Cranberry Truffle Brownies

Cranberry Truffle Brownies

1 1/4 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup butter or margarine
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tablespoons water
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup all-purpose flour

Melt chocolate chips with butter or margarine. Cool.

Beat eggs and sugar. Add chocolate mixture and water. Mix. Stir in baking powder and flour. Bake in a well greased and floured 8-square or 9-inch round cake pan at 350 degrees F for 30-35 minutes. Remove from oven, turn out onto a cake platter and let cool.

Truffle Topping
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips, melted and cooled
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/3 cup cranberry sauce or seedless red raspberry jam

Beat cream cheese and confectioners’ sugar. Add cranberry sauce and beat. Beat in melted chocolate chips. Spread on top of cooled brownies.

1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 teaspoon solid shortening

Melt chocolate chips with the shortening. Drizzle over the cream cheese layer. Chill at least 2 hours before serving. Garnish with fresh sugared cranberries if desired.