Saturday, December 26, 2009

Hershey's Candy Cane Kiss Brownie Bites

For the brownie:
1 brownie mix 9×13 inch size
Candy Cane Hershey Kisses, unwrapped, about 36

For the ganache:
2 Tablespoons heavy cream
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

3 original candy canes, crushed

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Prepare mini muffin tin(s) by generously spraying with cooking spray, both inside the cups and over the top. Prepare brownie mix according to package directions.

Spoon batter into tins, filling about half way. Press kisses into center of brownie batter, pushing them in only about a quarter to a third of the way down; do not push all the way to bottom, some of the tip should stick out the top. Bake for 15-17 minutes or until brownies are cooked through.

As they bake the kisses will sink down a little...

and the brownie will start to envelop them...

until they are completely covered. Notice how the brownie bites didn't spill over even though they came over the top. If you do not spray the tops as well as the insides, the brownie will spill over, stick to to the top and make it virtually impossible to remove the bites intact.

Let brownie bites cool COMPLETELY in the tins, they are difficult to get out otherwise. Once cool, gently run a thin knife around them and ease them out onto a cooling rack.

Put candy canes in plastic baggie and gently crush, making sure not to make them into a powder.

Melt chocolate chips in microwave at 30 second intervals until smooth and melted. Stir in cream until silky smooth. If needed, microwave 10 seconds more. Dip tops of brownies into melted chocolate, then sprinkle with crushed candy canes.

NOTES:These can be kind of tricky, but if you are careful to completely spray the tins and cool the brownies before taking them out they should be ok. The flavor is wonderful. The Hershey's Kisses are amazing!

SOURCE:Adapted from Picky Palate

VARIATION: Raspberry Kiss Brownie Hearts

Use the following substitutions with the recipe above:
*use Hershey's Raspberry Hugs in place of the Candy Cane kisses
*use a pan with heart-shaped cavities (the pan I used had 6 cavities and could hold about as much or a little more than a standard muffin tin cavity)
*only fill cavities about 2/3 to 3/4 full; you won't need to spray the top of the tin, it shouldn't spill over.
*Bake about 18-20 minutes
*Makes 9 heart-shaped brownies

Linked to...
This Week's Cravings @ Mom's Crazy Cooking


  1. I baked these per your link awhile ago and they are a HUGE hit in our household. Liam LOVES helping he loves to unwrap the kisses and plop them into the batter. I also appreciated your hints as well since I also found them hard to remove from the pan. I have tried other hershey kisses and our favorite is the mint kisses. I havent frosted any of ours since we find them rich and decadent with out and I am a tad bit lazy! Thanks for sharing this, Its a huge thumbs up from us!

  2. Chocolate and peppermint is one of my favorite combinations - can't wait to try these!!

    Thank you for linking to This Week's Cravings - please join us next week for holiday beverages!

  3. Thanks so much for linking up to This Week's Cravings. I am also hosting a 12 Days of Christmas Goodies, so make sure you come back every day in December and link up a Christmas Goodie!

  4. these look great I have not tried those kisses but can tell you that we made candy cane brownies using crushed candy canes and they were delicious I plan on trying your recipe soon


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