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Raspberry Swirl Brownies

Fudgy brownies are studded with chocolate chips and topped with raspberry preserves in these rich, decadent Raspberry Swirl Brownies, perfect for Valentine’s Day or as an anytime sweet treat!

Raspberry Swirl Brownies ~ fudgy brownies are studded with chocolate chips, topped with raspberry preserves, and sliced into wedges in this rich, decadent dessert, perfect for Valentine's Day or as an anytime sweet treat! | FiveHeartHome.com

I always feel like coming up with January blog recipes leaves me in somewhat of a quandary. There’s the whole healthy/New-Year’s-Resolution vibe to keep in mind, of course…but on the other hand, Super Bowl and Valentine’s Day are both right around the corner. So I do my best to alternate light, calorie-conscious recipes with cheesy dips and decadent chocolate treats. Life is all about balance, right? πŸ˜‰

Raspberry Swirl Brownies ~ fudgy brownies are studded with chocolate chips, topped with raspberry preserves, and sliced into wedges in this rich, decadent dessert, perfect for Valentine's Day or as an anytime sweet treat! | FiveHeartHome.com

So fair warning…today’s Raspberry Swirl Brownies fall squarely in the decadent chocolate treat category. Chocolate plus berries has always screamed Valentine’s Day to me, but these treats are actually appropriate any time of year…any time you need dense, fudgy, to-die-for brownies with a slightly tart, fruity ribbon running through ’em, that is.

Raspberry Swirl Brownies ~ fudgy brownies are studded with chocolate chips, topped with raspberry preserves, and sliced into wedges in this rich, decadent dessert, perfect for Valentine's Day or as an anytime sweet treat! | FiveHeartHome.com

These brownies truly are to-die-for, y’all. I adapted my all-time favorite Barefoot Contessa Outrageous Brownies for this recipe…which means that right from the get-go, you can’t go wrong. Ina’s brownies are baked in a big sheet pan and make a giant batch, which is ideal for certain occasions, like when a party is being thrown or mass sharing is involved. But sometimes I just don’t need that many addictive brownies calling to me from the kitchen counter (okay, maybe it’s my hips that don’t need them), so a smaller batch is a nice alternative.

Raspberry Swirl Brownies ~ fudgy brownies are studded with chocolate chips, topped with raspberry preserves, and sliced into wedges in this rich, decadent dessert, perfect for Valentine's Day or as an anytime sweet treat! | FiveHeartHome.com

I reduced the original brownie recipe to fit in two round, 9-inch cake pans. Then to make them extra-special, I swirled the tops of each pan with seedless raspberry preserves. The result is dense, fudgy brownies with a glossy, burgundy swirl that can be sliced into cute little (or BIG! I won’t judge) wedges.

Raspberry Swirl Brownies ~ fudgy brownies are studded with chocolate chips, topped with raspberry preserves, and sliced into wedges in this rich, decadent dessert, perfect for Valentine's Day or as an anytime sweet treat! | FiveHeartHome.com

And best of all, this recipe is still perfect for sharing! I’ve started baking these Raspberry Swirl Brownies when I volunteer to make dinner — and need a dessert — for someone who just moved or just welcomed a new baby. One cake pan of brownies goes to the receiving family…and one pan stays at our house. It’s the perfect amount of chocolate-raspberry decadence without the temptation of an enormous sheet pan of brownies.

Raspberry Swirl Brownies ~ fudgy brownies are studded with chocolate chips, topped with raspberry preserves, and sliced into wedges in this rich, decadent dessert, perfect for Valentine's Day or as an anytime sweet treat! | FiveHeartHome.com

Simply put, these brownies are GLORIOUS. Whether you’re a brownie fan or a chocoholic in general, they are a must-try. They are rich and dense, but the raspberry preserves perfectly counter that richness. And if you add some fresh raspberries on top (because fruit = vitamins), you can feel justified eating a few extra bites! This may or may not be a good thing depending on how far removed you are from those aforementioned resolutions. πŸ˜‰

Raspberry Swirl Brownies ~ fudgy brownies are studded with chocolate chips, topped with raspberry preserves, and sliced into wedges in this rich, decadent dessert, perfect for Valentine's Day or as an anytime sweet treat! | FiveHeartHome.com

So surprise your valentine with a pan of Raspberry Swirl Brownies! Or make them for a new neighbor…or a new mom…or your favorite teacher…or your hard-working mail carrier…or yourself! Because nothing says LOVE like chβ™₯colate.

Raspberry Swirl Brownies ~ fudgy brownies are studded with chocolate chips, topped with raspberry preserves, and sliced into wedges in this rich, decadent dessert, perfect for Valentine's Day or as an anytime sweet treat! | FiveHeartHome.com

Raspberry Swirl Brownies

Yield: 16 brownies

Raspberry Swirl Brownies

Fudgy brownies are studded with chocolate chips, topped with raspberry preserves, and sliced into wedges in these rich, decadent Raspberry Swirl Brownies, perfect for Valentine's Day or as an anytime sweet treat!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips, DIVIDED
  • 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon instant espresso powder (or instant coffee granules)
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons flour, DIVIDED
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup seedless raspberry preserves, slightly heated and stirred until smooth

Instructions

  1. Adjust oven rack to center position and preheat oven to 350Β°F. Line two 9-inch round cake pans with heavy-duty aluminum foil (up the sides and over the edges), then generously butter and flour on top of the foil.
  2. In the top of a double broiler (or in a large, heat-safe bowl set over a pot of simmering water), melt together the butter, 8 ounces of chocolate chips, and the unsweetened chocolate, stirring until smooth. Set aside to slightly cool.
  3. In a large bowl, blend together eggs, instant espresso powder, vanilla, and sugar. Slowly and gradually stir the warm butter/chocolate mixture into the egg mixture.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup flour, baking powder, and salt. Blend into chocolate mixture until just combined. In a small bowl, toss the remaining 4 ounces chocolate chips with the remaining 2 tablespoons flour. Stir into the floured chocolate chips into the batter and divide the batter between the prepared cake pans. Spread the batter into an even layer in each pan. Dollop each pan with raspberry preserves and use a knife to gently swirl the preserves into the brownie batter.
  5. Rap the pans against the counter to remove any trapped air bubbles. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until the center is set and a toothpick just comes out clean, taking care not to overbake. Allow to cool completely.
  6. Once the brownies are cool, use the foil like a sling to carefully lift them from the pan. Flatten the foil around the edges and slice each brownie round into 8 wedges using a large knife.

Notes

The espresso powder gives the brownies a deeper, richer, chocolate flavor, as opposed to making the brownies taste like coffee. You may reduce the amount used if you wish, but when I've tried doing so, I didn't think the brownies tasted as decadent.

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  1. I just had to tell you I made your Swedish meatballs out of your cookbook last night for dinner and my husband told my they were hands down the best meatballs he has ever had πŸ™‚ they were delicious!! Thanks for such an awesome cookbook, I love it!!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Yay, Julie! It makes me so happy to hear that. Thanks so much for taking the time to let me know, and I hope you find lots more “keeper recipes” from the cookbook! πŸ™‚ Have a great week!

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