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
2 cups Light Corn Syrup
2 cups Granulated Sugar
1/2 tsp Salt
Stir well in a large pot on medium heat. Bring to a rolling boil then add the following a little at a time (don’t stop the boil!):
1 cup Heavy Cream
1/2 cup room temperature Butter
1/2 cup + 1/3 cup Evaporated Milk
Cook until candy thermometer reaches 225 degrees. It takes about 25 minutes. Remove from heat then add 1 tsp Vanilla. Mix well and pour into 9 x 13 pan to cool.
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
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 food chopper to chop mine). Using a 2 oz. cookie scoop, fill a greased mini-muffin tin. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes.
– 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
Makes 36 Brownie Bites. You will have Caramel left over – which may be the best part of making these!