Breakup Brownies

These break up brownies are perfect for your Galentine's day celebration! A delicious combination of blondie and brownies topped with a eggless cookie dough make these bars hard to resist!

A combination of brownie and blondie bars topped with an egg free cookie dough

Okay! Let's talk about these breakup brownies!  These breakup brownies were inspired by half-baked ice cream. I was eating a pint of half baked a couple of weeks ago, and I thought how great would this be as baked dessert.  I knew I needed to include brownies and cookie dough into the final product -  I was like how do you make this up and keep the cookie dough unbaked? Obviously I was having a moment.

I wanted to make sure I also represented the vanilla ice cream - so that's where the blondie comes in! I decided to swirl blondie and brownie batters and top the finish product with an eggless cookie dough! Once the recipe was perfected, I was having some troubling coming up with a name. I mean half baked brownie bars just didn't seem to work - I thought it would be a bit confusing. As a joke I started calling them breakup brownies. I mean who doesn't want brownies and cookie dough when they are going through a breakup?

 
A combination of brownie and blondie bars topped with an egg free cookie dough

Breakup Brownies

Ingredients

For the blondie

⅓ c butter, melted

1 c sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 eggs

½ c flour

For the brownie

⅓ c butter, melted

½ c sugar

½ c brown sugar

½ tsp vanilla extract

2 eggs

¼ c cocoa powder

¼ c flour

For the cookie dough

½ c butter, softened

½ c brown sugar

½ c sugar  

½  c flour

1 tbsp heavy cream

1/4c mini chocolate chips

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 350F. Grease a 8x8 inch baking tin with butter and dust with flour. Set aside.

For the blondies: In a large bowl, whisk together butter and sugar until combined. Whisk in vanilla. Add eggs one at a time whisking well after each addition. Add flour and salt to the wet ingredients. Whisk until just combined. Transfer batter to prepared pan, using an offset spatula evenly spread batter in pan.

For the brownies: In a large bowl, whisk together butter, sugar and brown sugar until combined. Whisk in vanilla. Add eggs one at a time whisking well after each addition. Add cocoa powder, flour and salt to the wet ingredients. Whisk until just combined. Transfer batter to prepared pan, using a butter knife marble brownie batter with the blondie batter.

Bake for 28-35 minutes. Top will be shiny and edges should be set. Allow brownies to cool in the pan.

For the cookie dough:
Beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla extract and heavy cream. Beat in flour until just combined. Stir in mini chocolate chips.

Once the brownies have cooled completely, evenly spread the cookie dough on top. Cut brownies into squares. Enjoy!

 
Inspired by Half Baked Ice Cream these break up brownies are a combination of brownie and blondie bars topped with an egg free cookie dough

White Chocolate Raspberry Cream Puffs

Light and airy cream puffs dipped in white chocolate and filled with a delicious raspberry whipped cream. These beautiful cream puffs make for the perfect Valentine's Day treat!

White Chocolate Raspberry Cream Puffs

I can't believe that Valentine's Day is less than a week away! Are you celebrating early this weekend? Or waiting to celebrate on Wednesday? We are planning on going out for dinner tomorrow night but otherwise our Valentine's Day celebration will be low key.  

I have been having so much fun playing around with pate a choux party. I love how light and airy it is! I knew I wanted to make a light and refreshing Valentine's Day treat and pate a choux was the obvious choice. I knew I wanted to include some chocolate in the dessert - since it is for Valentine's Day. I decided to go with a white chocolate glaze to add sweetness. The raspberry whipped cream filling is so light and airy but totally delicious with just the right amount of raspberry flavour. I love the white and pink colour combination - its perfect for Valentines Day! 

 
White Chocolate Raspberry Cream Puffs

White Chocolate Raspberry Cream Puffs

Makes: 18 Cream Puffs

Ingredients 

1 c water

1/2 c butter, cut into cubes

1/2 tsp salt

1 tbsp sugar

1 c flour

4 eggs

1 c heavy cream

1-3 tbsp icing sugar, depending on sweetness level of raspberries

½ c raspberries, pureed

3/4 c white chocolate chips

sprinkles (optional)

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 425F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper, set aside.

In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, combine the water, butter, salt & sugar. Simmer until the butter has melted and the mixture comes to a light boil. Take the mixture off the heat and stir in the flour with a wooden spoon. Place the mixture back on the heat and continue to stir until the mixture starts to come off the sides of the pan and a ball forms.

Transfer mixture to stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment. Mix over medium speed for 2-3 minutes, allowing mixture to cool slightly. Beat in eggs one at at time.  The mixture will break or come apart with each addition but should come back together before you add the additional egg. Your pastry should be shinny and of a smooth consistency.

Transfer pastry to a piping back fitted with a large round tip (I used a coupler) and pipe 1 inch rounds, about 2 inches apart onto baking sheet. Use a small amount of water to smooth out peak on each dough mound. 

Bake for 10 minutes for at 425F, then drop oven temperature to 375F and bake for 10 -15 minutes or until golden brown. Allow shells to cool completely before filling.

In a chilled bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with a whisk attachment, combine the whipping cream and icing sugar. Whip mixture on high speed for 3-5 minutes or until stiff peaks form. Fold in raspberry puree. 

Fill a pipping bag fitted with a large round tip (I used Wilton 12) with your raspberry whipped cream filling. Poke your pipping tip into the bottom of a cooled cream puff shell. Pipe filling into bottom of each shell until filling starts to ooze out. Dipped filled cream puffs into white chocolate and top with sprinkles if desired. 

 
White Chocolate Raspberry Cream Puffs

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cupcakes

A decadent, moist chocolate cupcake frosted with a luscious fresh strawberry buttercream and topped with a succulent chocolate covered strawberry! Perfect for Valentine's Day!

Chocolate Cupcakes with Fresh Strawberry Buttercream topped with a Chocolate Covered Strawberry

It only seemed appropriate to kick off February with these chocolate covered strawberry cupcakes! I am so excited for all things Valentine's Day! Give me all the pink, chocolate and sappy rom-coms! Is there anything more quintessentially Valentine's Day than chocolate covered strawberries? I knew that I wanted to take this Valentine's Day classic and turn it into a cupcake. The fresh strawberry buttercream is seriously delicious! The strawberry puree not only adds flavour to the buttercream but also turns it a beautiful soft pink colour. I went with my Classic Chocolate Cupcake recipe for the base - why mess with a good thing? And topped the cupcakes with their very own chocolate covered strawberry - can you tell I am huge fan of two desserts in one?Whether its your BFF, sweetheart or child, your valentine is sure to love these cupcakes!  

Tips for Achieving the Perfect Chocolate Covered Strawberries

  • When melting your chocolate for your berries, I would recommend melting it in the microwave on medium heat for 20-30 second increments. Between each increment, remove the chocolate from the microwave and stir, repeat this until the chocolate is completely melted.  
  • It is important to make sure that your strawberries are completely dry and free of any water or excess moisture. If there are any water droplets on the berries it will cause the chocolate to seize up. 
  • Place your chocolate in a deep bowl or small cup to use when dipping your chocolate. Hold your berry by the stem and dip one side of the strawberry, followed by the other.
  • Place your freshly dipped strawberry on wax paper to set up. 
Chocolate Cupcakes with Fresh Strawberry Buttercream topped with a Chocolate Covered Strawberry

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cupcakes

with a fresh strawberry buttercream

Makes: 1 dozen cupcakes

Ingredients

For the cupcakes

1/4 c hot water 

1/4 c cocoa powder 

1/2 tsp instant coffee 

1 c flour 

1/2 tsp baking powder 

1/2 tsp baking soda 

1/2 tsp salt 

1/2 c butter, cut into cubes

1 c sugar 

2 eggs, at room temperature 

2 tsp vanilla 

1/2 c sour cream 

For the Frosting

1 c butter, at room temperature

3 c icing sugar 

1/2 c strawberry puree*

For the Chocolate Covered Strawberries

12 -15 Strawberries 

1 c semi sweet chocolate chips, melted

Directions

For the Cupcakes

Preheat oven to 350F. Line a cupcake pan with liners. In a small bowl, whisk together hot water, cocoa powder and instant coffee. In another medium bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. 

In a small sauce pan, over medium heat combine the butter and sugar. Stir occasionally, until the sugar is dissolved and the butter is melted. Remove from heat and pour into bowl of stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment. On medium, beat butter & sugar mixture until it begins to thicken and pales in colour (approx. 4-5 mins). You want to ensure the mixture has cooled slightly before adding your eggs. Add eggs one at a time, scrapping down the sides of the bowl after each addition. Add in vanilla and cocoa mixture. Mix until incorporated.  With the mixer on low speed, add half the flour, followed by the sour cream, ending with the rest of the flour mixture. Mix until just incorporated.

Divide batter evenly into prepared cupcake liners. Fill liners 1/2-2/3rds of the way full.  Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 5-10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

For the Frosting

In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with a paddle attachment, on medium speed beat the butter until light and fluffy. Beat in icing sugar until light and fluffy. Finally, beat in strawberry puree until just combined.

*To make the strawberry puree, blend fresh strawberries using either an immersion blender or regular blender until smooth. 

For the Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Dip strawberries in melted chocolate and let set on parchment paper

Assemble the cupcakes

Frost cupcakes as desired. Top with chocolate covered strawberry before serving. Assembled cupcakes keep for up to 3 days in the fridge but are best served fresh.

 
Chocolate Cupcakes with Fresh Strawberry Buttercream topped with a Chocolate Covered Strawberry