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Mini Brownie Bites with Rolos

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.

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).