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You know those brownie bites you get in bulk at the warehouse store? These are better. Plus, when you make your own, you can add Rolos and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

That’s just better, dontcha think??

These are the Best Brownie Bites! Top them with Rolos or peanut butter cups or ganache frosting and sprinkles!

I spent this past weekend in Seattle and it was amazing. I absolutely love Seattle, and all of the Pacific Northwest. Every time I visit Oregon or Washington I feel at home (until it rains).

We were in Seattle for a wedding, but we spent all day Friday being tourists and having a little no-kid time. I gained 10 pounds at Serious Pie & Biscuit for breakfast (you must try it, OMG!) and we toured Pike’s Place and Pioneer Square and enjoyed walking around Lake Union, where our hotel was. It was absolutely gorgeous!

And, of course, no trip to Seattle can be complete without a stop at the Brown and Haley factory store. I stocked up on Mountain Bars and Almond Roca. Expect LOTS of copycats!

These are the Best Brownie Bites! Top them with candy or ganache and sprinkles for any party!

On Friday night I redeemed the birthday gift that Mel gave me last month: we went and saw Kinky Boots at the 5th Avenue Theatre in downtown Seattle. Have you heard of that show? It’s also on Broadway and it won a Tony for best musical. It was probably the best show I’ve ever seen. It’s only in Seattle for another week or so, but it’s traveling around the country over the next several months. The music is fantastic (it’s all by Cyndi Lauper) and the actors are incredible. The entire audience gave a standing ovation – and for good reason.

While we were at the theatre, I had a brownie. {Of course I did.} I was expecting your run-of-the-mill dry crumbly not-worth-it theatre treat, but I was wrong. It was amazing – almost as good as the play. Eating that brownie reminded me of these brownie bites I made last week, and it made me want to share them with you NOW.

These are the BEST Brownie Bites! Make a bunch and freeze them for the holidays!

I’m sure you’ve all tasted those brownie bites from the big-box warehouse stores, right? Those are one of the only store-bought desserts at a potluck I’ll actually eat (because they’re totally worth the calories). But do you know what’s even better than the Costco or Sam’s Club brownie bites?

Homemade Brownie Bites are better. A lot better. And almost just as easy. And? You can frost them or top them with candy like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and everyone will love you lots.

I promise.

These are the Best Brownie Bites! Top them with Rolos or peanut butter cups or ganache frosting and sprinkles!

Can I tell you that brownie bites are dangerous? I easily polished off a dozen of these the first day I had them. It’s just too easy not to eat three at a time!

This brownie bite recipe is derived from my favorite brownie recipe. I developed that recipe almost 2 years ago and I haven’t looked back. It’s got 3 kinds of chocolate, lots of butter and sugar, and is the most fudgy, chocolate brownie ever.

Of course, if you don’t feel like spending the time melting the chocolate, you can always use my homemade brownie mix for these bites. I’ve used that mix for brownie pies, so it’ll for sure work for brownie bites!

What I love about these brownie bites is the versatility of them. My favorite way to make them is to press a miniature Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup or Rolo on the top while they’re hot from the oven, like a blossom cookie. It’s a blossom brownie! Who doesn’t love peanut butter cups with brownies? No one, that’s who.

Don’t like peanut butter cups or Rolos? Use Kisses or Milky Way Bites. Or press some M&Ms on top. The possibilities are endless. Or…make a simple chocolate ganache and frost the bites. Add some sprinkles and you have a fantastic party treat.

The Best Brownie Bites have Rolos and peanut butter cups on top!

This recipe makes a lot of bites – about 40-48 of them. I know you’re probably starting to freak out at the number of parties you have coming up (work, school, Halloween, Thanksgiving…) and these bites are the perfect thing for any of them. Make a batch and freeze them, then just take what you need to each event.

Double-duty dessert. That’s what we all need this time of year!

And, well. We also need good vacations and fudgy brownies. At least that’s what I need.

These are the Best Brownie Bites! Top them with Rolos or peanut butter cups or ganache frosting and sprinkles!

I think you do too. 🙂

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Best Brownie Bites

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
These Brownie Bites are perfectly chocolatey and fudgy! Top them with chocolate ganache frosting and sprinkles or press your favorite candy on the top, like a brownie blossom!


For the Brownies:

  • 2 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate — coarsely chopped
  • 2 ounces semi-sweet baking chocolate — coarsely chopped
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

For the toppings:

  • 40-48 bite sized candies — Rolos, miniature Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, mini Milky Ways, etc., unwrapped OR
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • Sprinkles


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray mini muffin pans with cooking spray or line with liners.
  2. Place the two baking chocolates and butter in a large, microwave safe bowl. Heat on HIGH power for 2-3 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until chocolate is smooth. Stir in sugar. Add eggs, vanilla, and cocoa and stir well. Add salt and flour and stir carefully.
  3. Place about 1 heaping tablespoon of batter in each muffin cup. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until a toothpick comes out only slightly dirty from the center of the brownie.
  4. If you are topping the brownie bites with candies, unwrap them while the brownies are baking. As soon as the brownie bites come out of the oven, press one candy on the top of each brownie bite, pressing slightly. Let them cool completely before removing from the pans.
  5. If you are topping them with ganache, let them cool completely then remove from the pans. Make the ganache by placing the chocolate chips and cream in a microwave safe measuring cup or bowl. Heat in 30 second increments, stirring between each, until the chocolate is melted and smooth. It will be thick, like frosting. Frost each brownie bite, then top with sprinkles.
  6. NOTE: if they aren’t completely cooled it will be hard to remove them from the pan. Run a sharp knife around the edges of the brownie bite, then pop it out of the pan. If it rips, then they aren’t cool enough. I suggest chilling the bites until completely cold before removing from the pans. Store at room temperature in an airtight container or freeze for up to 3 months.

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  1. run-of-the-mill dry crumbly not-worth-it theatre treat  <— LOL and that's how I feel about 99% of most desserts I buy out. Just not worth the cardio, like…at all!

    I love that you had something that WAS worthwhile but that you had already made a recipe like it, and had this waiting in the wings. Nice! And Rolo AND Pb Cups, love that we don't have to choose 🙂

    And the fact that you've never cheated on your brownie recipe in 2+ yrs is epic. I had one like that for 3-4 yrs and it's what my cookbooks are based off. But it makes a 9×13 and it's not easily halved…


  2. These brownie bites are so cute. I’ll take one with the colorful sprinkles on it.

  3. The next time you are in Seattle, take the ferry to Bainbridge Island – they have the best bakery I have ever seen!  Your brownie bites look yummy (and handy)!

  4. These are the cutest little bites ever!  Now I am craving chocolate 🙂  xo

  5. Brownie and a play. Sounds awesome!! Pretty much anything sounds awesome when “brownie” is included though 🙂 

  6. These definitely look like the best! So chocolatey and fudgy – I’m loving them! And loved Karly’s dessert mash-up from your book – you are SO creative!!

  7. yup, completely craving brownie bites now 🙂  Seattle looked wonderful – glad you made it ebola free

  8. Ooooh, I want some NOW! I just wanted to bite my screen as I was scrolling down.

  9. Ahhh I’m pinning these, they look amazing!!!!

  10. Yeah! Glad you had a good time in Seattle. Serious Pie is amazing! And so are these brownie bites!!

  11. I haven’t seen Kinky Boots the musical but I did see the movie, which I loved! I hope that it is still playing in NYC when I’m there over the winter. I’ll have to drag someone to see it with me…actually maybe I better just find a gf! 

    I hate those brownie bites that come in the tub mostly because you can’t buy a quantity less than 30…umm if I need 30 brownie bites around, I’d just make a pan of brownies! Plus yours look way better and super moist! Pinned! 

  12. I love brownie bites, one of the few store-bought baked goods that are so so tempting!  They’re just so darn good!  Will need to try these, because I’m sure that they ARE even better than the ones you can buy!

  13. Cute and delicious! I am sure I would like them!

  14. I can’t believe you got an amazing brownie at a show! That is crazy talk. What could be better than a musical and a good brownie?
    Although kid-free time in Seattle generally sounds pretty great, and these brownie bites look much better than the ones people get at Costco! Love the PB cup ones especially!

  15. Your weekend sounded amazing in Seattle! And so do these brownie bites! They’re so adorable! I love that they make a big batch because they would be perfect for a party I have coming up – pinning!

  16. I love brownie brites! I always flock to those cuties at the grocery stores. But I agree, you version sounds (and looks) way better!

  17. I like to put a “little” dab of homemade buttercream or cream cheese frosting. Sounds delicious about right now! May have to make some later 🙂

  18. So glad you had such an amazing time in Seattle. I’ve never ordered a brownie out anywhere. It sounds like you got lucky with a great tasting brownie though. And you already had a recipe that resembled it. It was fate! Pinning!

  19. brownie blossom = genius. pb cup blossoms made in the mini muffin pan are my all-time fav cookie – love this version and all the combos that are possible.

  20. Your brownie bites look wonderful! I think I’d eat them all! I love hearing others people’s take on the Pacific Northwest and am glad to know it’s not just me who loves it. Seattle is so much fun with so many great places to eat. And the views? Amazing.

  21. I’m with the cream cheese frosting – but all of the options sound great, and would make a great variety party platter;) or little people fun;))

  22. It would be a hard choice between rolos and peanut butter cups!

  23. I do love a good brownie bite stuffed with more goodness!!! And topped with chocolate and sprinkles…yes, please! The only bad thing…I eat way more than I really should because they are small!

  24. Yes Yes Yes to these! Just yes in every way possible to having a bunch of these now!

  25. These look worthy running the extra mile! Love chocolaty bites like these! Pinned!

  26. Yum, a little mouthful of heaven! I totally agree with you about the dry brownies – sometimes, you never expect a place to have an amazing brownie or cake until you try it! 40-48 bites? I could eat them all in a day probably!!! Pinned x

  27. Seattle is on my bucket list of places to visit. I want to go there SO bad! I also want to eat a ton of these brownie bites because I can never say no to a brownie or two or ten. 🙂

  28. oooh Kinky Boots-sounds so good!!!

    and ooooooh bites of chocolatey goodness! ganache! reese’s! mmmm mmm mmm

  29. I can never buy those brownie bites from the store. Gone wayyy too fast! I love that you made you made your own, and I definitely love the addition of Reese’s and Rolos! Perfect snacking food. 🙂

  30. Those brownie bites look so good! Love all the different ways you can make them, the chocolate frosting ones look sooo yummy. Homemade is almost always better 🙂

  31. We were craving chocolate, and I found this recipe. Just made them – they are wonderful! Very rich and chocolatey!!

  32. Made just plain style brownies for brownie kebabs and these worked a treat! I used gluten free plain flour and coconut sugar and cacao as substitutes and i don’t think my husband is happy that he could only have 1 and has to wait 3 days till xmas to enjoy more 🙂 FAB FAB FAB!! Merry Xmas!

  33. Will olive oil work instead of butter???

  34. Just made these into little ghost “boo bites” for Halloween and everyone LOVED them! Thank you for the great recipe 🙂

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