S’mores Brownie Bites
I am a self-professed, habitually recovering people pleaser. As much as I want to march to the beat of my own drum, dance like nobody’s watching, and exemplify all of the other attractive clichés that confident, self-actualized individuals radiate, the truth, deep down, is that I care what people think about me—and I care what they think about my S’mores Brownie Bites.
Though I’ve certainly become much more comfortable with myself since high school and college—I find exactly zero embarrassment professing that my favorite TV show is a 1990s political drama, for example—if I am honest, I spend too much time worrying about what people think of me.
I’ve spent a good time thinking about this topic of thinking about what people think of me (say that five times fast), and here is what I’ve decided thus far.
It’s not worth caring what people think about:
- If I am “nice” enough. I am pretty nice. Most of the time. After coffee.
- What I wear. Seriously, why do I spend so much time obsessing what to pack on vacation or wear to social events?
- When I will or will not have babies. (No, I’m not answering that.)
- If I’m funny. I’ll never be Tina Fey, but I can still giggle with my fellow pun lovers and alliteration abusers—you are my people!
It’s definitely worth caring what people think about:
- If I am a good person. Separate of my wardrobe and sense of humor, I care deeply about following a moral compass, and I hope my actions quietly demonstrate that more often than not.
- If I am professional and respectful.
- If I am trustworthy.
- If I bake a killer pan of brownies—because, quite frankly, I do.
While I would never post a recipe here I didn’t truly believe in, I can’t realistically expect everyone to fall in love with everything that I make, with the important exception of my brownies. I have yet to have someone take a bite of a brownie I’ve baked and not instantly respond with some combination of a guttural MMMMMM, recipe demand, and/or marriage proposal. I’ve become a brownie narcissist, and now I want you to love my brownies too!
This S’mores Brownie Bite recipe is based on the classic pan of brownies I make most often, these fabulous and ultra easy One Bowl Brownies. I tweaked the recipe to make it appropriate for mini-sized baking, so I can’t vouch for how the s’mores brownies would bake in a larger pan, but honestly, this recipe is worth investing in a mini muffin tin.
Theses S’mores Brownie Bites are deep, dark, lightly crispy on the outside, and gooey on the inside. Corner brownie lovers will be especially pleased, since the mini muffin tin ensures the “edge” goes all the way around. Middle lovers, fear not—the edge isn’t as thick as it would be in a classic pan of brownies, so you’ll enjoy these brownie bites too.
To give these mini brownies a special summer vibe, I turned them into baby s’mores. Each scoop of batter has a few mini marshmallows pressed into the center and a dusting of graham cracker crumbs on top. In the oven, the marshmallows puff and become lightly toasted, and the graham crackers add a subtle crunch. It’s full-on s’mores flavor, no campfire required.
And since I’ve admitted to caring what people think on this particular topic: I submitted these s’mores brownies for approval at the pig roast Ben and I attended on the Fourth of July. As my empty container will attest, the people were pleased.
S'Mores Brownie Bites
Dark and decadent mini brownies filled with toasty marshmallows and sprinkled with graham cracker crumbs. All the flavors of classic s’mores, no campfire required!
Yield: 18 brownies
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
- 1 cup Imperial Sugar Granulated Sugar
- 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon espresso powder (optional—will enhance the chocolate flavor)
- 2 large eggs
- 1/4 cup, plus 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
- 3/4 cup mini marshmallows
- 6 tablespoons graham cracker crumbs (about 4 full sheets, crushed)
Adapted from my One Bowl Brownies
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