February 7, 2013

Raspberry Brownies

In honor of Valentine's Day, I decided to make raspberry brownies -- don't you think chocolate and raspberry are a perfect match?  Of course, chocolate and pretty much anything are a heavenly combination!  This recipes does call for chocolate raspberry chips which you may have a hard time finding in your local grocery store.  If you do, there are plenty of places online that you can order from.  Here are a few places to try: http://www.nuts.com/chocolatessweets/toppings/chips/raspberry.html or http://www.thefind.com/food/info-raspberry-chips.

Raspberry Brownies

1/3 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
6 Tablespoons cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2/3 cup flour
1/3 cup chocolate raspberry chips, divided
4 Tablespoons white frosting*

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease an 8 inch square pan.  Cream butter and sugar.  Add eggs and beat by hand.  Stir in vanilla, oil and cocoa powder.  Sift baking powder and flour and add to bowl.  Mix until combined.  Add some of the raspberry chips, reserving some to sprinkle on top.  Spread brownie mix in pan and sprinkle remaining chips on top.  Bake for 25 - 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Let cool.

Raspberry Brownies
Tint two tablespoons of frosting with red food coloring.  Place in small microwavable bowl and microwave on high for about 5 seconds.  Drizzle over cooled brownies.  Repeat with remaining frosting (do not tint) and drizzle frosting over brownies.

Servings:  12

*You can use any type of white or even cream cheese frosting.  Typically, I will have a little extra when I am frosting cakes or cupcakes so I will freeze the extra to use for desserts such as this.  You could also make a powdered sugar glaze.

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