A considerable number of years ago I worked part-time as a Pampered Chef consultant. I loved that job! Talk about incentives – every month there was one, and let me tell you I loved them too. If you could sell Pampered Chef, you could earn free products. Let’s just put it this way, I earned so many free products I couldn’t carry all of them to my shows anymore.
Today I still have, and treasure, all of my Pampered Chef products. And of course, I have favorites. One of my most favorites is a cookbook I earned. It’s called The Pampered Chef Celebrate! Family, Friends & Great Food. I always thought Pampered Chef’s concept where food preparation was concerned was to keep it easy, make it taste great.
When I found a brownie mix on sale at Target this weekend for .65 cents, Tuxedo Brownies from this cookbook immediately came to mind. These are such cute little treats and have a great taste – you can’t go wrong. Because I was out of white baking chocolate I had to alter the recipe slightly.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray mini-muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray. Prepare brownie mix (19-21 oz) according to package for cake-like brownies. Fill each cup 2/3 full. Bake for 14 minutes or until edges are set. Do not overbake.
Remove pan from oven and set on cooling rack. Press tops in (making a small well). Cool for 15 minutes in pan and remove.
Microwave 2 (1 oz) squares of white baking chocolate (I used 1 (1 oz square) of semi-sweet baking chocolate) and 2 tablespoons of milk (I used 1 tablespoon of milk) for 1 minute. Stir until smooth. Cool slightly. Mix 8 oz of softened cream cheese and 1/4 cup powdered sugar in separate bowl. Gradually stir in melted chocolate mixture. Fold in 1 cup of thawed whipped frozen topping.
Fill pastry bag, or Easy Accent Decorator (star tip) and pipe into center of brownies. Garnish with mini – chocolate chips.
Refrigerate 1-3 hours before serving. Yields 4 dozen
Warning – You should take a picture of them though. They go so fast, all you’ll have left is the photo to remember them by….