Hershey's Kiss Stuffed Brownie Bites with Salted Caramel AND Butterscotch Ganache


For the Brownies:

1/2 cup (4 ounces) butter, melted
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup cocoa
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
approx. 36 Hershey Kisses
For the Butterscotch Ganache:
3/4 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons butter
Salted Caramel (optional)
colored sugar for dusting (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a mini muffin pan with liners. Set aside.  Combine the butter, sugar and vanilla in the bowl of a standing mixer on medium speed until well incorporated.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Sift the cocoa into the wet mixture.  Sift the together flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl; whisk to combine.  Gradually add to egg mixture, beating until well blended. Do not over-beat. 
Using a small spoon, carefully add the batter to the prepared pan. Do not over fill or you will get muffin tops. Not a good look. Gently push down one Hershey Kiss into the center of each hole. Don't push all the way to the bottom, just slightly submerge.  If you want the crater effect to fill with the caramel, leave the kiss exposed slightly.  If you prefer a even brownie bite, cover the candy with a little bit of batter.
Bake for about 18-20 minutes until the top is slightly firm and not sticky.  Let cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then remove from the pan and transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.

To prepare the ganache, place the butterscotch chips in a heat-safe bowl. Add the heavy cream and butter to a sauce pan. Bring to a slight boil and remove from heat. Pour directly over the chips and allow to sit for 5 minutes.  Gently stir the mixture until smooth and shiny. 

If adding the caramel, gently fill the hole using a small spoon and smooth over the top evenly.

Dip the brownie upside down in the ganache and rotate slowly to cover evenly. Place on a wire rack with a cookie sheet underneath to catch any drippings.  Sprinkle with color sugar or fancy-pants sprinkles.

Enjoy & Happy Holidays xxx