Friday, August 6, 2010

Mini Brownie Bites


 Did you ever have one of those days when you just needed a little bit of chocolate?  Today was one of them for me. School is starting back up soon, and I feel like I haven't gotten anything accomplished that I wanted to. Back in June, when I looked at the weeks spreading out before me that I would have off, I made grandiose plans of cleaning my basement, baking and blogging, making jam, canning tomatoes, reading that stack of books that just keeps getting taller, ........you know how it goes. Now I'm looking at just a couple of weeks left. Will I have time for it all? I don't know, but I did have time to make these. These didn't solve my time management issues but they sure were tasty.


 Little nuggets of chocolate nutty goodness that were ready in a jiffy, these were probably the quickest and easiest cookies that I've made in a while. Six ingredients and about 10 minutes were all I needed to have these cooling in my  kitchen. I made these this afternoon, and I'm having trouble keeping myself from picking up one of these two-bite cookies every time I pass by them.

 I found this recipe scribbled on the back of an envelope stuck in my "try this" file. It was originally called Seven Minute Chocolate Cookies, but after making these I took the liberty of renaming them. They were so much like a brownie in taste and texture that I thought their new name was much more fitting. Enjoy them with a cold glass of milk and say "Thank you very much." (You're welcome.)

Mini Brownie Bites
Recipe found scribbled on the back of an envelope in my "Try this" file. If you happen to know where it came from originally, please let me know!
Ingredients:
1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick)
1 pkg. (12 oz.) semisweet chocolate morsels
1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup chopped pecans ( I used about a cup and a half, because I didn't want to put such a small amount back in the freezer. I liked the extra nuts.)

Directions:
  • Combine the butter (cut into chunks), semisweet morsels and condensed milk in a heavy bottom saucepan.
  • Gently cook and stir over low heat until butter and morsels are about 3/4 melted. Remove from heat and stir until butter and morsels are completely melted. 
  • Stir in vanilla and flour. Fold in pecans.
  • Drop by level Tablespoons onto a parchment covered baking sheet. (I used a tablespoon cookie scoop.) If you do not have parchment, lightly grease your cookie sheet.
  • Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 7 to 10 minutes. Do not over-bake. Cookies should lose some of their shine when they are done. They will still be soft, but will have a bit of a crust. Cool 5 minutes on baking sheet and remove to rack to finish cooling.
  • note: As the batter cools, subsequent batches may take longer to bake.
  • yield: about 5 doz small cookies

19 comments:

  1. Wow, that's one of the shortest baking recipes I think I've seen-looks yummy!

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  2. Hy,

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    Do drop in at my space sometime..

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  3. I feel the same way, summer is almost over and I haven't accomplished much... These chocolate cookies look scrumptious, enough to chase the blues away. At least we can look forward to fall cooking- pumpkins, cinnamon, and dare I say it...xmas cookies?!@!@!- found your site off pinch my salt~ Chef Louise

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  4. Chocolate fixes everything. I started back to school with staff meetings yesterday, and totally would have loved these after two long days! My summer to-do list is going to be left unfinished it looks like :( Oops!

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  5. I know what you mean about just needing a little chocolate some days! ;) I actually think I have a can of sweetened condensed milk in my pantry right now and I can't think of any better use for it than these little beauties!

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  6. Nice brownie cookies! Yup, a tall glass of cold milk would be perfect!

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  7. A simple yet delicious chocolate treat. I used to teach 8th grade English, so I understand how fast those summers fly by. I just moved into my new apartment yesterday, and I would love a plate of these beauties!

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  8. These look so yummy! I love chocolate. Thanks so much for visiting my blog and becoming a follower. I am now following you too and look forward to your recipes. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  9. Where the recipe came from, the brownie bites sound delicious. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  10. "Little nuggets of chocolate nutty goodness" I am sold on these cookies/brownies that are ready in jiffy. I bet they are hard to walk by and not pick up.

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  11. Oh my, I'm not sure I could keep myself from picking on those cookies either! They sound delicious and quick to make. I'm bookmarking them!

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  12. I have a similar recipe from the Bakers Chocolate box called One Bowl Chocolate Brownie Cookies but my recipe has eggs in it. They sound wonderful! I'm with you on adding extra pecans. I love them in brownies.

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  13. Great recipe!So easy and I'm sure very tasty and chocolaty.
    Rita

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  14. A yield of 5 dozen? Oh that could be a serious problem around our house. I love easy cookie/brownie recipes. Thankfully I won't have to scribble this down on an envelope, I can just hit print. ;)

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  15. Oh, these look just scrumptious. We have had a cool spell, very unusual for us in August, so that is why I baked yesterday and today too. It felt really fun after not turning the oven on in a while. Still cloudy today!

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  16. these are great. fabulous, in fact. the only problem is that i'd probably end up eating them like potato chips, and that's not good for anyone. :)

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  17. I do have "one of those days" often. These cookies look fabulous. I love the addition of sweetened condensed milk. I will be making them soon. Thanks. =)

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