Brownies with Raspberry Frosting

Brownies are topped with a sweet Raspberry Frosting that gets it’s pink color completely from the fruit!

Brownies with Raspberry Frosting

I don’t know if I’ll be able to do a FULL month of only pink foods this October, but I’ve definitely got quite a few pink recipes coming your way. I hope you enjoy them. I’m trying, once again, to make pink foods without food coloring. It can definitely be a challenge, but with so many red/pink berries out there, it’s not too difficult. And don’t forget the beets! I love beets and can’t wait to share some awesome beet dishes with you guys this month.

Brownies with Raspberry Frosting

But I digress. My original plan was to make some chocolate cupcakes and top them with this pink raspberry frosting. But I filled my cupcake liners too full and they came out ugly. Delicious, but ugly. So I threw them in the freezer as I’m sure I’ll find another use for them (maybe I’ll throw them in some ice cream like I do with all my other leftover desserts).

It was late at night, I had already made the frosting, and I needed a treat to bring to work the next day for our monthly birthday celebration. So I threw a batch of brownies in the oven as my back-up plan. And honestly, I’m kind of glad the cupcakes didn’t turn out. Because this frosting on my favorite brownies was RIDIC.

Brownies with Raspberry Frosting

As you can see in the pictures, this recipe results in a decently thick layer of frosting on top of the brownies. You could cut the frosting recipe in half if you don’t like as much frosting, but if you do that, I’m not sure we can be friends. I always swipe a taste here and there when I’m frosting something but I was literally eating this frosting by the spoonful. It’s that good.

Fair warning though, it is kind of a pain to make. There’s cooking and straining and more cooking, then chilling, and that’s all before you even start creaming any butter. Have some patience and you’ll be fine. You have to wait for the cupcakes or brownies to cool anyways. Believe me, it’s worth the extra effort.

Brownies with Raspberry Frosting

Don’t forget about my Power of Pink Challenge! Make something PINK during the month of October to raise Breast Cancer Awareness and a chance to win a $100 donation to the charity of your choice.

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One Year Ago: Banana Coconut Bread
Two Years Ago: Apple Crisp Pie and Turkey Veggie Burgers
Three Years Ago: Pizza Dough and Multi-Seed Crackerbread
Four Years Ago: Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Brownies
Five Years Ago: Pumpkin White Chocolate Chip Cookies
Six Years Ago: The Cone Method and Steak and Salad

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Raspberry Brownies

This recipe make a 9x13 pan of brownies. It can easily be cut in half and baked in an 8x8 or 9x9 square pan

Yield: 32 brownies

Ingredients:

For the Brownies
1 batch of my favorite brownies (or any other 9x13 batch of brownies), completely cooled

For the Frosting
24 oz fresh raspberries
1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
7 cups powdered sugar
4-6 Tbsp heavy cream

Directions:

For the Brownies
Bake brownies according to recipe and allow to completely cool. I let mine cool overnight.

For the Frosting
In a small saucepan, gently heat the raspberries and mash with a potato masher. Strain through a fine mesh strainer to remove all of the mush and seeds, and put the raspberry juice back into the saucepan over medium heat, simmering. Reduce by approximately half, or until about 1/2 cup of reduced raspberry syrup. Pour into a cool heat-safe container, and allow to cool to room temperature.

In a mixer, cream the butter and half of the powdered sugar. It will take several minutes for the sugar to absorb the butter and look mealy. When it does, add the raspberry juice and beat slowly to incorporate. Next, add in the second half of the sugar and continue to mix on low. Eventually, the frosting will come together and look like frosting, but you don’t want it to be *too* stiff. Start by adding 4 Tbsp. heavy cream, and add more if the frosting is still too thick.

Brownie recipe from King Arthur Flour, Frosting recipe from pdx food love

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13 Responses to “Chocolate M&M Cookies”

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    Katie — October 21, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    Jen, I totally love your blog. You always ahve the BEST treats! I LOVE the picture with all the cookies resting on the m&ms. GREAT idea! πŸ™‚

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    Jigginjessica — October 21, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    Looks beautiful as always!

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    stephchows — October 21, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    perfect use of pink! So interesting about how the cookies reacted to the way you rolled them! Thanks for the heads up!

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    oneordinaryday — October 21, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Your cookies look great and that’s a good tip about getting them to look their best too. My kids and all their friends love these cookies. I’ve made them a few times since I first posted them and they never last long.
    thanks for the link!
    ~ Michelle

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    Chocolate Shavings — October 21, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    Those are beautiful and perfect for such a great cause

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    The Novice Chef — October 21, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    What an adorable picture! Also helps that they are for a great cause! πŸ™‚

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    Natalie — October 21, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    M&Ms are my favorite treat and I love that during this month everything is PINK! The cookies look fantastic.

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    Kat — October 21, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    I am bummed I missed your Power of Pink contest as I was utilizing October to raise awareness around breast cancer too! I made some cookies and have a post on my site: http://katskitchenplace.blogspot.com/2009/10/october-is-breast-cancer-awareness.html
    I like the chocolate cookie base of your cookies! Thank you for sharing. Looking forward to checking back and seeing all what people make towards your challenge πŸ™‚

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    tastestopping — October 21, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    A chocolate cookie topped with chocolate candies? What could be better? Perhaps a tall, ice cold glass of milk to go with them! They look divine. I’m wondering if you might skip the rolling and flattening by creating a wide log of dough (without M&Ms), slicing to the thickness desired, then pressing candies on top? Seems like the dough might be fairly easy to shape into a log. A quick pop into the fridge before slicing would help firm it up. Just a thought! I can’t wait to try them.

    Best,
    Casey
    http://www.tastestopping.wordpress.com

    P.S. Not sure if I’ve invited you before, but I’d love to publish any of your photos that FoodGawker and TasteSpotting decline! Thanks. πŸ˜€

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    nutmegnanny — October 23, 2009 at 3:15 am

    I love the dark chocolate and pink M&M contrast. What fantastic cookies:)

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    natalie — February 25, 2010 at 8:31 pm

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    natalie — February 25, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    I just made your recipe for these cookies yesterday and took them to church. The kids went nuts and they’ve never turned out as pretty as they did this time. Thanks for the helpful tips because my m&m cookies have never turned out prettier! 9 minutes was also perfect timing as well.

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — December 19, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    Both pretty and I’m sure delicious! I love how you showed the comparison between batches to give better suggestions for prettier cookies. The final batch are definitely the prettiest of the bunch. I love that the pink pops w/the chocolate cookie.

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