Chewy bite-sized brownies topped with a light, fluffy frosting and crushed candy cane. Designed for Santa’s elves, but well-loved by all. Jump to the video here!
Like most busy parents, we’re always forgetting something. More often than not, it’s something at the grocery store. Because no matter how many grocery lists we create, we end up running back for just. one. thing.
I’m the eternal forgetter of milk. Frank keeps saying we should never leave the grocery store without a gallon of milk. So true, honey, so true. If only I could live that logic.
If it’s not the milk, it’s where I left my cell phone charger.
Or the ingredients in that super tasty, super fast dinner I tossed together last week on a whim. (#foodbloggerproblems)
Or if I turned off the speaker in our kitchen that’s playing Christmas music on a continuous Pandora loop.
Or if I already had dessert.
These little desserts are headed straight for our fireplace on Christmas Eve. Santa can have one or two, but we’re making them for the elves. Molly and Clara wanted to be sure the elves got some love this year.
If you’ve got a minute and a half, you can even watch us bake a whole batch of these little beauties on the video below!
Hopefully the elves don’t want milk with their dessert though…
- 2 cups All-Purpose Flour
- ¾ cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- ½ tsp Salt
- 1¼ cups Unsalted Butter, softened
- 2 large Eggs
- 2 cups Sugar
- 2 tsp Vanilla
- 6 oz Cream Cheese, softened
- 2 Tbsp Unsalted Butter, softened
- ½ cup Powdered Sugar
- ½ cup Crushed Candy Canes (I love pre-crushed candy canes, which are super handy)
- Preheat the oven to 350 F. Spray a mini muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray.
- Make the pie base: In a mixing bowl, whisk together the cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. In the bowl of a standing mixer, beat the butter, eggs and sugar until light and fluffy. Stir in the vanilla. Mix the wet and dry ingredients on low speed just until combined. Roll dough into heaping 1 Tbsp balls and drop into the muffin tin. Bake until the centers sink in the middle, about 12 minutes. Allow to cool for 5 minutes in the muffin tin before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Make the frosting: Beat together the frosting ingredients (cream cheese, butter and powdered sugar) until light and fluffy. Transfer to a piping bag (or just do what I do and use a plastic bag with a corner cut out of it).
- Top the pies: Top each pie with frosting and crushed candy canes.
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