Monday, April 14, 2014

Easy Peasy Mini Brownies

I am a terrible blogger. I always have the intention of posting weekly but my growing to-do lists usually leaves no time for blogging. I used to be better at posting when I had a 9-5 job if you can believe that! Now, my work hours are all over the place and I don't want to use the "I'm too busy" excuse because it is lame. You're probably thinking, well who isn't? Apparently all of us could benefit from not using the "b" card. Chris recently sent me an article about how people are not as busy as they say they are which at first kind of made me mad because I'd like to think that I am actually busy. But after reading it, I realized I need to be better at not "contaminating" my time by trying to cross off every little to-do item while say having breakfast, or watching a movie. I am not that busy! And like the author mentioned, when you are calmly going about your day and being mindful about what you are doing, it doesn't feel that overwhelming!

So in my oodles of leisure time, what I like to do is bake. Lets get to the main star of this post. No, that's not the real name of these things but they might as well be! I whipped up a batch of these delicious mini caramel brownies with pretzels and sea salt right for last week's premiere of Game of Thrones.



It's spring time which means beach season is right around the corner - which means everyone is on a diet! I am not a big fan of dieting only because I know if I restrict myself from something, I'll only want it more. So saying I won't eat desserts, will make me want to inhale a huge slice of chocolate cake, like immediately. Zero restraint. (And no, reverse psychology does not work in this situation.) These mini brownies are the perfect solution! I can eat one, feel satisfied and still be fit for the beach! Not that I would ever go to the beach here in SF...


Easy Peasy Mini Brownies
Recipe from Rachel Cooks
Makes 16 mini brownies

Get
  • 5 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 16 mini pretzels
  • homemade caramel sauce

Bake
*Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
*Spray mini muffin cups with non stick baking spray.
*In a bowl, mix together melted butter, sugar, and salt. Once combined, mix in your vanilla and egg. Lastly, fold in the cocoa powder and flour.
*Fill greased muffin tins 3/4 of the way. Gently press a mini pretzel on top of each muffin.
*Bake for about 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
*Let brownie bites cool before taking out of the muffin tin. *This is really important, be patient!
*Drizzle caramel sauce over each mini brownie and sprinkle the tops with sea salt.

Enjoy!

4 comments:

  1. These were so yummy. Glad you weren't too "busy" to make these for us. ;-)

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  2. That article was too long. I'm too busy to read it :P

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