Brownie Petit Fours

Brownie Petit Fours

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder ("special dark" will make a deeper chocolate flavor)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon espresso powder
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • Wilton's candy melts, any flavor/color (about 2 bags), or milk, dark and white chocolate
  • shortening
  • piping bags
  • light corn syrup or clear piping gel
  • decorative sprinkles

 

Preheat the oven to 325.  Line a 9x13 pan with parchment paper so that the paper hangs over two sides.  Spray with non-stick spray.

Melt the butter in the microwave or a saucepan.  In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar, cocoa powder, salt and espresso powder.  Whisk in the melted butter.  With a wooden spoon, beat in the vanilla and eggs, one at a time, beating each in before adding the next.  Stir in the flour until moistened.

Spread the batter evenly in the pan and bake for 25 minutes.  Cool completely, in the pan, covered loosely with a clean kitchen towel.  Lift the cooled brownies out of the pan by the paper overhang and place on a cutting board.  Cut into small even squares with a large, sharp knife, wiping the knife clean between each cut - I cut the brownies into 5x8 rows, for 40 small squares.

Melt the candy melts in the microwave or in a double boiler, according to the package instructions.  For each bag of candy, you'll need 2-3 tablespoons of shortening to thin the candy enough for a smooth, pourable consistency; this can be melted along with the candy, or stirred in after you melt it.

Use a fork to pierce a brownie on the underneath, then dip it in the candy melts, completely coating the top and sides.  Let the excess drip off and place the brownie right side up on a parchment lined baking sheet to cool and set.  When you're finished coating all the brownies, pour the leftover candy melts into a piping bag, snip off the end, and drizzle over the brownies.

When the candy is set, use a small paint brush to dab a little corn syrup wherever you want to decorate the petit fours - your sprinkles will only stick to the corn syrup.

Store at room temperature in an air-tight container.


Yields 40 petit fours


Recipe from Curly Girl Kitchen
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