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Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Brownies

Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Brownies

I knew I wanted to make you a little something special for Valentine’s Day, but I couldn’t decide what to make at first. I think the national candy for the holiday is a chocolate truffle. But nothing spells l-o-v-e like a big ol’ pan of brownies. Then again, berries and chocolate make an irresistible combo. So what’s a well-meaning but conflicted baker to do? Pull all that goodness together and give you Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Brownies! 

According to a very cursory Google search, I learned that only 62% of Americans celebrate Valentine’s Day. Really? That other 38% doesn’t do even a little bit of celebrating? I hope the people who don’t observe the holiday choose to make these brownies for “dessert” instead, because I’d hate for you to miss out. 

The fudgy brownie recipe is from none other than the queen of brownies, Deb Perelman (Seriously, this brownie connoisseur has no less than 15 brownie recipes on her site! I would love to eat my way to her greatness.). Her one-bowl cocoa brownies are rich, dense and ridiculously addictive (especially when served chilled). But, since it is Valentine’s Day, I wanted to up my game a bit. So I spread a thin layer of seedless raspberry jam over the brownies after they had cooled and topped the whole pan with luscious chocolate ganache frosting, just like the inside of a truffle. A few fresh raspberries later, and my sweet treat for you is complete. I hope you enjoy them. Certainly beats those sugar conversation hearts, don’t you think?  

P.S. I used a small heart shaped cookie cutter to make a few of them even more Valentine-y. 

Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Brownies

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Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Brownies
 
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Serves: 9-12
Ingredients
Brownies:
  • 1 stick plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1¼ cups sugar
  • ¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
Toppings:
  • ¼ -1/3 cup seedless raspberry jam, warmed slightly and stirred until smooth
  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips (about ⅓ of a 12-ounce bag)
  • ⅓ cup heavy cream
  • Fresh raspberries (I used less than ½ pint)
Instructions
Brownies
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line an 8 inch pan with enough parchment paper that the length drapes over the sides.
  2. Combine the butter, sugar, cocoa powder and salt in a large microwavable bowl. Heat for 60 seconds, stir, and continue heating in 30 second increments until the butter is melted and the mixture is hot to the touch. (It will still be grainy; that's OK as it will smooth out when you add the rest of the ingredients.) Set aside to cool briefly.
  3. Add the vanilla and eggs one at a time to the cocoa mixture, stirring vigorously after each addition. You want the batter to look thick and shiny. Gently stir in the flour until it is mostly combined and then stir vigorously again for 40 strokes. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 33-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center still has a bit of moist batter. Cool on a rack. Lift parchment edges out of pan when ready to add toppings.
Assembly:
  1. Evenly spread jam over top of brownies. Refrigerate while making ganache.
  2. Place chocolate chips and cream in a microwavable bowl. Heat for 30 seconds, stir with a whisk and repeat until chocolate is fully melted and mixture is smooth. Let cool slightly.
  3. Evenly spread ganache over brownies. Cut into 9-12 pieces and top with fresh raspberries.
Notes
You may have a little bit of ganache leftover. Oh darn.

20 Comments

  1. Oh how I love how decadent these look!!! So perfect!
    Aimee @ ShugarySweets recently posted…Sweet Potato FriesMy Profile

    • They may be decadent, Aimee, but I had no problem eating more than one!

  2. You nailed it–who would turn down a bullet-proof excuse for ultimate chocolate indulgence like these brownies??? Not me :) Love the raspberry (and Deb is THE brownie queen. Love her)
    Erin | The Law Student’s WIfe recently posted…Strawberry Cream SconesMy Profile

    • The raspberry is my favorite part!

  3. Oh my these look amazing. I love Smitten Kitchen recipes and you brilliantly bumped it up a notch!
    Liz@Virtually Homemade recently posted…Meatball Sliders – 5 Ingredient DinnerMy Profile

  4. Oh, my gosh!!! Those are amazing looking! So rich and decadent and gorgeous!
    Jocelyn @BruCrew Life recently posted…Strawberry 3 Musketeers FudgeMy Profile

    • Not the pictures I should be looking at when craving a mid-morning snack!

  5. These brownies are straight-up GORGEOUS. But it won’t stop me from devouring a whole pan. ;)
    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough recently posted…sugar snap pea salad with miso dressingMy Profile

    • Fair warning: we had quite a bit of jockeying for the last piece at our house!

  6. What a perfectly decadent Valentine’s Day dessert!

    • Indeed. Makes me wish Valentine’s Day came more than once a year!

  7. I can’t believe that’s all that celebrates! Bah humbug. :) These are gorgeous!
    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust recently posted…Kit Kat CookiesMy Profile

    • You know, Dorothy, I’m not opposed to making up a reason to celebrate just so we can enjoy these brownies!

  8. they look delicious!
    dina recently posted…Sweet Potato Tater Tot CasseroleMy Profile

  9. I want!
    Laura @ Laura’s Culinary Adventures recently posted…Baked Spaghetti PieMy Profile

    • They are so hard to resist, Laura!

  10. Hooooly smokes this looks good ladies! I love the raspberry preserves under the ganache, what a great idea. Pinned!
    Karen @ The Food Charlatan recently posted…Coconut-Frosted Sugar Cookies with Strawberry HeartsMy Profile

  11. May sound silly but… did you frost with the ganache before or after you cut out the hearts? Did you put the brownies in the refrigerator to get cold before using the heart cutter? I’m a little old lady but a youngster at baking – I like to refrigerate the brownies after they cool for about 1/2 hour to become more “solid” before I slice them. But they do make a heart flutter (especially an older one) and I will be making them this coming week to give as a gift to my daughter and her family for the holiday.

    • Hi Patricia, no silly questions here! I did cut out the brownies before I frosted them. They are also easier to cut if they are chilled, so I would definitely pop them in the fridge first. What a thoughtful gift! I may slip the idea to my mom, too!

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