Part 3: My healthy and not so healthy baking/cooking frenzy!

This weekend went too fast for my liking, but I have found that this happens a lot when you have a long run first thing Saturday morning. Then the rest of your weekend is really spent recovering. On a positive note though, my 16 mile run went fantastic, and that was officially my longest run to date! I wish I would have felt the way I felt Saturday when I ran my 25K, but I have no one else to blame but myself. I didn’t take my training seriously then and it showed on race day. I’m not making that mistake again, and I’m absolutely loving the progress I’m making! Feels good to know all of this time, energy and pain will be worth it in the end 🙂 I am pretty excited though that this week is a reduction week!

So I promised to let you all in on my not so healthy part to this blog post soon enough, and your anticipation is finally over. Now I try and be super healthy 99% of the time, and in reality I mean like 75% of the time. But that other 1% (25%) of the time, I get off track and I love every minute of it. One blogger I have found that I tend to steal most of my unhealthy recipes from is Bakerella. She is best known for her cake-pop designs, and she even has a book out with lots of different creations and recipes to use! But every now and then she posts recipes for cookies, pies, blondies, and best of all… brownies.

After reading the title of the post, I didn’t have to read any further… I knew that this recipe was a must try! The link for this recipe and her blog is
https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/144cedacd3c5b713

Kit Kat Cream Cheese Brownies

+ 3/4 cup of all purpose flour
+ 1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
+ 1/4 tsp of salt
+ 1/2 tsp of baking powder
+ 3/4 cup of butter

+ 1 & 1/2 cups of sugar
+ 3 eggs
+ 2 tsps of vanilla
+ Kit Kat Bars (4 full size package or 1 mini box)

Cream Cheese Topping

+ 8 oz. package of cream cheese softened
+ 2 eggs @ room temperature
+16 oz. package of confectioners sugar 
+1 tsp of vanilla

First and foremost, you want to have your computer nearby so that you can have your Gavin Degraw Pandora station playing while you start baking at 10:00 at night. That man can get me through any late night study/cooking/baking session.

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Now you want to preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9 x 13 pan. Next you want to sift the flour, cocoa, salt and baking powder in a bowl and set aside.

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Next, melt the butter in the microwave in 10 sec. intervals in a plastic bowl. Once fully melted, stir in the sugar, and then the eggs, and then the vanilla until mixed.

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Next, add the dry ingredients into the bowl and stir for a couple of minutes, or 50 strokes.

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Once the chocolate goodness is stirred completely, pour it into the greased pan.

IMG_2632Then, leave a little on the spoon so your little kitchen helper boyfriend can share in the deliciousness.

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Next, you want to get the Kit Kat bars out and break each pair apart.

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Then, gently press the candy bars on top of the brownie batter.

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Now it’s time to make the topping. To do this, beat the cream cheese until smooth, and then beat one egg in at a time. Next, gradually add in the confectioners sugar until smooth, and then beat in the vanilla.

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Then pour over the Kit Kat covered brownie batter!

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You’ll bake this for 55 – 60 minutes, but watch it carefully! The topping will cook faster then the brownie batter, so if you see it start to brown at the top, you can cover it with aluminum foil the remainder of the time. I covered mine with about 15 minutes left, and it’s okay if it does brown a little.

While these are baking, clean up the giant mess you made on the counter…

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as well as eating some of the extra Kit Kat bars…

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Once they’re done, remove from the oven and let cool completely! By completely, I mean for at least an hour, and better yet, over night! Then comes the taste testing part. Let’s just say, the second Jordan had a bite of his first one, he asked me to make some more… and this batch makes 24 brownies!

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See, my brownies were brown on top but do not let that deceive you, they were creamy and gooey and delicious!

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Once you have one bite of these, you’ll understand why they are so dangerous. I will probably only make these again when I know I’ll have lots of people over or for some type of party or get together. They’re addicting! Also, I recommend keeping these brownies in the fridge since they have the cream cheese in them. You can set them out for a little before eating if you want them to soften, otherwise you can heat in the microwave for a few seconds until it’s to your desired level of gooeyness.

Again, make sure to check out Bakerella, she has an amazing blog and some fantastic recipes!

Make it a great day 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

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