Brownie-Cream Cheese Bites

April 23, 2012 at 12:28 pm (Recipes)

I saw a recipe similar to this on Pinterest.  I have a very bad habit of printing out recipes that I want to “try.” They are piling up. thwarting my de-cluttering effort!  I remembered that I had a recipe similar to the one on Pinterest so I searched through my 100’s of loose recipes and found it!  I know that this recipe is at least 25 years old.  The original name of the recipe is “German Sweet Chocolate Cream Cheese Brownies.”  I have (as I usually do over time) modified this.  Everything old is new again!

Brownie Cream Cheese Bites

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray mini muffin tin (24) with non stick spray.

Brownie Layer

  • 1 package (4 oz) German sweet chocolate or Dark chocolate
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter (unsalted)
  • 3/4 cup sugar (less depending on your taste)
  • 2 eggs (beaten)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 chopped nuts (optional)
  • (optional) 2 tablespoons of instant coffee dissolved in the eggs

Cream Cheese Topping

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon flour

Prepare Brownie Layer – Microwave chocolate and butter in large microwaveable bowl on High just until butter is melted.  Check it after 1 minute — add time by 15 seconds until butter is melted.  Stir until chocolate is completely melted.  Stir sugar into melted chocolate stir in eggs (coffee dissolved if using) and vanilla until completely mixed.  Mix in flour until well-blended.  Stir in nuts if using.

Cream Cheese topping – Mix cream cheese, sugar, egg and flour until smooth (may need to whisk).

Put scant tablespoon of brownie layer into each muffin cup.  This layer should go no further than 1/2 up the sides.  Then drizzle 1 teaspoon of cream cheese topping on each cup.  The cream cheese layer is thinner than the brownie mix — don’t be scared 🙂 .  Put a dollop of the remaining brownie mixture on top of the cream cheese.  This doesn’t have to be perfect — the randomness of the brownie/cream cheese is part of the charm!!  Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes.  Do not over bake.  Cool for about 10 minutes and loosen with a knife (if needed) and take out of tin to finish cooling on the rack.

This recipe makes 24 teeny tiny bites — it is awesome!  I’m glad that I re-discovered this recipe!!


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The Mother of The Bride Dress that Wasn’t

April 14, 2012 at 1:36 pm (Mother Of The Bride Dress, Sewing Projects)

Most of you who follow my blog have read along with me as I worked on my MofB dress for March 24th, 2012 — the day  my daughter, Amanda was marrying Hengyi.

I started the dress in plenty of time, fit a muslin to my 52-year-old frame and cut out the fashion fabric and began to work on it.  I put love into every stitch because, after all, it was for my sweet child’s wedding.  I put the body of the dress together, choosing to make a “skin” instead of a lining for the dress.  That would allow me to alter it without any problems.

The body of the dress

I then turned my attention to the sleeve detail — I worked one full day on the sleeves.

Sculptured sleeve detail

I then attached the sleeves to the dress

Sleeves attached to the dress

…then the problems started…  Because of many reasons, the details of which I won’t bore you with, I gained 20 pounds in 6 weeks.  As you can see from the dress, it is fitted.  The front of the dress is just one piece, with no seams to let out.  I tried and tried and tried to get the dress to fit me — remember, the muslin fitted beautifully!  It was a hopeless case.  Finally, at 2 a.m. the Wednesday before the wedding, I had to recognize fully that this beautiful dress was NOT going to fit me on March 24th.  I wept.  I was so tired — I had tried so many different things to get this dress to fit.  In fact, I basically ruined the front piece just trying to get it to fit over my girth.

My darling DannyO hugged me and reassured me that I would find a dress.  On Wednesday morning, after four hours of sleep, I began my search.  I walked through store after store, all the while asking the Lord to please guide me to my dress.  (I really believe the the Lord cares about the little things in life).  At 4:00 p.m., I walked into Boscovs in Altoona, exhausted and weepy (yes, I sniffled through much of the day).  I spied a pink (my favorite color) skirt attached to a black bodice.  It pulled me, like a magnet.  It was a Petite.  I am 5’5 1/2″ — not petite, but I was compelled to try it on.  DannyO had already told me to NOT look at any price tags, so I didn’t.  I tried it on.  It fit!  Because it was petite, the length was actually perfect!  It had a 50’s vibe and I decided that was the dress…  Here is my dress 🙂

My son, Brent escorting me down the aisle

I actually threw the purple dress into the garbage at 2:00 a.m. but rescued it later on Wednesday.  I will hopefully finish it and wear it for another important event in my life.  There is much love in that dress — I couldn’t just discard it!

I will post pictures of Amanda’s wedding at a later date, but wanted you to hear the story of my Mother of the Bride Dress that wasn’t!!

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