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Candy Stuffed Brownie Bites

Every year one of our neighbors, Rick, has a little Christmas Eve party outside of his house – a sort of block party. Everyone comes with their chairs and a dish or two to share. We’re really lucky to live in Florida to be able to sit outside and enjoy food with friends during the winter. I brought the usual, egg rolls and something new this year, these brownie bites.

The party even includes a visit from the Grinch himself. This year, Rick’s daughter was excited to see him. But when he came out to greet her, she cried, not wanting him anywhere near her. So the Grinch left and Santa himself returned…she warily accepted a wrapped toy from him. We all sat in front of Rick’s fire pit and ate the egg rolls, baked ziti, meatballs and wonderful desserts. It was a great time. Curtis always looks forward to this and this event has become a new tradition for us. We reflected how Rick’s daughter will one day grow up into a teenager and roll her eyes at the Grinch when he walks up her driveway but she will remember the fun she had as a little girl, the wonderful memories her parents are creating for her. It’s neat to witness that.

I completely meant to come home and write this post and hit publish last night but we had so much fun and after coming home a little bit late, I decided to share this recipe with you today.

If you celebrate Christmas, I hope you and yours has had a wonderful one. This season is not just about eating and sharing time with family and friends, it’s also about remembering those who find it hard to enjoy the season without their precious loved ones. My heart goes out to those and hope you or they can find some joy in this season.

This is another cheater recipe – I used a brownie mix but feel free to use your favorite brownie recipe for this. Whatever you use, this ends up being the ultimate two bite brownie.

I have been talking about making brownie bites with a Hershey’s Kiss center for weeks. Lately, I have been obsessed with their candy cane kisses. It’s the perfect balance of peppermint and white chocolate. Not too sweet and not too pepperminty. :)

I didn’t intend on making some brownie bites stuffed with Reese’s peanut butter cups but this was Curtis’ request. They turned out awesome.

Be sure to pick a brownie mix that is fudgy and chewy – my favorite is Betty Crocker’s original supreme ultimate fudge because it comes with a packet of Hershey’s syrup for the brownie batter.

I love this.

Generously spray your mini muffin tin and use a small cookie scoop to spoon the right amount of batter into the tin.

Press down the candy cane kisses as far down as you can go.

I find that freezing the Kisses and the Reese’s peanut butter cups helps them from melting during baking – and the brownie from puffing up too much over the pan.

So easy, you can experiment with other Hershey’s chocolate candies, I’m trying Rolos next! I love that these are little bite sized brownies – that way I feel a little bit less guilty! :)

Note: I updated the recipe because I mistakenly put in the wrong brownie mix. I retested and it still works with Ultimate Fudge, just takes a little bit longer in the oven. Thanks!

Candy Stuffed Brownie Bites Recipe

Yield: 2 1/2 dozen brownie bites

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Super easy, it doesn't get any easier than this. If you prefer, use your favorite chewy and fudgy brownie recipe.

Ingredients:

1 box 18 ounce brownie mix, I used both Betty Crocker Original Supreme & Ultimate Fudge (and ingredients needed for the mix)
30 candy pieces, unwrapped and frozen (I used both Reese's miniature peanut butter cups and Hershey's Candy Cane Kisses)

Directions:

Unwrap and freeze your candies for at least 30 minutes. This is the most time consuming part of the recipe!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F or temperature stated on brownie mix box. Generously spray a 12 or 24 cavity mini muffin tin with baking spray.

Mix brownie mix in a mixing bowl with ingredients as directed on the box. Be careful not to overmix.

Using a small cookie scoop (2 teaspoon), scoop brownie batter into the mini muffin tin. Place one candy in the middle of each muffin tin cavity and press down.

Bake for about 6 to 8 minutes (if using Original Supreme, 10-11 minutes if using Ultimate Fudge). Remove muffin tin from the oven and allow the tin to cool for about 3 to 5 minutes on a cooling rack. Using a butter knife or angled spatula, loosen the sides of the brownie bites. Flip over tin and remove the brownie bites. Allow to cool on the cooling rack for another five minutes. Store in a sealed container for up to two days.

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39 Responses to “Candy Stuffed Brownie Bites”

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — December 25, 2012 @ 4:32 pm

    Stuffing anything into brownies and making it all up in a cute muffin pan is perfect!

    Merry Xmas!

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    Carrie — December 25, 2012 @ 7:35 pm

    Wow! These candy stuffed brownie bites look so delicious!

    Thanks for sharing the recipe! I’ll definitely make these for the New Year! =)

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    sally @ sallys baking addiction — December 26, 2012 @ 8:16 am

    These are so adorable!! And I wish I could’ve been at that party – II love the Grinch movie and it’d be so funny to see a dressed up grinch. :) A cheater recipe is welcomed every once in awhile!

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    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — December 26, 2012 @ 9:17 am

    I’d love to live by you if that meant getting some of these! This is an amazing recipe Julie!

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    Cassie | Bake Your Day — December 26, 2012 @ 9:58 am

    This is so creative! I will take a plate of these and a plate of the eggrolls!

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    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — December 26, 2012 @ 11:59 am

    I have a ton of candy and this is a wonderful idea!

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    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — December 26, 2012 @ 12:45 pm

    these look amazing girl!

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    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — December 26, 2012 @ 12:58 pm

    Christmas time block parties sound so bizarre (yet amazing!) to me. I’m from Texas but still… it’s so hard to imagine. My husband and I were watching Dexter a few weeks ago and the episode took place during December. Everyone was wearing what looked like September clothing to me. Looked up the weather in Miami and we both gasped. It’s just so… odd. I often think about Christmas in the Southern Hemisphere. I wonder if they think that “our” wintery Christmas is odd.

    Anyway, these look fantastic! So simple but I bet they were still the hit of the party. :)

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    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — December 26, 2012 @ 1:14 pm

    Can I still feel less guilty if I eat 6 of these? Because I might have to eat 6. These are such a fun idea! :D

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    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — December 26, 2012 @ 3:32 pm

    So darn cute! I love how the candy disappears into the brownie bites.

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    ceylan — December 26, 2012 @ 4:41 pm

    Love these! Can’t wait to make them! I love baking and cake decorating so always need new ideas! <3

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    The Newlywed Chefs — December 26, 2012 @ 9:41 pm

    Ohh these are perfect! We will have to try this soon! xoxo

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    tijuana (po' man meals) — December 26, 2012 @ 10:00 pm

    such a great idea! you are so creative, julie! perfect to make with the kids. happy holidays! :)

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    Tara @ Unsophisticook — December 26, 2012 @ 10:50 pm

    Just when I thought I couldn’t eat any more holiday sweets…

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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — December 27, 2012 @ 5:07 am

    Perfect little bites!

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    Brian @ A Thought For Food — December 27, 2012 @ 8:12 am

    These look like so much fun! Love the idea of stuffing brownies with candy!

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    Carolyn — December 27, 2012 @ 10:12 am

    The Grinch is kinda scary! But these brownie bites look seriously awesome.

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — December 27, 2012 @ 1:40 pm

    Sounds like a fun party! Can I crash next year?

    And these brownie bites – YES PLEASE! I would never turn up anything “stuffed”!

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    Sydney @ Crepes of Wrath — December 27, 2012 @ 2:15 pm

    The only time I miss Arizona is when people remind me that it’s actually possible to enjoy the holidays outdoors! What I would give to grill on Thanksgiving or something! Blerg. Oh well, I’ll have to enjoy the cool weather without dining al fresco. Your night sounds awesome and I’m going to make both these and the eggrolls soon!

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    Marly — December 27, 2012 @ 5:57 pm

    How amazing! Perfect little holiday bites!

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    Julia | JuliasAlbum.com — December 27, 2012 @ 6:50 pm

    Your brownies look so perfect: pretty, shiny and with a crunch top. Stuffing brownies with something interesting is always a treat!

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    katie — December 28, 2012 @ 11:36 am

    Sounds like you guys have a great Christmas even tradition! This recipe looks great–I never thought to make stuffed brownie bites!

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    Paula - bell'alimento — December 28, 2012 @ 3:05 pm

    I’ve been on a brownie tear lately. Love it.

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    Angie — December 28, 2012 @ 5:44 pm

    Yum, I would love to have one of these right now!

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    addie | culicurious — December 28, 2012 @ 6:10 pm

    These look delicious, Julie! :) I hope you and Curtis had a very merry Christmas!

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    Aggie — December 28, 2012 @ 10:11 pm

    I love these and love that you brought two kinds of brownie bites to the party -I’ll take one of each! :)

    Great tip on freezing the kiss first!

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    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — December 28, 2012 @ 10:12 pm

    I saw those egg rolls of yours, was completely wanting to be in your kitchen! And these look fab, too!

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    Laura (GotChocolate) — December 29, 2012 @ 12:51 am

    I’ll take the Reese’s ones please! NOW! Great combo with the candies, Julie! I’m using my cookie scoop more and more for things other than cookies too. LOVE IT! :D

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    Diane {Created by Diane} — December 29, 2012 @ 4:45 pm

    You had me at brownie, and stuffed with candy yes please!!!

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    Ella-Home Cooking Adventure — December 31, 2012 @ 7:27 am

    Wow, I love anything that is calling for chocolate and these are looking heavenly:) Stuffed Brownies? Yeeeees…perfect for Christmas table or New Year Eve! Happy New Year!

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    Eric — January 5, 2013 @ 5:39 pm

    This recipe is a disaster. There is no way the cook time is right. Followed the recipe to the letter, no luck. In the end I baked them for almost 16 minutes on 350 and they still never cooked right. Ended up with a pile of uncooked brownie mix and melted Reeses.

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    • Julie Deily replied: January 5th, 2013 @ 6:21 pm

      Hi Eric, I’m sorry these didn’t turn out for you. Are you sure you used a mini muffin tin? I made these brownie bites twice and they definitely take less than 10 minutes to bake (since they are so small). I can see them taking a lot longer if you used a regular sized cupcake or muffin pan.

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    Eric — January 5, 2013 @ 7:05 pm

    Yes, they were definitely mini muffin tins. One was just like the Wilton in your pictures that I bought today and the other two were some others we had. I baked them seperately since one was dark non-stick and others were not. Used the same brownie mix you recommended and froze the Reese’s cups.

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    Meghan @JaMonkey — January 14, 2013 @ 1:30 pm

    Oh what a great idea. I bet kids would have fun guessing what was inside!

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    Jaclyn — May 22, 2013 @ 9:11 pm

    These look sooo good! I wish I had one now, I’m craving brownies! And with candy in the middle even better.

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    Adelle — January 13, 2014 @ 1:19 pm

    Hi Julie, Another great idea! Did you try these with any caramel based candies like rolos of hershey kisses with caramel? Curious if those would hold up ok?

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    • Julie Deily replied: January 15th, 2014 @ 11:28 am

      Hi Adelle,

      I tried Rolos and it didn’t work so well. I didn’t try caramel kisses, I wonder if those will work okay because the peppermint kisses worked. Definitely freeze them for a few hours and then try? Let me know how it turns out if you do try it!

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