How to Make a Quick Bake Sale Item (Brownies)
We’ve all been there (well most of us anyway), we just sit down to relax and realize we promised to bring a bake sale item to help out an organization (church, school, sports team, etc.) and we didn’t make anything. Have no fear! Here is a quick and easy way of making a lot of little snacks in a short amount of time.
What You Will Need
Brownie Mix (I used Hershey’s Ultimate Chocolate Brownie Mix)
1/3 cup Vegetable Oil
1/4 cup water
Miniature Cup Cake Trays (2–24 cup trays)
Paper baking cups
Large Mixing Bowl and Mixing Spoon
How to Make Brownie Bites
The main thing will be to follow the directions on your brownie mix. The Hershey’s Ultimate Mix included a variation for the mini brownies. Originally the mix called for 1 mix packet, 1/2 cup vegetable oil, 2 tablespoons water and 2 eggs to make normal brownies in a pan. The brownie bite version calls for 1 mix packet, 1/3 cup vegetable oil, 1/4 cup water and 2 eggs.
Step 1: Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F.
Step 2: Place paper baking cups in 48 mini muffin cups.
Step 3: Spray each paper liner with cooking spray.
NOTE: Step three is a very important step. Unlike regular cupcakes, brownies will stick to the paper liners and make it very difficult to eat once cooled if the cooking spray is not used.
Step 4: Combine the brownie mix, water, oil, and eggs in the mixing bowl.
Step 5: Blend by hand using a large mixing spoon or with an electric mixer for about 2 minutes or until well blended.
NOTE: Most brownie mixes will not become smooth during mixing. The Hershey’s Ultimate Chocolate Brownie mix contains chocolate chunks and chocolate chips which prevents a smooth mixture. Check the directions on your brownie mix to determine how “smooth” yours should be.
Step 6: Scoop the mix into the mini, pre-sprayed baking cups (about 1 tablespoon in each cup).
NOTE: Using a medium scoop is great for portioning the batter. The squeeze-action handle allows you to hold the bowl with one hand and scoop the batter into the cups with the other.
Step 7: Bake the brownie bites for 17 to 19 minutes.
NOTE: You can use a toothpick inserted in the brownie that comes out clean as an indicator the product is done.
Making this simple dessert for a bake sale or just a treat is a great way to share a small snack. The bite-size snacks can be sold individually or you can package them in snack size bags in two or three brownies in a bag. Having more than one item in a bag can entice buyers because they can divide the snack easily for their children or they can save part of the snack for later.
Good luck with your bake sale! Have fun and enjoy the simple, yet easy, bake sale brownie treats.
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