Thursday, February 10, 2011

Celebrating National Cream Cheese Brownie Day (Feb 10th) and Valentine’s Day

In celebration of National Cream Cheese Brownie Day (Feb 10th) and Valentine’s Day, I whipped up some brownies and cookies fit for the King and Queen!

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Cheery Cherry Marbled Valentine Brownies - Gluten-Free
These brownies are loaded with cherry flavor and dark chocolate. These are definitely ‘boy bait’ or ‘girl bait’.

Brownie Mix
3 ounces Ghirardelli Bittersweet 60% chocolate Baking Bar
1/4 cup whole almonds
3 tbsp brown rice flour
3 tbsp unsalted butter, cut into chunks
1/8 tsp salt
6 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 egg

Cream Cheese Layer
2 oz cream cheese
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp liquid egg substitute
8 Maraschino cherries drained, chopped (1/4 cup)

Additional cherries for garnish

Preheat the oven to 325°F with a rack in the middle of the oven.
Line a 6x2 inch square or 6 inch heart shaped pan with parchment paper.

Add the almonds and rice flour to a food processor and pulse until nuts are finely ground. Set aside.

Place the chocolate, sugar and salt in the top of a large double boiler over barely simmering water or a pot over low heat.

Stir frequently until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth. Remove from heat and let cool for 5 minutes. Stir in the butter and vanilla. Whisk in the egg.

Add the almond and rice flour mixture and stir until moistened, and then mix briskly, about 20 seconds.

Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and spread it evenly.

Beat the cream cheese, sugar and egg until creamy. Chop the cherries and add to the cream cheese mixture

Dollop the Cream cheese mix over the pan. Spread over and swirl into brownie. Add a few halved cherries to the top

Bake 20 to 25 minutes until toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean. Remove from oven.

Cool the pan on a rack. Run a knife along the sides of the parchment paper to detach the brownies. Allow to cool completely before attempting to remove the entire brownie from the parchment paper.

It is recommended moving the brownie to a serving plate with parchment paper intact and then trimming the parchment paper just under the edges of the brownie, if your brownie is too tender to lift from parchment paper.

Cut into 4 squares. Serve with a cherry on the side - OR cut in half and serve with two cherries and share

Servings: 4

Not that anyone would want to see the nutrients, but here they are anyway

Nutrition Facts

Nutrition (per serving): 440 calories, 29.3g total fat, 7.5g monounsaturated fat, 2.1g polyunsaturated fat, 0g trans fatty acids, 14.8g saturated fat, 144.3mg cholesterol, 158.6mg sodium, 151.8mg potassium, 41.8g carbohydrates, 2.9g fiber, 38.9g net carbohydrates, <;1g starch, 30.8g sugar, 8.2g protein, 1.8mg iron.


You can substitute 1/2 cup 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Chips for the 3 ounces of Ghirardelli Bittersweet 60% chocolate Bar.

Since the Valentine and Cherry idea was on a roll, dressed up some chocolate cookies with a cherry.

Just make your favorite chocolate cookie recipe and top with half a cherry.

Enjoy and have a  Great Valentine's Day!

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