Reminiscent of the Hershey's Almond Joy candy bar, these little brownie bites are so rich and sweet. Good thing they're minis!
I found this recipe on Lisa's lovely blog, Flour Me With Love. Lisa made these delightful treats in a standard size muffin pan. I thought they'd be perfect made in a mini muffin pan, and I was right! Just the right two-bite size. I adapted the recipe just a smidgen to fit the mini muffin pans instead of the larger pan.
Perfect for Christmas! Please include them on your dessert table this year!
Almond Joy Brownie Bites
1 box family size chocolate fudge brownie mix
ingredients to prepare brownies according to package directions
1/2 of a 14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk
1/2 of a 14 ounce bag of sweetened shredded coconut
3 tablespoons milk
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 tsp. shortening
1/4 cup almond slices, crushed gently with your hands
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Liberally spray the cavities and tops of a 24 count mini muffin pan. Again, spray liberally! (The coconut mixture is S.T.I.C.K.Y!)
Mix brownie batter according to package directions. Scoop batter into the muffin cavities. Each will be about 3/4 full. Bake for 10 minutes.
In the meantime, stir together the coconut, sweetened condensed milk, and milk. After 10 minutes, remove muffin tin from oven and top with a small scoop of the coconut mixture. The brownies will not be finished baking at this point. That's okay!
Bake an additional 12-15 minutes or until the top of the coconut is lightly browned and the coconut and brownie are set. Cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes.
Using an offset spatula or butter knife (in other words, nothing sharp), gently lift each brownie from the pan and set on a cooling rack.
In a small bowl, melt together the chocolate chips and shortening, in a microwave, for 1 minute. Stir until smooth. Spoon into a sandwich baggie (or disposable piping bag), snip off a little bit of the corner, and drizzle over the brownie bites. Sprinkle crushed almond slices over top. Allow to sit on your countertop, or put in fridge to set up.
Yield: 24 brownie bites!
Certainly, if you double the brownie mix, you can use the entire can of sweetened condensed milk and whole bag of coconut. Then you'll have 48 treats! Even better!