Valentines Day Desserts: Raspberry Creamcheese Brownies

Valentines Day Desserts: Raspberry Creamcheese Brownies

As a blogger, I spend a lot of time on the internet.  Right now, Valentines Day desserts seem to be a hot topic with just about everyone.  As I scroll through images of tasty dessert creations, they almost all have one thing in common.  They are pink.  Or they have pink sprinkles or pink frosting or some other sort of pink decoration on top of them.  I have nothing against the color pink….unless it comes from a tube of red dye #40.  Then, I am not so thrilled with it.  My kids get enough artificial food coloring at school and at their friend’s houses.  I decided I needed to find Valentines Day desserts that were naturally pink to serve to my family and came across a lovely brownie recipe from Let’s Dish Recipes.  Hers uses a butter cream filling but I decided to try a cream cheese filling instead.  They came out quite tasty!  You will have leftover filling after finishing the brownies and I find that serving it as a fruit dip with some sliced apples is a good way to use it up!

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Let me just say that using raspberries to naturally color and flavor the cream cheese gives it a beautiful color and a deliciously fresh fruit flavor.  I am going to try a few more ideas like this…maybe blackberries for purple filling? I wonder if blueberries will make blue filling?  If you are creating any Valentines Day desserts over the next couple of weeks, consider skipping the artificial food color in a tube and using fresh raspberries instead!

*NOTE:  If you don’t feel like making brownies from scratch you could probably use a box and just divide the batter into 2 pans and shorten the cooking time.  They really are very easy to make, though, so give it a try!

easy valentines day desserts

 Raspberry Creamcheese Brownies

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Valentines Day Desserts: Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies
 
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Simple brownie recipe with a fresh, raspberry cream cheese filling
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 3 oz. unsweetened chocolate
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup flour
  • FOR THE FROSTING
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 12 ounces fresh raspberries
  • 3 cups powdered sugar, plus additional for dusting
  • 2 c. powdered sugar
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting
Instructions
  1. To make the brownies:
  2. Melt butter and chocolate over medium low heat in a large sauce pan. Remove from heat.
  3. Add sugar and stir until well mixed
  4. Whisk in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  5. Stir in the salt and the vanilla
  6. Stir the flour in until mixed
  7. Pour into TWO 8 x 8 inch baking pans lined with parchment paper sprayed with non stick spray (leave an overhang to help remove brownies from pan)
  8. Bake 18 to 10 minutes at 325 degrees or until set.
  9. Let cool in pan
  10. TO MAKE THE FROSTING
  11. In a small pan, heat 8 ounces raspberries over medium low heat (save the rest for serving). Use a wooden spoon to crush the berries and heat until they release their juices and start to simmer.
  12. Strain through a fine mesh sieve and retain juice. You should have about ⅛ cup. Use a wooden spoon to press the solids and get the most juice
  13. Let the raspberry juice cool
  14. In a large bowl, beat softened cream cheese. Add the raspberry juice and continue beating until smooth. Slowly add the powdered sugar until mixture is thick.
  15. TO ASSEMBLE BROWNIES
  16. Lay one of the brownie squares face down on a cookie sheet.
  17. Spread the filling on the brownie
  18. Lay the second brownie on top.
  19. Chill for 1 hour before cutting
  20. Dust the top of the brownie with powdered sugar
  21. Put a small dollop of filling on top of the brownie
  22. Top with a fresh raspberry
  23. ENJOY!

 What are your personal favorite Valentines Day desserts?

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Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can't quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke!

Comments

  1. This look absolutely awesome! One of my favorite combos is chocolate/raspberry…oh and cream cheese is always a bonus.

  2. I am drooling over here! These look delicious – and fairly easy to make. Could I use a round pan – I don’t have two 8X8 squares.

  3. Oh my goodness-wish I had that in front of me instead of my tuna on whole wheat right now!!! Can you say YUMMY!!! Thanks for sharing :)

  4. These look so delicious! I love raspberry, so this is perfect for me…just me…

  5. OMG, chocolate, cream cheese and raspberries! 3 of my favorite things. I would never make this because I wouldn’t stop eating it.

  6. Looks absolutely delicious. I agree with the no food dye policy. Much prefer natural.

  7. These look amazing!

  8. I’m drooling! The great photos just add to the amazing-ness of this recipe!!

  9. Cathy Jarolin says:

    These Pretty, Delicious looking Brownies really caught My eye. Being a chocoholic and loving Rasberrys and the Color Pink! Awesome! Lol! Have to make these!! Thankyou for Sharing!

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