Dark Chocolate Brownie Balls Recipe

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These easy to make Dark Chocolate Brownie Balls combine the irresistible taste of dark chocolate with the decadent flavors of fudgy brownies. They’re a delicious bite-sized treat that’s perfect for any occasion.

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Brownie balls on white plate with brownies in background

This one is for all the chocolate lovers out there. These truffle-like treats are like little bites of heaven, featuring a decadent, brownie center and a crispy dark chocolate coating. The best part is that all you need to make this recipe is a batch of baked brownies, some cream cheese, and candy melts. They’re super fun to make and even more fun to eat.

You can use any brand of brownie mix you prefer, but make sure to use one that is either double or triple chocolate so they’ll have that extra fudgy flavor.

If you love these little brownie bites, you’ll also want to check out these Oreo Cheesecake Truffles and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cake Balls.

Brownie balls on white plate with black and white striped napkin

Why We Love These Brownie Balls

  • Simple ingredients– A baked batch of brownies, chocolate melting wafers and cream cheese is all it takes to make these brownie balls.
  • Great for any occasion– Just change out the color of the chocolate drizzle and these easy truffles can match any holiday or party theme.
  • Dark chocolate coating– They’re dipped in a dark chocolate coating that gives them a more intense cocoa flavor than a milk chocolate coating.
  • Fun for kids– Kids can easily help with all the mixing, rolling and drizzling.
  • Hand mixer
  • Mixing bowls
  • Sheet pan
  • Double boiler (or microwave)
  • Piping bag

Ingredients

Brownie Balls Ingredients Labeled
  • Supreme Triple Chunk Brownie Mix, prepared as to package instructions
  • Cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • Dark chocolate melting wafers
  • Vanilla melting wafers (used for the white drizzle on top)

How To Make Brownie Balls

Step 1. Preheat the oven and bake brownie mix according to package instructions. Set aside and allow to cool completely.

Baked brownies in square pan

Step 2. Add the cream cheese to a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer. Using a hand mixer, beat until it’s smooth and creamy.

Step 3. Crumble the cooled brownies and add into the bowl with the cream cheese.

Tip: Make sure the brownies have fully cooled completely otherwise it may melt the
cream cheese, making the brownie mixture difficult to roll into balls.

Beaten cream cheese in glass bowl
Brownie crumbles added to cream cheese mixture

Step 4. Use the hand mixer on medium speed and mix until fully combined. The mixture should be soft. Next, place the mixture in the refrigerator to chill for 30 minutes before shaping into balls.

Step 5. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Use a 1 ½” cookie scoop to scoop up even sized balls and roll them into balls in the palm of your hands until smooth, then place back onto the baking sheet.

Step 6. Repeat with the rest of the mixture and chill in the fridge for an additional hour.

Brownies and cream cheese mixed together
Brownie balls on baking sheet

Dipping And Decorating The Brownie Bites

Step 1. Once the balls have fully chilled, place the dark chocolate melting wafers in a double boiler and melt over low heat, stirring every 30 seconds until melted and smooth. Do not overheat, otherwise the melts may scorch and seize up.

Note: You can also melt it in a microwave safe bowl, heating it on a low or defrost setting and stirring the contents in 30 second intervals until fully melted and smooth.

Step 2. Use a fork to dip the brownie balls one at a time into the melted chocolate. When lifting out of the chocolate, lightly tap the fork on the edge of the boiler to remove any excess chocolate.

Step 3. Slide the ball off the fork and place back onto the lined baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining balls.

Brownie ball on fork over pan of melted chocolate
Brownie ball covered in chocolate

Step 4: Place the vanilla melting wafers into a small piping bag. Microwave on a low or defrost setting in 30 second increments, massaging the bag between each set so that it heats evenly.

Note: You can also melt chocolate in a small bowl then transfer it to the piping bag.

Step 5. Snip off a small piece of the tip. Drizzle the additional chocolate over the top, going back and forth over the coated balls.

Step 6. Place back into the refrigerator to allow the coating to finish setting. Keep refrigerated until ready to eat. Enjoy

White icing in piping bag
Brownie balls drizzled with white chocolate

Delicious Brownie Ball Variations and Add-ins

  • Chocolate coating: We used a chocolate coating for this recipe. You can also roll the balls in crushed Oreos, coconut flakes, chocolate sprinkles or mini dark chocolate chips instead of the chocolate coating.
  • Peanut butter: Substitute a tablespoon or two of the cream cheese for a tablespoon of creamy peanut butter.
  • Mint chocolate chip: Add chopped mint chocolate, mint extract or mini mint chocolate chips into your brownie mixture.
  • Espresso powder: You can intensify the chocolate flavor by mixing in instant espresso powder or strong brewed coffee.
  • Nuts: Want to add a bit of crunch factor. Mix 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans, almonds or walnuts into the brownie and cream cheese mixture.
  • Box mix: This recipe calls for triple chocolate brownie mix but you can use fudgy brownie mix you like. Or if you don’t want to use a box mix, feel free to use your favorite homemade recipe for brownies instead.
  • Toppings: Before you allow the chocolate to set, sprinkle on additional toppings like crushed nuts, colorful sprinkles, or coconut flakes.
Brownie balls drizzled with white chocolate on white plate

Easy Brownie Balls Recipe FAQS

Can I use gluten-free for this recipe?

You sure can! If you have a favorite brownie box that is gluten free, feel free to use it. Just make sure that the other ingredients are gluten-free as well.

Can I freeze them?

Yes, you can freeze brownie truffles. Place them in an airtight container or freezer bag and store them in the freezer for up to 2 months. Thaw them in the refrigerator before serving.

Can I make the balls into brownie pops?

Sure! Once you have rolled the brownie mixture into balls, insert a lollipop stick into each brownie ball, making sure it only goes about halfway through.
Place the brownie pops on a parchment-lined baking sheet and refrigerate them for about 15-20 minutes to firm up before dipping them into the chocolate.

How do I store them?

Brownie balls can be stored in an airtight container in a cool place or in the refrigerator. That’ll keep them fresh for up to several days.

Can I make them in advance?

Absolutely! You can make them the day you plan on serving them or up to several days in advance. I like to make them the night before so they are well chilled. Just make sure to place the balls in a sealed container so they’ll stay fresh.

Brownie balls with bite taken out

Tips for Making Perfect Brownie Truffles

  • Chill the dough Make sure to place the brownie batter in the fridge until it has completely chilled. This helps you roll them into balls easier.
  • Use nonstick spray: Using a scoop helps portion out the brownie mixture. If it leaves a sticky residue causing the dough to stick, spray the scoop with a little nonstick cooking spray.
  • Use a clean, dry bowl: If you’re using a microwave to melt the chocolate wafers, make sure there’s no moisture in the bowl. This can cause the chocolate to seize.
  • Use a toothpick: To help slide the ball off of the fork, use the tip of a toothpick or small skewer to help give it a push. If you happen to drop the balls into the chocolate, you can just use a fork and toothpick to help you gently lift it out.
  • Use parchment paper: To make clean up a cinch, always set the chocolate dipped brownie balls on a parchment paper line sheet pan.
  • Chill the balls: Once dipped, refrigerate the brownie balls until the chocolate sets up and is completely dry.
Brownie ball bitten in half

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Brownie Balls recipe card
5 from 2 votes

Brownie Balls Recipe


Course Desserts & Sweets
Cuisine American
Prep Time 45 minutes
Chilling time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
These easy Dark Chocolate Brownie Balls combine the irresistible taste of dark chocolate with the decadent flavors of fudgy brownies for a delicious bite-sized treat that’s perfect for any occasion.

Equipment

Ingredients
 

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven and bake brownie mix according to package instructions then set aside and allow to cool completely.
    17.8 ounce Fudge Brownie Mix
  • Add the cream cheese to a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer. Using a hand mixer, beat until it’s smooth and creamy.
    ⅓ block cream cheese
  • Crumble the cooled brownies and add into the bowl with the cream cheese.
  • Use the hand mixer on medium speed and mix until fully combined. The mixture should be soft. Next, place the fudgy mixture in the refrigerator to chill for 30 minutes.
  • Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Use a 1 ½” cookie scoop to scoop up even sized balls and roll them into balls in the palm of your hands until smooth, then place back onto the baking sheet.
  • Repeat with the rest of the brownie mixture. Chill in the fridge for an additional hour.
  • Once the balls have fully chilled, place the dark chocolate melting wafers in a double boiler and melt over low heat, stirring every 30 seconds until melted and smooth. Do not overheat, otherwise the melts may scorch and seize up.
    10 ounce bag Ghirardelli dark chocolate melting wafers
  • Use a fork to dip one brownie ball at a time into the melted chocolate. When lifting out of the chocolate, lightly tap the fork on the edge of the boiler to remove any excess chocolate.
  • Slide the ball off the fork and place back onto the lined baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining balls.
  • Place the vanilla melting wafers into a small piping bag. Microwave on a low or defrost setting in 30 second increments, massaging the bag between each set so that it heats evenly.
    ½ cup Ghirardelli vanilla melting wafers
  • Snip off a small piece of the tip. Drizzle the additional chocolate over the top, going back and forth over the coated balls.
  • Place back into the refrigerator to allow the coating to finish setting. Keep refrigerated until ready to eat. Enjoy

Notes

  • Make sure the brownies have fully cooled completely otherwise it may melt the cream cheese, making the brownie mixture difficult to roll into balls.
  • You can also melt the chocolate in the microwave. Heat it on a low or defrost setting and stir the contents in 30 second intervals until fully melted and smooth.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 129kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 0.01mg | Sodium: 69mg | Potassium: 0.02mg | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 0.2IU | Calcium: 0.01mg | Iron: 1mg
The nutrition information provided is an estimate and can vary based on cooking methods and ingredients used.

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2 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Perfect sized sweet bites to curve a craving. Love, love this recipe.

    1. So glad that you enjoyed them as much as we do! It’s the perfect way to satisfy those chocolate cravings!

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