Fudgy Mini Brownie Fruit Pies with Almond Cream Cheese

I once made a big brownie pie, the size of a pizza, spread with sweetened cream cheese and adorned with fresh fruit. Our oldest daughter couldn’t have been more than 3 years old, I’m surprised she even remembers it. But when I asked her what she wanted for her birthday cake this year, she said, “that brownie pie with the cream cheese, it was soooooo good Mom!”

After having so much fun with the brownie heart sandwiches for Valentine’s Day, I decided to make Fudgy Mini Brownie Fruit Pies with Almond Cream Cheese. And I just happened to do a test run on March 13th, the day before Pi Day…which turned out pretty well for Hatti’s classmates when she brought in these mini brownie fruit pies to celebrate Pi(e)!

These brownies are fudgy and delicious, everything a good brownie should be. We topped them with almond (one of Hatti’s favorite flavors) cream cheese and fresh fruit that Hatti hand selected from the grocery store. They make just the most perfect birthday treat!

Hatti, ready to move into “double digits”!

How can it be that our little girl is already 10 years old?!

What a joy you are, Hatti girl.
We love you so much.

Happy, Happy Birthday!

Fudgy Mini Brownie Fruit Pies with Almond Cream Cheese

Yield: 15 brownie pies

Ingredients

    for the brownies:
  • 1/2 c. unsalted butter, diced
  • 3 oz. unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1-1/2 c. sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. instant espresso powder
  • 1-1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 c. flour
  • for the almond cream cheese:
  • 12 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 4 T. unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 1-1/2 c. sifted powdered sugar
  • for the fruit:
  • Use any whole or cut fruit that you like, just be sure it's fresh, tasty, and beautiful!

Preparation

for the brownies:

Preheat oven to 325°.

Fold a long piece of heavy foil into a 13" wide strip and fit it inside a 9" x 13" metal baking pan, leaving foil overhang on the 2 long sides. Spray the foil with nonstick spray.

Stir the butter and chocolate in a large heavy saucepan over very low heat until chocolate is melted. Remove from heat and whisk in the sugar, and then the eggs, 1 at a time. Whisk in espresso powder, vanilla, and salt. Then sift the flour over the chocolate mixture and stir to blend well. Transfer batter to prepared pan.

Bake brownies until slightly puffed and dry-looking and tester inserted into center comes out with some moist batter attached, about 20 minutes. Let cool completely in pan on rack.

Run a knife around the inside edge of the brownie pan. Use the overhanging foil as an aid and gently lift the brownies from the pan. The pan I used produces a brownie that is 1/2" thick. Be sure your cookie cutter is taller than 1/2". Press round biscuit cutter (mine was 2-1/4'' in diameter) firmly into the cooled brownie. Use a thin metal spatula to lift the cookie cutter filled with brownie from the foil. Gently press the brownie out of the biscuit cutter. Repeat the cutting process until your brownie looks like a big piece of swiss cheese. (And I hope you're eating up some of those brownie scraps!)

for the almond cream cheese:

Beat together the cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. Add almond extract and beat to combine. Slowly add sifted powdered sugar, beating well to remove any lumps.

Using a pastry bag fitted with a large plain round tip, pipe almond cream cheese onto each brownie round. I did a little bit of this and a little bit of that...just pipe it on in the design(s) of your choice.

for the fruit:

Use both whole and cut fruits, depending on size. Decorate in the design(s) of your choice.

Source

Brownies recipe was heavily adapted from one of my very favorite brownies, a recipe originally from Bon Appetit magazine, July 2009.

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56 Responses to “Fudgy Mini Brownie Fruit Pies with Almond Cream Cheese”

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    Blog is the New Black — March 20, 2012 at 3:24 am

    These are totally adorable!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — March 20, 2012 at 5:56 am

    I need this…amazing!

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    Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids — March 20, 2012 at 6:04 am

    Those brownie pies are just beautiful, and they look incredibly delicious, too. Happy birthday to your sweet girl!

    • Brenda replied on March 21st, 2012 at 1:47 pm

      Thanks, Natalie, I passed along your birthday greeting!

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    Cassie — March 20, 2012 at 7:51 am

    Happy birthday, Hatti! She is so sweet! I would love these for my birthday, Brenda, I love the fresh fruit!

    • Brenda replied on March 21st, 2012 at 1:46 pm

      Thank you, Cassie! :)

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    Ambika — March 20, 2012 at 7:57 am

    Love the cute brownie pies!!! So colorful too! Happy Birthday to the lovely young lady :)

    • Brenda replied on March 21st, 2012 at 1:46 pm

      Thank you, Ambika! :)

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    Erin — March 20, 2012 at 8:17 am

    I love brownie fruit pizza but these are adorable being sing-servings. And I bet that almond cream cheese is tasty.

    • Brenda replied on March 21st, 2012 at 1:45 pm

      Sure is tasty! I love almond flavoring along with fruit and chocolate…this recipe ties it all together. Yum!

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    Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies — March 20, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    So cute and delicious looking! What are you making for my birthday?! :D By the way, almond cream cheese topping is the best idea I have heard in quite a while.

    • Brenda replied on March 21st, 2012 at 1:27 pm

      The almond cream cheese is def the kicker! :)

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    Jodie — March 20, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    I love the look of these! I want to try to make them soon!

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    Mom — March 20, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    What a special treat for Hatti. Doesn’t surprise me that she remembered the fruit pizza! The Brownie Fruit Pies are so colorful and yummy looking. Makes me hungry just looking at them.

    • Brenda replied on March 21st, 2012 at 1:28 pm

      We’re planning to make them again when you come to celebrate birthdays, yay!

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    Harriet — March 20, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    That does look absolutley divine! Happy Birthday to your daughter as well, her name is awesome (its mine as well so I am biased!!!)

    • Brenda replied on March 21st, 2012 at 1:31 pm

      Thank you, Harriet! So is “Hatti” a version of Harriet that you actually use? My grandma’s name is Henrietta, which was not why we named our daughter that, but knew that “Hatti” was a spin-off of Henrietta.

      • Harriet replied on March 24th, 2012 at 5:40 am

        That is so strange, I was named after a Henrietta as well! My mothers grandmother. I don’t use ‘Hatti’ but my friends have been known to call me ‘Hatty’ in the past but mostly Harriet. Or of my housemate has his way ‘oi Hazza!’ ha!

        • Brenda replied on March 25th, 2012 at 8:32 pm

          Love this, Harriet! :)

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    Paula — March 20, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    Happy Birthday Hattie! You are a beautiful girl with a smile that can light up a room (and a blog post). I love your Mom’s brownie fruit pies and I think they are the perfect dessert for a very special birthday celebration.

    • Brenda replied on March 21st, 2012 at 1:31 pm

      Thank you, my dear Paula. xo

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    sweetsugarbelle — March 20, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    I want these for MY birthday!!!

    • Brenda replied on March 21st, 2012 at 1:34 pm

      I’ll make a trade with you. My mini brownie fruit pies for your exquisitely decorated cookies? Have you ever done Wonder Woman? She’s my favorite. ;)

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    Cindy @ Once Upon a Loaf — March 20, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Happy birthday to your daughter! These minis are almost as adorable as she is beautiful. I love how the fruit lights these up with color like they were decorated with fancy frosting (only healthier)! They’re elegant – for a party or even a wedding reception! Thanks for this post. I’m going to make these for my mom’s birthday coming up. :)

    • Brenda replied on March 21st, 2012 at 1:35 pm

      You’re so right, Cindy. These are incredibly versatile. I already have a couple events I’m planning to use them for again. Hope you and your mom like them!

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    Julia — March 20, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    They grow so fast, it’s killing me!!! She’s gorgeous, and so are her birthday treats!

    • Brenda replied on March 21st, 2012 at 1:38 pm

      I know! I obviously want to see our children grow and thrive, but a part of me wants to just make time stand still! Thanks, Julia.

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    Becca - Cookie Jar Treats — March 20, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    I remember turning 10. It was a big moment for me :) Your little girl is so pretty, and she will get prettier each year. Man, I feel weird saying this because I’m only 8 years older, but still, it’s the truth.

    These mini brownies look amazing. And the sound of almond cream cheese frosting has my mouth watering. I love the taste and smell of almond!

    • Brenda replied on March 21st, 2012 at 1:40 pm

      Thanks, Becca. Strangely, I remember turning 10, too. Mostly because I was finally allowed to get my ears pierced! :)

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    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — March 21, 2012 at 5:56 am

    My middle daughter turns 10 in a couple weeks, I know she would love those too! Thanks for sharing!!

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    Jackie Thompson — March 21, 2012 at 6:13 am

    These look just fabulous- awesome birthday treats for a special birthday!

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    Jen @ The Scrumptious Pumpkin — March 21, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Your recipes always look so beautiful and delicious!

    • Brenda replied on March 21st, 2012 at 1:43 pm

      Thank you so much, Jen!

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    Diana — March 21, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    These look delicious and SO pretty!

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    Minnesota Prairie Roots — March 21, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    The colors just pop on these brownies. Almost too pretty to eat. And Happy Birthday to Hatti. She’s adorable. (And, yes, mom, those little girls grow up too fast.)

    • Brenda replied on March 25th, 2012 at 9:38 pm

      Thank you, Audrey. :)

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    Living The Sweet Life — March 21, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    The added fruit to these pies, make it reasonable to have for breakfast right ;) lol – -these are stunning!! I love them, and I know they will certainly be make soon!!

    • Brenda replied on March 25th, 2012 at 9:39 pm

      Def reasonable to have for breakfast, in my book! ;)

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    Living The Sweet Life — March 21, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    The added fruit to these pies, make it reasonable to have for breakfast right lol – -these are stunning!! I love them, and I know they will certainly be make soon!!

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    Choc Chip Uru — March 22, 2012 at 12:25 am

    These are the epitome of the most beautifully presented brownies in the world :D
    They look and sound like a dream!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru
    Latest: Double Nutella Cheesecake Brownies

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    Zee — March 22, 2012 at 1:38 am

    These look so adorable I want to pick one from my screen!
    A very Happy Birthday to the sweet girl :)

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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — March 22, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Happy Birthday to Hatti! She clearly has inherited her mom’s excellent taste buds!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — March 22, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Happy birthday to Hatti! These treats seem like a wonderful way to celebrate such a special day. They look so decadent and fruity-tuity – a wonderful combination!

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    Hollie — March 23, 2012 at 11:51 am

    These look scrumptious!

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    CJ @ Morsels of Life — March 24, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Happy birthday Hatti – looks like you had some tasty birthday treats!

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    bhavani/ameanderingmango — March 27, 2012 at 1:57 am

    What a creative and delicious idea! Sounds like the test run went well – thanks for sharing the great recipe!

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    MAya — June 30, 2012 at 11:09 am

    These was the cutest idea ever! And I had to try them! I made them the day I saw your recipe! Thanks so much for the wonderful idea, they are great for parties and desserts; they taste amazing!

    • Brenda replied on July 2nd, 2012 at 12:48 pm

      Thank you, Maya – I’m so happy you liked them!

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    Megan — December 20, 2012 at 12:46 am

    I followed the recipe exactly for the brownies and even after 35 minutes in the oven they did not set. The top was still runny. I tried refrigerating it in the pan and it turned into a very chewy fudge type substance. Disappointing since I was making them for my son’s birthday. :(

    • Brenda replied on December 20th, 2012 at 12:11 pm

      I’m sorry to hear about your experience with these brownies, Megan. I’m really not sure what the matter could be. This recipe is one that I make, in different forms, almost monthly. I have never once had an issue with it. I do hope you’ll give it another try.

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    Annie @Maebells — May 22, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    I love the addition of the almond cream cheese! Such a nice twist! And these make a gorgeous presentation!

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