I know it’s my job as a food blogger to make a bunch of stuff and then tell you to MAKE.IT.ASAP and wax poetic about how incredible it tastes.
You guys? If ever the time came to actually listen to me and make something, this is IT. These bites (which can also be made in a pan and cut into traditional brownies) literally made me stop and caused my eyes to roll back in my head in ecstasy. The browned butter, the toffee bites, the chocolate.
I quite literally had to count how many I made, text Nate and tell him how many there were and then tell him that I was sending them all with him to work the next day. I had to force myself to get some accountability to keep from eating the entire batch.
If you ask me, anything that begins with “brown butter” is probably going to taste like heaven anyway. Just the act of browning butter yields smells that will come close to making you faint from excitement; eating it is nothing short of divine! And the way I saw it, it could only be only be improved upon by being used in dense, fudgy brownies with hits of toffee to bring out the nutty buttery flavor even more. Thank goodness I was right!
I may or may not have shed a little tear when I sent these to work with Nate the next day, but I know it was for the best. A 3-day sugar high while caring for a 7-month-old can’t possibly be a good thing – I think we all know that caffeine is really the only thing that will suffice for that 😉
BROWNED BUTTER TOFFEE BROWNIE BITES
Makes 36 bites
- 1 2/3 cups sugar
- 3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) butter
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 large eggs
- 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/3 cups flour
- 3/4 cups cocoa powder
- 1 cup toffee bits
Preheat oven to 350. In a small skillet over medium low heat brown the butter by adding it to the pan and let it bubble, stirring constantly. As you start to see some brown in the color take note; it won’t take long to finish from there. Pour immediately into a cold bowl to stop cooking. Mix together the sugar, butter, vanilla, water and eggs until smooth. Stir in the flour and cocoa powder until just combined. Fold in the toffee bits. To make bites, spray a mini muffin tin with nonstick spray and add about 1 heaping tablespoon to each cup. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes; let cool for about 5 minutes before carefully removing to a wire rack to cool completely. To make brownies, spray a 9×13 pan with nonstick spray and spread the batter into the pan. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out a little fudgy. Let cool completely before cutting.