Monday, December 12, 2011

Mint Cream Cheese Brownie Bites

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I made these Mint Cream Cheese Brownie Bites to bring to a Christmas party.  I had planned on making chocolate orange cookies, but when I went to make them the oranges were gone!  If you follow my blog, this may sound familiarI wasn’t going to post these brownie bites since I used a mix for the brownies, but the mint cream cheese frosting was too delicious not to share (and record for myself for later use).  And if you don’t want to use a mix, you could of course use your favorite brownie recipe.

I used a family size brownie mix which made 72 brownie bites.  Since I didn’t need to bring all 72 brownies to the party, my plan was to make a small batch of frosting with half a block of cream cheese.  I planned on freezing the brownies I didn’t need and then making more frosting for those closer to Christmas.  As it turned out, the small batch of frosting filled the 72 brownies exactly.  And I mean exactly—I seriously could not have filled one more.  I am including the small batch recipe, but if you want lots and lots of frosting on your brownies or want leftover frosting (not necessarily a bad thing!) by all means double the recipe. 


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Mint Cream Cheese Brownie Bites
Mini brownies topped with mint-flavored cream cheese.

Ingredients
  • favorite brownie recipe or brownie mix plus ingredients to prepare brownies
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar
  • green food coloring

Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 350°F and prepare mini-muffin pan by lightly spraying with cooking spray.2. Prepare brownie recipe or mix as per instructions.3. Fill each well of mini-muffin pan half full with batter using a small cookie scoop and bake for 10-15 minutes.4. While brownies are still warm and in the pan, gently press centers to create a well, then allow to cool slightly in the pan.5. To remove brownies from the pan, gently twist and lift; allow brownies to cool completely.6. Make frosting by beating together the cream cheese, butter, and peppermint extract; gradually add the confectioner's sugar and beat until smooth.  Gradually add green food coloring until desired color is achieved.7. Fill pastry bag fitted with desired tip (I used Wilton 1M) with frosting and pipe into the center of each brownie bite.  If frosting becomes too soft, refrigerate for awhile.8. Serve immediately or refrigerate.

Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 72

30 comments:

  1. Mint cream cheese sounds like my kind of treat. Love this combination, Jill!

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  2. Mint and chocolate go so great together! These are adorable! What a great idea and perfect for the holidays! Thanks Jill!

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  3. Love that mint cream, they sounds delicious. looks really cute Jill. It is tempting

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  4. Pretty X'mas sweets! Love the mint cream.

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  5. These are so pretty and look delicious. I'm all for the semi-homemade dishes. They're perfect when we don't have a lot of time or even when we do and hey if it tastes great why not?

    Thanks for sharing!

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  6. I love having mint-overload during this time of year. Mint ice cream, mint cookies, and now mint cream cheese! Might have to just whip up a batch for fun this weekend =)

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  7. Jill- Since I'm on a peppermint kick lately, I'm bookmarking these little beauties. Chocolate and mint are a perfect combo, espeically for the holidays.

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  8. Jill, I am not a fan of mint with choclate but I guess with mint frosting the combination is good. Because I love to eat my icing first.

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  9. Aarthi
    http://yummytummy-aarthi.blogspot.com/

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  10. I gotta make me some brownies , these look so cute Jill , not a mint fan but these look too cute :).

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  11. They look and sound yummy, bet they were a hit!

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  12. Wow these look great. I might garnish these with red sprinkles and make them on Christmas day!

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  13. Chocolate and Mint! Now that's my kind of treat! These look gorgeous! :)

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  14. I love the bite size brownies - for a party or not. I tend to nibble nibble nibble though. I think I end up eating the equivalent to more than one full size brownie. I agree with Damn Delicious...red sprinkles would only bump up the Christmas theme. Great recipe.

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  15. These are beautiful! I'm glad you decided to share :) And there's no shame in using brownie mix, especially this time of year when we've got SO much going on. Shortcuts are your friend!

    Buzzed

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  16. I am kicking myself for not reading this sooner. I made brownie bites yesterday for a party I'm having this weekend. What I didn't do was make an indent for the filling. Aaarrgghh! Your mint cream cheese filling would be perfect. Guess it's time for Plan B, as soon as I think of it!

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  17. These would be an addictive treat in this house! I love all things mint-especially with chocolate. Delicious as well as elegant-perfect for the holidays. Glad you posted these gems!

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  18. So glad you decided to share these cutest...ever little brownie bites with us. The piping of the mint cream cheese is gorgeous. The color is oh, so pretty, with a drop of green food color, I assume?
    Jill, you are a genius, and an "artist" for sure. They have such great boxed brownies, why would any one want to make their own recipe, when you did 72 little bites! Superb:DDD

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  19. Elizabeth--yes! Add green food coloring if you want it green! I can't believe that I forgot that in the recipe--I will add it now.

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  20. These are beautiful, Jill! They look so yummy and I love your picture!

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  21. Jill these are so pretty! Party perfect & lovely photos!

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  22. Jill, these look wonderful and so cute! I love the color combination.

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  23. Yumi! I made these last night but my icing didn't quite apply as beautifully as your picture! I added small crunched up pieces of candy canes on top and they turned out so cute and festive!

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  24. I made these last night and my frosting didn't quite apply as beautifully as yours looks in the picture. I added smashed up candy cane pieces sprinkled on top and they look so cute and festive!

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  25. Saw these and HAD to make them for my bosses holiday party get together. They looked so festive when I was done and they smelled like Christmas!

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  26. Saw these and HAD to make them for my bosses' holiday party. They looked wonderful when they were done. I put sprinkles on mine. They just looked like Christmas on a plate!

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  27. I love these festive and delicious brownie bites!

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  28. These look amazing and they sound so yummy! I would be thrilled if you would share this at my Get Your Blarney On! linky party. It's all about celebrating St. Patrick's Day! http://www.thefreshmancook.blogspot.com/2014/03/get-your-blarney-on-linky-party.html
    Hope to see you there!

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