Dark Chocolate Brownie Bites with Salted Ganache and Cheesecake-Stuffed Strawberries

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Calling all chocolate lovers! Here's the dessert that will own your heart and cause your beloved to swoon.

Calling all chocolate lovers! Here’s the dessert that will own your heart and cause your beloved to swoon. With just three components that come together super fast and easily, you’ll be serving these Dark Chocolate Brownie Bites with Salted Ganache and Cheesecake-Stuffed Strawberries for dinner parties and gatherings that need a perfect (sweet!) finale.  #chocolate #ganache #Valentine #Sweetheart #Brownie #Cheesecake

Calling all chocolate lovers! Here's the dessert that will own your heart and cause your beloved to swoon.

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Howdy –

We have fallen in love with these Brownie Bites, and they came together quite by accident….how wonderful, right? I’ve made Cheesecake-Stuffed Strawberries for years, but never thought to place them on top of a brownie bite until I was seeking a way to make a fun chocolate dessert for a Sweetheart Event we took part in.  Tah Dah! Dark Chocolate Brownie Bites were born.

Easy Recipe Tips for Making the Perfect Dark Chocolate Brownie Bites with Salted Chocolate Ganache and Cheesecake-Stuffed Strawberries for Your Sweetheart

  • Why do you use coffee in place of water when making the brownie batter? Well, because it turns out that COFFEE compliments CHOCOLATE perfectly.  If you don’t have coffee on hand, simply make the brownie batter with water as the instructions call for.
  • Isn’t chocolate ganache difficult to make?  Nope! I was shocked at how dang EASY it is to whip up chocolate ganache (on your stove top OR in the microwave, if you prefer). And, it’s slick that it only requires TWO ingredients!
  • What if you don’t have a pastry bag and star tip for piping the cheesecake mixture into the strawberries?  No worries, truly.  Just place the cheesecake mixture into a gallon freezer bag, cutting off the very tip of one of the corners.  Have someone hold the strawberry tip open a bit, as you squeeze in the cheesecake filling.  Yes, it requires a bit more team-work this way, but it’s still totally do-able.  It may not look quite as pretty as when you use a star tip, but no one will care once they take a bite. 🙂

Calling all chocolate lovers! Here's the dessert that will own your heart and cause your beloved to swoon.

Ready for a taste bud back flip?  Here it is! This Artichoke Olive Bread is the total bomb.  I've YET to take it to a gathering that I haven't been begged for the recipe.....right on the spot.

Printable Dark Chocolate Brownie Bites Recipe

Dark Chocolate Brownie Bites with Salted Ganache and Cheesecake-Stuffed Strawberries

Calling all chocolate lovers! Here's the dessert that will own your heart and cause your beloved to swoon. With just three components that come together super fast and easily, you'll be serving these Dark Chocolate Brownie Bites with Salted Ganache and Cheesecake-Stuffed Strawberries for dinner parties and gatherings that need a perfect (sweet!) finale. 
Course Dessert
Keyword Brownie Bites, Cheesecake-Stuffed Strawberries, Chocolate Ganache
Servings 18 brownie bites

Ingredients

Brownie Bites

  • 1 Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate Brownie Mix, made according to package directions, substituting brewed coffee for the water

Chocolate Ganache

  • 16 oz. semi-sweet good-quality chocolate morsels
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • kosher salt, for sprinkling over the ganache when you assemble the dessert

Cheesecake Filling and Strawberries

  • 16 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • zest from 2 oranges
  • 18 large, fresh strawberries, an “X” cut into the tip of each one, stems removed and large end of strawberries cut flat (so they can sit upside down with toppling over)

Instructions

Brownie Bites

  1. Spray a 12-cup muffin tin with non-stick spray. Place 2 tablespoons of the prepared brownie batter into each of the sprayed cups. Bake brownie bites for 12-15 minutes on the center rack of the oven, until just set; remove from the oven and let cool. Repeat with the remaining brownie batter. You should have 18-20 brownie bites when finished. 

Chocolate Ganache

  1. Place the whipping cream into a sauce pan over medium heat; bring the cream to a simmer. Add the chocolate morsels, using a whisk to incorporate the chocolate into the whipping cream, whisking until smooth. Let ganache cool for 10-15 minutes before drizzling; if you’d like to use the ganache as a “frosting”, allow it to cool completely.

Cheesecake-Stuffed Strawberries

  1. Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese with the powdered sugar and vanilla extract until well combined. Fold in the orange zest. Spoon the prepared cream cheese mixture into a pastry bag that has been fitted with a large star tip.

Assembly

  1. To assemble the brownie bites, place a each one onto a dessert plate; drizzle with warm ganache; sprinkle ganache with a tiny bit of kosher salt. Using the pastry bag, insert the tip into the “X” in the strawberry tip, filling it with a bit of the cream cheese mixture. Place the filled strawberry onto the ganache-covered brownie bite. Serve at once.

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Chef Alli is a home-grown Kansas girl on a mission to strengthen families through enabling kitchen confidence, educating the family cook, and encouraging better food relationships. She believes with her whole heart that time spent with our loved ones and our overall quality of life is greatly enhanced by nutritious food made at home with simple, wholesome ingredients. She loves being able to connect and share this passion with others through her website, her social media presence, and her coveted speaking engagements.

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