Sunday, July 1, 2012

July Fourth - Chocolate Edition

If you’re like me, now is about the time that you’re scrounging for a new July Fourth dessert recipe. It seems like all the patriotic recipes floating around lack my favorite ingredient: chocolate. Well, this year I’ve found two colorful recipes with chocolate included! Both are quick & easy!
Brownie Fruit Pizza
(adapted from Betty Crocker recipe)
1 package of brownie mix
oil, egg, and water required for the brownie mix
1/3 cup powdered sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla
1 8-oz. package of cream cheese, softened (I used reduced fat!)
¼ cup Cool Whip
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 cup fresh raspberries
1 ½ cup fresh strawberries, sliced

1. Preheat oven according to instructions on your brownie box.
2. Grease either a 12-inch pizza pan or a 9-inch round glass dish.
3. Mix oil, egg, water, and brownie mix according to your box.
4. Pour mix in your selected dish and bake according to your box. Let brownies cool for one hour.
5. In a bowl, mix cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla, and Cool Whip until smooth and creamy.
6. Spread mixture over cooled brownies.
7. Slice strawberries and arrange fruit on top.
Refrigerate for about an hour before slicing into wedges and serving.

Fourth of July S’mores
chocolate bars
graham crackers
red, white, and blue sprinkles
These are pretty simple….
1. Stack your S’mores.
2. Individually wrap them in aluminum foil & stick them in the oven at 350°F.
3. Leave them in the oven until your marshmallows are nice and gooey (10 minutes or so).
4. Sprinkle your patriotic sprinkles on the marshmallows!
Cute, easy, yummy, and chocolate-y…what more could you ask for?!

Happy Fourth!


  1. i'm especially a fan of the brownie! i bet its delicious with the berries!

  2. I'm definitely never one to pass on a good brownie! :) I'll have to try your oreo brownies soon too!!

  3. What's inside the brownie pizza? Is it blue frosting or something?

  4. After fermentation, the beans are dried, cleaned, and roasted. The shell is removed to produce cacao nibs, which are then ground to cocoa mass, pure chocolate in rough form. Because the cocoa mass is usually liquefied before being molded with or without other ingredients, it is called chocolate liquor. The liquor also may be processed into two components: cocoa solids and cocoa butter. Unsweetened baking chocolate (bitter chocolate) contains primarily cocoa solids and cocoa butter in varying proportions. Much of the chocolate consumed today is in the form of sweet chocolate, a combination of cocoa solids, cocoa butter or other fat, and sugar. Milk chocolate is sweet chocolate that additionally contains milk powder or condensed milk. White chocolate contains cocoa butter, sugar, and milk, but no cocoa solids.
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