Naughty Elf Bites

I imagine elves like to be naughty once in a while.  After all, they don't need to be good all year round since they do not need to be on the good list for Santa...they just work for him, they aren't the recipients of the toys they assemble.  It would be hard to sit in one place all day long assembling toys, and following orders, so I am sure at night when the elves get a break they like to have a nice hot toddy or some spiked hot chocolate and let loose a bit.  Maybe they like to have a few sweets as well, cookies would be a must, but maybe tiny cakes, after all elves are small.  Yes, I have an imagination, which is precisely why I named the treats I made this weekend "naughty elf bites".

 I was feeling a little like an elf myself after working hard on "nice" sweets, and felt that a little but of naughty was needed.  Although I am a big fan of cocktails, I thought some bourbon laced pretty elf sized brownies would be fun!  So I used my vegan brownie recipe, baked it in tiny baking tins and sprinkled them with a bit of bourbon.  They needed a bit of frosting to be more naughty, so I made a dark chocolate frosting which tasted of fudge, and was of course laced with more bourbon.  Lastly for a magical elfish touch some Christmasy non-pareils were added.  They were boozy and delicious, dark fudgy brownies with the silky frosting and bite of bourbon!  I imagine the elves would have a hard time not eating too many after a hard day!  Maybe you feel like being a naughty elf here is the recipe if you wish to indulge!

Naughty Elf Bites
(mini bourbon laced brownies)
makes 24



  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 3 oz unsweetened chocolate
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp pureed pumpkin
  • 1 Tbsp bourbon
  • 1/2 Tbsp cider vinegar
  • bourbon for sprinkling



  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 1 1/4 cups cocoa powder
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • a large pinch sea salt
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract


For decoration:

  • Red and green nonpareils



  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees with the rack in the middle position. Line two 12 hole mini muffin tins with liners.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, soda, sea salt and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, place chocolate and oil. Microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring in between to melt the chocolate, until the chocolate and oil are smooth and well combined.
  4. Whisk in syrup, along with vanilla, and pumpkin, and whisk to blend until well incorporated.
  5. Whisk in 1 Tbsp bourbon and vinegar until well blended and there are pale swirls throughout the batter.
  6. Spoon into prepared tins, place in the oven, and bake for about 15 minutes until set and toothpick inserted into the center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached.
  7. Let cool completely.  When cool, using an eye dropper, drop about 3 drops of bourbon onto each brownie.
  8. To make frosting, beat all ingredients together until frosting consistency (adding more cocoa if it needs to be thicker, or more agave if it is too thick).  Place in a pastry bag, and pipe onto brownies.  Sprinkle with nonpareils.


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I am a vegan girl who loves to make healthier desserts and dishes with lots of veggies. Recipes are meant to be shared, that is why I started blogging!

  1. December 11, 2011 at 16:14

    Just beautiful, Amy!!! And you are so cute~

  2. December 11, 2011 at 20:27

    I love that you made these "naughty" with the bourbon! And great lip gloss LOL

  3. December 11, 2011 at 22:12

    Haha, that's the best ever lipstick! ;) <br /><br />These are amazing, and I like the little story that go with them. :)

  4. December 12, 2011 at 07:23

    Wow! These look absolutely delicious! :)

  5. December 12, 2011 at 15:56

    I am hoping to make a group run this Saturday. This would be perfect! I have friends who like to go out for a post run beer. Who needs that when you can have bourbon!

  6. December 12, 2011 at 17:30

    Too funny, Amy. Naughty yet cute. Love the lipstick. Kate Moss step aside - Amy has the latest gloss!

  7. December 12, 2011 at 18:59

    You're just a naughty elf in disguise. I always think of the elves as naughty! And only Santa can keep them in line. I am saving this - I want the spiked version for me (duh) and non-spiked for my nieces and nephews with food allergies - everyone needs to partake of the season! Oh - yeah - they look really, really good.

  8. December 12, 2011 at 19:44

    oh my goodness, bourbon laced brownies! these do sound pretty naughty and extremely delicious! great recipe!

  9. December 13, 2011 at 01:35

    The recipe looks great, but the photo with the candy lipstick is hilarious!

  10. December 13, 2011 at 07:23

    Naughty Elf Bites sounds certainly so apt for these brownies! Loved the recipe.

  11. December 15, 2011 at 03:45

    You are too cute with your sprinkled lips! Love it! Thank you for sharing your stories...and this delicious elf treat! I'm in the mood for something like this right now...packed with chocolate and sweetness. I hope you have a blessed day!

  12. December 17, 2011 at 16:52

    hahah I love the sprinkled lips! So cute! These cupcakes look amazing. Im sure every naughty little elf would want one!

  13. December 19, 2011 at 17:49

    Oh! The picture of you with the sprinkles on your lips made me laugh out loud! Awesome! These naughty elf bites look fab too!

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