Beary Chocolate Brownie Bears for Military Care Package #29

Beary Chocolate Brownie Bears

Adapted from Nestle’s verybestbaking.com
Makes 20 brownie cupcakes
Author Wendy Sondov themondaybox.com

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup baking cocoa
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder
  • cup butter-flavored vegetable shortening
  • 2 cups granulated white sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups mini chocolate chips
  • For Decorating:
  • 1/2 cup dark melting chocolate I use Chocoley.com Bada Bing Bada Boom candy and molding
  • 1/2 cup white melting chocolate I use Chocoley.com Bada Bing Bada Boom candy and molding
  • 20 dark brown chocolate discs
  • 20 pairs of candy eyes
  • 20 mini heart sprinkles
  • 40 brown candy coated chocolate candies

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Prepare 2 12-cup cupcake pans with cupcake papers.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, salt and espresso powder. Set aside.
  4. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the shortening, sugar, and eggs. Beat until light in color and fluffy (about 3 minutes).
  5. Gradually add in the flour mixture, until combined.
  6. Stir in the mini chocolate chips.
  7. Use a large (1/4 cup) scoop to portion the batter into the prepared pan (it will be thick), using a spatula or spoon to flatten and smooth the surface of each brownie.
  8. Bake for 15-18 minutes. The toothpick test doesn’t work very well because of all of the melting chocolate chips. If the top is firm after 15 minutes, take it out. (Mine baked for 18 minutes). Cool completely in the pan.
  9. When ready to decorate, melt the 1/2 cup of dark chocolate with the 1/2 cup of white chocolate. Stir until the color is uniform.
  10. Decorate one brownie at a time. Spread about 2 teaspoons of melted chocolate into a circle on top of a brownie. Immediately, add the chocolate disc snout, the candy eyes, and the candy coated chocolate ears. Use a toothpick to dot a tiny bit of melted chocolate on top of the snout as glue for the heart sprinkle nose.
  11. Store brownies at room temperature in an airtight container or zip lock bag for up to 2 weeks.

Packing Tips

Wrap each Beary Chocolate Brownie Bear in plastic wrap before storing in a freezer weight ziplock bag or an airtight plastic storage container.