Don’t these remind you that Valentine’s Day is coming up?
I always get stuck on Valentine’s Day in terms of what to do on that holiday. Even with a man in my life I still run out of ideas. I kind of feel that it’s a clichéd holiday, which is probably why I struggle with being creative. I don’t do well or like clichés too much. I love when things are created in the weirdest, strangest, outlandish, and most beautiful ways possible. It makes for a great story and it makes things unique. Hmm, now I am thinking of ways I can start a new trend. Instead of celebrating on Valentine’s Day, why not celebrate on February 20th. What about sky diving or paint balling? People don’t think to do those types of things on Valentine’s Day. Maybe I will talk to the future hubby and find out what he thinks we can do that would be different.
Okay, so about the deliciousness that you are looking at.
Aren’t they pretty looking?! They are tasty too. I made something like these before. In case you have forgotten or don’t know what I am talking about check these bad boys out. I thought I’d stick to the same idea but to make it appropriate for the clichéd holiday I was just discussing. Therefore, I made a strawberry filling. You know, to have the chocolate and strawberry thing going on. Another cliché that people cling to around this time. Don’t get me wrong people, I don’t think there is anything wrong with clichés but they kind of get tired and boring…very quickly. What are some of the “out-of-the-box” V-day ideas you have done in the past or plan on doing this year? Whatever you do, make sure you include these in your plans.
Brownie Cookie Recipe adapted from Bakers Royale.
- FOR THE BROWNIE COOKIES:
- 3 Tablespoons Butter
- 12 ounces, weight Semisweet Chocolate, Chopped
- 2 whole Eggs
- ⅔ cups Sugar
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- ¼ cups Flour, Sifted
- ¼ teaspoons Baking Powder, Sifted
- 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
- 2 c. powdered sugar
- ⅓ c. fresh strawberries, diced
- 2 tbsp. heavy cream
- ½ tsp. vanilla
- ½ tsp. salt
- 2 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
- ½ tsp. strawberry extract
- Preheat oven to 350ºF.
- For the brownie cookies:
- In a medium saucepan, melt the butter on low to medium heat and add the chocolate. Stir until completely melted then remove pan from heat and set aside.
- Place eggs, sugar, and vanilla extract in a large bowl and beat until well incorporated. Do not over beat. Pour half of the melted chocolate into the mixture and mix well. Pour the sifted flour and baking powder into the mixture and beat until well incorporated. Add the rest of the chocolate and mix well until blended. Let the mixture sit for 10 to 15 minutes. The mixture will become slightly thicker.
- On a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, take about 1 tablespoon of the mixture and place it on the cookie sheet. You should only make 2 rows on the sheet because the cookies will spread quite a bit. Bake for 8 to 11 minutes. Then remove the pan from the oven and let the cookies sit on the pan for a couple of minutes before moving them to a rack to cool. Allow them to completely cool before adding the filling.
- I recommend doubling the brownie recipe for the amount of filling you will make.
- TO MAKE THE FILLING: In a large mixing bowl, beat together the cream cheese and butter until it becomes smooth and well mixed. Add the powdered sugar 1 cup at a time adding a tablespoon of cream after each cup of powdered sugar added. Add the salt, vanilla, strawberry extract, and diced strawberries by using a rubber spatula to mix well.
- Once the filling is mixed, spread about a tablespoon on one of the brownie cookies and place another one on top. Repeat this process until all brownie cookies are made and place in the refrigerator until ready to serve.