This Labor Day weekend ended up being filled with a lot more carbs then I intended! We had a busy few days at work before I headed up to North Carolina. My best friend just had her first baby and I already love her soooo much! Unfortunately, while we celebrated a new life the real reason I was in town is because my grandmother has not been doing well. They recently transferred her to hospice care. It is so hard to see her that way.
Due to the mix of the holiday and stress (and the awesome fall weather!) I was craving everything sweet. These brownies were perfect. They have that glossy crispy top and espresso fudge center. Swirled with caramel for a delicious caramel macchiato flavor.
Patrick enjoyed his served with extra caramel and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. This is an awesome treat for celebrating or just because you need a brownie!
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! What screams love more than chocolate and berries? Cheesecake. I vote for cheesecake every time. I decided to take my favorite chocolate cheesecake recipe and add in a little raspberry flavor. Just to make it extra special I included a brownie crust! This triple chocolate raspberry cheesecake is perfect for any day of the week, but extra special for a holiday.
You guys! My life has been insanely busy the past month. Usually I am really good at finding balance, but I’ve honestly been a little overwhelmed. I told you all I started a new job back in November so I’ve been putting a lot of time into working, plus Patrick and I got engaged! So we have been planning the wedding and trying to come up with a lifestyle change for our diets. I ran out and renewed my gym membership. I bought lots of planners to organize my recipes and ideas for kelliericecakes.com! And now we just found out we need to move within the next few months!
So far I’ve been to the gym zero times and my blog ideas end up on post-its in my purse haha! I know I will find my balance again soon. What is really important to me is providing you all quality recipes and content.
Last year I became a brand ambassador for Rodelle Vanilla! They are truly my all time favorite baking brand and I thought there is no better way to kick off February than to post a dessert using two of my most used ingredients.
Ok now just imagine taking a bite and tasting a layer of fudge brownie, a layer of creamy rich chocolate raspberry cheesecake, dark chocolate ganache, and if you are a little extra like me you can make this chocolate whipped cream!
Layers of chocolate and raspberry come together to create a decedent cheesecake.
1 box of fudge brownie mix (follow directions on box to make batter)
3 (8oz) blocks of cream cheese room temperature
½ box of sugar free raspberry jello
1 cup of sugar
1 tsp of organic chocolate extract
½ cup of organic cocoa powder
3 eggs room temperature
4 cups of dark chocolate chips
¼ cup of milk
1 cup and 2 tbsp of cream
1 tsp of instant espresso
another ¼ cup of cocoa powder
1 tbsp of sugar
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
spray or grease a spring form pan
pour brownie batter into the pan and bake for 10 minutes
in a mixer whip the cream cheese and sugar
add in the extract and eggs
heat the milk just before boiling and pour over 2 cups of chocolate chips, stir to help chips melt completely
add half the box of jello into the batter then the melted chocolate
whip until you don't see any cream cheese chunks
pour cheesecake batter into the spring form pan over the brownie batter
bake 35-40 minutes until the top looks set but has a slight jiggle
(it may take a littler longer depending on your oven)
turn off the oven crack the door and let cool
once easy to handle put in the fridge to finish cooling
once completely chilled start making the ganache
in a microwave safe bowl pour 2 tbsp of cream and espresso powder over 2 cups of chocolate and melt in intervals careful not to burn the chocolate
drizzle over the cheesecake
in a chilled bowl whip the cream with sugar and cocoa powder until you have light fluffy whipped cream
You may have noticed the additional whipped cream on top of the chocolate whipped cream… my story is I had a little prepared whipped cream leftover that I just haaaaaaaaad to use up. And I’m sticking to it!
Every Valentine’s Day I sit and contemplate- wine or brownies? I picked up some of my favorite red wine from Trader Joes and I knew I wanted to do a Merlot infused ganache.
Once I started throwing together the brownie batter I drizzled a little more Merlot into the batter. The result was sooo good. The wine brings out the richness in the chocolate while keeping them so fudgey and moist.
These are honestly even better the next day. Enjoy them with a little cocoa whipped cream or on their own!
I know – who do I think I am posting two Nutella recipes in a row? I just cannot help myself! I have no idea how I have somehow lumped Nutella and the fall season together. Something about this cocoa hazelnut spread just has my taste buds singing! I also needed a reason to use up the left over caramel sauce from my caramel corn cupcakes. Picture thick fudgey brownies swirled with caramel and nutella then topped with even more caramel and nutella.
I believe there are two kinds of people in the dessert world. Those who like fluffy cake like brownies and those who like thick gooey almost under baked brownies. I, my friends, relate to the second group of brownie lovers. I have never been a fan of fluffy brownies. When my brownies are gooey soft and melty they are perfection. If these were not already so sweet I would suggest topping with gelato. BUT these are already such a treat. So much chocolate. So much nutella. So much delicious caramel.
If the batter looks too thick you can add another tbsp of water.
It should be thick, but thin enough to move around in the pan.
Top the batter with caramel and nutella.
Take a knife and swirl around the top.
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the center is just barely set.
Spread the top with more nutella.
Drizzle extra caramel over the top.
You don’t have to make these immediately, but you would honestly be missing out if you didn’t! These brownies are so amazing, I am going to give them all away so I don’t eat them all in bed watching Netflix!