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Mini Brownies and A Girls Night.

So I’ve been in a bit of a funk lately. Mentally and physically I have been feeling worse than ever. I quit my job and couldn’t really remember the last time I felt okay. I needed to feel like myself again and an excuse to hang out with my friend.

Luckily I got the chance when Peacock announced The Vampire Academy tv show. Now before you judge us for our amazing tv choices and having an entire watch party for this tv show. People plan Super Bowl parties months in advance this is no different.

My bestie and I are the types that get together every few months and play catch up on each other’s lives. It sucks that life gets busy and we’re both working adults and it seems harder sometimes to see each other, and we don’t text as often because we feel like we annoy the other person. Also, I’m a shitty texter.

Saying this best friend date was overdue is an understatement. Now all I knew was going into this that we would be watching tv and drinking wine. The only dessert I could think of that fit that theme was brownies, mini brownies, precisely.

Let me start by saying our friend date was so freaking cute. I felt so loved and spoiled. I will have to find a way to make her feel the same way at our next get-together.

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup dark chocolate unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ cup buttermilk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels

Note: my favorite buttermilk substitute is 1 cup whole milk and 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar or lemon juice for each cup of buttermilk. Mix together and let sit for about 10 minutes to thicken.

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. I used two mini muffin pans and sprayed them with Pam. (Note: a 13×9-inch baking dish works, just like with parchment paper.)
  2. In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, combine butter, cocoa powder, and oil. Bring to a boil and remove from heat.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine granulated sugar, eggs, buttermilk, and vanilla. Slowly whisk in the butter mixture. Add in flour, baking soda, and salt, and stir just until combined. Fold in chocolate chips.
  4. Pour into the prepared baking dishes and bake for 20- 25 minutes. Remove from oven and cool.

I store these in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

These paired perfectly with a charcuterie board and Stella Rosa Blueberry Fruit Wine. I used to be so ashamed to tell people I drink Stella Rosa because it’s like, you know, but after spending $45 on a fancy and disgusting wine, I will stick with the cheap shit.

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