Makes 16 brownies
This fluffy blend of raspberries and chocolate is impressive and and decadent. The raspberry brownie, topped with a raspberry cream cheese mousse, makes it a great dessert for Valentine’s Day or any day of the week.
1 3/4 cups (11.5-ounce package) NESTLE TOLL HOUSE Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chunks, divided
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup (2/3 stick) butter, softened
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
2 large eggs
1/3 cup frozen raspberries, drained, mashed
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, at room temperature
3/4 cup powdered sugar
6 to 7 drops red food coloring (optional)
1/4 cup frozen raspberries, drained, mashed
1/3 cup whipping cream
1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 9” square baking pan.
2.Microwave 1 cup chunks in small, uncovered, microwave-safe bowl on HIGH (100%) power for 45 seconds; stir. Chunks may retain some of their original shape. If necessary, microwave at additional 10- to 15-second intervals, stirring just until smooth; cool to room temperature.
3.Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in small bowl. Beat granulated sugar, butter and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract in medium mixer bowl, until creamy. Add eggs; beat until light and fluffy. Beat in melted chocolate. Stir in flour mixture until blended. Stir in mashed raspberries. Spread into prepared baking pan.
4.Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out slightly sticky. Cool completely in pan on wire rack.
5.Chop remaining 3/4 cup chunks into roughly 1/4-inch pieces. Beat cream cheese, powdered sugar, remaining 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, and food coloring, if desired, in medium mixer bowl until creamy. Fold in mashed raspberries and chopped chocolate morsels.
6.Beat cream in small mixer bowl until stiff peaks form. Fold into raspberry cream cheese mixture until blended. Spread mousse over cooled brownie. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Cut into bars.
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