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
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
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