Monday, October 10, 2011

Ferrero Rocher Brownie Bites with Caramel-Cream Cheese Icing



Go ahead and plug in your treadmill.  You're probably going to need it after just looking at these pictures. 

It's Secret Recipe Club (SRC) reveal day.  This month I was assigned to Cook Lisa Cook.  I really admire Lisa's blog...especially the photos of her sweet five-year-old daughter, Maisie.  Lisa and her husband, Eammon, adopted precious Maisie from China in December of 2006.  You can tell she is quite the treasured princess in their lives; it's a beautiful thing to see.  I really love that Lisa involves Maisie in much of her time spent in the kitchen, as Maisie is in a large majority of the preparation photos.  Those times will be sweet memories for Maisie as she gets older. 

Lisa has many delicious recipes on her blog.  I will definitely be heading back to try her Chocolate Chip Gingersnap cookies and many other delightful creations.  I was intrigued by her Rolo Brownie Bites with Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting.  Because, yum!  Chewy caramel chocolates buried within warm brownies and left to get soft and melty?  Then topped with a caramel cream cheese frosting?  Who can resist such a treasure?

I changed the recipe only slightly by substituting Ferrero Rocher candies for the Rolos because I could not find a single Rolo candy in the grocery store on the day I was shopping to make this dessert.  I also did not use the jarred caramel sauce...I made my own simply by cooking sweetened condensed milk in a saucepan for about 10 minutes.

So grab your favorite package of brownie mix (or make your own homemade batter), some cream cheese, butter, a small can of sweetened condensed milk, powdered sugar, and the candies (your choice...). 

Grease and then fill the mini-muffin tins with the brownie batter. 
Bake for 12-15 minutes at 325 degrees until done.

Have the candies unwrapped,

and immediately press them into the warm brownies.

While the brownies are baking, you can make the caramel sauce (if you choose not to use the prepared store-bought version).*

Simply cook a small can of sweetened condensed milk over
medium heat for about 10 minutes.
Stir almost constantly.

It will become thicker and darken in color.

And before you know it, you'll have caramel.

Mix as many tablespoons of caramel into the icing as you'd like.  
I used two tablespoons, but next time I'll use more.

Now back to the brownies. 

(I dotted mine with some of the extra caramel.)

And then I iced them.



A little cross-section view for you...

Here's the printable recipe.

Ferrero Rocher Brownie Bites with Caramel Icing
Makes 24 bite-sized brownies

1 (18.5 oz. box) brownie mix (plus necessary eggs, oil & water per package instructions - or your favorite homemade recipe)
24 Ferrero Rocher candies (or Rolo candies)
4 tablespoons butter, softened
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
2-3 tablespoons caramel "sauce"
1 cup confectioners sugar

Remove all wrappers from the candies.

Pre-heat oven to 325F.

Prepare brownies according to package directions.  Grease a mini-muffin tin with cooking spray and fill each cup approximately 3/4 full with batter.  Bake for 12-15 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Remove from oven and immediately press a candy into the center of each brownie bite.  (The top of the candy will protrude a bit from the brownie...it's OK...you'll cover it with icing.)  Cool for a couple of minutes in the tin then carefully remove the brownie bites from the pan to a cooking rack.  Allow to cool completely.

To make the frosting, use the paddle attachment on a stand mixer and beat the butter and cream cheese together until smooth.  Add the caramel sauce* and blend.  Add the confectioners sugar and whip until creamy and smooth.  Using a pastry or plastic bag with a piping tip, pipe the frosting onto the top of each brownie bite.  Chill in the refrigerator to set the frosting a bit before serving.

*To make homemade caramel sauce, simple empty the contents of a small can of sweetened condensed milk into a saucepan.  Stir constantly for 10 to 12 minutes over medium heat.  (Do not let it scorch.)  The milk will begin to deepen in color and thicken.  Remove from heat when the caramel will thickly adhere to the back of your mixing spoon.  The longer you cook it, the harder it will become when it cools until it is difficult to work with.  To thin it, add a small splash of milk and mix well.  

*You will only need two tablespoons of caramel to make the icing...but I found other ways to use the remaining caramel (ice cream topping, straight off the spoon, etc.).

39 comments:

Jade said...

Oh my goodness, I've never seen something look so delicious. Yummy!

Ginny said...

Awww...thanks, Jade. They were really tasty!

Melissa @IWasBornToCook said...

These look amazing! I love Rocher. Definitely putting these on the list to make soon!

Carolyn said...

Oh my word!!! A brownie bite with ferroro rocher in the middle. That is killer!

Mallory said...

Wow. My sister would LOVE these! I'll have to remember this for her birthday! :)
Mallory
http://mallicious.blogspot.com/

Ine-Maartje said...

Ooh, that's seems delicious!!! :D

aveganobsession said...

these look OUTRAGEOUS! Did a fanfare play when you unveiled them?! p.s your blog is so pretty

Lisa~~ said...

Thank you for your kind words about the blog and my sweet Maisie, she is the little Princess in our lives. I love the changes that you made to my recipe with the Ferrero Rocher and home made caramel. Love to that you added that extra little dab before frosting. I can't wait to give your recipe a try.


If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my SRC recipe this month: Levain Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies.

Lisa~~
Cook Lisa Cook

SallyBR said...

Absolutely incredible! I love those Rocher pieces of heaven, had no idea one could make them from scratch!

Beautiful photos, nice post!

BigBearswife said...

oh my gosh YES!! ***I am totally doing the happy dance right now*** I love love love Ferrero Rocher candies! Making these soon!

Erin said...

Holy Heck!!! These look heavenly! Great pick!!! Pinned you! =o)

Amanda said...

O M G

These look so amazing I'm gaining weight just oogling them!

Monica @ TheYummyLife said...

Man, oh, man! These look fabulous. Great SRC pick.

Sara said...

Whoa, these look SO tasty! I love Ferrero Rochers...this recipe seems like it makes them even better! :)

Katherine Martinelli said...

These are simply sinful!!! Love this!

Ginny said...

Thanks, everyone, for the sweet comments. Y'all will love them if you make them. They do not disappoint. Ginny

Ilke said...

That is amazing substitute! I love how you made your caramel sauce from scratch as well!
Great pictures and recipe for SRC!

Anonymous said...

Would you please make a batch and send them to your mother? Love you!

Carolyn said...

Oh my goodness. My butt did get about 10lbs heavier just looking at those pictures. I have this saved in my "eRecipeCards" recipe book! Maybe I should save these for a thanksgiving treat =)

I'm a new follower as well. Hope you can stop by and check my blog out as well!

Carolyn
Cookin’ for my Captain

Lisa said...

WOW! Those are worth every calorie! Love Lisa's blog, I hope to get it one day! You did a fabulous, mouth - watering, job! I wish I cold grab one from the screen!

Trisha said...

These bites look sinfully delicious!

Laura Jeanne said...

wowsers!! this looks amazing. found it on the secret recipe club <3

Jey @ The Jey of Cooking said...

Oh wow, these look incredible! Your photos are gorgeous. I can't wait to try these!

Kim McCallie said...

These are unbelievable! I can't even imagine how good they would taste. I would love it if you would stop by and share your recipe on Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

http://www.wellseasonedlife.com/2011/10/sweet-indulgences-sunday-26.html

Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

OMG these look to DIE FOR. Pinning and stumbling!

ameanderingmango said...

These bites looks seriously sinful and indulgent - will have to keep the recipe for when my chocolate cravings kick in! Thanks.

Desi said...

These are so chocolate-y!!! And I love that you topped them with a bit more caramel. I'd definitely make my own caramel too instead of using the store-bought kind. Your photos are lovely too :)

http://steaknpotatoeskindagurl.blogspot.com/2011/10/octobers-secret-recipe-club-avocado.html

Cooking for My Kids said...

Those brownies look absolutely positively amazing!

katie [the bright life] said...

Wow, these look a-ma-zing! I would have never thought to put a Ferrero Rocher in the middle...genius! XO, Katie

SallyBR said...

What an amazing recipe! I love those Ferrero goodies, and the idea of finding them inside a little brownie is.... GENIUS!

Beautiful post and photos too!

Lana said...

Your recipe looks amazing! I LOVE Ferrero Rocher and cannot wait to make these:)
BTW, your recipe was taken in its entirety (photo and all) and pasted at this site, without a link to your blog or credit. And you are not the only one. This bugs me!

http://www.tastebook.com/recipes/3193732-Ferrero-Rocher-Brownie-Bites-with-Caramel-Icing

Dulce fresa said...

Wow very beautiful.. my husband will love this.. He loves Ferrero Rocher..thanks!

ash28 said...

This is the best idea I have seen in a while. So east, too!! I love it so much I am not sharing it on Pinterest so that I can make them for our next get-together and blow people away! I am POSITIVE this recipe will!!!

Cannella Vita said...

Yum! I stuffed my favorite brownie recipe with Ferrero Rochers and it was TO DIE FOR!
Check out mine here:
http://cannella-vita.blogspot.com/2013/01/ferrero-rocher-brownies.html#

banurose said...

hello from turkey, very late discovered for me cause all your photos look so yummy and so gorgeous..keep doing never stop..

loved..

Brooke said...

These were unbelievable! I can not even begin to tell you the level of YUM that these bad boys are. My husband was in love!!

Brooke said...

These were unbelievable! I can not even begin to tell you the level of YUM that these bad boys are. My husband was in love!!

ashleigh said...

I made these and they were just soooooooo delicious

Anonymous said...

Made these today they are so easy to make and are very delicious.