Saturday, January 16, 2010

Cranberry Orange Ricotta Cheese Brownies

These are my very favorite thing that I make for my Christmas goody plate.

1 c. ricotta cheese
6 Tbsp. whole-berry cranberry sauce
¼ c. sugar
1 egg
2 Tbsp. cornstarch
¼ to ½ tsp. grated orange peel

½ c. butter or margarine, melted
¾ c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. orange extract
2 eggs
¾ c. flour
½ c. cocoa
½ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt

1. Heat oven to 350°. Grease 9” square baking pan. For filling, in small bowl beat ricotta cheese, cranberry sauce, sugar, egg and cornstarch until smooth. Stir in orange peel.
2. For brownie: in small bowl, combine melted butter, sugar, orange extract and vanilla; add eggs, beat well. Stir together the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt; add to butter mixture, mixing thoroughly.
3. Spread half of the chocolate batter in prepared pan. Spread cheese mixture over top. Drop remaining chocolate batter by ½ tablespoonfuls onto cheese mixture.
4. Bake 40-45 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely. Cut into squares. Store leftovers in refrigerator.

Yield: 16 squares

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