Thursday, September 17, 2009

Mini Turtle Brownie Bites (Treats For Co-Irkers)

First, a little story about me, myself and I.

Me: the sensible one who wants to post healthy meals and treats for you.

Myself: the dental hygienist who is always concerned with nutrition and making sure your teeth aren't exposed to treats filled with sugar.

I: will now show you how to make these decadent turtle brownie treats. Me and myself are gagged and tied up over in the corner.

Mini Turtle Brownies (recipe and idea adapted from King Arthur)

1 cup unsalted butter
2 1/4 cups sugar
4 large eggs
1 1/4 cups Dutch-process cocoa
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 TBSP vanilla
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9 X 13 inch pan with a double layer of foil, leaving enough foil hang over the edge so you'll be able to grab onto it to lift the brownies out of the pan later. Spray foil lightly with cooking spray.

In a saucepan over low heat, melt the butter. Add the sugar and stir to combine. Return the mixture to the heat briefly, just till it's hot, but not bubbling; it'll become shiny looking as you stir it. Heat the butter and sugar a second time will dissolve more of the sugar, which will yield a shiny top crust on your brownies. Transfer the mixture to a mixing bowl.

Stir in the cocoa, salt, baking powder and vanilla, Add the eggs, beating till smooth: then add the flour and chocolate chips, beating will well combined. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan.

Bake the brownies for 28 to 30 minutes, (this took more like 35 minutes for me) until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out dry (though it may have a few crumbs clinging to it). The brownies should feel set both on the edges, and in the center. Remove them from the oven, and after 5 minutes loosen the edges with a table knife; this helps prevent the brownies from sinking in the center as they cool.

When brownies have cooled, lift them out of the pan by grabbing on to both ends of the foil. Lay foiled brownies on a flat surface. With a biscuit cutter or deep cookie cutter, cut out rounds of brownie and place on a cooling rack that has been placed over a sheet of wax paper.

In double boiler, melt about 18 ounces of chocolate chips plus a tablespoon or so of shortening until smooth. Drop a tablespoon of the melted chocolate on top of each mini-brownie and allow it to flow over the sides. Smooth sides with a knife. Set aside to cool. I put mine in the freezer for a few minutes.

Meanwhile combine about 6 ounces of caramel bits with a couple of tablespoons of heavy cream in a microwave dish. Microwave in 30 second increments until caramel is melted and smooth.

Drizzle caramel over brownies. Top each brownie with a pecan half.

But wait! You didn't think I was going to let you have all those brownie scraps go to waste, did you? I would never do that. (Me and myself probably would, but they're still gagged and tied up in the corner.)

Take a tablespoon-size portion of leftover brownie and mold it into a ball. Drizzle melted chocolate over each and use the spoon to smooth chocolate around the brownie. Sprinkle with whatever little sprinkles you have on hand, or drizzle with some of the leftover caramel. Enjoy!


Jenn said...

i honestly don't know what's better, your sense of humor or that recipe! so making this during stress baking sunday!

Lady P said...

you know - if you were moogie, you would have thrown half in your mouth for moral support for not have eaten all the ones you could have ( damn those needy co-irkers) and then hauled out the margerita maker and contrived a way to liquify brownies with some kahlua and serve it up in a cocoa powder dusted mug for tripping the light fantastic after work
but i, alas, can't speak for moogie, only for little ole me, and i would have, sigh, been good and made more brownie treats
and THEN i would have downed them in a huge gulp chased by chocolate liquer, so there!!

Mags said...

Jenn: I hope you let your "I" make these and laugh yourself stress free on Sunday!

Lady P: (hauled out the margerita maker and contrived a way to liquify brownies with some kahlua and serve it up in a cocoa powder dusted mug) I love it when you put such wickedly evil ideas into my head!

Co Irker said...

Okay so it's 4:46 am and here I am checking your site. Why? Because, sadly, this is what time I get up to go to work and, more importantly, I just can't wait to know what delight you have in store for us today.

I'm so excited I might just be early for work!

Okay, probably not.

susies1955 said...

Glad to hear you are a trinity. :) Me too.
Awesome. I want some.

Rosemary & Garlic said...

Glad you tied up your healthy parts. Those look delicious. Thanks for starting my day with laughter.

Co Irker said...

I love caramel.

I love chocolate.

I love pecans.

I love you.

Err... well, I don't want to embarass you but - ding dangitty woman! Soo good. And the time you took! We don't deserve it - but we will gladly accept it.

Thank you so much, our bodacious brownie bite baking babe.


Mags said...

Co Irker: Ahhh, you cheated! You unwrapped your Christmas present before Christmas! tickles me that you get excited about what I'm going to make. Glad you enjoyed them!

Susie: Thanks. So good to have you back!

Rosemary: You're welcome! And thank you for starting my day with a lovely comment!

Sally said...

Oh My Gosh,
You are such a wonderful Lady. Dave brings these things out to us every friday. You are the Queen of the world to us. We absolutely love you. If you ever need anything then you just tell Dave and we will jump. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Mags said...

Awwww Danny... thank you!

stephchows said...

OH YUMM!!! hahahahahahaha I love your description of me myself and I LOVE IT!!! and no wonder your teeth are so nice!!! who knew :)

June said...

I have nothing to add, except once again to ask - do you deliver? Not only do you tickle our funny bones, but you tickle our fancy too.

Jennifer said...

I love the little me myself and I.. hahah too funny! Im glad your "I" won the argument because these turtle bites are downright YUMMY looking!!!! perfection!

oneordinaryday said...

Oh my goodness, do those brownie bites look wonderful!

Chocolate Shavings said...

I agree with your "I"!

Mags said...

Steph: Me, myself and I thank you!

June: Sending a dozen your way. You and the big guy can fight over them.

Jennifer: "I" always win(s)!

oneordinaryday: Thank you!

Chocolate: and "I" thank(s) you!

Christy said...

Just found you through Tastespotting. Your brownies caught my eye and look fabulous!! Wow!! I'll suggest that you leave "me" and "myself" tied up in the corner for awhile and share more delectable treats with all of us!! ;)

HoneyB said...

Oh my lovin' LORD. These are the most perfect thing I have seen in a long while. I have to say I am sure glad you gagged and tied me and myself in a corner and let I out!

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Wow... Send a few (dozen) of those my way! :) There's something about mini brownies that makes me very happy!

Mags said...

Christy: Thank you for commenting. I hope you come back and visit soon!

Honey: Thanks! They tasted as good as they look, and my fat pants will back me up on that!

Jen: I'll put 'em in the mail!

June said...

Fight over them ...lawdy...lawdy...lawdy - it'll be D.i.v.o.r.c.e! LOL

Mags said...

June: Don't go all Tammy Wynette on me. Put a little cat or Maxer doo doo on the one that you offer him, and the rest will be all yours.. swears!

Peggy said...

these looks great! and good thing that they're mini because full size would do too much damage... but then again, being mini might make me eat more of them...

Mags said...

Peggy: I have that problem too!

megan said...

I saw these on tasty kitchen and they look awesome! And i greatly enjoyed your blog post. I bookmarked the recipe on tastykitchen - i'll let you know once I have a chance to try them!

Lydia C said...

I love them and I don't even know them! They look great! And I love your blog - and your sarcasm too. Can't wait to see what you're going to do next.

Ann C said...

Hi Mags, do you think I could use the mini cheesecake pan that I used for the mini turtle cheesecakes? BTW, these brownies look like HEAVEN! Can't wait to try out this recipe :)

Mags @ the Other Side of 50 said...

Ann, I think the batter would seep out of the bottom of the cheesecake pans. These are actually just a pan of regular brownies cut with a round cutter. Pretty easy!

p.s. Glad you enjoyed the mini-turtle cheesecakes!

aasimah said...

Hey, just wanted to let you know that I made this recipe and they were amazing. Just the brownies themseves. It was so hard not to eat them while putting on the chocolate and what not. Loved them. My friend saw pictures and they all liked them. Here are some pictures :)