Fudgy Sea Salt Brownies Bites

 Fudgy Sea Salt Brownies Bites via The Baker Chick

Since starting this blog,  I seem to analyze every dessert item I put into my mouth. In any given meal I think- “Could I recreate this?” “Is that dark chocolate?” “How is this cake so fluffy?” (More often than not, I try to not eat sweets when I’m out because I always eat so many at home.)  Sometimes though, I come across something so delicious that I have to keep buying it out until I figure out how to recreate it. What am I talking about you may ask? Well yes- the Sea Salt Brownie Bites from Trader Joes. I’m obsessed. I always throw a container into my cart and often times have made a serious dent in them before I even get to checkout. (Oops.) So you are probably not surprised that I had made it my mission to recreate them.

 Fudgy Sea Salt Brownies Bites via The Baker Chick

I didn’t really think I could make a version of my favorite bite-sized treats that I loved more than the original, but boy was I wrong. These are in a whole other league from the store bought ones. Really it’s just an amazing, fudgy brownie recipe that is kicked up a notch with a sprinkling of flaky sea salt. I made these in a mini-muffin tin, but given the simplicity of this recipe, I think I’ll be making many other versions in the days to come. Plus- you only use one bowl which is a HUGE plus for us non-dishwasher-having New Yorkers.

 Fudgy Sea Salt Brownies Bites via The Baker Chick

These brownies have perfectly crisp edges, fudgy centers, and just enough bits of flaky sea salt to make them truly out of this world.  They come together in no time and are super easy to throw into a ziploc and bring to any outing or get together. (Memorial Day picnic maybe?) I can’t wait to make these again!

Fudgy Sea Salt Brownies Bites

Yield: 36 brownies bites

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter, chopped into cubes
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 ounces 70% cocoa chocolate bar, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs, cold
  • 3/4 cup cake flour
  • sea salt

Instructions

  1. Butter a mini muffin pan. Preheat oven to 325°F with a rack in the bottom third of the oven.
  2. Place the butter in a large heat-proof bowl set over a pot of simmering water (makeshift double boiler). When it begins to melt, add the sugar, cocoa powder and chocolate bar. Stir occasionally until the butter and chocolate have completely melted and mixture is homogenous and glossy–it may still appear a bit grainy.
  3. Remove the bowl from the pot let it cool slightly.
  4. Add the vanilla and stir. Then add each egg, one at a time, mixing well with a whisk after each to completely incorporate it.
  5. Add the cake flour and salt, and mix until they are completely combined. Continue to mix for another minute to ensure the mixture is smooth, but do NOT over mix. The batter will be very thick.
  6. Spoon the batter evenly into the mini-cupcake pan. Sprinkle each with sea salt. Place in the preheated oven and cook for 15 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out covered with a few moist crumbs. Mine took about 17 minutes.
  7. Allow the brownies to cool slightly then place the pans in the freezer until they are cool to the touch. Remove from the freezer, run a knife or spoon along the outside of each brownie and pop the brownie bite out.
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Recipe adapted from: Chasing Delicious

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Comments

  1. Nicola Quinn says:

    These brownie bites look so dense and fudgy – love it!

  2. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says:

    Yum!! These look so fabulous!

  3. Looks like I have to go get some flaky sea salt. I’ve seen these at my Trader Joe’s and never picked them up, but holy smokes these look fantastic.

  4. carolyn bradford says:

    WOW!! These look amazing! I can’t wait to try them! I’ve missed reading all of your great posts! So glad I saw this one!
    Carolyn Bradford

  5. Yes, these are really fudgy brownies, loo dense and decadent…!!!

  6. Um, I can’t even handle that picture – the center looks so FUDGY OOEY GOOEY! Must make.

  7. Ooo, now I want to go to TJ’s and try these brownie bites. Haven’t had them yet but your version looks amazing!

  8. fabulous looking bites and I love any of those little “bites” that TJs sell..those little plastic cartons are dangerous :)

  9. I’ve never been to Trader Joe’s but I keep reading about it. It kind of makes me jealous, haha. But because I’ve never been there, I’ve never heard of these brownies. But just looking at your pictures makes me want to eat several. I love fudgy insides! :D

  10. WOW! This is something I’ll put on my to-do list! !Thanks for sharing

  11. I love mini brownies! Brownies are my all time favorite dessert, and if they are mini, I can eat more!

  12. No Trader Joe’s here in the UK but I keep hearing about it too. These look so fantastic. The photos look amazing, loving the sea salt popping out. Can’t wait to try these so I know in some ways what you’re talking about.

  13. I love salty and sweet combinations plus mini-sized desserts (I don’t feel as guilty). I can’t wait to try these out!

  14. Bite-sized foods are always more fun to eat! Although I’m sure it’s just as dangerous. I could eat a million of these and not feel full.

  15. Haha! I so know what you mean about the analyzing of baked goods, but since I cook so often I do the same thing with EVERYTHING I eat. It’s bittersweet. But, I’m going to Spain and France soon so it will be doubly hard to control with all the amazing food options! Thanks for sharing these brownie bites – Love the sweet saltiness of them!

  16. Wow. These look incredible! Way to recreate!

  17. GENIUS! This one’s a keeper! Bookmarking these delicious brownie bites now..,hallelujah!

  18. Stelly Jalai says:

    hey Audra, it’s Stella!!!!!! Love what you make, and miss you!!!!!

  19. I made these yesterday to bring to a cookout. Wow!! They are delish, and easy. Glad for the warning that things will look a little grainy. I got concerned when I started adding the eggs since the batter looked “broken”, but I pushed through. Things smoothed out as soon as I added the flour. They were a big hit, and I love the fact that every single one has crispy chewy edges. I don’t think I’ll ever make a pan of brownies again. This is my new go-to brownie recipe! Thanks for all your wonderful ideas!

  20. These look so easy and perfect! Love sea salt on just about everything lately.

  21. I made these about a week ago and they were really good. I ended up only making 1/3 of the recipe because I didn’t need 36 brownie bites, but 12 was the perfect number. The only thing is I don’t think I have your affinity for salty/sweet combos. I took a bite and it was much to salty for my prefrence, but the brownie itself was really nice! :)

  22. Yummmm! Made these yesterday. Got rave reviews and had three people ask for the recipe!
    Thank you!

  23. Have you ever tried to add caramel to them?

  24. I just came upon this recipe and it looks delicious. How much salt do you add to the batter?

  25. okay, these look AMAZING! we must have the same taste, because i love those at traders and now i can make them!! can’t wait to try them. thanks!
    xo
    http:www.chaseandem.blogspot.com

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