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Raspberry Truffle Brownies


For the Brownies:

  • 1/2 c. butter
  • 1 1/4 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 c. packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. instant coffee crystals
  • 2 T. water
  • 3/4 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder

For the Truffle Filling:

  • 1 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 c. confectioners' sugar
  • 1/3 c. seedless red raspberry jam

For the Chocolate Drizzle:

  • 1/8 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 tsp. shortening


    Prepare the Brownies:

    1. In a heavy saucepan, melt the butter and 1 1/4 cups chocolate chips over low heat. Cool slightly, about 15 minutes.
    2. In a large bowl, beat eggs and brown sugar. Dissolve coffee crystals in the water. Add the coffee mixture and melted chocolate to the egg mixture. Mix well.
    3. Combine the baking powder and flour; stir into the chocolate mixture until incorporated.
    4. Spread batter into a greased 9x9-inch or 8x8-inch baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes until brownies are set.
    5. Cool completely.

    Prepare the Truffle Filling:

    1. In a heavy saucepan over low heat, melt the 1 cup of chocolate chips. Cool for about 30 minutes.
    2. In a mixing bowl, beat the softened cream cheese until fluffy, about 1 to 2 minutes. Add the confectioners' sugar and raspberry jam; beat until just combined. Stir in the melted chocolate until well combined. Spread the filling evenly over the cooled brownies.

    Prepare the Chocolate Drizzle:

    1. Place the 1/8 cup chocolate chips and shortening in a small zip-top plastic bag. Set bag in a bowl of warm water to soften. Gently knead the chocolate with your fingers until melted and smooth, placing back in the warm water for a minute or two as needed.
    2. Snip a very small hole in the corner of the plastic bag. Drizzle chocolate over the truffle filling.          
    3. Chill brownies before cutting. Cut into small 1-inch squares to serve (these are rich ... a small square goes a long way). Store brownies in the refrigerator.


    Source:  The Kitchen is My Playground