Sunday, May 31, 2009

If at first you don't succeed...

Find another pan!

Today, I wanted to make some mini-brownie cupcakes for my uncles wedding this week, and it was going smoothly, until....DISASTER STRUCK!!!!  After I had baked them in a mini-cupcake pan that I had sprayed with baking spray, they wouldn't come out!  I turned the pan over and shook it, tried to pry them out with a bamboo skewer, and then resorted to scraping them out with a small rubber spatula(those little suckers were about as hard as concrete glue).  My mom went to the store, but sadly she couldn't find any greaseproof liners for the mini pan, so my brownie bites idea was thrown overboard.  I was disappointed, as I hadn't had trouble with this recipe before(well...when I was following the directions), and I had to come up with another idea, as I still had a bowl of uncooked brownie batter on the counter.  
I still wanted round brownies, to match the other goodies that we're making, so I decided to copy my mom's idea from last winter, and just bake them in a flat cookie sheet.  After they were done baking and had cooled, they were punched into small circles with a 1 1\4 inch biscuit cutter and put in a freezer bag to harden up for the scary plane ride they have to take in a few days.  While I didn't get to have what I had envisioned, or as many as I had hoped for, it turned out all right in the end.  On the bright side, we then had yummy brownie scraps to eat after we cut them out!  

  I used the Baker's One-Bowl Brownies recipe, substituting one cup of chopped walnuts in place of pecans.  I used a medium-sized jelly roll pan, lined with buttered parchment paper, and cooked for 30 minutes.  The cookie sheet was too large for a single batch of brownies to fill it, so I only spread the batter in it halfway.  I would recommend using the smallest cookie sheet you have.  But really, depending on the thickness that you want your brownie cutouts, use whatever pan you want, as long as you have a liner!!!!  If you decide to use this recipe, pop on over to Mrs. Tricia's blog for pretty recipe cards that are a nice alternative to notebook paper. 


  1. your brownies look wonderful and i like the idea of using a biscuit cutter to make them round. i like making individual brownie "cakes, frosting them and then sprinkling finely chopped walnuts or pecans on top. they are a very big hit!

  2. They look super yummiliscious Bitsy!