Killer Hazelnut Brownie Bites
- 1 stick butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
- 1 cup turbinado sugar
- 1/2 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting
- 1/4 cup cake flour
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup chopped hazelnuts
- Grenadine Frosting:
- 1 stick butter, softened
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons grenadine
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Line an 8 by 8-inch baking pan with parchment paper. Lightly grease and flour.
In a standing mixer with the paddle attachment, cream together, butter, sugar, vanilla seeds and vanilla extract. Add eggs and mix until well incorporated.
Mix together the dry ingredients and slowly add it to the egg mixture. Mix until well incorporated.
Pour the batter into prepared pan and spread evenly, add hazelnuts to the top.
Bake for 22 to 25 minutes until brownies are set and begin to pull away from the side.
Remove from oven and let cool on wire rack. Once cooled, remove brownies from pan and cut into 1 1/2-inch squares for individual bites.For the frosting:
Place frosting in a piping bag and pipe onto individual brownie bites.
Recipe courtesy Aaron McCargo Jr.