Mocha Brownies recipe

A new name for decadence. These mouth watering brownies will satisfy the chocolate lover in you.

makes: 24 brownie

Ingredients:

Brownie Layer

  • 1 12oz package of milk chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 sticks butter, cut into pieces
  • 2 tablespoons instant coffee powder dissolved in
    1 tablespoon boiling water
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips

Cream Frosting Layer

  • 4 cups Stonyfield lowfat vanilla yogurt (to yield 2 cups yogurt cheese*)
  • 3/4 stick butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Glaze

    6 ounces milk chocolate chips

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup Stonyfield lowfat vanilla yogurt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons instant coffee powder dissolved in
    1 tablespoon boiling water

Directions
*For Yogurt Cheese: Using a yogurt cheese maker or layered cheese cloth, strain the whey from yogurt for 3-6 hours in the refrigerator.

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Melt the chocolate with the butter and add the coffee mixture, stirring until the mixture is smooth.
  3. Let the mixture cool to lukewarm, and stir in the sugar and the vanilla.
  4. Stir in the eggs, 1 at a time, stirring well after each addition, stir in the flour and the salt, stirring until the mixture is just combined, and stir in the white chocolate chips.
  5. Pour the mixture into a buttered and floured 9×13 inch baking pan, smooth the top, and bake the brownie layer for 22-25 minutes, or until a tester comes out with crumbs adhering to it.
  6. Let the brownie layer cool completely in the pan on a rack.
  7. In a bowl, with an electric mixer, cream together the yogurt cheese and the butter until the mixture is light and fluffy, add the confectioners’ sugar, sifted, and the cinnamon, and beat the frosting until it is combined well.
  8. Spread the frosting evenly over the brownie layer and chill the brownies for 2 hours, or until the frosting is firm.
  9. Melt the chocolate with the butter.
  10. Add the yogurt and the coffee mixture, stirring until the glaze is smooth, remove the bowl from the heat, and let the glaze cool to room temperature.
  11. Spread over top evenly and refrigerate over night.

***Reprinted with permission from Stonyfield.

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Chocolate Relief

Mars is giving away free chocolate candy bars…

Excerpt from RealChocolate.com

“Times are tough and we at Mars want to help. How, you ask? Every Friday through September,
Mars will give away FREE* real chocolate to 250,000 people. That means you can enjoy your favorite Mars candy brands?M&M’S®, SNICKERS®, TWIX®, 3 MUSKETEERS®, MILKY WAY® and DOVE®? for free*!”

A partial list of companies who gave away free stuff this year:

– Denny’s (Grand Slam Breakfast) Chocoholic
– IHOP (short stack of pancakes)
– Ben and Jerry’s (scoop of ice cream)
– Baskin Robbins (scoop of ice cream)
– KFC (grilled chicken meal)
– El Pollo Loco (chicken meal)
– Subway (sandwich)
– Quiznos (sandwich)
– Krispy Kreme (doughnuts)
– Starbucks (coffee)
– The Coffee Bean (iced coffee)
– Jamba Juice (breakfast smoothie)
– Jack in the box (tacos)
– McDonald’s (coffee)
– Walgreens (treatment to unemployed and uninsured consumers at its in-store clinics throughout 2009)
– Chipotle (burrito)
– Pfizer (medications to unemployed and uninsured)
– Disneyland (admission on your birthday)

Most of the Free Food is not very healthy…pancakes, ice cream, and dough nuts, that sounds like a bad stomach ache to me. Although I do applaud Pfizer and Walgreens for their free health-related promotions.

Let’s hope some of the companies that produce health food (Luna Bars, Cliff Bars, Morning Star, Boca Burgers, Van’s Waffles, Kashi), fresh produce (Dole, Fresh Express, Del Monte), and drug makers (Amgen and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Genentech, Inc., Abbott and Astellas Pharma US, Inc) will step up to the plate and offer some free healthy alternatives.

Health food, drug makers, and fresh produce companies, make Mama proud!

Mama sweetens the offer: if a company gives emails me and tells me about their free health related promotion, I’ll promote it on MamasHealth.com

– Mama