Mini Bar Pan Brownies

Update:  I’ve noticed the mini bar pan I bought is becoming harder to find, however, Amazon sells a Wilton 4 Nonstick Brownie Pan, 12-Cavity that’s very similar.

My mini bar pan arrived yesterday, and I didn’t waste any time putting it to use.  The first item on the agenda was a batch of square shaped brownies.

Square shaped brownies

Aren’t they cute?  While I’ve never been an “edge” person when it comes to brownies (I do like the edges of cookies, though), I enjoyed these despite the fact they do give you more edge per bite.  Or maybe the brownies are just moist to begin with and it’s not an issue.

This super easy brownie recipe worked really well in the mini bar pan, plus using the pan knocked about 20 minutes off the total bake-time.  Not that time is a huge issue right now, but if you have a bunch of hungry brownie-loving kids around, it might be.  Plus I like the built-in portion control.  I’ve never been very good at cutting pieces evenly, so problem solved.

 

Mini Bar Pan Brownies
 
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Brownies made in a mini bar pan.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup extra dark or dark chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, I used Dutch processed
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (2.3 ounces) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large cold eggs
  • 1/3 cup chopped and toasted walnuts
  • 1/3 cup miniature chocolate chips (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 12 indentation mini bar/dessert pan with baking spray.
  2. Melt butter in a large saucepan set over medium heat. When melted, remove from heat and add chocolate chips. Stir until melted, then stir in the cocoa powder and sugar. Set aside and let cool to lukewarm.
  3. Stir the flour, baking powder and salt together in a small bowl
  4. When the chocolate/butter mixture has gone from hot to warm, stir in the cold eggs and vanilla.
  5. Add the flour mixture and stir to combine, then stir in the walnuts. Make sure the batter is cool, then add chocolate chips if using. Pour batter into prepared baking pan and bake 16-18 or until brownies appear set. Let cool in the pan for about 15 minutes, then use a knife to carefully dislodge the bars from the pan.
Notes
To toast the small amount of walnuts quickly, use the saucepan you'll be using for the brownie batter. Heat it over medium high, add the walnuts to the dry pan, and toast in the dry pan, moving the walnuts around with a wooden spoon to keep them from burning. When nuts appear shiny, remove them from the saucepan to cool. They nuts will toast faster if you chop them first. For the pan, I used the Calphalon Classic Nonstick Bakeware 12-c. Dessert Bar Pan.

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