Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Tutorial: How to Make Easy Miniature Brownies

Bluebelle just stopped by Cupcake Cottage for a visit with Flossy, and the two of them are thoroughly enjoying their chat as well as the super-easy miniature brownies I made.


Mmm, yum yum yummy!


You see, I was recently looking for a jump start to my creativity after having a long break from making minis. I needed a simple, easy project that I could feel successful with and that didn't take too much time. I'd seen an idea on Pinterest for making dollhouse miniature brownies with craft foam and puff paint, so I decided to just wing it and give it a try myself.


And look at all of the possible variations on brownies that I developed! I made regular brownies, mint brownies, brownies with a raspberry filling, and even special Halloween brownies. Think of all the possibilities!


Here are the TOOLS AND SUPPLIES I used (from top left to bottom right):

1. Tacky glue or craft glue (I used Aleene's Original Tacky Glue)
2. 3D fabric paint or "puff paint" (I used Scribbles 3D Fabric Paint in Hot Chocolate color, available at Joann and Michael's)
3. Plastic pumpkin-topped toothpicks for the Halloween brownies, if desired (not required)
4. Good craft scissors
5. Various colors and thicknesses of craft foam or "fun foam" available by the sheet

DIRECTIONS for Making Easy Miniature Brownies

1. Cut craft foam to desired size and shape. For the basic brownies, I cut small squares of brown foam. For the other "flavors," I cut additional squares of colored foam.

2. Next, I glued the squares together, in whatever combinations I liked. Then I waited for the glue to dry (approximately 30 minutes). Skip this step for the regular brownies and go straight to step 3.

3. I squirted the 3D fabric paint on top of the foam and used the tip of the bottle to spread it around for "frosting." Tip: As the 3D fabric paint dries, it becomes darker in color and thinner. Make the "frosting" a little thicker than you want and wait for it to dry to your desired thickness.

4. For the Halloween brownies, I cut the pumpkin top off of the plastic toothpick and put it on top of the "frosting" once the "frosting" had turned slightly tacky.

5. Wait for the "frosting" to dry. That's it! 

It was really easy, really fast, and really fun, and Flossy and Bluebelle say the brownies are delicious! 

Maybe you need a jump start to your creativity too? If you have any questions about this mini tutorial, please let me know in the comments below, and I will reply. Hope you enjoyed this one! Until next time, keep it fun! xoxo Jennifer


64 comments:

  1. Te han quedado muy apetitosos!!!! Gracias por el tutorial!!
    Besos.

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  2. Your brownis are delicious.
    Thanks for this beautiful tutorial.
    Greetings, Faby

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  3. This is easy! Thank you so much for sharing. They look delicious! No fiddling with clay, no wasting energy while baking a tiny cake in a huge oven. Brilliant!
    X
    Véronique

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  4. I loved your reason for choosing this "recipe": be sure to be successful! :)
    You're great, Jennifer!
    The Brownies are fantastic!
    Thanks for sharing the tutorial.
    Kisses.

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  5. Tienen una pinta estupenda y desde luego fáciles de hacer. Muchas gracias por el tutorial.
    Un abrazo.

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  6. Thanks for this useful tutorial, Jennifer! I never thought of using the craft foam, but they look great. I may have to try these. I love your twist on it with the "filling" too.
    Hugs,
    Lisa

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  7. Fantastic tuto and fantastic brownies!!! Thank you for sharing itv:)
    Huuugggssss!!!

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  8. Delicious. Thank you for sharing ;-)

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  9. This is so awesome! Thank you for this tutorial. I am going to do this this weekend. I have to add some goodies to Kettle's house for Valentines day. May make Valentines brownies. Great idea. :D

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  10. Wonderful Tutorial !
    I think I'll have the same idea as Bird: for Valentines.. <3
    Thank you so much Jennifer, I also Love Brownies!
    Hugs
    Kikka

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  11. son mi dulce favorito a tenido una buena idea y mucho éxito quedan genial
    un abrazo

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  12. I am not sure if we can buy this craft foam over here but the turtorial looks easy and great! Thank you Jennifer!
    Hugs

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  13. How delicious are your DIY brownies, Jennifer!!!! As soon as possible I'll look for this "craft foam" that I don't know. Thank you

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  14. Hello Jennifer,
    thank you for the great tutorial. the brownies look very realistic...and delicious!
    Big hug,
    Giac

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  15. Thank you Jennifer for the great tutorial. Now I have to go and find "puff paint" from somewhere. Brownies are so delicious! ♥
    Hugs, piikko

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  16. YUM! Those look delicious! I'll have to see about making up a batch! Thank you so much for this!

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  17. YUMMY, we have to make some too, Jennifer! Thanks for sharing, great idea!
    Hugs, Ilona

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  18. Those look super yummy! Thanks for a well detailed and fun tutorial- I have some time today and I think I might make some! :)

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  19. Thanks for the tutorial. The idea is so great and simple.

    LG Alexandra

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  20. Thanks for sharing, this looks very tasty! Hannah

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  21. Hello from Spain: your thumbnail Brownies are very appetizing. Great tutorial. Nice pictures. Keep in touch

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  22. What a fantastic idea! They look quite yummy, I think I would have 2 bites before realizing they were a little puffy tasting ;P

    I am glad you have a creative spark! I look forward to the explosion!!!!
    Hugs!

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  23. Super tut! love it to bits :o) Rosanna

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  24. Great tutorial! I need to look for that 3D glaze in order to try :) It makes them look very authentic.

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  25. Вау! Ням, ням!!! Очень вкусно смотрятся! Спасибо за интересный урок!
    К сожалению, я вряд ли найду подобные материалы!
    Татьяна

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  26. Great tutorial thank you Jennifer. The brownies look yummy. I will also have to look for some of this "puff Paint" Thank you for sharing your fantastic work.
    Hugs Maria

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  27. Thank you for the tutorial! It seems fairly easy and the material used won't make me go bankrupt! Very fun and creative way of making brownies!!!

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  28. Gracias por compartir el tutorial, queda muy bien.

    Besos, Narán

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  29. What a great idea... and so simple! Working with clay always takes a lot of preparation and afterwards the baking - but this one is a nice and quick little project, somehow "miniature to go"... *LOL* Thank you very much for sharing...

    Hugs
    Birgit

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  30. Great idea Jennifer! Thank you for sharing with us!
    kiss, Anda

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  31. Thank you for telling how to make diissse delicious Brownies, I must try sometime. Cosy scenes you have created with Flossy and Bluebelle. Enjoy
    Hugs
    Wyrna

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  32. Hi Jennifer! Sometimes the simple ideas are the best, and I think you proved it! The end result is perfect and looks like it should be a lot harder to do. Nice quick and easy tutorial, I think there are going to be a lot of brownies made this weekend!
    No wonder Flossy and Bluebelle are enjoying them!
    Kind regards, Brian.

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  33. Thank you for this tutorial! They look very tasty, and the pictures are adorable :-).

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  34. Que lindos! Muy buen tutorial!
    Besos

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  35. Yay. Miniature food I think even I could make. Clever to use foam...would never have thought of that. Thanks for sharing =0)

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  36. Oh...they look delicious, realistic and so yummy!
    Kisses
    Alessandra

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  37. looks wonderful! :) i am sure..none is left by now!!! :) sweet pctures again!! :)

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  38. The brownies are so cute, Jennifer! Thank you so much for this tutorial! I want to add that I just adore Bluebelle! Such a sweet creation of yours!

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  39. Thanks for sharing Jennifer :) They look delicious!! Bluebelle is gobsmacked at them, look, her beak is wide open with awe! Your world is so cute, I think I will have to buy some sylvanians soon :D

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  40. They look fantastic and look such a fun project.

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  41. Those mini brownies look delicious and adorable! Thanks for sharing the tutorial, I may have to try making some too!

    -Baby Cat

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  42. What a beautiful cakes! look like real.

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  43. de délicieux gâteaux à réaliser sans cuisson, ouf ! Merci Jennifer pour cet excellent tutoriel !
    Amicalement. rosethé

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  44. Hi you!!
    I love your brownies, and craft foam is really a good way to make cute minis ^^
    I love the Halloween special ^^
    Hugs from France!

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  45. I love your blog. So cute and wonderful!!!!

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  46. no se me habria ocurrido nunca , es una manera muy original

    besitos

    Mrai

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  47. Very original! thanks for your tutorial. Kiss

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  48. Hi Jennifer, what a great and fun tutorial, thank you so much, it is such a sweet and yet simple idea and the brownies look yummy yummie :)
    Now I need to find the 3D fabric paint !!
    Thank you for sharing this lovely tutorial :)

    Hugs Mieke xxx

    I´m looking forward to hear you this evening :):)

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  49. Thanks for the great tutorial, I'll definetely try to bake these myself! Brownies look so yummy! Hugs Eeva

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  50. Thanks for this easy tutorial, Jennifer!

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  51. Thank you for wonderful tutorial! Kiss

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  52. Que buena idea, muchas gracias por el tutorial. He estado viendo las cositas que tienes y son preciosas, ya tienes una nueva seguidora :) Un saludo, tatii

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  53. Best of all, no calories!
    Great tutorial, Jennifer! Clearly outlined and well-illustrated.

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  54. 3-D paint for frosting is brilliant! I bet it will work on all sorts of desserts. Thanks for sharing your genius mind!
    hugs♥,
    Caroline

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  55. Thank you for the tutorial, the result is great.
    Geneviève

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  56. Merci pour ce tutoriel Jennifer, ils sont très réussis
    Amitiés, Lili

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  57. Yummy brownies......One of my favorite cakes!!!! I love your brownies and I absolutely love the fillings in the middle. The colors give such cuteness to these very well done brownies. Thanks a million for the tutorial Jennifer!! Love it!

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  58. Gracias por el tutorial, quedan excelentes.

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  59. such a good idea to use foam! They look so realistic. Thanks for the tutorial. i may have to try this at some point!

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  60. Thanks for sharing this wonderful idea. The raspberry brownies will be perfect for a Valentine's Day treat.
    A Big Mini Hug

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  61. Hi Jennifer! This is a great tutorial and the brownies look Scrumptious! Thanks for the recipe! :D

    elizabeth

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