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Brownie Bits

Serve these sprinkle-coated brownie bits alongside Peanut Butter Cups as Halloween petits fours.

  • Yield: Makes about 9 dozen
Brownie Bits


  • Vegetable-oil cooking spray
  • 6 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 2 3/4 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 cups orange nonpareils


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat the bottom of a 9-inch square baking pan or dish with cooking spray. Line bottom with parchment paper, and set aside.

  2. Melt chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water, stirring occasionally until smooth.

  3. Put 2 cups sugar and eggs in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat on medium-low speed until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add chocolate mixture. Beat on low speed until combined. Beat in vanilla, then flour and salt.

  4. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake until a cake tester inserted into center comes out mostly clean, 30 to 35 minutes (do not overbake). Let cool in pan on a wire rack until cool enough to unmold, 20 to 25 minutes. Turn out onto a sheet of parchment paper, inverting the pan so brownies cool top side down. Peel off parchment paper; let cool completely.

  5. Heat 3/4 cup water and remaining 3/4 cup sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring, until sugar is dissolved. Set aside.

  6. Trim off hard edges of brownie square. Scoop out 1 tablespoon brownie, and roll into a ball with your hands, pushing crunchy surface pieces into center. Transfer to a clean work surface. Repeat to make more brownie bits. Generously brush brownie bits with sugar syrup. Roll in nonpareils to coat well. Brownie bits can be made up to 3 days ahead and refrigerated, tightly covered.

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