Looking for Valentines Day desserts that have no artificial colors? Make these naturally pink raspberry cream cheese brownies! Make the brownies from scratch and add cream cheese frosting made pink with the addition of raspberry puree. Delicious and all natural!
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The lure of pink Valentines Day desserts
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. 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!
Raspberry cream cheese brownies are naturally delicious!
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?
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Like these Raspberry Cream Cheese Brownies? Try these Valentines Day desserts, too:
- Valentines Day Recipe: Strawberry Mousse Homemade mousse with strawberries and rich and delicious. Uses no artificial ingredients!
- Fresh Strawberry Topping Recipe for Cheesecake, Ice cream and More! Love strawberries? Make a fresh strawberry topping recipe! There is nothing more delicious than fresh strawberry sauce on creamy cheesecake!
- Home Made Strawberry Cream Cheese A vibrant and fresh tasting way to liven up your bagel!
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!
Raspberry Cream cheese Brownies
An easy recipe for homemade raspberry cream cheese brownies. Moist homemade brownies with a pink cream cheese frosting and filling, topped with fresh raspberries. You can use frozen raspberries for this dessert recipe.
Check out the Raspberry Depot for information on how to freeze raspberries in the summer for use all year long. Whether you use them for Valentines Day desserts, smoothies, or homemade jam, they are a delicious addition to the menu every month of the year.
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
- 3 oz. unsweetened chocolate
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 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
- To make the brownies:
- Melt butter and chocolate over medium low heat in a large sauce pan. Remove from heat.
- Add sugar and stir until well mixed
- Whisk in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
- Stir in the salt and the vanilla
- Stir the flour in until mixed
- 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)
- Bake 18 to 10 minutes at 325 degrees or until set.
- Let cool in pan
- TO MAKE THE FROSTING
- 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.
- Strain through a fine mesh sieve and retain juice. You should have about 1/8 cup. Use a wooden spoon to press the solids and get the most juice
- Let the raspberry juice cool
- 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.
- TO ASSEMBLE BROWNIES
- Lay one of the brownie squares face down on a cookie sheet.
- Spread the filling on the brownie
- Lay the second brownie on top.
- Chill for 1 hour before cutting
- Dust the top of the brownie with powdered sugar
- Put a small dollop of filling on top of the brownie
- Top with a fresh raspberry
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 511Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 67mgSodium: 135mgCarbohydrates: 97gFiber: 3gSugar: 85gProtein: 5g
Nutrition information not always accurate
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! Learn more about her HERE.