I love mini things. Anything really. Every once in a while I’ll buy those teeny tiny bags of flour that I always see at the grocery store. I mean, who really buys those? It’s about 2 cups, and lasts me about an hour around here, but it is so cute. Well, you can imagine how happy I was to discover this mini teacake and candy pan. It's miniature versions of Nordic Ware’s most loved bundt pans. It’s so brilliant! I’ve used it several times in the last month. It’s perfect for parties or gatherings. Bite sized bundt cakes. What could be better? You can read more about it here. And by the way, if you're looking for a great gift for someone that loves to bake---just saying! It would be perfect.
You will need:
Mini cupcake pan
2 Tablespoons butter for greasing
1 1/2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
2/3 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, (2 sticks), room temp
2 teaspoons vanilla
10 hershey kiss mint truffles
Preheat oven 350F
Melt 2 Tablespoons of butter in the microwave. Using a pastry brush, coat the mini pans thoroughly with the melted butter. (If you only have one mini pan, you’ll have to bake one at a time and repeat this process for the second pan.)
Go over the pans evenly and well. Next, dust flour over this and shake around, dumping the excess. This will help the brownies to pop right out after they bake.
In the bowl of a stand mixer add dry ingredients: flour, sugar, cocoa, salt. Stir to combine. Next, add eggs, vanilla, butter. Mix on low for 30 seconds before turning to med-high and mixing for 2 minutes. Batter will be very thick. Using a rubber spatula, scrape the batter into a large ziplock bag and snip off one corner.
Carefully fill the mini cakes 3/4 full.
Once thats done, rub a bit of butter on your finger and gently pat down each cake, helping it to settle into the pan.
Bake for 15 minutes until tooth pick inserted comes out clean.
Let cool 10 minutes before removing from pan.
You can be creative with the toppings. Dusting with powdered sugar is very pretty and an easy option.
If using the chocolate drizzle:
Chop the chocolates into little pieces and place in microwave. After ten seconds, use a fork and stir. Place back in the microwave for another ten seconds. Continue until chocolate is just barely melted. Stir well and drizzle across brownies.
Top with crushed candy canes if you prefer.
Recipe adapted from our very favorite family brownie recipe, courtesy Mitzi Smith