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Valentine’s Homemade Brownie Truffles

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and one of the most special gifts you can give is homemade!  These brownie truffles are extremely easy and super fun to decorate.  Create a beautiful variety, uniquely decorated with just a handful of supplies.

Valentine Chocolate Edible Gifts

Recipe:

The easy part is using a box of brownie mix baked following the instructions on the box.  The brownies filled a 9 x 9 inch baking pan.  Once removed from the oven, slightly cool, then crumble into a bowl to cool completely.  Create uniform 1 inch balls (easiest using a cookie scoop) and place in an air-tight container until ready to decorate.

Dip each brownie ball into melting chocolates:

There are a few different ways to melt chocolate, but I prefer the double boiler method.  Boil 1 inch of water in a large sauce pan, placing a larger heat proof bowl on top of the saucepan.  This technique prevents the chocolate from scorching.  Once the water is simmering, place the chocolates in the bowl on top and stir until melted.  Note to add 1 teaspoon of Crisco to create a smooth finish.  Roll each brownie ball in the chocolate removing with a fork and place on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper or foil.  A few truffles were decorated with sprinkles or sanding sugars immediately.

I started with a 1/2 cup of white chocolate melting wafers to decorate a quarter of brownie balls.  Then added milk chocolate wafers to the same bowl and mixed with the remaining white chocolate. 

Decoration ideas:

Any leftover chocolate?  Don’t toss it…pipe mini chocolate hearts onto wax paper and let them cool completely.  They will easily peel off to use as decorations.

The undecorated chocolate covered balls were enhanced with glaze.  Starting with plain white glaze – 1 cup of confectioners’ sugar, 1 teaspoon of corn syrup and 1-2 tablespoons of milk.  Mix until a thick, smooth consistency.  Pipe a few, drizzle a few, add a drop of red food coloring to create pink…have fun!

SweetStackers chocolate truffle  storage
SweetStackers homemade Valentine truffles

Once the decorations have set, the truffles should be place in an air-tight container.  Each truffle could be placed in mini cupcake liner to separate.  Give a beautiful gift showing off your little works of art using a pretty container!  This red tin with a clear see-thru lid is perfect!

Sweet Stackers Edible Gift Valentines

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Sweet Stackers Valentine Chocolate Gift

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Halloween Brownie Bites

Happy Halloween!  It was a fun and festive day to spite it raining…all….day…long!  A backup plan was needed just in case we couldn’t go trick-or-treating.  I wanted to make a quick festive treat that my kids could enjoy if they weren’t going to bring home a huge bag full of treats.  There was only one hour until the school bus would arrive home.

My preference is to bake from scratch, but I usually keep a couple of box mixes in my pantry for a spur of the moment dessert.  I found a box of brownie mix and placed the brownie batter in a mini-muffin tin to make brownie bites.

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While they were baking in the oven – I whipped up a white glaze using 1 cup of confectioners sugar and 1-2 tablespoons of water.  Once the brownie bites were slightly cooled, pipe a dot in the middle surrounded by two circles.  Then using a toothpick, pull the glaze from the center to the outer circle.  This formed cute little spider webs.

But wait…the sun poked out of the clouds for just a few minutes to produce the most beautiful rainbow!  It soon got ominous out again, but we were able to make it around the block to trick-or-treat.  Then came home to a yummy treat!

Hope you had a Happy Halloween!!

Late night craving…

Late night cravingYes, I had a late night craving.

Oh…what to do….

Then I remembered that I have a secret stash of something sweet in my freezer!    Thawing is much faster than baking a whole batch of brownies or cookies and I am not really up for baking at this time of night, plus the aroma would probably wake up the kids.

My SweetStackers Stackable Food Storage System really did the trick!  They separated and stacked the remaining brownies that I made a while ago in a small 9×9 Tupperware container, perfect for the freezer.   Pull out one brownie (or all of them) when you have a craving.

Check out my original post on how I made these brownies, they are decadent!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownie Ganache         Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownie

Is it a brownie? Is it a cookie?

It doesn’t matter because my sweet tooth had a craving for chocolate and I couldn’t decide if I wanted to make chocolate chip cookies or brownies.  Thanks to Betty Crocker, this recipe is the best of both worlds AND I didn’t even need to make a hard choice – ha!  Oh and why stop there with chocolate?  To make these even more decadent, I made a homemade chocolate ganache to top the brownies – check out my recipe below!

Now truthfully, my family and I didn’t eat the whole pan in one sitting.  I cut a few small portions for us to enjoy and froze the rest.  Next time we have a craving for chocolate chip cookie dough brownies, it is as easy as pulling a couple from our freezer.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownie Ganache

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies

1 box Betty Crocker® Original Supreme Premium brownie mix  (Water, vegetable oil and egg called for on brownie mix box)

1 pouch Betty Crocker® chocolate chip cookie mix (1/2 cup butter or margarine and 1 egg called for on cookie mix pouch)

Preheat oven to 350° (325º for dark or nonstick pan) and grease a 9″ x 14″ pan.

Make brownie mix according to the directions on the box and spread in the bottom of the pan.

Make cookie dough according to the directions on the pouch and drop heaping tablespoonful of dough into the brownies mix.  Press lightly to even out.

Bake 40-45 minutes until a inserted toothpick comes out clean.  Let cool completely before topping the brownies.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownie

…and if these brownies are not decadent enough, top with Chocolate Ganache once cooled.

Chocolate Ganache

1 – 10 oz. package semi-sweet chocolate morsels

3/4 cup heavy whipping cream

6 Tbsp butter

In a double boiler, heat cream and butter until just before the boiling stage.  Add the bag of chocolate morsels and stir to combine until melted and luscious.

Pour ganache over brownies and let set before cutting.