Although there are endless desserts choices, nothing compares to the intense chocolate goodness of a simple brownie. The crisp, crinkly surface and fudgy interior of a well-made brownie makes for a killer combo, not to mention a totally valid choice for cheat day. Tiny, single-serving brownie bites offer the benefits of portion control and visual appeal. Just use your favorite recipe or mix with a few minor modifications to make these miniature masterpieces.
The Basic Bite Method
The easiest way to turn full sized brownies into bites is by baking them in mini-muffin pans instead of a single rectangular pan. Mix up the batter as you normally would, then spray or grease each muffin cup. Be generous, because brownies tend to stick. If you have a silicone mini-muffin pan this would be the time to use it, or line each cavity with a paper cup. Fill the cups 1/2 to 2/3 full and bake the bites for half of the normal baking time. Most recipes will produce 40 to 45 bites.
Changing the batter from a single large mass to multiple smaller portions alters its baking qualities dramatically, so keep a sharp eye on your first batch. You might find that they require as little as 10 to 12 minutes to bake.
Remove the brownies from the oven when their edges are set but the centers are still soft. If they're too crusty, reduce your oven temperature by 25 degrees Fahrenheit before baking the second sheet. You may also try slightly increasing the liquids in your recipe. If you refrigerate the brownies for 20-30 minutes prior to baking, this will improve their texture and make them less likely to come out over-cooked.
Keep in mind every oven, batter, and baker is slightly different, so it may require a bit of trial and error before you reach the perfect method.
An Alternative Method
If you're short on time and don't want to risk experimenting with a new technique, there's another way. Simply bake the brownies as you normally would (in the rectangular pan), then turn the finished slab out onto your counter after it cools. Use a cookie cutter or sharp knife and cut as many rounds as possible-- you should end up with a comparable number of bites to the muffin pan method. This option will lack the crisp edges of the muffin-pan version but the bites will still be uniform in size and shape.
Fancy 'Em Up
Now the fun part-- decorating! Arrange the cooked brownie morsels on a sheet of wax paper and top them however you please. Some options are drizzles of white or milk chocolate and/or caramel glaze, sprinkles, fresh fruit, and nuts.