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easy brownie daisies

After a bit of a hiatus, I’m back in the borrowed kitchen. I was in the grand city of NY for a few days at a glam media blogger event for my edible crafts column (check out my posts here and here). But now I’m back on cookies. Well, brownies. I do have a rather long story, the details of which I’ll spare you, of a heated exchange with an angry customer when working as a cookie decorator. She insisted the brownie should be considered a cookie and was horribly distraught we did not offer them. As it suits my purpose to consider the brownie a cookie for this post (a bar cookie?), I’ll give her this one for today only.

These brownie bites are veeeery easy to make. You can use any recipe for brownies or even a mix, though you can find my recipe at the end of this post. I cut out brownie circles, topped them with melted candy wafers, and decorated with M & Ms. That’s it.

how to make decorated brownies

you will need:
brownies (see below for my recipe, any are fine)
circle cookie cutter (1 1/2″)
white candy melts or white chocolate chips (find the melts in craft stores)
baking sheet
wax paper

wire rack
M & Ms, sprinkles, or any o
ther candies to decorate

step one: make your brownies
Find my recipe at the end of this post, but you can use any you like. Let brownies cool for about 20 minutes. Line a baking tray with wax paper and place the wire rack on top. When brownies are still a bit warm, use circle cutter to cut shapes. Press cutters firmly to bottom of pan, twist a bit, and lift up. Brownie should stay in cutter! Gently push brownie out of cutter onto the wire rack to fully cool. (I used a couple sizes, but the small ones work best.)

step two: top your brownies
Melt candy melts or white chocolate on top of a double boiler or in the microwave according to directions. I microwaved in a Pyrex measuring cup at half power for 1 minute, 30 seconds, then at 30 second intervals, stirring well. Don’t overheat! With a small spoon, pour a bit of melted candy or chocolate in center of brownie top and gently spread with a knife to edges. Let set about 15 minutes.

step three: decorate your brownies
When melts or chocoate are still a bit wet, decorate the brownies with candies or sprinkles as desired. For daisies, use 6 M&Ms–one in the center, 5 around.

brownie recipe:
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/3 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
2 Tbsp. water
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 eggs
Combine flour, baking soda and salt and set aside. In saucepan, heat together butter, sugar and water and bring just to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in 1 cup of chocolate chips and the vanilla. Transfer to bowl and beat in eggs, one at a time. Gradually blend in dry ingredients. Stir in remaining chocolate chips. Pour into greased 9″ baking dish and bake in a preheated 325 degree oven for 30 to 35 minutes.

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12 Comments

  1. Posted February 22, 2009 at 4:23 am | Permalink

    Gosh I love brownies, I love how you presented them…I reckon I would eat all the off cuts in one go!

  2. Posted February 22, 2009 at 5:24 am | Permalink

    I love brownies and these are so darn cute!!!!! Thank you for sharing this great idea…just love it over here.

  3. Posted February 22, 2009 at 6:35 am | Permalink

    Really nice, I’ll try to make it.

  4. Posted February 22, 2009 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    These are so cute. I love M&M's. Also, I wanted to say thanks again for letting me feature your licorice love on my site. And I'd like to invite you to submit stuff to my future monthly dessert carnivals. =)

  5. Posted February 22, 2009 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

    thanks all!Yes, apparentlyjessy, many cuts were eaten. Thanks Christine and adair! and I’ll certainly visit again Jerri.meaghan

  6. Posted February 22, 2009 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

    I already love your cookies (as does everyone I make them for) and now I can love your brownies too. Thank you.www.onlysunshine.net

  7. Posted February 22, 2009 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

    Super cute. Super sweet and look to be easy. A great spring thing. Oh, I bet you can really put cut out brownies to use in the challenge going on at my blog. I hope you submit!http://savorthethyme.blogspot.com

  8. Posted February 22, 2009 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

    These look so yummy!!! Want some!

  9. Posted February 22, 2009 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

    Yummy! We love brownies, and since we have recently discovered that your almond cookie recipe is the BEST cookie ever, I’m sure your brownie recipe is great too! Can’t wait to try it!

  10. Posted February 23, 2009 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much myonlysunshine! and I’ll be sure to post on Savor the Thyme. And thanks to you Beth and Miss Muffin! (I’ve been using this brownie recipe for years. Can’t remember where it came from, but it’s really moist, thick and yummy.)

  11. Posted February 25, 2009 at 3:54 am | Permalink

    You truly are a cookie/brownie genius. How do you do it? Mind if I post this and link back to you? (Again)

  12. Posted February 25, 2009 at 4:16 am | Permalink

    Oh, shucks, gee, go on. No. Really. Continue with the genius talk! Thanks J+S, happy to have a link! Thanks for the support, and I’ve added your fabulous blog (Gordon Gossip) chock full o’ info to my blog list.

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