Today’s recipe is basically an idea to be made with your favorite brownie recipe, nothing really special here, but let me tell you, this was a huge success with the kids the other day!
Matheus is having some fun these past couple of weeks at the YMCA Summer Camp program, he made a lot of new friends and the environment there is so healthy and friendly, he loves playing and going to the pool at the camp. They have got all this “counselors” that take care of the kids, and the best thing is that they are kids themselves! The counselors’ age range around 17 years old, so they have extra energy to deal with the kids, it is fun to see them play. But enough with that, lets get to the cooking part of the post.
Last week they had a cookout at summer camp, and Matheus’ huddle was supposed to contribute with desserts. I wanted a treat that would be easy to eat, that the kids could grab and go, and preferably something not very messy. Since I believed that there would be a good amount of cookies showing up (and I was certainly not wrong!), I discarded that possibility and went looking for something else instead.
The thought of mini muffins came to my mind, and suddenly brownies popped up. That’s it, Mini Brownies, perfect!
Great idea, they came out very good looking and cute too. The kids loved them, it was super simple and easy to make, plus with all the chocolate goodness and the yummy chocolate chips inside there was no need for messy frostings or the like. Matheus loved taking this to the camp, so I will probably be making more of them during the next preschool year to share with the friends.
As I said before, you can make this with your favorite recipe (make sure to not over bake them so they came out nice and fudgy inside), but I am posting here the recipe I used just in case, and you know what, if you like brownies this is worth trying, it was very good! (Especially warm out of the oven… oh the goodness of melted chocolate, yum!!)
½ cup cocoa powder
1/3-cup oil (I used canola oil)
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1/3 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 F and either line with paper or grease 24 mini muffin tins.
In a large bowl mix all ingredients together, adding the chocolate chips at the end. Pour batter into prepared mini muffin cups (don’t fill them too much!). Bake for about 16 minutes. Makes 24.
(Recipe adapted from the Hershey’s website)