Sometimes I just feel like experimenting! The inspiration for this experiment came from my sis in law Mary who told me that she bought brownie bites at Costco and then topped them with peanut butter frosting and chopped up Snickers bars so I thought I’d try a homemade version of that with some flavors that I like. I made them for the team meeting at work and they were a hit.
1 (19 – 21 oz) box brownie mix plus ingredients to make cake like brownies
1 recipe Vanilla Caramel Buttercream Frosting (see below)
2 regular size Heath or Skor bars
Preheat oven to 350 (or 325 if your mini muffin pans are dark in color). Spray wells of mini muffin pan with Pam with flour (the one labeled for baking). My mini muffin pan has 24 wells and this recipe will fill it up twice. Prepare brownie mix according to package directions for cake like brownies. Using a Small Scoop, place 1 level scoop of batter into each well of mini muffin pan. Bake for about 14 – 15 minutes, until edges of brownie bites are bubbling slightly. Remove from oven and let stand for 15 minutes or until brownie bites are set and can be removed easily from pan.
Meanwhile, prepare Vanilla Caramel Buttercream Frosting:
8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, softened
3 3/4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
3 – 4 tablespoons milk or cream
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/4 – 1/2 jar caramel ice cream topping
Beat butter until light and fluffy, about 30 seconds. Stop beating before adding sugar to avoid a big mess. Add sugar, 3 tablespoons milk or cream and vanilla. Beat frosting on low, increasing speed until frosting is nice and creamy. Add up to 1 more tablespoon milk or cream if frosting is too thick. By hand stir in 1/4 to 1/2 jar of the caramel ice cream topping, depending on how much caramel flavor you want and how thick or thin you want the frosting to be.
Crunch up the toffee bars (I use my Pampered Chef Food Chopper)
When the brownie bites are completely cool, top with spoonful of caramel frosting then sprinkle with crunched up candy bars.