I love any excuse to get festive and any excuse to eat brownies, so if you’re anything like me, you’ll love the 4th of July Brownie Bites I am sharing today! These delicious mini brownie bites are crisp on the outside and soft on the inside, just like brownies should be! Decorated with patriotic colors and laid out in an American flag pattern, these red, white, and blue brownies are the perfect individually sized dessert for a 4th of July party, a Flag Day celebration, or a Memorial Day cookout. The recipe also doubles well if you want to make an even bigger flag for serving a larger crowd. These cute 4th of July snacks are a variation on my classic foolproof brownies recipe, and I do believe it is the best brownie bites recipe. If you want to try something different, you can also try my Instant Pot Brownie Bites. I’ve got the full patriotic brownie bites recipe at the end of this post, but first I’m sharing a few cooking tips.
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Tips for making these red, white, and blue brownies 4th of July snacks
The method for this mini brownie bites recipe is pretty simple. You mix the wet and dry ingredients in separate bowls, then combine them. Important Tip: In order to make these brownie bites foolproof, it’s important to use real butter, not margarine, for this recipe. I’ve tried it with margarine and it never turns out the right consistency.
The recipe yields 35-36 mini brownie bites made in mini muffin cups. You only need 35 to make the flag, so if you get a 36th, that’s a little lagniappe! You may need to bake them in batches depending on the quantity of your mini muffin cups. Since it’s such an art to get brownies just right (gooey on the inside and firm on the outside), I recommend baking them in the center of the oven, so if you’re using multiple pans, keep them all on the same rack, or bake them in batches (as opposed to putting a pan on the top rack). After mixing the batter, spoon it into mini muffin cups, filling them 3/4 of the way full and shaking the pans a little to let the batter sink down. Let the batter sit in the cups for 10 minutes before baking. Since mini brownie bites cook much faster than regular brownies, you’ll let it sit for a bit before baking so the flour can fully absorb into the batter and leave you with a cocoa-y (vs. flour-y) taste. Bake the 4th of July brownie bites in the preheated oven for 12-13 minutes, or until the edges are brown and centers are set. Cool the brownie bites in the pan on a wire rack for 3 minutes, then remove the brownies from the pan to cool on the rack completely before frosting.
While the brownie bites cool, divide some cream cheese, buttercream, or vanilla cake frosting (basically your favorite prepared white frosting) into 3 bowls. Add red food coloring to one bowl, blue coloring to a second bowl, and leave the third white. Stir in the food coloring, adding more as needed, until the color is well blended and your desired shade.
Arrange the brownie bites into 5 rows of 7 bites on a serving tray or board. Pipe the three colors of frosting onto the bites in a flag pattern. For a large crowd, double the patriotic brownie bites recipe and display in 7 rows of 10 brownie bites. I think the larger quantity will make an even cooler looking flag!
Whether you’re making these for 4th of July snacks, or changing the color to make them for any occasion, this is truly the best brownie bites recipe!
Aren’t these red, white, and blue brownies the cutest? Here’s the full 4th of July Brownie Bites recipe. Enjoy, and if you love these mini brownie bites as much as we do, please consider leaving a rating and sharing on social media (tagging @fabeveryday). Have a safe and happy 4th!!
- 1 1/2 cups white sugar
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup real, unsalted butter, melted
- 3 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 16-ounce containers of cream cheese, buttercream, or vanilla cake frosting
- Red and blue food coloring
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Spray mini muffin cups with nonstick cooking spray.
- Mix sugar, flour, cocoa powder, and salt together in a mixing bowl.
- Mix butter, eggs, and vanilla extract together in a separate bowl; add butter mixture to the bowl with the flour mixture and stir batter until well mixed.
- Spoon the batter into mini muffin cups, filling them 3/4 of the way full. Let the batter sit in the cups for 10 minutes before baking.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 12-13 minutes, or until edges are brown and centers are set.
- Cool the brownie bites in the pan on a wire rack for 3 minutes, then remove from the pan to cool on the rack completely before frosting.
- While the brownie bites cool, divide the frosting into 3 bowls. Add red food coloring to one bowl, blue coloring to a second bowl, and leave the third white. Stir in the food coloring, adding more as needed, until the color is well blended and your desired shade.
- Arrange the brownie bites into 5 rows of 7 bites on a serving tray or board. Pipe the three colors of frosting onto the bites in a flag pattern.
For a large crowd, double the recipe and display in 7 rows of 10 brownie bites.