Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Mini Egg Nest Brownies

Although everyone, including my doctor, is telling me I need to slow down these last few weeks, I just can't stop baking. Sure, I can give up cooking dinner, packing lunch, running errands, doing house chores, etc. But baking? Oh no. It's my happy place, my stress reliever and my weakness! Once I get a baking craving no one can stop me. In fact, one of my biggest fears post baby is that I won't have time to bake as much as I want. Hopefully Caroline loves her swing because I plan on her hanging in the kitchen with me quite a bit once she arrives.

Anyway, last Easter my Mini Egg Nest Brownies were such a hit that I decided to make them again this year!
Brownies topped with frosting and candy? Not sure these could get any better.
I used a variety of "eggs" this year to build my little nests.
Mini Egg Nest Brownies

Ingredients
1 Box Duncan Hines Brownie Mix 
Whipped Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
1 bag of Mini Robin Eggs and/or Mini Cadbury Eggs

Directions
Make brownies according to directions. If given the option, make the brownies using the "cake-like" recipe instead of "fudge-like" so they hold together better. Bake in mini muffin pan for 18 minutes. Let cool. Pipe a layer of whipped vanilla buttercream {recipe below} on each brownie and top with your choice of egg!
 
Yields 36 mini egg nest brownies.

Whipped Vanilla Buttercream 
1½ cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 lb confectioners’ sugar, sifted
3 tbsp. heavy cream
1 ½ tbsp. vanilla extract
Pinch of salt 
In a large bowl, whip the butter with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until smooth (about 1 minute).  One cup at a time, add in the confectioners’ sugar and mix on medium-low speed until incorporated.  Add the salt.  Continue to beat on medium-high speed until smooth (about 1-2 minutes). Mix in the heavy cream and vanilla on low speed until well blended.  Increase the mixer speed and whip on high speed until light and fluffy, scraping down the bowl as needed (about 4-5 minutes).

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18 comments:

  1. I like this post! And I love your blog! Followed you here and on Bloglovin as well. I hope you'd check my blog too and follow-back. :)

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    http://www.thesenestedthoughts.blogspot.com

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  2. I never thought to make brownies look like cupcakes! Now my sweet tooth is calling.. thanks a lot! haha :)

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  3. yum! those look fantastic, i love how they are portioned off as cupcakes :) and hoooray for easter candy! i need to buy some robins eggs soon! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  4. these are too cute! I have such a weakness for Cadbury mini eggs. They are dangerous!

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  5. So cute!!! I love those robin eggs. :)

    Kenzie
    theashcraftbunch.blogspot.com

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  6. So adorable! I saw something like this in Good Housekeeping and thought it was a brilliant little Easter treat!!

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  7. Robin eggs are possibly my favorite Easter/spring treat! These look delicious and they turned out so pretty as well!

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  8. These are adorable! You are not alone, baking takes me to my happy place! :)

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  9. Oh my goodness, those are so adorable! Thank you for sharing your recipe. Baby will learn to love the kitchen because you do.

    As far as slowing down, listen to your body, and rest when you're tired. Otherwise do what feels right.

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  10. These are SO cute!! I might have to try my hand at these for Easter!!

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  11. I was sold at the mention of Cadbury Mini Eggs! They are my favorite Easter candy followed closely by the Reeses Eggs.

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  12. So cute! I love how portable they are, great for parties.

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  13. Well these look dangerous...in that I would need to eat about 10 of them! ;)

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  14. What a cute idea! I'm definitely going to make these for Easter!

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  15. so cute! what a fun idea :) although, I would have to make them for a gathering with lots of people otherwise I would probably eat them all myself!

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  16. Oh these are the cutest! I'm seriously thinking about making some this weekend! YUM! :)

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  17. These are adorable!! And perfectly bite-sized :) :)

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