It seems this week these brownie bites were the best thing to happen to me. The week started off promising- no class, no work, and all the time to grocery shop, cook and bake. Slowly I realized this was not the case. Stuck in traffic multiple times from all the doctors appointments I had this week, the disappointment of going to the ONE Trader Joes’ that doesn’t sell wine, breaking nail polish and glass all over my kitchen floor, and having my dog throw up all in one day told me immediately that this was just not my week. But then l made these brownie bites inspired from my mom giving me halva bars and needing to make something for a close friend’s birthday- it seemed to turn the week around. Because at the end of the day who doesn’t love some chocolately goodness? I for sure needed some- so badly that I walked in the cold to my favorite ice cream place to eat cold ice cream on the walk home. But enough of my chocolate needs- you just need to make these bites for those chocolate craves or sweet bite after a meal. January is almost over, so its okay to cheat on that diet for these sweet treats.
Adapted slightly from Cook’s Illustrated Chewy Brownies
Nutella Halva Brownie Bites
- 1/3 cup cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon instant coffee or espresso powder
- ½ cup + 2 tablespoons boiling water
- 2/3 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- ½ cup + 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- ½ cup nutella
- 2 ½ cups granulated sugar
- 1 ¾ cups all purpose flour
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- 2 halva bars roughly chopped
- In a large bowl, combine the chocolate chip, espresso powder, and cocoa powder. Pour in the boiling water and whisk together all the ingredients, until the chocolate chips have fully melted.
- In the microwave, melt the butter and nutella together. (Microwave for 20 seconds and stir to fully combine).
- Mix the melted butter mix into the chocolate espresso and cocoa powder batter. Next, whisk in the vegetable oil, eggs, and vanilla extract.
- Then stir in the sugar, flour, and salt. Lastly, mix in the chopped halva bars.
- In a 350-degree oven, place a greases mini muffin pan, filled ¾ of the way with the batter. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Let the bites cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack to fully cool.
From my kitchen to yours- enjoy!