Clementine Mexican Brownie Bites

It is a universal fact that things are BETTER when they are wee. Brownies are no exception. Sometimes you don’t want a whole brownie (which, I mean … I never suffer from this but I know there are those that do), or – as in the case of this recipe – maybe the brownie is so (rich, chocolaty, lovely, clementiny) everything that all you need is a bite (or four). Plus there’s the whole thing about wee things being precious.

This recipe … sometimes I just get a bit bonkers in the kitchen and grab something to zest because I find the act of zesting rather soothing (I know, it’s weird … don’t question it, just accept the zest and move on). And because I can’t just have clementine brownies I tossed in some cinnamon and chili powder if I am making something wee and tiny it doesn’t mean it won’t pack a flavor punch. Small does not mean flavorless.222tangerines-1961725_1920

If brownies aren’t your jam (which … we need to chat about this), here are all things chocolate and Techandburgers related to make your heart go pitter-patter.

Note: if you don’t have a mini muffin pan don’t fret, just pour your batter into whatever pan you normally use for brownies.

Sidebar: This is more of a “if you have lovely people in your life that you adore tell them” sidebar than an actual flailing over something like a super geek sidebar. I spent a glorious weekend with some gal pals (most of whom I don’t see but once a year) and let me tell you … these women are fierce and adorable and lovely and I could go on naming adjectives but I’ll stop here or I’d be here all day. Sometimes I don’t think we tell our friends (and family) how bright they can make our day. So, reach out and tell the important ones they make your life better, make you smile, make you laugh … make you whatever. Tribes are important, don’t listen to anyone who tells you otherwise.

Clementine Mexican Brownie Bites


1/2 cup flour
1/8 cup cocoa
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cayenne
1/4 tsp salt
1 stick butter
5 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup + 2 TBSP sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 clementine, zested


Preheat oven to 350F.

Combine flour, cocoa, cinnamon, cayenne, and salt in a bowl and set aside.

Melt butter and chocolate chips together (you can use a double boiler or the microwave … if using the microwave heat in 30 second increments stirring between), stirring to combine. Set aside to cool.

In another bowl whisk together eggs and both sugars until thoroughly combined. Add vanilla and clementine zest. Next stir in the melted chocolate mixture. Finally stir in the flour mixture until everything is combined. The batter will be thick.

Grease a mini muffin tin (or your normal brownie pan) with cooking spray. Fill each mini muffin tin 3/4 of the way full. Bake for 16 minutes or until brownies pass the toothpick test.

Let the brownies completely cool before you try and pop them from the pan (the tops will separate from the bottoms if still warm).


Do you ever find yourself adding a little extra something to a favorite recipe?


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