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Irish Cream Brownies

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 03:03 PM - Posted by Megan - (2) comments

This March 17th, you won’t need the luck o’ the Irish to find a perfect St. Patrick’s Day dessert recipe. Get the shenanigans started with easy-to-bake, homemade chocolate brownies spiked with luscious Irish Cream. These flavorful, fudgy treats are surprisingly light, so you can indulge and still have room for all that green beer. Cheers!


Irish Cream Brownies (makes approx. 16 brownies)
Recipe from Cooking Light

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (about 4 1/2 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup egg substitute
  • 1/4 cup Irish Cream (Baileys or Carolans)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Cooking spray
  • Preheat oven to 350°.

    Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk.

    Place the chocolate chips and the butter in a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at HIGH 1 1/2 minutes or until the chocolate chips and butter melt, stirring every 30 seconds. Cool slightly. Add sugar and next 3 ingredients (through vanilla extract), stirring well with a whisk. Microwave at HIGH 1 minute or until sugar dissolves, stirring every 30 seconds. Fold in the flour mixture, stirring just until moist. Spread batter in a thin layer into a 9-inch square baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out almost clean. Cool on a wire rack.

    Note: For truly fudgy treats, be sure to cook the brownies until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out almost clean. If you wait until the pick is clean, the brownies will be overcooked. Garnish with a sprig of mint.

    Red, White and Blueberry Mascarpone Parfaits

    Friday, July 1, 2011 at 12:07 PM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

    Friends and family, beaches and barbecues, fireworks and fun. Nothing screams summer like Fourth of July weekend. For a festive treat that’s sure to be a hit at any celebration, try whipping up this simple, refreshing layered fruit parfait. In patriotic red, white and blue, this cool, creamy dessert is perfect for all your Independence Day picnics and parties.

    Red, White and Blueberry Mascarpone Parfaits (serves 4)

  • 8 oz mascarpone cheese (available in most Italian specialty markets or gourmet grocers)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon orange liqueur (such as Grand Marnier)
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest (optional)
  • 1 pint blueberries
  • 1 pint raspberries (or strawberries)
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    In a medium mixing bowl, combine the mascarpone cheese, sugar, vanilla and orange liqueur and whip together with an electric mixer. Slowly add the whipping cream, a little at a time, and continue beating until the cream is incorporated and the mixture is fluffy. Fold in the lemon zest, cover and refrigerate the mixture for at least an hour.

    Using parfait glasses or Champagne flutes, spoon some raspberries or strawberries into the bottom of the glass, then add a dollop of the chilled whipped cream mixture. Add a layer of blueberries, then another dollop of whipped cream. Continue layering until glass is full, then playfully arrange berries on top. Cover and chill until ready to serve.
     

    Wishing you all a safe and happy 4th of July weekend!

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    Strawberries for Mom

    Friday, June 3, 2011 at 05:06 PM - Posted by Megan - (1) comment

    Strawberry season is officially upon us. As if this time of year isn’t sweet enough, Sunday also happens to be my very lovely mother’s birthday! Since chocolate covered strawberries are one of her all-time favorite treats, I couldn’t resist dipping a few berries in her honor.

    At the peak of ripeness, juicy strawberries are luscious enough on their own, but we all know that chocolate makes everything better. These cocoa-covered beauties are incredibly simple to make, and each time I bite into one, I think of Mom. And smile. Happy birthday to the best Mom in the world! xoxo

     

    To dip your own, just follow the directions from my Chocolate Smothered Oreos post here. Simply swap out Oreos for a couple dozen strawberries (be sure to dry completely after washing) and get creative!

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