Thursday, February 20, 2014

A Month-of-Appetizers: Nutella Brownie Bites

I think I will put this recipe into Prime Rib and Punishment, the second book in my culinary mystery “Dinner is Served” series. Again, the perfect appetizer party has all five flavors, and when the sweet one is so tiny, it isn’t nearly so damaging as having a piece of cake or pie. I can see Alli making these as a challenge to her cooking school students to come up with a mini-dessert.

There are bunches of recipes on the Internet for Nutella brownies and other goodies. This brownie version is one I created, but all Nutella brownie recipes share some of the same ingredients and proportions. Duh.

If you haven’t used Nutella yet, why not? The chocolate-hazelnut spread is relatively new to this country, but well-known in others. These brownies are just one of the ways to explore this taste treat!

Nutella Brownie Bites (makes 12 mini-brownies)

½ cup Nutella                           ¼ cup mini choc chips
1 large egg                                ½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon oil                           ½ cup chopped nuts
5 tablespoons flour

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 12-cup mini muffin pan with paper or foil liners or spray with Pam.

Put the Nutella, egg, and oil in a medium bowl and whisk until smooth and well blended. Add the flour and whisk until blended. Add chocolate chips, cinnamon and nuts.

Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin tin (about 3/4 full).

Bake until a toothpick comes out with wet, gooey crumbs, about 11 to 12 minutes (longer for a chewier brownie).

Set on a rack to cool completely. Serve immediately or cover and store at room temperature for up to 3 days. Usually I sprinkle on powdered sugar to make them prettier.

DH’s Rating: 5 Tongues Up! A two-bite treat is perfect for him after dinner, too, not just at an appetizer party. That’s why he looks the way he does, and why I…well, don’t!

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