|I cannot even tell you how good these are. And don't judge by the picture, they are yummy. Oh and those are my moms chocolate chip cookies, also really good.|
Okay so today we are going to take a look at the brownie ball. Way back when I first started making cake balls, I was looking for different things to make. This was way before I really got into reading blogs. One of the things I though up was brownie balls. And yes I totally know that I am probably not the first, but I was the first of my friends, so that totally counts!
So the first time I tried and brought them to work I got a lot of compliments, they were amazing. If I do say so myself. People, and I, both agreed that they were richer, more sophisticated in taste and just perfect. I know, that sounds stupid, but it's hard to describe how good they are.
So today, since I had to make a bunch for my moms annual party, I thought I would share with you how I make mine.
To start, as always we are using a mix. There are two reasons, one, making brownies from scratch to just crumble up and destroy seems wrong. And two, the box mixes are just way easier. So there you go, scientific proof as to why box mix is better.
|I used four boxes, if you could not tell. I got just over 10 dozen. And yes I ate some myself.|
So the box mixes we have here make a 8x8 pan of brownies, which does not give you a lot of stuff to work with. In the states I think they have a family size box or something, I so want that here! Anyway, I usually remedy that by making two box mixes in one 9x13 pan. That gets me about 4-5 dozen balls.
So to start, when buying a mix, I always get the one with the frosting. This way I don't need to buy frosting alone and it just makes life easier.
So make your brownies according to the box, just use two boxes and use the 9x13 pan. Bake them until they are almost done, you know, putting a tooth pick in and having a bit of crumbs is good. You don't want a dry brownie. Once they are baked, cool them fully. I was once in a rush and did not fully cool them and they mixed up without any frosting as they were so moist. Then once I left them over night, the next day the balls were hard as rocks. I had to microwave them to soften them then mix them with frosting. So trust me, cool them. Put the whole darn pan in the fridge if you need to.
|It is really hard to not eat spoon fulls of this while I scoop it out.|
Once you have them cooled, use a spoon or your hands or whatever to scoop them into your mixing bowl. Now brownies make a very thick dough when mixed with icing, so I beg of you, use a kitchen aid or food processor or something. Trust me.
|This is the left over crispy bits, but since I hate crispy brownies I never eat it. I know, it's a waste.|
So once you have scooped all the brownie out, leaving any really crispy bits of brownie in the pan, you are ready to go. I find that one pouch of frosting works perfectly for each double batch of brownies. I just dump it in and let the kitchen aid mix it all up. Then I just scoop out the balls into a parchment paper lined cake pan and put them in the fridge. I do not roll them, as they are sticky. I leave them for at least 30 minutes, then pull them out of the fridge and roll them into nice ball shapes. Then back into the fridge for a few hours, or the freezer for about 20 minutes.
|And it looks gross when all mixed up, but man is it thick. I have broken spatulas before, so use a super strong one.|
I love the rich chocolate of these, and some people may like to dip them in white or dark chocolate. But since I hate dark chocolate more then laundry, I won't use it. I also hate white chocolate and if these are for me, I use what I like. So just melt you chocolate of choice, mine being candy coating, and dip all of the brownie balls and place them on wax paper to dry. You can use sprinkles to decorate them, but I wanted the classic look, so I just drizzled white chocolate over them. These freeze really well, the only issue is they get some condensation on them when they thaw out, but you know, it won't kill them.
Also I have no idea why I didn't take any progress pics, but you know, a scoop of filling, rolled and dipped is all the same right? Well take my word for it, at least this time.
I hope you try them out, because of all the things I have made, these always get the most thumbs up.
|I am famous for these, at least in my family.|
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