If I told you how many tries it took for me to get these two-bite gluten free brownies juuuuuust right, you might lose all respect for me. Since I would rather die than have that happen, I won’t tell you that I flat out burned the edges of and ruined beyond all recognition 2 1/2 batches (at some point, I started making half-recipes) of miniature brownies before I reached the gluten free brownie nirvana that you see before you. Years (and years) ago, I used to pine for that deep plastic tub of two-bite brownies that you could find at Whole Foods. Do you know the one?
Well, since I’m deep deep deep in recipe-development for my next gluten free cookbook, my mind is swimming with copycats of all of my favorite recipes of yesteryear (that’s the new book—copycat recipes for alllll manner of name-brand classic snacks, both salty and sweet). And it was in that spirit that I could not stop thinking about that tub of mini brownies.
At the risk of contradicting myself, I will tell you that the third batch was really quite close but just not … that perfect mix of decadent brownie and rich chocolate cake that I was going for. These are not the super fudgy gluten free brownies we have made before. If you try to bake a traditional brownie in the wells of a miniature muffin tin, no matter how fudgy, it will burn. You can quote me on that. I believe I have done the legwork necessary to speak on the subject with authority. And by “legwork,” I mean crying.
See how nicely they bake up? They might look kind of like chocolate muffins. But I promise they’re so much more. If you have ever put away a few of those brownies from that plastic tub at Whole Foods, you know just what I mean. There’s a reason those are the first thing to go at a party, you know? And it’s not just because I’m eating all of them. When most parties the world over happen, I’m not even there. So you know it’s not all me.
You can ask my husband how often I pat myself on the back (hint: not often). But these two-bite gluten free brownies? I’m proud. I’d look you straight in the eye and tell you all about it, too.