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Midnight chocolate brownie bites

Midnight chocolate brownie bites
Robert Lachman / Los Angeles Times

Southern fried chicken, coleslaw, biscuits and ham, brownies -- it's the iconic July 4th picnic, so popular (once upon a time) that it became a cliche of the culture, pictured in classic cartoons, nostalgic children's books -- and, of course, ... Read more

Total time: 1 hour | Makes 25 brownies
Note: From Times test kitchen director Donna Deane.
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter plus more to butter the dish
  • 1/2 pound bittersweet chocolate
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon Grand Marnier
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lightly packed grated orange peel
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup best-quality cocoa
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Step 1Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8-inch-square baking dish with aluminum foil, leaving a 1-inch overhang. Lightly butter the bottom and sides of the foil.

Step 2Melt the butter and bittersweet chocolate in a medium metal bowl set over simmering water until the mixture is smooth. Stir in the brown sugar until dissolved. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla and Grand Marnier, then the grated orange peel.

Step 3Whisk in the eggs, one at a time, until completely blended and the mixture is shiny and smooth; the mixture will be thickened at this point.

Step 4Sift together the cocoa, flour and salt, then stir the flour mixture into the batter until blended. Fold in the mini chocolate chips.

Step 5Spoon the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing the top. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until puffed and almost set. Do not overbake. Cool while still in the pan, on a wire rack.

Step 6Lift the brownies out of the pan, using the foil as a handle, and invert the brownies onto the cooling rack. Gently peel off the foil, then return the brownies to their original position. Cool completely. Cut into 25 squares, trimming off the edges if desired.

Each serving
134 calories; 2 grams protein; 15 grams carbohydrates; 1 gram fiber; 9 grams fat; 5 grams saturated fat; 27 mg. cholesterol; 21 mg. sodium.
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