September 02, 2016

snickers brownie cups

Three cheers for Fall baking! I mean, it's my absolute favorite thing in the year. I actually yearn for Fall when I think about it during the summer months. I get a real honest-to-goodness pang in my chest wanting it to be Fall so bad!! Am I the only one?

So today, I'm in heaven. HEAVEN! Here's why. Last night was the official kickoff of college football. Tennessee nearly got beat, and I have to say it was thrilling to think about. But those orange boys pulled it out. This morning the temps are in the low 60s! I'm wearing sleeves! And I am baking a batch of these Snickers Brownie Cups for our high school football coaches. 

Let's talk about that real quick.

For three years, my Luke played high school football. And for three years for every Friday home game, I made dessert for the coaches and trainers. Luke graduated and just started at the University of Arkansas, but tonight is the kickoff of Wildcat high school football. And y'all, I can't not take dessert. Oh yes, I have grieved all over again that #34 won't be running the ball tonight. But something about making dessert for the coaches comforts me. Like the Good Ol' Days.

Now I may well lose it when I walk these little chocolate dudes into the field house. But that remains to be seen.

Back to the brownie cups! I developed this recipe in partnership with Mars, Inc. for their local office to bake and give out at their Razorback tailgate this weekend! That's my third reference to a football team. These brownie cups are cakey, chocolatey, and nutty! There's a little Snickers bite tucked down inside each one that gives a surprising chew when you get there! They bake quick, they store well, and they travel easy. They're perfect for your tailgate or your Labor Day picnic!

Enjoy enjoy! And Happiest Fall!


4oz (4 squares) semi-sweet chocolate
2 sticks unsalted butter
1 ⅔ cup sugar
1 cup flour
4 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
20 Snickers Bites (the smallest ones that come unwrapped in a bag)
½ cup semi sweet chocolate chips
2 Tablespoons coconut oil
Chopped salted cocktail peanuts

Melt chocolate and butter together; allow to cool for several minutes until no longer hot. In a separate large bowl, whisk together sugar and flour. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs and vanilla. While whisking, slowly pour melted chocolate and butter into the eggs and vanilla. Mix until combined. Pour the liquid mixture into the dry ingredients; stir til combined.

Line 20 muffin cups with paper liners; spray bottoms with cooking spray. Fill each muffin cup about two-thirds full with batter. Bake at 325 for 18-20 minutes. The brownie cups are done with then the tops crack and the center is just set.

Remove from the oven and allow to sit for 3 minutes. Using a butter knife, make a little cut/well in the center-top of each muffin cup and gently push a Snickers Bite into the center. In a microwave, melt chocolate chips with coconut oil and stir until smooth. Spoon a tablespoon or two on the top of each muffin cup to fill and hide the hole that was created by putting the Snickers inside. Then top with chopped salted peanuts. Allow to cool entirely.