Caramel Filled M&M Brownie Bites

I love food and having Collective Bias®  Social Fabric®  pay me to develop a new recipe using M&M’s is an awesome excuse to get to play in the kitchen! Trust me, these Caramel Filled M&M Brownie Bites don’t disappoint!
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I do my best to eat healthy, so that when I have a chance to indulge in something like these Caramel Filled M&M Brownie Bites, I don’t feel one ounce of guilt. It’s all about balance for me. I love baking anytime of year, but especially during the holidays. They seem to call for more decadent desserts than just a box mix of brownies topped with a can of chocolate frosting.

These really are the perfect party food – for anytime of the year! They are two perfect bites of chewy brownie, creamy bits of chocolate M&M’s throughout, buttery smooth caramel and salty, crunchy pretzels. They are worth every extra minute to make them – trust me!

(don’t worry, I’ve got the entire recipe, including directions in a nice little PDF you can print out at the bottom of the post)

Caramel Filled M&M Brownie Bites

Homemade Caramel:

Homemade Caramels recipe

Ingredients:

½ c. Light Corn Syrup
½ c. Granulated Sugar
¼ tsp. Salt
4 Tbsp. Butter – room temperature
½ c. Heavy Cream – room temperature
1/3 c. Evaporated Milk
½ tsp. Vanilla

Directions:

In a medium saucepan bring to a boil the Light Corn Syrup, Granulated Sugar and Salt over MEDIUM heat. Once it reaches a full boil slowly add in the butter, cream and milk while maintaining the rolling boil. Insert a candy thermometer boil until mixture reaches 200 degrees. Remove from heat and stir in Vanilla. Pour into a greased glass baking dish to cool. From start to finish, you must stir the mixture constantly.

Brownies:

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Ingredients: 

½ c. butter (1 stick) melted
¼ c. Cocoa powder
1 c. Granulated Sugar
2 Eggs – beaten slightly
½ tsp. Vanilla
¼ tsp. Salt
¾ c. Flour – all purpose
¾ c. chopped Plain M&M’s
¾ c. chopped Pretzels

Directions:

Wisk together melted butter and cocoa powder. Add sugar, beaten eggs, vanilla and salt. Mix well. Stir in flour slowly until just combined – do not over mix. Stir in chopped M&M’s (I used my Pampered Chef food chopper to chop mine). Using a 2 oz. cookie scoop, fill a greased mini-muffin tin. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes.

Assemble:

– As soon as you take the brownies out of the oven, use the back of a small spoon to gently press a small indent in the center of each brownie.
– Scoop a small amount of caramel and fill each brownie center.
– Immediately top with chopped pretzels and allow to cool completely.

Click here to print a PDF of the recipe: Caramel Filled M&M Brownie Bites – Events To Celebrate

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Makes 36 Brownie Bites. You will have Caramel left over – which may be the best part of making these!

I have to admit something. While I was shopping at Walmart for supplies for this, I only needed a small bag of plain M&M’s, but look at this display? I had to get the largest bag of plain M&M’s along with a big bag of the Peanut M&M’s and a bag of the Peanut Butter M&M’s. Thank heaven Walmart also sells stretchy pants. I’m going to need them!

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For more great baking ideas for M&M’s – check these out!

Right now there is an awesome Baking is Better with M Pinterest Sweepstakes going on for M&M’s

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