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Pumpkin cheesecake blondies

With Thanksgiving less than 3 weeks away, pumpkin pie is on many people’s mind. Why not surprise your family and friends with a new decadent pumpkin dessert. (Plus this can be made ahead so you don’t have to worry about it on the big day.)

 

What you need:

– For the Blondie base:

1 Off Kilter Blondie mix

1 cup pureed pumpkin

½ tsp cinnamon

¼ tsp nutmeg

¼ tsp cloves

– For the Cheesecake topping:

1 block (8oz) cream cheese at room temp

¼ cup sugar

1 egg

½ tsp vanilla

½ cup pumpkin puree

– For the Candied Pecan topping:

½ cup pecans (chopped or whole)

1/8 cup sugar

½  tsp cinnamon

 

Start by mixing the blondie mix as directed adding ½ of the pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove.

Pumpkin cheesecake blondie ingredients

Spread the batter into a 8×8 pan lined with parchment.

Next make the cheesecake topping: cream together the cream cheese, sugar, egg, vanilla, and pumpkin.

Mixing the pumpkin cheesecake batter

Now top the blondie mix with cheesecake topping.

Topping the blondies with the pumpkin cheesecake topping

Bake until the cheesecake is set, approximately 30 minutes.

While this is baking, make the pecan topping.

Start with a good stainless steel or non-stick skillet. Add pecans, sugar, and cinnamon to skillet with heat on medium. Watch closely as the sugar heats and begins to melt.

Pecans and sugar in pan

This will happen very quickly so watch closely. As the sugar melts stir coating pecans evenly. When sugar is completely melted pour candied pecan mixture onto a silicone mat or parchment paper.

Candying pecans

When pecans are completely cool place them in a zip lock bag and crush with a meat tenderizer or rolling pin until almost powder. You can also grind in a small food processor. I actually used my smoothie cup on my ninja! Worked like a charm.

As soon as you pull the blondies out of the oven sprinkle with the pecan dust. This give them a nice little crunch.

Now slice and enjoy.

These taste even better if you leave them in the refrigerator over night. Perfect for a make ahead Thanksgiving dessert!

Pumpkin cheesecake blondie

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Cheesecake brownies

It might be obvious that we love brownies in our family. However, I can honestly say that I love cheesecake just as much! Combine the two and WHOA!!!! The perfect combination!

Cheesecake brownie

Here’s what you need:

OKB Brownie mix of your choice mixed as directed

1Tbsp water

8oz cream cheese, room temperature.

1/4c sugar

1egg

1/2tsp vanilla

Prepare your brownie batter as directed. Separate ¼ of the batter into a separate small bowl. Add 1 Tbsp water to this smaller portion of brownie batter and mix thoroughly. Set aside.

To make the cheesecake batter, cream together the softened cream cheese and sugar with a hand mixer. Then add the egg and vanilla, continuing to beat until mixed well.

In a parchment lined 8×8 square pan spread the larger portion of brownie batter evenly.

Top the brownie batter with cheesecake mixture.

 

 

Pouring cheeesecake batter

Take the remaining ¼ of thinned brownie batter and dollop over the cheesecake mixture. In approximately 5 spots.

Brownie batter with cheesecake batter

Using a knife or back of a spoon gently swirl into the cheesecake mixture.

Bake at 350 for approximately 1 hour or until middle of brownies are set.

 

Cheesecake brownie batter

While it may not be my husband’s favorite this is my personal variation to date!!!! Can’t wait to play with some fruit variations to share with you later 😊

~Liesl

 

Cheesecake brownie

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German Chocolate Brownies

German chocolate brownies

With my own personal German heritage and the fact that Octoberfest is upon us what better way to spruce up already delicious brownies than with this “German” twist.

 

What you Need:

OKB brownie mix made as directed.

1 egg

5oz can (⅔ cup) evaporated milk

⅔ c sugar

¼ c butter

1 ½ c shredded coconut

½ c chopped pecans

 

As your brownies are cooking and cooling you can whip up your german chocolate frosting. To make mine I used my tried and true Better Homes and Gardens cookbook. Why reinvent what is already delicious, right? I have been using this cookbook since I made my first biscuit as a toddler.

 

Better homes and gardens cookbook

 

In a saucepan add the evaporated milk, beaten egg, sugar, and butter. Slowly bring the mixture to a low bubble stirring constantly until thickened.

 

German chocolate icing ingredients cooking in a sauce pan

 

Remove mixture from heat and add your shredded coconut and pecans.

 

***When I pulled my ingredients I realized I only had sweetened coconut in the pantry. Because my family and myself do not like things overly sweet I cut the sugar in half. If you happen to have the same issue I can attest that cutting the sugar makes themd perfect!!!

 

German chocolate icing ready

 

Pour frosting over prepared brownies and allow to cool completely.

 

Icing the brownies

 

I love this recipe because it’s so simple and delicious!! I enjoyed mine with some vanilla ice cream 🙂

 

German chocolate brownie

 

Have a great weekend brownie crew!

 

Liesl

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Tell me S’more!!!

It’s fall y’all! Sweaters, hayrides, bonfires, and campfires! Need I say s’more? 🙂

Image of s'mores brownie on plate

 

What better way to cut down on things to carry to your next fall get together than to make these delicious s’more brownies. Be careful because they are addictive!

 

S’more Brownies

  •      1 original brownie mix made as directed
  •      1- 1½ cups mini marshmallows
  •      ¼ c mini chocolate chips
  •      2T crumbled graham crackers

 

You can use any graham crackers you would like. I chose to make some gluten and grain free graham crackers from Power Hungry.

 

Baked graham crackers

 

Mix and bake brownies per package instructions. While baking gather your toppings.

 

Smores ingredients: graham crackers, chocolate chips, and marshmallows

 

Top brownies with marshmallows, mini chips, and graham crackers.

 

Brownies topped with marshmallows, chocolate chips, and graham cracker pieces

 

Place topped brownies under the broiler until marshmallows are browned to your liking.

 

Toasted smores brownies

 

The kilted husband decided to get creative and s’mored the s’more, haha! He may have had more than 1 for testing purposes. Needless to say they passed with flying colors.

 

Smores brownies as a smore

 

Happy eating brownies crew!

Liesl

 

 

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Mommy Mousse Brownies

 

Mommy mousse brownies

As a busy mom there are nights, I just need some chocolate and a little decadence in my life! Dads I know you need to feel special too so believe me this is just as much for you!

This week after not feeling well, having a busy day at work, and a full day of volunteering at the kid’s school this momma needed a chocolate kinda night. Fancy desserts can often take a lot of prep, waiting and time. Thankfully this one takes less than normal but you get the high-end restaurant dessert feel 😊

What you need:

Off Kilter Brownie Mix

(2 eggs, 3oz. butter, ½ tsp vanilla)

2 ½ cups HEAVY cream

½ C powdered sugar

¼ C cocoa powder

½ tsp vanilla extract

Heavy cream, cocoa powder, vanilla, and powdered sugar

Of course, I started with our Original brownie, easy peasy, mix. In the oven it went and out it came.

As my brownies are baking and cooling. I work on dinner and whip up some easy chocolate mousse.

Easy mousse? Ya, right! Seriously, it’s so easy!!

OK, there may be some debate as to if it is really mousse or not and I can see both sides. For me, in reality, it is a very simple chocolate whipped cream that has the creamy, silky, and airy texture of a mousse.

To start the mousse, I have one tried and true “trick” I use for whenever I whip cream. I always use a chilled metal bowl. Is this necessary? Absolutely not! I like it because I believe you get a slightly creamier texture. It also cuts down on the amount of time it takes for the cream to whip. I also think there is something magical about a frosty stainless-steel bowl out of the freezer.

Empy stainless steel bowl

Grab your bowl and beat your heavy cream until it is slightly thickened.

Next add your powdered sugar and cocoa powder to your cream.

Sifting powdered sugar and cocoa powder

I prefer to sift my powders so there are no lumps making for a smoother finished mixture. This is not necessary, just another personal preference. Add vanilla and beat mixture until it holds its shape.

Whipping chocolate whipped cream

Spread mousse mixture over prepared and cooled brownies!

Mousse spread over brownies

You can serve this immediately or refrigerate and serve at your convenience.

I was feeling the need for some extra special attention so I grabbed ½ cup of frozen cherries out of the freezer and microwaved them for almost a minute until just thawed.

And this is the result!!!!

Cherries topped mommy mousse brownies

Finished it off with some decaf coffee in one of my favorite mugs, propped my feet up and enjoyed some decedent chocolate goodness while letting the stress melt away. Ahhhh mom life. It’s pretty amazing!!!

Of course, this treat truly is good anytime and one to impress!

Happy eating brownie crew!

Liesl

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Oh Joy, Oh Joy, Oh Almond Joy!!!

As a mom of two I can attest that the words “stop playing with your food?” have most certainly come out of my mouth.  So, as I was playing with brownies in the kitchen, I thought to myself, man I really need to work on rewording how I talk to the kids about playing with food, because I love playing with food!!!! I guess I will just have to specify that we play with food at designated times and not at the dinner table.

Creativity in the kitchen is what makes food so much more than just sustenance. We associate food with people, places, and emotions. We are able to express ourselves through food. Have you seen some chocolatiers at work? Master bakers? Pit smokers? Food is an experience: one that can touch all the senses. The obvious is taste; but also the sounds of ingredients cooking, the aromas, the textures, and the presentation.

If we didn’t play with our food, we wouldn’t have the amazing experiences we do. If we didn’t play with our food, we wouldn’t be able to develop specific recipes for those with allergies or for medical conditions that affect digestion, and to provide healthier and tastier options than ever before.

Food can also be an indulgence. We love our brownies and love sharing them with everyone we meet.

I personally love to play with our existing recipes and will be bringing you a variation of our brownies and blondies every week. These variations make them just a little extra special to enjoy.

 

If you love brownies and love the iconic almond joy candy bar then this is just for you!!

 

Almond Coconut Brownie

Picture of an almond joy brownie on a plate

What you need:

1 Off kilter brownie mix made as directed

2/3 cup slivered almonds divided in half

1/3 cup sweetened shredded coconut

1/3 cup mini chocolate chips

 

Picture showing the addition of butter, eggs, and vanilla to the brownie mixPrepare your brownies by adding, 2 eggs, 3 oz melted butter, and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla (you can also use our Vegan version is you wish). After you have mixed your brownies of choice stir in 1/3 cup of almond slivers and bake as directed.

Pouring in the slivered almonds into the brownie batter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While our brownies bake, I would like to take a moment and tell you about how joining the Jarvis family converted me to being a “parchment liner” girl! They use parchment to line all pans for brownies; I never knew how easy parchment paper makes the clean up! I’m totally hooked! Seriously it makes cutting and serving, as well as, clean up so much easier. I will never go back.

Parchment paper lining an 8x8 glass baking dish

Also, while the brownies are baking our resident kitchen fairy has waited patiently to “wick” the spatula and engage in her favorite activity of washing the dishes. Having my kids in the kitchen with me is one of my greatest joys and I love how it engages their mind in so many ways.

Little girl at sink

Brownies out of the oven and now to play!!! Let’s dress up these yummies and finish them off!!! Equal parts of mini chocolate chips, sweetened shredded coconut, and some more slivered almonds. I personally like to sprinkle half the chips first then the coconut and almonds and then the last half to the chips. The melting chips kind of glue all the goodness together.

Slivered almonds, coconut, and chocolate chips in bowlsBrownies topped with almond joy ingredients

After you have sprinkled your toppings over the warm brownies, pop them back in the oven under the broiler on low for a minute or two. Just enough to toast your coconut and melt those chips.  I just leave the door cracked and watch the browning so I don’t burn them.

Almond joy brownies out from the broiler

Here we go!!!! Toasty, crunchy, chocolatey goodness with the sweet sweet taste of coconut for the almond joy lover!

 

We hope you love this variation as much as we do and can’t wait to bring you something new next week.

Have a joyful day!

Liesl