Ya know, Butterfingers have never appeared on this blog. Why? Why?
So hard to answer a question for which there’s no good answer. The reason is, of course, because I just never got around to it. And now that I have, I’m embarrassed at how long it took.
I mean, it’s a Butterfinger. They’re so happy. Why would anyone ever leave them out on purpose? Especially when they can go into brownie bites? And I’m not talking about those mediocre brownie bites you buy at Costco in the container. Nuh-uh. These blow those sad little stand-ins for a baked good out of the water, and then some.
If I’ve seemed out of the loop for the past few days, it’s because a string of Jewish holidays forces me to be away from all things digital on and off for a month. It sounds nice in theory, but the massive amounts of work that pile up while I’m sitting in a hut in my backyard eating meals, even in the rain (don’t ask) doesn’t exactly put me in the holiday kind of mood.
Religions have varying levels of celebrating, and if you’re like me, you find yourself celebrating an awful lot of the time. So when Christmas rolls around and everyone gets so excited about the holiday season, I get excited that somebody else is making huge meals and buying lots of fancy paper goods and having relatives to stay over. Because it’s not me. On Christmas Day, I do nothing. And it’s such a relief. That’s probably why Christmas is my favorite holiday. That and the really fun caroling. Caroling is delightful.
Tell me if you get this: when we were kids, holidays were fun and exciting. And if we have kids, it’s pretty neat to watch them get excited. But. They’re just so much wooooork. If given the choice, I would take all the money we spend on holidays, from groceries to gifts, and use that as a payment toward a family flight to the tropics. Now that would be a holiday worth celebrating.
But since that’s not happening anytime soon (I think our extended family might revolt if we disappeared for a string of holidays to go bake in the sun somewhere), I have to find reasons to celebrate that don’t involve a lot of work. So hello, Butterfinger brownie bites!
It’s so simple, really. Chopped Butterfinger bars get nestled into brownie batter, topped with crushed Butterfingers, and baked. It takes no time to get to brownie bliss. Like I said, no idea why this didn’t happen sooner.
Sometimes we forget to celebrate the little things because we’re so busy paying attention to larger holidays. But in a season of candy joy (isn’t Halloween coming sometime soon-ish?), nothing is better than remembering how fantastic it is to bake candy bars into anything.
Butterfinger Brownie Bites
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup cocoa
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup flour
1 package fun-sized Butterfingers
- Preheat the oven to 350. Coat a mini-muffin pan with cooking spray.
- Take eight of the Butterfingers and cut them into thirds carefully with a sharp knife. Place each third in each muffin pan space. Set aside.
- In a medium-sized bowl, mix the cocoa into the melted butter until it dissolves. Add the sugar and stir again. When the sugar is incorporated, mix in the vanilla and eggs. Add the salt and flour, mixing until just combined.
- Carefully spoon the brownie batter over each Butterfinger bite in the prepared pan. You want to cover each bite, but not overfill the space. It might get sticky, so prepare to get a little messy.
- Take three more Butterfinger bars and chop them up finely. Sprinkle the Butterfinger crumbs over each mini muffin.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes until set. Do not overbake. Cool completely before removing the brownie bites from the pan.