I showed pictures of the awesome dessert table at my friend Melissa's bridal shower last weekend and I wanted to share my contribution - the brownie bites with raspberry sauce.
I made the brownies the night before the shower (please forgive me for not including photos of the process). I used a recipe that was my go-to when I was a kid - I baked these brownies for every single bake sale, family gathering, or sleepover I attended in the 90s and I dug it out for this special occasion. I used:
2 cups white sugar
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1 1/4 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter (melted)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
optional (and not used this time) 1/2 cup crushed walnuts
I preheated the oven to 350 degrees & mixed together my cocoa and sugar. I stirred in the melted butter, then added the eggs & vanilla and stirred again. Finally, I added the flour & salt and mixed just until smooth (this is where you'd add the walnuts too).
Normally, I'd put it into a greased brownie pan and bake for 40 minutes (or until a toothpick comes out clean) BUT I added these into a MINI brownie pan (picked up from the craft store) and baked for 15. I wanted these to be finger food sized - perfect for a shower.
Once the brownies came out of the oven, I had to dress them up a little bit and make them shower-worthy. I took a pint of raspberries, a teaspoon of sugar, and a squeeze of lemon...
...and blended til I had a sauce...
I popped each little brownie bite into a mini paper muffin cup and drizzled a spoonful of the sauce on top. I popped a raspberry on each square and they were ready to go...
People seemed to love them! I was so excited to have these tasty brownies again and can't wait until my next occasion to bake them up. Stay hungry!