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Snowcapped Brownies

Baking is one of my favorite hobbies, and my wife says these brownies topped with a cream cheese layer are outstanding. When you really want to impress, drizzle them with caramel sauce and sprinkle on chocolate curls. —Lyle Borcherding, Johnstown, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2-1/2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, cubed
  • 3/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped nuts, optional
  • TOPPING:
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups cold 2% milk, divided
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1/8 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1-1/2 cups whipped topping
  • Caramel ice cream topping and chocolate curls, optional

Directions

  • In a small saucepan, melt butter; stir in cocoa until smooth. Remove from the heat. In a large bowl, beat the eggs, sugar and vanilla for 1 minute. Gradually add flour and salt. Stir in cocoa mixture. Fold in chocolate chips and, if desired, nuts.
  • Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with moist crumbs (do not overbake). Cool on a wire rack.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and 1/2 cup milk until smooth. Add pudding mix and remaining milk; beat for 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in extract; fold in whipped topping. Spread over cooled brownies. Refrigerate until set.
  • Just before serving, drizzle with caramel topping and garnish with chocolate curls if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 filled pita half: 232 calories, 13g fat (8g saturated fat), 50mg cholesterol, 154mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • sstetzel
    May 24, 2015

    Hi RJ, sorry for the confusion. A few years ago we researched instant pudding sizes and found there were inconsistencies between brands and volume. In this instance you want one package closest to the volume shown.Community ManagerTaste of Home Magazine

  • RJCooley
    May 24, 2015

    The concept is good. When I made the topping, I wasn't sure whether to follow the guideline on 1 package of vanilla pudding OR the 3.4 oz. So I used 2 packages of pudding mix to get the 3.4 oz. It was a gummy mess. It gummed up my processor inside and out.

  • Jordening08
    Jan 17, 2013

    I am wondering if you need to refridgerate the leftovers since there's Cool Whip and cream cheese in the frosting?Thanks!

  • marrisa_s
    Feb 1, 2012

    These are officially my favorite brownies! I used chopped walnuts and i didnt put the caramel topping or the shaved candy bar on top (unnecessary calories) and it was the perfect amount of sweetness. Got many requests for the recipe :)

  • feedme50
    Jan 21, 2012

    easy to make, very rich, great frosting....feeds an army!

  • michuga
    Jan 18, 2012

    LIKE SO MUCH

  • tandrea123
    Jan 16, 2012

    Wow, great recipe! My family loved these. Rich brownies with a very creamy frosting, it is a great combination. They are different then your typical brownies. I made them exactly as written.