Chocolate Raspberry Brownies

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Chocolate and raspberry are one of my favorite combinations, especially when it comes to baking. The raspberry gives the chocolate a great rich complementary flavor. I was very pleased with how this recipe turned out, and I am excited to say I found a new way to make brownies! This recipe is super easy and great for family get-togethers, or any other occasion. I look forward to reading your comments!

Makes approximately 9-16 bars

Things you will need:

1 box of brownie mix (I used Duncan Hines)

8 oz. of cream cheese

½ cup of confectioners sugar

½ cup of raspberry filling

8×8 pan

Instructions for brownies:

  1. Bake brownies as directed on box until toothpick comes out clean
  2. Pull out of oven and let it cool
  3. Spray Wilton’s Spray-N-Seal on and stick in fridge for 5 minutes

Instructions for Raspberry Icing:

  1. Using your kitchen aid, beat the cream cheese, confectioners sugar, and raspberry filling until smooth.
  2. Spread over brownies
  3. Enjoy!!!

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Chocolate Raspberry Cake

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I love chocolate and raspberry! This is a great recipe to make for a family get together, especially when it is chocolate with a raspberry filling. YUM! As I’ve mentioned in my cake balls blog, I love cake. When I saw a can of raspberry filling sitting in my pantry, I thought what a great way to use in a cake. You can use any type of frosting for this recipe. I used vanilla frosting because I didn’t want to overpower the chocolate and raspberry flavors. If you also want a little extra raspberry flavor, then feel free to put some fresh raspberries around the cake. I look forward to reading your comments!

Things you will need:

1 box of chocolate cake mix (I used Duncan Hines)

16 oz. of vanilla frosting

12 oz. of raspberry cake and pastry filling

Fresh Raspberries (optional)

9×13 cake pans

Instructions:

  1. Bake cake as directed on box until toothpick comes out clean
  2. Pull out of oven and let it cool
  3. Take Wilton’s Spray-N-Seal and spray it on the top and side of the cake to help it from crumbling 
  4. Next, place one layer on cake container and spread the raspberry filling over the top
  5. Put the next layer on top and frost the cake, so it’s fully covered
  6. Decorate with frosting or place the fresh raspberries around the top of the cake
  7. Enjoy!!!

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Chocolate Covered Cranberry Chocolate Cake Balls

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If you love cake as much as I do or just love eating it, then this is a must! Chocolate Covered Cranberry Chocolate Cake Balls are a great recipe to make, especially if you have a box of cake mix that has been sitting in your pantry for a while or extra cranberry sauce from the holidays. This is a fun recipe to make. It’s easy for the kids to get involved and help too. I wasn’t sure how these would come out at first, but I was delighted with the final result.

Makes: Approximately 40

Things you will need:

1 box of cake mix (any flavor, my favorite is chocolate)

½ bowl of cranberry sauce

7 oz. of frosting (any flavor)

Toothpicks

Parchment paper

Wilton’s melting chocolate pot

1 lb. of melting chocolate

Instructions:

  1. Bake cake as directed on box until toothpick comes out clean
  2. Pull out of oven and let it cool off
  3. Once cake is cooled, crumble the cake in a large bowl
  4. Add in the cranberry sauce and the frosting
  5. Mix all the ingredients together until it’s fully combined
  6. Stick in freezer for an hour, or in the fridge overnight
  7. Roll cake mixture into balls (this may get messy!)
  8. Place rolled cake balls onto parchment paper
  9. Stick toothpicks in each cake ball and place back in the fridge or freezer
  10. Melt chocolate, dip balls until fully covered, place back on parchment paper
  11. Once the balls are covered with melted chocolate, place in freezer for 15 minutes until chocolate is hard
  12. Remove from freezer when ready to serve
  13. ENJOY!!!!

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Banana Brownies with chocolate chips

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Banana Brownies with chocolate chips are a great recipe to make, especially if you have bananas that are going bad. I wanted to try and make these again after not making them for a while, and I was very pleased with how they turned out. It is a great treat to eat for breakfast or as a snack.

 

Makes approximately 20

Ingredients for the Brownies:

1 ½ cups of sugar

1 cup of sour cream

1/2 cup of softened butter

2 eggs

3 to 4 mashed bananas

2 tsp. vanilla extract

2 cups of flour

1 tsp. baking soda

3/4 tsp. salt

1/2 cup of walnuts or chocolate chips

Instructions for Brownies:

  1. Heat oven to 375F.
  2. Grease a 9×13 glass pan.
  3. Mix together the following ingredients until creamy: sugar, sour cream, butter, and eggs.
  4. Add bananas and vanilla extract.
  5. Blend flour, baking soda, salt for 1 minute.
  6. Stir in chocolate chips.
  7. Spread batter evenly into pan.
  8. Bake 25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Ingredients for the Brown Butter Frosting:

1/2 cup of butter

4 cups of powdered sugar

1 tsp. vanilla extract

3 tbsp. milk

Instructions for Frosting:

  1. Boil butter until light brown.
  2. Remove from heat, and whisk together the remaining ingredients: powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and milk.
  3. Spread the frosting over the warm bars.
  4. ENJOY!!!!!

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Christmas Cheesecake Dip

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Christmas cheesecake dip is a great recipe to make during the holiday season. It has a hint of egg nog in it which makes it perfect. I wanted to try making it this year, and was very pleased on how it turned out. It is a great treat to dip gingerbread cookies, or with fresh cut vegetables.

Ingredients:

1 ½ packs of cream cheese

¼ cup of egg nog

½ cup of powdered sugar

¼ cup of brown sugar

1 tsp of ground cinnamon

½ tsp of ground nutmeg

1 tsp of vanilla extract

Gingerbread cookies for dipping

Instructions:

  1. Combine all of the ingredients together except for the gingerbread cookies and mix well. You want to make sure mixture is smooth and creamy.
  2. Put into a bowl and serve immediately.
  3. Enjoy!!!!!

 

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Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls

 

Chocolate covered peanut butter balls, also known as Buckeyes in some countries, are a great recipe to make during any time of the year, especially during the holiday season. I wanted to try out the Chocolate covered peanut butter balls this year, and was very pleased with how they turned out. I also used my kitchen aid for this recipe because after adding the third cup of powdered sugar, the mixture became hard to mix. So, I highly recommend using a Kitchen Aid for this recipe.

 

Makes: Approximately 30

Ingredients:

1 ½ cups of peanut butter

½ cup of butter (softened)

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

3 cups of powdered sugar

8 oz. of melting chocolate

 

Instructions:

  1. Mix peanut butter, butter, and vanilla extract together with the Kitchen Aid mixer.
  2. Slowly add a cup of powdered sugar to the creamy mixture, but making sure to mix well each time.
  3. Once all the powdered sugar is incorporated into the peanut butter mixture, put it in the freezer for a few hours, or overnight.
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  5. Pull the peanut butter mixture out of the freezer and start making balls with a small scoop. Then, place the peanut butter balls onto the baking sheet with parchment paper.
  6. Once you have made all of your balls, stick toothpicks into the peanut butter ball before placing them back into the freezer to harden.
  7. Melt your chocolate. Personally, my favorite way to do this is by using Wilton’s melting chocolate pot. Of course you can use a double boiler, or a saucepan with either a metal or glass bowl on top with about 1 inch of water.
  8. One at a time, dip the peanut butter ball into the melted chocolate using the tooth pick, so they are fully coated. Place them back on the parchment paper.
  9. When all of the peanut butter balls are coated, place the cookie sheet back in the freezer for about 15-30 minutes to make sure the chocolate coating is hard.
  10. Enjoy!!!!!

 

Note: If peanut butter mixture becomes too soft while rolling, stick back in the freezer for 5-10 minutes.

 

 

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