Decadent chewy brownies topped with a creamy raspberry frosting and finished with a rich chocolate drizzle.
Ready in: 50minutes
1pinch ground cinnamon
1/2cupbutter, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 1/4cupsbittersweet chocolate chips(I used Ghirardelli)*
3/4cuppacked light-brown sugar
1 1/2tspvanilla extract
1cupsemi-sweet chocolate chips
1(8 oz) pkg cream cheese, softened
1/3cupseedless raspberry jam
1/3cupsemi-sweet chocolate chips
2 1/2Tbspheavy cream
For the brownie:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt and cinnamon, set aside. Melt butter along with 1 1/4 cups bittersweet chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl in microwave on 50% power in 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval until melted and smooth. In a separate mixing bowl using a wooden spoon, mix together light-brown sugar and eggs until well blended. Stir in milk and vanilla, then pour in melted chocolate chip mixture and mix until combine. Slowly add in dry ingredients and mix just until combine. Pour mixture into a buttered 8 by 8-inch baking dish and spread into an even layer. Bake in preheated oven for about 35 minutes, until toothpick inserted into center doesn't come out covered in batter. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
For the truffle filling:
Melt 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl on 50% powder in 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval until melted and smooth, set aside to cool slightly. In a mixing bowl, using an electric hand mixer set on medium speed, whip cream cheese until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Mix in raspberry jam, powdered sugar and raspberry extract. Pour melted chocolate chips into mixture then using a rubber spatula, fold until well combine. Spread mixture over cooled brownies. Cover baking dish tightly with plastic wrap then place in freezer for 15 - 20 minutes to allow truffle filling to set slightly (truffle filling won't ever set fully, mine was still soft and slightly runny but set enough to cut into squares after 15 minutes of freezing. Chill longer to further set if desired).
For the ganache:
Melt remaining 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips along with 2 1/2 Tbsp heavy cream in a microwave safe bowl on 50% power in 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval until melted and smooth. Pour mixture into a piping bag or Ziploc bag and cut a small tip off corner. Drizzle over top of brownies (or cut into squares then drizzle over individual squares). If desired, sprinkle top lightly with cocoa powder and a tiny bit of cinnamon, then garnish with a fresh raspberry and mint leaves. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.
*If you don't want such a rich chocolate brownie then you can replace the bittersweet chocolate chips with semi-sweet or even milk chocolate chips for the brownie portion. You could also replace the semi-sweet chocolate chips in the ganache with milk chocolate chips.