Espresso Salted Caramel Buttercream Brownie Bites for Audra’s Virtual Shower

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Fudgy chocolaty brownie bites topped with an extra special buttercream are a fun mini dessert for any occasion.

Espresso Salted Caramel Buttercream Brownie Bites

Today we are celebrating one of my favorite people!  My friend Audra (The Baker Chick) is having a baby so a few of us got together to throw a virtual party.

I’ve actually been thinking about this for months.  Back in July over an afternoon coffee date, Audra told Jacqueline and I she was pregnant.  We both were so excited and immediately said we wanted to throw her a virtual baby shower.  Now here we are, months later, and it’s almost time for Audra to have her baby boy!

I met Audra at the Foodbuzz Festival a couple of years ago.  Lucky for me, Audra also lives in New York so I get to see her somewhat regularly.  She is one of the friendliest and most genuine people I have met through blogging and I am so happy we are now real-life friends.  It came as no surprise to me when a couple of bloggers actually asked to join in  on the shower when they heard about it from other bloggers.  Everyone loves Audra:-)

Espresso Salted Caramel Buttercream Brownie Bites

I always like mini desserts for parties like showers where people are mingling and may want to sample a few different things.  Plus, Audra is the queen of salted caramel so I knew I had to incorporate it somehow.  I actually had picked up this Espresso Salt when I was in Boston and had been excited to finally use it for something sweet.  This felt like the perfect place.

And don’t forget to see what the other bloggers are sharing for the shower!

Cocktails:

Grapefruit Rosemary and Sage Spritzer from Brandy

Small Bites:

Sausage and Cheese Wonton Cups from Erin

Honey and Tangerine Whipped Goat Cheese Crostini from Liz

Desserts!

Bananas Foster Cupcakes from Meriem

Chocolate-Caramel Tart with Sea Salt from Joanne

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies with Brown Butter from Katrina

Chocolate Mousse Mini Cupcakes from Jennifer

Cinnamon Nut Stuffed Persimmons from Gina

Coconut-Cream Meringue Cupcakes from Tracey

Espresso Salted Caramel Buttercream Brownie Bites from Lauren

Gluten-Free Cranberry Bread from Jacqueline

Mini Eggnog Bundt Cakes with Salted Caramel Icing from Kelli

Mini Gingerbread Whoopie Pies from Julie

Mini Vanilla Cupcakes with Peppermint Buttercream from Rachel

Sugar & Spice Layer Cake from Stephanie

Espresso Salted Caramel Buttercream Brownie Bites


Espresso Salted Caramel Buttercream Brownie Bites

Makes 18 brownie bites

Brownie adapted from Baker’s

For the Fudgy Brownie Bites

Ingredients:

3 ounces unsweetened chocolate
4 ounces (1/2 cup / 1 stick) unsalted butter
9 ¾ ounces(~1 1/3 cups) sugar
2 large eggs  at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 7/8 ounces (2/3 cup) all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
Grease or line mini muffin pan
In a small bowl, whisk together flour, espresso powder and salt; set aside
Melt butter and chocolate in large sauce pan over low to medium heat; stir in sugar; stir in eggs and vanilla until smooth
Whisk in flour mixture just until combined; do not overmix
Use a small ladle or medium cookie dough scoop to evenly distribute batter into muffin tin
Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until tops are puffed up slightly and knife comes out clean
Set brownies aside to cool

For the Espresso Salted Caramel Buttercream

Ingredients:

8 ounces (1 cup / 2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup espresso salted caramel (see below, can substitute regular salted caramel if desired)

Directions:

Beat butter with an electric mixer for several minutes or until light and creamy; add sugar and beat until light and fluffy
Beat in salted caramel until combined
Remove brownies from pan and pipe buttercream onto cooled brownie bites

Note:

Brownies can be stored in a covered container at room temperature up to two days or frozen up to one month

Espresso Salted Caramel

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients:

5 5/8 ounces (~3/4 cup) granulated sugar
3 tablespoons water
4 fluid ounces (1/2 cup) heavy cream
1 fluid ounce (2 tablespoons) milk, any type
2-3 teaspoons espresso salt (to taste)

Directions:

Whisk the sugar and water in a medium heavy saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until the sugar dissolves and mixture begins to boil
Let boil without stirring until the mixture becomes a deep amber color, watching closely so it doesn’t burn
Quickly whisk in the cream (be careful; it will bubble up) and remove from the heat
Whisk in milk and sea salt and chill in refrigerator until ready to use

Espresso Salted Caramel Buttercream Brownie Bites
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31 Responses to “Espresso Salted Caramel Buttercream Brownie Bites for Audra’s Virtual Shower”

  1. Audra | The Baker Chick December 4, 2013 at 1:16 pm #

    Aw Lauren, I love ya. You are right- I am salted caramel obsessed and these look just perfect. I am so lucky to have such a wonderful friend in you (both in life online!!!) Thanks so much for helping to organize this. xoxoxo

  2. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl December 4, 2013 at 1:31 pm #

    I love chocolate + espresso almost as much as chocolate + salt. I’ll take 10!

  3. Jennifer | Bake or Break December 4, 2013 at 2:31 pm #

    These look wonderful, Lauren! And gorgeous, too! I so need lessons in frosting cupcakes.

  4. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel December 4, 2013 at 2:41 pm #

    Oh my gosh!! I seriously want these for breakfast. I swear I’d consider making up for it with a salad later… maybe ;)

  5. Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living December 4, 2013 at 2:58 pm #

    Congrats to Audra! Expresso, caramel and salt in the same sentence – these look incredible!

  6. Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough December 4, 2013 at 4:09 pm #

    How cute and yummy are these little bites?? LOVE them. Thanks for coordinating such a fun virtual shower!

  7. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie December 4, 2013 at 4:33 pm #

    Those are like little vessels to carry salted caramel buttercream, love it!

  8. Jacqueline Raposo December 4, 2013 at 4:42 pm #

    I LOVE these, and THANK YOU for throwing this shower. I feel so lucky to have met you through this blogging / Blogher world, and look forward to more tea dates with sweets and kiddies and lots of loveliness. Yum!

  9. DessertForTwo December 4, 2013 at 4:54 pm #

    Awwww, yay Audra!

  10. Mimi @ Culinary Couture December 4, 2013 at 6:15 pm #

    You’re absolutely right- everybody loves Audra…how could they not! These brownies seriously look like the epitome of deliciousness. Love the espresso/caramel swirl!

  11. Ashley @ Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen December 4, 2013 at 9:39 pm #

    These are adorable, and I’m guessing they’re pretty addictive, too. I have some espresso salt in my kitchen – this would be a great way to use it!

    • Keep It Sweet January 4, 2014 at 7:01 pm #

      Thanks, Ashley! I’d love to know what else you have done with the espresso salt:-)

  12. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar December 5, 2013 at 1:02 am #

    Little bites like this are my favorite, and are especially awesome for a baby shower! Yum!

  13. Tracey December 5, 2013 at 1:06 am #

    Did you say espresso salted caramel buttercream?? Like, whoa! I am definitely going to need some of that espresso salt pronto :)

  14. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) December 5, 2013 at 2:43 am #

    Yay for Audra and yayyy for these bites! Mmm salted caramel…

  15. Joanne December 5, 2013 at 12:32 pm #

    The only thing better than salted caramel is salted caramel ON TOP OF A BROWNIE. Whoa.

  16. Julia December 5, 2013 at 12:55 pm #

    1. Espresso salted caramel, I die. But only after I eat 16 batches.
    2. So fun that you guys get to see each other regularly!!

  17. Julie @ Table for Two December 5, 2013 at 12:59 pm #

    I LOVE everything about this. I adore espresso in sweets and salted caramel is SUCH a great combo. This reminds me of a starbucks drink :) thanks for putting together this shower! It turned out great!

  18. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl December 5, 2013 at 3:17 pm #

    I love a great salted brownie bite, your recipe looks wonderful and oh so delicious!

  19. Shikha la mode December 5, 2013 at 7:08 pm #

    Espresso salt is a thing?! Need.

  20. ashley - baker by nature December 6, 2013 at 3:01 am #

    Well these just JUMPED to the top of my MUST MAKE list! They look incredible!!!

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