Raspberry Truffle Brownies and 10 Tips for a Romantic Valentine’s Dinner

Back in November when I visited General Mills I did a little more than just hang out in the Betty Crocker taste kitchens and eat all of their good food (although I wouldn’t mind doing that all day). I actually was there to film a video in the Betty Crocker studios on “Love Foods”. Everyone was so nice over there and made me feel as comfortable as possible. But I was terrified which is why I seem so serious because I stop smiling when I’m nervous. And I’m doing this squint thing with my eyes and talking out of the side of my mouth. And I haven’t had eyebrows like that since high school but they said it looks better on camera. Or at least that’s what they told me after I sneaked into the bathroom and tried rubbing them off (I’m naughty). What an experience!

So with all of those qualifications out of the way, here’s the video…

The Bruschetta with Gorgonzola and Honey in the video is here but to see the 10 Tips for a Romantic Dinner and my recipe for Chocolate Turtle Fondue for Two for your Valentine’s Day head over to Betty Crocker, Eat Better America, Pillsbury, and Tablespoon. Yes, so …
Today I’m also over at Tablespoon talking about “Love Foods” sharing these Raspberry Truffle Brownies. My husband and I love chocolate and fruit so this was a winner for us. I recently made over 150 of these for a church event and I used a homemade brownie for half of them and a Betty Crocker mix for the rest and I don’t think you could tell the difference between the two.

Raspberry Truffle Brownies and 10 Tips for a Romantic Valentine’s Dinner

Ingredients

  • 1 package Betty Crocker brownies (and oil and egg that the package calls for)
  • 1 1/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup seedless raspberry jam
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon shortening
  • raspberries for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. For easy removal line a 9X13 pan with heavy aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray. Mix brownie mix, eggs, and oil according to brownie directions. Bake brownies according to package directions. Let cool.
  2. Melt 1 cup of the chocolate chips and let cool slightly. In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese until fluffy; add the powdered sugar, almond extract, and raspberry jam; mix well.
  3. Stir in the melted chocolate and mix until combined. Spread the filling evenly over the cooled brownies and chill in the refrigerator.
  4. For the glaze, melt remaining 1/4 cup chocolate chips and shortening in the microwave in 30 seconds intervals or until melted. Mix well.
  5. Drizzle glaze over chilled brownies with a fork. Keep chilled until serving and then garnish with raspberries.

Notes

Source: The Girl Who Ate Everything

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http://www.the-girl-who-ate-everything.com/2011/02/valentines-day-food-10-tips-for.html

Drizzle glaze over chilled brownies with a fork. Keep chilled until serving and then garnish with raspberries.

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  1. Christy!! You have NOTHING to worry about…you’re adorable!!

    Loved the video, it’s nice to see you in “real life” :)

    Kristan
    Cookbook Queen

  2. @Kristan,
    Thank you but even my husband says it doesn’t look like me so I guess it’s a taste of me…haha!

  3. Its really cute! you look so chilled! And hello- professional football?? Where does he play? Thats really cool!

  4. I think you’re being way to hard on yourself. You’re adorable!

  5. Loved the video! You really should have your own cooking show, I would watch religiously! You looked very comfortable and natural while on camera.

  6. You did such a great job!!! I love it!! You have NOTHING to worry about because you looked natural and beautiful in front of the camera!!!

  7. That video was great!! You looked so clam and relaxed… a true professional! Great valentine’s dinner tips and I have everything on hand to make those Raspberry Brownies so I am defiantly making them today!

  8. I loved the video, great job. How much fun!

  9. Hey Girl! Haven’t talked to you in years! You are beautiful in the video and in real life… you are a natural. I am living in Boston and went to a Super Bowl party yesterday. The party was at friends that I haven’t know very long and was very nervous about actually making something that others would eat. I used your Smokies recipe and the BLT dip (substituted bacon with turkey bacon)… YUM!!! I have never been able to cook.. but you are giving me hope! Thank you, Lacy C

  10. @Can’tStopBaking,
    He’s the long snapper for the Miami Dolphins. Just finished his 6th year there.

    Thanks everyone else, but I really debated even posting it. I put my hair over my eyes and peek through when I watch it.

    @Lacy,
    Oh my gosh it’s been forever. I will be telling my husband a story with you in it and I always say, “Lacy…you’ve met her right?”…but I forget he hasn’t. Boston sounds like a fun adventure!

  11. Oh, I think you did an amazing job! You seem so calm and relaxed…you’re a natural! Thanks for always sharing such tasty recipes with beautiful pictures to go along with them, your blog is one of my top 5 favs!

  12. You are the sweetest thing!! I’m so glad you shared this with us…and oh my word, that chocolate dipped strawberry looks delicious! :)

  13. Christy…you are a DOLL! Love your blog! Love your recipes! You rock the house girl! Wished we were neighbors!! I have a few recipes with pictures to send your way.

    Thanks girl!

    Tiff Rich

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  15. You were great in the video and you look gorgeous! Love that color on you:-)

  16. Christy! You looked gorgeous on the video! How fun for you to do that! I haven’t seen you in forever. I just love your blog.

  17. Chirsty, I loved the video. I think you did a great job and I promise you look gorgeous, just as pretty as in person. Man you are brave I think I would pee my pants if I had to do that.

  18. remember that time I spelled your name wrong? sorry *Christy*

  19. I am a sucker for anything involving raspberries, chocolate or brownies. The video was great also!

  20. These look so incredibly yumnnnnnn!!

  21. Christy,
    The video was so adorable, and I agree you need a cooking show, you’re a natural! I know you and think it totally looks like you, as beautiful as ever! Love it!

  22. LOVE IT! I just showed Allison this video and she wants to know why you didn’t know how to cook like this in college! :)

  23. @Stephanie,
    You are so right! We were too busy eating Gandolfos! I attribute part of my love of food to you who made me appreciate more!

  24. Great video!! And Great recipe!!!! I loved this. I made it for my friend’s dinner party and it was a big hit. :) I made a few little changes and here’s the blog post, if you want to check it out.

    http://bubblybunnyrecipes.blogspot.com/2011/02/raspberry-truffle-brownie-cupcakes.html

    I love your strawberry puffcakes recipe too. I love cupcakes but I’m too lazy to do all that. Maybe someday when the kids are bigger.

    Ever thought about opening your own bakery? Not that it’d benefit me but your recipes really do rock!!

  25. Sooooo cute! Everything looked yummy and you looked great too.

  26. Oh my goodness that looks good!! Can’t wait for an opportunity to try it!

  27. Thanks!! I absolutely LOOOOVED this recipe :D rasberries and chocolate ;) mmmmmmmhhh
    Thanks again for this wonderful recipe!!

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  29. Christy,
    I know it’s embarrassing to be on camera but you’re great! I would totally watch a show with you and your cute family on Food Network or somesuch! Anyway, I stumbled across your blog a few days ago when I wanted to make taco seasoning (I used yours as a guide but just sprinkled away like I usually do… turned out great!) I’m an official fan now; thanks and keep up the good work!
    Heather