Friday, December 18, 2009

Bite-size brownies with peppermint frosting

I'm all about easy when it comes to the holidays, and that includes holiday treats. Don't get me wrong, I love a made-from-scratch spinach and artichoke dip, tomato bruschetta or chocolate trifle, but sometimes you need something quick, easy and tasty. That's how I came up with these simple yet sweet (both in taste and presentation) treats that would work easily for both neighbor plates and holiday parties.

Take the idea and run with it! You could use white frosting with green and red sprinkles, or I even thought of making a peanut butter-flavored frosting and using semisweet chocolate shavings instead. I started experimenting with different designs, including a Christmas tree shape (middle). You can't beat Costco's brownie bites for quick and easy and they taste yummy too!

Bite-size Brownies with Peppermint Frosting
1 package Costco brownie bites
Mini semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 recipe peppermint frosting

Peppermint frosting:
1 8-oz. package cream cheese, softened
1 cup butter, softened
2 16-oz. packages powdered sugar
2 teaspoons peppermint extract (not oil)

For frosting, beat cream cheese
and butter together until smooth and creamy. Add powdered sugar and peppermint extract and beat until thoroughly combined. Use a piping bag with your favorite tip (I used the small circle tip in the photos) and pipe the frosting on top of each brownie bite. Sprinkle with semisweet chocolate chips. How easy is that?!?!

My little ones loved helping sprinkle the chocolate chips and then they had to sample their work:



Cristie said...

What cute brownies, and the kids are even cuter! Enjoy them while they're young!

Emily Hill said...

Thanks, Cristie! They are pretty dang cute and I am trying to enjoy them (as long as they're not spreading frosting all over the cupboards). ;)

Sarah said...

how funny. We have almost identical posts on the same day... Great minds think alike.

Emily Hill said...

Just saw your post, Sarah, and you're right! Great minds do think alike. You can tell that whole swirl thing I did on top of the brownies wasn't very artistic--LOL.

Camille said...

Emily, I am now craving Costco's brownie bites - thanks! These look fantastic!! thanks for the idea.

Lindy said...

Yum-o! What a fun was to jazz up an already great treat:)

Tamara said...

Yeah! Another recipe to try out.