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Raspberry Brownies

raspbrownI’m skipping right over the Super Bowl and going to Valentine’s Day. No chili or wing recipes from me this week!

If you are a follower, you know that Valentine’s Day is also our oldest son’s birthday. He gets the same special heart shaped cake and his favorite pasta (aka Crazy Sexy Pasta).

I’ve been dying to make brownies, or better yet, have brownies made for me. My Faithful Assistant is usually gangbusters to make brownies. His response to my request. “We don’t have any mix.” I have failed as a parent.

I saw this recipe for Supernatural Brownies and was interested in trying them. Of course, I didn’t have the proper ingredients, and I didn’t read the recipe before I went to the store so I ended up with not enough chocolate and the wrong sugar. Oh well. My loss may be your gain. I scavenged in the pantry and came up with chocolate chips, turbinado sugar, and seedless raspberry preserves. The result? Pretty terrific!

Raspberry Brownies
8 oz semi-sweet chocolate (1 1/3 cups chocolate chips)
2 sticks of butter
3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup turbinado sugar
3 tbsps seedless raspberry preserves
4 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups flour

  1. Melt the chocolate, sugars, preserves, and butter either in a double boiler or the microwave.
  2. Remove from heat and allow to cool for a few minutes, while you whisk the eggs, vanilla, and salt. Add to the chocolate.
  3. Fold in the flour and pour batter into two fudge pans (9 1/2″ x 6″ foil) lined with buttered parchment paper.
  4. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes.

These brownies are freaking awesome, if I do say so myself. I love the dense, fudgey texture, and the slight hint of raspberry is fantastic! They aren’t too sweet so you really taste the chocolate. I’m not sure if it makes a difference, but I used Kerrigold butter. I was overtaken by the shiny wrapper one day. It was too much for me to resist. You can probably use regular store brand butter and come away with some insanely delicious brownies of your own.

No mix. I think I should hide my delicious brownies from that tiny baked-good heathen.


Everything is Awesome Brownies

eabWe are often late getting our kids to see movies. And when I say late, I mean, if they get to see a movie in the theatre within two weeks of release, it’s huge. This means that we just saw The Lego Movie on DVD last week. If it makes you feel any better for my kids, we kept the movie an extra day and then punished ourselves for being bad parents by not returning it to Red Box for one day after that.

You’ve seen the movie. (If not, seriously? and this is a spoiler alert.) The whole thing is basically about a dad who GLUES all his lego sets together and his kid isn’t allowed to touch them. The kid ends up making some pretty cool stuff himself, much to the amazement of his dad who ends up feeling like a heel for not letting his kid play with his stuff.

Well, it’s not just dads who do dumb things with their stuff. We moms can be a little uptight about our kitchens and baking and cooking everything JUST SO. So today, I let my Faithful Assistant make some brownies the way he wanted. We are calling them…

Everything is Awesome Brownies
1 box brownie mix prepared according to the directions
add-ins as directed by your Faithful Assistants – I think mine used about a cup each of white chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate chips

1. Mix your brownie mix.
2. Add in all the stuff.
3. Bake according to the directions on the box until a knife inserted in the middle comes our clean.
4. Clean up the mess.

I was in another room when the brownies were determined to be cool enough to eat. When I returned to the kitchen, I found that my Faithful Assistant had decided it would be easier to cut a chunk from the middle. Everything is AWESOME! Remember? That’s the idea. Let it go, too! We didn’t bake for anyone else, so does it really matter if you start to eat from the middle of the brownie pan? I don’t think it does!

When he saw me writing this post, he said, “Mom. They’re from a mix. They’re not that special.” I assured him they were special. They were his brownies his way. They are awesome.