Sometimes you just need some chocolate, and sometimes that chocolate needs to manifest itself as some fudgy, just-barely-done brownies.
Even better if they’re baked into a mini muffin tin, giving you a batch of cute, poppable brownie bites. These are freezer friendly brownie bites that are perfect for tossing into a Ziploc bag, freezing, and then pulling out just one or two when you need your chocolate fix. They thaw very quickly if just left on the counter, or you can microwave them for 5-10 seconds for a warm, fudgy treat.
I wanted to jazz these up just a little bit, so I glanced around my kitchen thinking to myself, “Hm, what can I stuff these with?” Spying a box of my toddler’s peanut butter Ritz Bits in the pantry, I had my answer.
The crackers add a sweet and salty crunch to the center of the brownie bites, which is a great contrast to the soft chocolatey centers. Add all of that to typical crunchy top crust of a brownie and you’ve got something really special. Enjoy!
|Peanut Butter Ritz Stuffed Brownie Bites|| |
- ½ cup butter
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- ½ cup packed light brown sugar
- ¼ cup white granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- 24 peanut butter Ritz Bits
- Preheat the oven to 350F. Prepare a mini muffin tin by generously greasing with shortening, butter, or cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a saucepan over medium low heat, melt the butter. Remove from heat, add the chocolate chips, cover the pan and let sit for 3-5 minutes. Then, remove the lid and stir together the chocolate until melted and smooth.
- Add the brown and white sugar and mix well, and then mix in the eggs and vanilla extract.
- Stir in the salt and flour until just combined.
- Add a small amount of batter to each muffin well, just enough to cover the bottom. Place a Ritz Bits into the center of the batter of each one, and then cover with remaining batter.
- Bake for 11-13 minutes until just barely cooked through. Allow to cool in the pan, and then use a toothpick or knife to gently loosen the edges of each brownie bite to remove from pan.
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