Those of you who know me personally have likely heard me say that I don't like baking. I can do it, and I'm pretty good at it, but it's more a chore than a joy to me. However, I have a lot of walnuts in my pantry that I don't want to go stale, so I need to start using them a little more. Hence the development of this recipe. Hooray for #testkitchen day!
When I was a kid we used to eat homemade "trail mix"- little bits of nuts, dried fruit, a little chocolate, etc. My children won't touch nuts as a snack. These brownie bites are cleverly disguised as a dessert but have the added benefit of ground walnuts. What they don't know won't hurt them. Am I right?
1/2 c. butter
1/4 c. chocolate (I used chocolate chips, but use what you have)
3/4 c. sugar
1/4 c. cocoa
1-1/2 c. all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 c. ground walnuts (grind into flour consistency)
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
Melt together butter and chocolate, on low heat. Make sure you stir often, and when the chocolate has almost melted remove from heat and stir in sugar. Beat eggs in, one at a time, and add vanilla extract. Set aside.
Mix cocoa, flour, powder, salt, and ground walnuts. Add the chocolate mixture, and gently mix until combined. Cook at 325*F for about 13 minutes in paper lined mini muffin tins. This recipe made about 3-1/2 dozen mini brownie bites.
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