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Yummy Firecracker Brownie Bites for 4th of July

If you’re looking for a Independence Day food idea, these brownie bites for 4th of July are the BEST! They’re moist, sweet, easy, and patriotic. Everything you need in a fun July 4th dessert.

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Brownie Bites for 4th of July

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we love July 4th barbecues and spending time with the family. We like to make it extra special by having special Independence Day food like these red velvet brownie bites.

I don’t know about you, but I love a patriotic dessert and these brownie bites for 4th of July are SUPER patriotic–and they’re easy, which is a bonus, for sure. Let’s get started.

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Tips to Make these Red Velvet Brownie Bites

  • A quick fail-safe way to soften butter is to heat water in a glass-glass for about 3 minutes (until the water boils). Then you pour the water out and turn the now empty cup upside down over your chilled butter on the counter. The butter will soften right up evenly and without melting!
  • You can use fresh cherries, but they won’t be as sweet. Your choice–but definitely pit them before giving them to kids to bite into.
  • Let your red velvet brownie bites cool completely before frosting. Warm frosting is not so pretty.
side view of several red velvet brownie bites, red brownie mini-cupcakes with white icing topped with blue-chocolate covered cherry on top on a white plate with a flag background

How Do I Make these Brownie Bites for 4th of July?

I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial. If you’re making an Independence Day food ideas playlist on YouTube, here is our brownie bites for 4th of July video tutorial.

Yield: 24

Brownie Bites for 4th of July

side view of several red velvet brownie bites, red brownie mini-cupcakes with white icing topped with blue-chocolate covered cherry on top on a white plate with a flag background

These red velvet brownie bites for 4th of July are too cute! I need to make this patriotic cupcake for my July 4th dessert table.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • red, white, and blue jimmies mixed together
  • 

1 C unsalted sweet cream butter, softened

  • 1 1/2 C sugar

  • 1 1/2 C light brown sugar

  • 4 large eggs
  • 
2 oz red food coloring

  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 
2 1/2 C flour

  • 6 tbsp unsweetened cocoa

  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 C unsalted sweet cream butter, softened

  • 2 1/2 C powder sugar

  • 1 tsp vanilla

  • 4 TBSP heavy whipping cream

  • Blue Cherries
  • 1 Jar of Maraschino cherries with stems

  • 1 bag of royal blue candy melts

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line mini cupcake tins with paper liners.
  2. Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each. Combine food coloring and vanilla into the batter, until fully incorporated.
  3. Mix flour, cocoa, and salt in a separate bowl. Add the flour mixture to the wet mixture in 1/3 increments, but don’t over mix. The batter will be thick. Scrape the sides of the bowl to make sure all flour has been fully incorporated.
  4. Fill the cupcake liners 2/3 full. Bake at 350 degrees until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (about 15 minutes).
  5. Once the brownie bites are out of the oven (but still warm), place the back of a spoon into the center of the brownie to make an indentation. Allow cupcakes to cool completely.
  6. For the frosting, using a stand mixer, combine all ingredients and mix on medium speed and mix until you see stiff peaks.  side view of several red velvet brownie bites, red brownie mini-cupcakes with white icing topped with blue-chocolate covered cherry on top on a white plate with a flag background
  7. Scoop the frosting into a piping bag and set aside.
  8. Place cherries onto a plate covered with a few layers of paper towels to dry them. Place candy melts in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave in 30-second increments, stirring between, until candy melts are fully melted.
  9. Dip the cherries into the melted candies about three quarters of the way. Shake to get rid of excess and set to dry on a cookie sheet.
  10. Pipe small dollops of frosting into the center of the brownie.
  11. Sprinkle with patriotic sprinkle mix. Add a cherry and serve! photo tutorial of how to make firework cupcakes for a 4th of july independence party

Notes

For more awesome Independence Day food ideas, visit Ruffles and Rain Boots.

Additional Supplies Needed:

  • 
Mini cupcake liners


  • 
1 cookie sheet fitted with parchment paper
  • 1 disposable piping bag with a star tip

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 384Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 75mgSodium: 186mgCarbohydrates: 56gFiber: 1gSugar: 45gProtein: 3g

All nutrition information is estimated. For accuracy, please calculate your exact brands and ingredients if accuracy is desired.

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