02 June 2009

Inauguration aka Fudge Squares

With my growing interest in finding and sharing recipes, I am christening a new blog dedicated solely to my food adventures and experiences.  To make this an official and wonderful blog from the get-go, I am including my favorite new dessert.  Well, it's the oldest dessert with which I have experience, but I recently added a little something to it to make it over the top incredible and so rich you have to share with several friends.

Fudge Squares with Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp vanilla
Oven: 375˚

Combine butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla in a large bowl and beat with a wooden spoon until well combined.  Combine flour and cocoa in a separate bowl, then sift into butter mixture.  Continue stirring until well-combined.  Line a 9 x 13 pan with parchment paper, allowing sides to hang over, then spread batter evenly into pan.  Bake 20-25 until just set.  Allow to cool in pan 5-10 minutes, the invert on cooling rack and cool completely.  When cooled, frost and serve.

  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2-1 3/4 cups  powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp milk or cream
In a medium bowl combine cream cheese and peanut butter; use a mixer to mix until smooth.  Add vanilla, milk or cream, and powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, and beat until spreading consistency.  Spread on cooled Fudge Squares.

  1. I found that chilling these after frosting them yields a thick, solid, fudge-like version of the brownie to which I have become quite partial.  
  2. You can easily double these for a crowd and cook them in a sheet pan for 30-35 minutes.
  3. The Fudge Squares exist easily without the frosting, but I prefer to add a cup of chopped walnuts in this case.


Mom said...

Wow, what a great idea. RECIPES!!! This should be very popular. Great way to start!!! Do you want us to share, or is this just for our benefit?

James said...

I'm doing this one on my own with recipes I've tried so that I can comment on how they turned out, what I would change, etc. but if you send me recipes I can try them out and then post them. Between what I make each day and my archive of tried and trues, I'm hoping to post something every day. We'll see how it goes.