2011 at 10:36 am

Chocolate covered brownies will be a remarkable to our taste buds. It will be a most requested desert in a brownie recipe. Well, things somehow can’t be perfectly done in just one try. We kept to discover better idea to come up a perfect one. Good job and nice blog.

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Amy's Cooking Adventures June 1, 2011 at 5:14 pm

Drooling! These definitely need to be made as soon as possible!

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mike @ TheCulinaryLens January 22, 2012 at 7:46 pm

I have to admit to being amazed at how good Pillsbury Brownies were, This idea takes them to the next level…

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