Raspberry Fudge Brownies

These moist chocolate brownies are topped with a rich fudge layer and a fluffy raspberry cream cheese frosting. To make them even prettier, garnish them with chocolate curls.

Yield

32 brownies

Ingredients

1 cup granulated (white) sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup miniature chocolate chips
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1 egg yolk
4 (1 ounce) squares semi-sweet baking chocolate, chopped
6 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
2 tablespoons seedless raspberry jam
1 cup frozen whipped topping, thawed
2 drops red food coloring (optional)
16 chocolate curls* (optional)

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C). Line an 8 inch square baking pan with aluminum foil, extending the foil 2-inches over the ends of the pan.

In a large mixing bowl, beat the sugar, 2 whole eggs, and vanilla until combined. Mix in butter. In another bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt; stir into butter mixture, mixing just until incorporated. Fold in the chocolate chips. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with moist crumbs attached. Cool pan on cooling rack.

Whisk together the evaporated milk and egg yolk in a small saucepan. Heat over medium low, stirring constantly, until the mixture is very hot and thickens slightly; do not boil. Place the 4 ounces of chopped semisweet chocolate in a medium bowl, and slowly pour in the hot milk. Stir until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Pour the filling over the cooled brownies; refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours.

Beat the cream cheese with the raspberry jam in a large bowl until smooth. Fold in the whipped topping, and add the food coloring if desired. Top the cooled brownies with the frosting, using a cake comb to create a design. Cut brownies into 16 squares, then cut each square in half diagonally to form triangles. Garnish with chocolate curls* if desired.

Additional Information

If desired, chopped raspberry-flavored chocolate or raspberry chocolate chips can be substituted for the miniature chocolate chips.

* See How to Make Chocolate Curls.

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