Sunday, March 6, 2011

Marbled Brownies

We visited some friends for dinner last night.  I was responsible for dessert.  I debated about what to bring, from fancy, complicated desserts to very simple, yet tasty.  I decided to go for the latter since I knew we'd end up being a little pressed for time yesterday.  I decided to just make some marbled brownies.  I used the chocolate chip brownie recipe from Heavenly Homemakers as my base and then just added some cream cheese batter to swirl through.  I haven't made marbled brownies in a long time, but I used to make them quite regularly, so I just went off memory for the cream cheese mixture... and I used my own homemade soft cheese in place of the store-bought cream cheese brick.  I did modify Laura's recipe slightly by adding in about 1/2 cup of milk and an extra egg since the mixture just seemed too thick for brownies (I like fudgy brownies :).  I also doubled the recipe for a larger pan.  I've posted the recipe adjusted for the larger pan and with the extra egg and milk below. 

I think they turned out pretty well and they seemed to go over quite well with everyone.  My parents had one today and even they liked them (they normally aren't too crazy about made-from-scratch goodies that use whole wheat flour).  They were quite thick and dense, not necessarily fudgy, but definitely not dry like I feel like they would have been without the extra egg and milk.

These were also super easy to throw together.  They were just as easy as throwing together a boxed brownie mix... only these are much better for you, made with good, quality ingredients.  And I almost always have all the ingredients on hand.  I'll definitely make these again sometime. 

Marbled Brownies

Chocolate brownie mixture:
2 sticks butter, melted
2 cups rapadura/sucanat
1/2 cup cocoa powder
3 eggs
1/2 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup chocolate chips

Cream cheese mixture:
1 cup/8 oz cream cheese, softened (either use a brick from the store, or homemade)
1 egg
1/4 cup sucanat/rapadura
1 teaspoon vanilla

In a large bowl, stir together butter, rapadura/sucanat, and cocoa. Mix in eggs, milk, and vanilla. Stir in flour and mix until combined. Fold in chocolate chips. Set aside.

In a medium-sized bowl, mix together softened cream cheese, egg, sucanat/rapadura, and vanilla.  Stir until combined.  Set aside. 

Grease a 9x13 baking pan with coconut oil.  Spread about 3/4 of the chocolate mixture on the bottom of the pan.  Spoon the cream cheese mixture on top of the chocolate batter in dollups.  Then spoon the remaining chocolate batter in dollups between the cream cheese dollups.  Cut through the mixtures with a knife to create the marble design. 

Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

This post is linked to Monday Mania at The Healthy Home Economist and Real Food Wednesday at Kelly the Kitchen Kop.


The Voogts said...

Mmmm. These look great! I wonder how they'd taste using sprouted flour? :)

Sara said...

There is a grain-free version of marbled brownies that I am going to try soon... I debated about making them this past Saturday since I had all the ingredients, but figured I'd stay the safe route, just in case. :) I think I will try making these for a treat in the next week or two... they look and sound amazing... :)

The Voogts said...

Those do look good! I just bought almond flour today so I can try more grain free stuff.

Extraordinary Ordinary Life said...

I cannot wait to try these but I'm out of rapadura:(

Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist said...

I can't believe you work full-time and still come up with these amazing creations! You must be one very organized gal! :) Thanks for sharing at Monday Mania - these look delicious!

Sara said...

Ha, I certainly don't feel all that organized! But most people think I'm way organized. :) Really, I just try to do the best that I can in the time that I have to try to keep my family healthy. It involves lots of multi-tasking! :)

DoleValleyGirl said...

Gotta love chocolate. And when it's baked up with good-for-you ingredients, it's even better! Earlier this week my daughter and I baked up a batch of chocolate buttermilk muffins and posted the recipe. Feel free to stop by our blog and check it out. :)