Tiramisu Brownie Bites

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I’ve been on a bit of a brownie kick recently.  So, when a local volunteer group asked me to cater desserts for their event, I knew I had to make them brownies.  And these brownies just popped in to my head…

These particular little chocolate gems are a great take on the popular Italian dessert, tiramisu. You’ve got your chocolate brownie bites, mascarpone frosting and a dusting of cocoa powder, all in one bite!  Really, you can’t go wrong…

In addition to being a great brownie, I’d like to share a little bit about the reason why I’m sharing this recipe.  It all started a few months ago, when OXO presented a group of food bloggers with a chance to raise $100 for Cookies for Kids Cancer by posting a brownie recipe on their site. Being the active charity fundraising blogger that I am, I jumped at the chance.  {In fact, I got so excited to raise money for such a great cause, that I actually came up with two brownie recipes!  Head on over to The Roasted Root later this week to see my other brownie recipe: German chocolate brownie sundaes!}  Just by posting this recipe for the #oxogoodbrownie campaign, OXO is donating $100 to Cookies for Kids Cancer!

You can help raise money for Cookies for Kids Cancer, too!  For every specially marked OXO product you purchase this year, OXO will donate a portion to pediatric cancer research.  It’s a win-win situation: you get a great OXO product, and Cookies for Kids Cancer gets a donation.  So, look for the green Cookies for Kids Cancer logo on OXO’s baking tools, and get shopping!

And get baking…these brownie bites are too good to miss.

Tiramisu Brownie Bites


Brownie Bites

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, cubed
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee

Mascarpone Frosting

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 8 oz. mascarpone cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 36 chocolate-covered espresso beans
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder, for dusting


Brownie Bites

  • Preheat the oven to 350° and grease a 24-tin mini cupcake pan.
  • In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine the butter and chocolate chips.  Microwave at 30-second intervals, stirring after every 30 seconds, until the chocolate chips have melted.  Let cool slightly, then whisk in the sugar, salt and vanilla extract.
  • Whisk in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each egg.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder and instant coffee.  Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, and whisk until well-combined.
  • Pour the brownie batter into each of the greased 24 mini cupcake tins using a small ice cream scoop.  Fill each tin about half full. Bake the brownie bites at 350° for 20 minutes, rotating the cupcake tray halfway through the baking time.  The brownie bites are done when a toothpick inserted comes out with a few crumbs attached.
  • Let the brownie bites cool for 10-15 minutes in the cupcake tray, then transfer them to a cooling rack to cool completely before frosting.
  • Repeat with the remaining brownie batter until all the brownie bites have been made.

Mascarpone Frosting

  • In the bowl of a standing mixer, combine the butter and mascarpone cheese.  Beat on medium-high speed until combined, about 1-2 minutes.
  • On low, mix in the powdered sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, until all the powdered sugar has been added.  Beat on medium-high for an additional minute.  Transfer the mascarpone frosting to a piping bag fitted with a round tip, if using.  (If not, a spoon will do!)


When the brownie bites have cooled completely, pipe or spoon a dollop of mascarpone frosting on each, and top with a chocolate-covered espresso bean.  Dust with cocoa powder, and enjoy!

Makes about 3 dozen brownie bites.

Original recipe by La Casa de Sweets


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