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Holiday Baking with Betty Crocker

Posted by , August 23rd, 2016

The holiday season is nearly upon us – it’s time to bust out your favorite sprinkles, chocolate chips and more and get baking! Our friends at Betty Crocker are sharing their top 10 holiday baking recipes so you can impress everyone at your next holiday party.

Peppermint Cream Brownie Torte

Peppermint Cream Brownie Torte

60 min prep time | 2 hr total time | 9 servings

Ingredients

Brownie

  • 1 box (1 lb 2.4 oz) Betty Crocker™ Original Supreme Premium brownie mix
  • Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on brownie mix box (for cakelike brownies)

Peppermint Cream

  • 1/2 cup whipping (heavy) cream
  • 1/2 package (8-ounce size) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract

Dark Chocolate Ganache

  • 1/4 cup whipping (heavy) cream
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Chocolate Trees

  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon shortening

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Line13x9-inch pan with foil, letting foil hang 2 inches over ends of pan. Spray foil with cooking spray. Make brownie mix as directed on box for cakelike brownies. Spread batter in pan. Bake 26 to 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted 2 inches from side of pan comes out almost clean. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
  2. Meanwhile, in medium bowl, beat 1/2 cup whipping cream with electric mixer on high speed until soft peaks form; set aside. In medium bowl, beat remaining Peppermint Cream ingredients on low speed until blended; beat on medium speed until smooth. Gently stir whipped cream into cream cheese mixture.
  3. In 1-quart saucepan, heat 1/4 cup whipping cream over low heat until hot but not boiling; remove from heat. Stir in 1/2 cup chocolate chips until melted. Let stand at room temperature about 1 hour or until slightly thickened.
  4. Remove brownies from pan, using foil to lift. Cut brownies crosswise to make 3 equal rectangles. Trim sides if desired.
  5. To assemble torte, place 1 brownie rectangle on serving platter; spread with 2/3 cup Peppermint Cream. Top with second brownie rectangle; spread with Dark Chocolate Ganache. Top with third brownie rectangle; spread with remaining cream. Refrigerate uncovered until serving.
  6. Meanwhile, place a piece of cooking parchment or waxed paper on cookie sheet. Draw 1 1/2- to 2-inch tree outlines or trace around 2-inch tree-shaped cookie cutter, leaving 1/2 inch space between each tree. Center toothpick at bottom of and 1/2 inch into each tree outline. In 1-quart saucepan, heat 1 cup chocolate chips and the shortening over low heat, stirring constantly, until chips are melted. Pour chocolate into decorating bag fitted with plain tip or resealable plastic bag; snip one corner. Starting at top of each tree outline, pipe chocolate over tree and end of toothpick within tree; fill center with random, squiggly lines. Refrigerate until chocolate hardens. Gently remove trees from paper; refrigerate until serving.
  7. Just before serving, sprinkle torte with candies and arrange Chocolate Trees on top. Store covered in refrigerator.

Brownie Cookie Cupcakes

Brownie-Cookie Cupcakes

30 min prep time | 2 hr total time | 12 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pouch (17.5 oz) Betty Crocker™ chocolate chip cookie mix
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 box (1 lb 2.4 oz) Betty Crocker™ Original Supreme Premium brownie mix
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 container (1 lb) Betty Crocker™ Rich & Creamy chocolate fudge frosting

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 375°F. Place paper baking cup in each of 12 regular-size muffin cups. Make cookie mix as directed on pouch, using butter and 1 of the eggs. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. Make brownie mix as directed on box, using water, oil and remaining egg.
  3. Press 1 tablespoon cookie dough in bottom of each muffin cup. Top each with 2 tablespoons brownie batter. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  4. On un-greased small cookie sheet, drop several extra tablespoons of cookie dough for topping. Bake 10 minutes.
  5. Remove cupcakes and cookies from pans to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 45 minutes.
  6. Frost cupcakes with frosting. Crumble baked cookies; sprinkle over frosted cupcakes.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies

15 min prep time | 2 hr 5 min total time | 42 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 box (1 lb 2.4 oz) Betty Crocker™ Original Supreme Premium brownie mix
  • Water, vegetable oil and egg called for on brownie mix box
  • 1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker™ chocolate chip cookie mix
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 container Betty Crocker™ Rich & Creamy chocolate frosting, if desired

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350ºF (325ºF for dark or nonstick pan). Spray bottom only of 13×9-inch pan with cooking spray, or grease with shortening. Make brownie mix as directed on box. Spread in pan.
  2. Make cookie mix as directed on pouch, using butter and 1 egg. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls evenly onto brownie batter; press down lightly.
  3. Bake 42 to 47 minutes or until toothpick inserted 2 inches from side of pan comes out almost clean. Cool on cooling rack 30 minutes. Frost with frosting. For brownies, cut into 7 rows by 6 rows.

Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies

Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies

15 min prep time | 2 hr 25 min total time | 16 servings

Ingredients

Filling

  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened (from 8 oz package)
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla

Brownies

  • 1 box (1 lb 2.4 oz) Betty Crocker™ Original Supreme Premium brownie mix
  • Water, vegetable oil and egg called for on brownie mix box
  • 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350ºF (325ºF for dark or nonstick pan). Grease bottom only of 9-inch square pan with shortening or cooking spray. In small bowl, beat filling ingredients with electric mixer on low speed until smooth. Set aside.
  2. Make brownie batter as directed on box. Spread 3/4 of brownie batter in pan. Spoon filling by tablespoonfuls evenly onto brownie batter. Spoon remaining brownie batter over filling. Cut through mixture with knife several times for marbled design. Sprinkle with chocolate chips.
  3. Bake 40 to 44 minutes or until toothpick inserted in brownie 1 inch from side of pan comes out almost clean. Cool completely, about 1 1/2 hours. For 16 brownies, cut into 4 rows by 4 rows. Store covered in refrigerator.

Holiday Tree Brownies

Holiday Tree Brownies

30 min | 2 hr 40 min total time | 15 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 box (1 lb 2.4 oz) Betty Crocker™ Original Supreme Premium brownie mix
  • Water, vegetable oil and egg called for on brownie mix box
  • 2 or 3 drops green food color
  • 2/3 cup Betty Crocker™ Rich & Creamy vanilla frosting (from 16 oz container)
  • Betty Crocker™ Decorating Decors red and green candy sprinkles or miniature candy-coated chocolate baking bits
  • Miniature candy canes (2 inch), unwrapped

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Line 9-inch square pan with foil so foil extends about 2 inches over sides of pan. Grease bottom only of foil with cooking spray or shortening.
  2. Make and bake brownie mix as directed on box. Cool completely, about 1 1/2 hours. Remove brownie from pan by lifting foil; peel foil away. To cut brownie into triangles, cut into 3 rows. Cut each row into 5 triangles, see diagram. Save smaller pieces for snacking.
  3. Stir food color into frosting. Spoon frosting into small resealable food-storage plastic bag; partially seal bag. Cut off tiny bottom corner of bag. Squeeze bag to pipe frosting over brownies. Sprinkle with decors.
  4. Break off curved end of candy cane; insert straight piece into bottoms of triangles to make tree trunks.

Frosted Peppermint Brownies

Frosted Peppermint Brownies

15 min | 2 hr 0 min total time |16 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 box (1 lb 2.4 oz) Betty Crocker™ Original Supreme Premium brownie mix
  • Water, oil and egg called for on brownie mix box
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons Betty Crocker™ Rich & Creamy creamy white frosting (from 16 oz container)
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon mint or peppermint extract
  • Green or pink food color
  • Peppermint or spearmint candies, crushed, if desired

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Grease bottom only of 8-inch or 9-inch square pan with cooking spray or shortening. Make brownies as directed on box. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
  2. Stir together frosting, 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon extract and food color until smooth. Spread frosting evenly over brownies. Sprinkle with crushed candies. For brownies, cut into 4 rows by 4 rows. Store tightly covered.

Easy Christmas Snickerdoodles

Easy Christmas Snickerdoodles

30 min | 1 hr 30 min total time | 36 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker™ sugar cookie mix
  • 2 tablespoons Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Betty Crocker™ red and green decorating icings

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 375°F. In large bowl, stir cookie mix, flour, butter and egg until dough forms.
  2. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. In small bowl, mix sugar and cinnamon. Roll balls in sugar-cinnamon mixture. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
  3. Bake 11 to 12 minutes or until set. Cool 1 minute. Remove from cookie sheets. If desired, roll tops of warm cookies in additional sugar-cinnamon mixture. Cool completely, about 20 minutes. Decorate as desired using icing.

Tom-and-Jerry Brownies

Tom-and-Jerry Brownies

25 min | 2 hr 25 min total time | 16 servings

Ingredients

Filling

  • 5 oz cream cheese, softened (from 8 oz package)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons brandy or 1 teaspoon brandy extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Brownies

  • 1 box (1 lb 2.4 oz) Betty Crocker™ Original Supreme Premium brownie mix
  • Water, vegetable oil and egg called for on brownie mix box
  • Powdered sugar, if desired

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350ºF (325ºF for dark or nonstick pan). Line 9-inch square pan with foil so foil extends about 2 inches over sides of pan. Grease bottom only of foil with shortening or cooking spray. In small bowl, beat filling ingredients with electric mixer on low speed until smooth. Set aside.
  2. Make brownie batter as directed on box. Spread 3/4 of brownie batter in pan. Spoon filling by tablespoonfuls evenly onto brownie batter. Spoon remaining brownie batter over filling. Cut through mixture with knife several times for marbled design.
  3. Bake 40 to 44 minutes or until toothpick inserted in brownie 1 inch from side of pan comes out almost clean. Cool completely, about 1 1/2 hours. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. For 16 brownies, cut into 4 rows by 4 rows. Store covered in refrigerator.

Christmas Peanut Butter Blossoms

Christmas Peanut Butter Blossoms

60 min |60 min total time |36 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker™ peanut butter cookie mix
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 egg
  • Sugar
  • 36 Hershey’s® Kisses® Brand milk chocolates, unwrapped
  • Betty Crocker™ white decorating gel
  • Betty Crocker™ holiday candy sprinkles
  • Betty Crocker™ red decorating icing

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 375°F. In medium bowl, stir cookie mix, oil, water and egg until dough forms.
  2. Shape dough into thirty-six 1-inch balls; roll in sugar. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
  3. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until light golden brown. Immediately press 1 chocolate in center of each cookie. Remove from cookie sheets. Cool completely, about 20 minutes. Decorate as desired using remaining ingredients.

Christmas Tree Brownies

Christmas Tree Brownies

25 min | 2 hr 35 min total time | 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 box (1 lb 2.4 oz) Betty Crocker™ Original Supreme Premium brownie mix
  • Water, vegetable oil and egg called for on brownie mix box
  • M&M’s™ chocolate candies
  • 8 pretzel nuggets
  • 2 or 3 drops green food color
  • 1 cup Betty Crocker™ Whipped fluffy white frosting (from 12 oz container)

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Line 9-inch round cake pan with foil; grease bottom only of foil with shortening or cooking spray. Make brownie mix as directed on package, using water, oil and egg. Spread in pan.
  2. Bake 40 to 44 minutes or until toothpick inserted 2 inches from side of pan comes out almost clean. Cool completely, about 1 1/2 hours. Invert pan onto cutting surface; peel foil from brownie. Trim brownie edge if desired.
  3. Stir food color into frosting. Spread frosting evenly over brownie. Cut into 12 wedges. Decorate wedges with candies to look like Christmas tree lights. Center pretzel nugget on bottom edge of each brownie wedge for tree trunk. Store tightly covered.
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Better for You Baking Recipes

4 Better Baking Recipes to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth!

Posted by , July 25th, 2016

Craving ice cream, cake, and pie but don’t want those added calories and sugar? There’s no reason you can’t satisfy your sweet cravings and still stay on track with your health and wellness goals!

We’ve got 4 Better for You Baking recipes that are sure to satisfy that sweet tooth!

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National Brownie Day!

Posted by , December 8th, 2015

National Brownie Day: December 8th

When was the last time you thought about where brownies came from? Usually we follow the “don’t ask, just eat” rule when it comes to baked goods, but the history of brownies is just as amazing as the dessert itself.

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Chocolate Stout Brownies

Posted by , March 7th, 2012

Brownies are one of the best sweet comfort foods of all time.  As a member of ShopRite’s blog panel, I had received a huge bag of delicious chocolate chips and other baking supplies that came in handy when making this delicious recipe that I found in the recent Bon Appetit magazine for chocolate stout brownies that I made for the Super Bowl party that we went to for the now Championship NY Giants (whoo-hoo).   Read More »

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