Brolos (aka Rolo brownies) are one of the many reasons I run. For years now I’ve been what I call a “pretend runner” – I’m out when the weather is reasonably nice (i.e. – I sprint for the treadmill in the winter). I never joined any groups or ran with anyone regularly, but I was desperate for friends when we moved to Virginia and found the local chapter of Moms RUN This Town via the community Facebook page. Thanks to that group, I’ve been more regular about my runs. Even though I don’t make it to nearly as many group runs as I’d like, the ones I do attend always include great conversations with people like Karri, who inspired this recipe when we were talking about food around Thanksgiving. She told me if I posted I needed to talk about her. So I am. Hi Karri!!!
On one of these group runs, Karri mentioned that she had some extra brownie batter from making brownie cookie bars. She put into mini muffin tins and topped each with a Rolo, at which point her husband exclaimed, “You made brolos!” We were maybe around mile 4 of a 6 mile run, so this seemed very funny to me and I needed to blog it. Because #brolos sound like a hashtag and I think we should make it a thing for a minute.
My first round of Rolo brownies, I opted to adapt Nicole at Little Blog on the Homestead’s One Bowl Brownie recipe (minus the mint). My “usual” brownie recipe requires 2 bowls, and I wanted to mimic the simplicity of “box mix” as much as possible to stay true to my inspiration. The first round, I over-baked the brownies and the Rolos on top melted to look a mess. Have I mentioned I’m really good at messing up very simple recipes? Knowing that was not acceptable by either my standards or those of the food blogger judgement powers that be, I had to re-evaluate my plan.
I was planning to take new photos for my Salted Caramel Chocolate Lava Cakes, so I had that aesthetic on my mind when I decided to place the Rolo at the bottom of the mini cupcake liner. Then instead of “just” rolo brownies, I’d have teensy tiny mini caramel chocolate lava cakes! GENIUS! Only after I baked them and tested about 5, I spied some of my caramel sauce in the fridge, and knowing I had fleur de sel in the pantry, I took these up a notch and BAM! Mini chocolate caramel brilliance! It’s a good thing I told people I was bringing some to a party that evening or they never would have left the house.
So if you’d like to make very very easy caramel lava cakes that are small and portable, this is your recipe. Given the flavors, they’re perfect for Valentine’s Day, but why limit the love to one day?
Enjoy, darlings! Be sure to scroll past the recipe to check out some other fun Valentine’s Day posts by some blogger friends.
- 4 oz semisweet chocolate, 113 g
- 6 tbsp unsalted butter, 85 g
- 3/4 cups granulated sugar, 150 g
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup all-purpose flour, 120 g
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 30 Rolo candies, unwrapped
- caramel sauce and fleur de sel for topping
- Preheat your oven to 350 F (gas mark 4, 180 C) and line 2 1/2 dozen mini cupcake wells with liners. Set aside.
- Melt the chocolate and butter together in a bowl either over a pot of simmering water (be sure the water doesn't touch the bowl!) or in the microwave at 50% power. Start with 1 minute, and then continue with additional 30 second intervals as needed, stirring after each, until your chocolate is smooth.
- Stir in the sugar to cool the chocolate before you add the eggs.
- Whisk in the eggs. I use a whisk like this one (in purple!) because it's heavy duty enough to mix and whisk.
- Stir in the salt, vanilla extract, and flour. Stir only until the ingredients have just mixed.
- Dip the bottom of a candy into the batter and then place into a liner. That way the liners won't stick to the candy. Use a small cookie scoop or tablespoon to drop batter over the candies in the liners.
- Bake for 12-13 minutes until the edges look set. The centers will look slightly underdone.
- Allow to set in the pan 3-5 minutes or so before moving to a rack to cool.
- Top cooled brolos with caramel sauce and sea salt. Try not to eat them all at once. 😉
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