Mini Brownie Bites with Rolos

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Mini Brownie Bites with Rolos® make the perfect finger food dessert. These poppable treats are rich, fudgy, and ultra-chocolate-y. 

These mini brownie bites come together very quickly; we use a brownie mix as a short-cut! And if you want to make these from scratch, I’ve included directions for how to do that as well.

Mini Brownie Bites with Rolos®

It’s no secret we’re about as brownie obsessed as it gets; from brownies for breakfast (in the form of these brownie batter overnight oats) to the most decadent and rich brownie treat (like this edible brownie batter), the more brownies, the better!

These Mini Brownie Bites With Rolos are one of my favorite last-minute desserts to bring to a party or share with a crowd. Last minute because they really don’t take much time to make and it makes a lot of mini brownies. Enough for plenty of guests! Rolos are a brand of caramel-filled chocolate candy. If Rolos aren’t available, you can substitute another similar candy.

Process shots for making Mini Brownie Bites With Rolos: cream butter and cream cheese; add vanilla and egg; add pudding mix and flour; add brownie mix; mix to form a stiff dough; scoop by tablespoonfuls; roll into balls, add to greased muffin tins; bake and cool slightly; add Rolo candy to the tops.

Making the brownies from scratch

Not interested in using a brownie mix or don’t have access to one? No problem! This homemade brownie bites recipe is the perfect replacement for the brownie mix in this recipe. 

Follow that brownie bites recipe with the exception of pressing the chocolate bar into the center of the brownie bites; this time you’ll press a Rolo in (after baking)!

Bring cream cheese and butter to room temperature quickly

It’s important that both these ingredients are softened to room temperature before making these brownie bites. Below are a few short-cuts to bring them to room temperature.

  • Cut cream cheese and butter into small cubes and spread out on a plate. Allow to sit out at room temperature for 15-20 minutes.
  • Fill a large bowl with hot water. Empty the water, quickly dry out the bowl, and place that bowl over the cubed cream cheese and butter. Let stand for 5-10 minutes.
  • Remove cream cheese completely from all packaging. In a large bowl, microwave in 10-second bursts, flipping each after each burst, for about 30 seconds in total (add butter for the last 10-15 seconds; we don’t want the butter to be melted at all.

Close-up view of Mini Brownie Bites with Rolos; one is cut in half to expose the gooey, melty insides.

Mini Brownie Bites with Rolo tips

  • Grease the muffin tin. Grease the pan well before adding in the brownie batter.
  • Measure brownie batter. Use a 1 tablespoon measuring spoon to portion exactly how much brownie batter goes into each cavity of the muffin tin.
  • Make sure to get the right-sized brownie mix. To ensure the recipe works perfectly, the brownie mix needs to be 18.4 ounces.
  • Love salty and sweet? Add a tiny sprinkle of sea salt flakes right after pressing the Rolo into the center.

QUICK TIP

Number 1 tip: Use a good nonstick miniature muffin tin: I had problems for years with miniature brownie cups until I invested in a really great muffin tin. I can’t say enough good things about this muffin pan; these mini brownie bites always come out perfectly!

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Mini Brownie Bites with Rolos

5 from 1 vote
Mini Brownie Bites with Rolos make the perfect finger food dessert. They're rich, fudgy, and ultra chocolate-y. 
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Mini Brownie Bites with Rolos

5 from 1 vote
Mini Brownie Bites with Rolos make the perfect finger food dessert. They're rich, fudgy, and ultra chocolate-y. 
Course Dessert, Snack, Vegetarian
Cuisine American
Keyword Mini Brownie Bites with Rolos
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 48 miniature brownie bites

Ingredients

  • 4 oz. (113g) full-fat cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (113g) unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 package (3.9 oz.; 110g) instant chocolate fudge pudding mix (dry)
  • 3 tablespoons white flour
  • 1 package (18.3 oz. 519g) fudge brownie mix (Note 1)
  • 1 bag (10.6 oz.; 300g) Rolos chocolate candy (Note 2)

Instructions

  • PREP: Set out cream cheese and butter to get to room temperature. (If cream cheese isn't softened to room temperature it will create unpleasant chunks; I like to set it out for 45 mins to an hour in a warm place). See Note 3
    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a goo- quality miniature muffin tin by generously greasing with non-stick spray.
  • BROWNIE: In a large bowl (or a stand mixer), cream together the cream cheese and butter until completely smooth. Beat in the large egg and vanilla extract. Add in the dry pudding mix and flour. Beat to combine. Add in the brownie mix and beat again. It will be EXTREMELY thick and takes a while to get a dough to form.
  • BAKE: Using a 1 tablespoon measuring spoon, scoop the dough and roll into balls; place in the miniature muffin tin. Repeat to fill up all the cavities of the pan. Bake for 13-16 minutes. Err on the side of slightly under-baking for soft brownie bites.
  • ADD ROLOS: Remove and allow brownies to cool for about 3 minutes. Gently press unwrapped Rolos into the centers of the brownie bites.
  • REMOVE: Using the tines of a fork, gently coax the brownie bites out of the muffin tin. Brownie bites are best enjoyed warm!
  • STORAGE: Store in an airtight container. These are best when eaten within 1-2 days; after that they get a bit hard.

Recipe Notes

Note 1: Make sure you have the right size brownie mix before starting these treats. Mix should be 18.3 ounces.
Note 2: You will have leftover Rolos, but I prefer buying them in a larger bag instead of individual candy bars.
Note 3: To get the butter and cream cheese to room temperature quickly: remove cream cheese completely from all packaging. In a large bowl, microwave in 10 second bursts, flipping each after each burst, for about 30 seconds in total (add butter for the last 10-15 seconds; we don't want the butter to be melted at all).

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  1. 5 stars
    These look absolutely DELISH! What a perfect recipe for a holiday party or a dinner party with a small group of friend. Yum, I am going to have to give this recipe a try!

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