I love recreating and updating classics. Whether it's refurbished furniture, recycled clothes or an old recipe sometimes adding a modern twist can upgrade something to the next level. It's not necessarily about losing out on the tradition but allowing something to flourish in new times. It's back to school time so I thought that this would be the perfect opportunity to visit some old dessert recipes made for lunch time but improve on the flare and flavor.
As a child and now as an adult, dessert has always been the best part of the meal. Starting as an adolescent I came to appreciate the preparation and taste that came from homemade goodies versus those from a package. Fresh cookies or brownies in my lunch made the night before always meant more to me than something out of a box. What a wonderful opportunity to share a classic recipe that is sentimental and also great for school time or anytime.
Check out the recipe below for Cosmic Kaleidoscope Brownies. They take those packaged colored delicacies from your childhood to the next step. They are of course made with Kaleidoscope Dreams Sprinkle Mix, tons of rich, delicious chocolate and love.
You can find the complete recipe and step by step video below.
½ cup unsalted butter melted, warm
8oz. 100% cocoa baking chocolate (unsweetened) , roughy chopped.
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs room temperature
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
¾ cup all purpose flour
½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)
4 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
¼ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp. vanilla extract
dash of salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 9 x9 inch baking dish.
In a medium sized bowl add flour, baking soda and salt. Whisk together and set aside.
In a large sized bowl, add melted butter, granulated sugar and chocolate. Mix with your hand mixer on medium speed until chocolate is completely melted. (If chocolate does not melt completely, stick bowl in the microwave for 20-30 seconds to melt remaining chocolate). Add eggs one at a time, mixing after each addition to incorporate. Add vanilla extract.
Fold flour mixture to wet chocolate mixture until all ingredients are incorporated. Be careful not to over mix. Fold in chocolate chips. Spread brownie batter into 9 x9 buttered baking dish.
Bake for 22-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out just barely clean. Don’t overbake.
While brownies are baking make the frosting. In another medium bowl add cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar and cocoa powder. Using hand mixer, mix at low speed and then increase to medium-high once sugar has incorporated. Add vanilla extract and salt. Continue to mix on high speed until frosting is light and fluffy.
Once brownies have finished baking allow them to cool on cooling rack until room temperature. Spread frosting on top of brownies. Sprinkle Kaleidoscope Dreams mix on top. Cut into 16 servings.
Devour and enjoy!