Monday, January 28, 2013

Brownie Batter Dip

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Last Friday we took the kids skiing and wow!  My thighs and quads are killing me.

I somehow though that since I lift weights at least once a week and do cardio 2-3 times a week, skiing would be a piece of cake (but I seriously wish it was because a nice piece of warm, chocolate cake sounds fantastic at the moment). 

Man is that a work out on the legs.  Maybe it's also because we were teaching our two youngest how to ski for the first time (and man did they do great--Luke, our 5 year old went down the mountain at least 5 times).  Snow plowing is quite the work out--good thing I didn't go to the gym that morning!

When we got home, we were in a serious need of a snack.  And of course I talked everyone into something chocolate ("you know it is called 'brownie'...--that gets them every time).  I love how we could just whip some of this right up and have a yummy treat that everyone loved.  Plus we found all sorts of things to dip into it--strawberries and bananas were my favorite.  So delicious!

Brownie Batter Dip

(click here for printable version)

8 oz cream cheese, softened to room temperature
1/4 cup butter, softened to room temperature
2 cups powdered sugar
5 tbsp all-purpose flour
5 tbsp cocoa powder
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp milk
Chocolate chips for garnish, optional

For dipping: bananas, pretzels, strawberries, apples, graham crackers, animal crackers

1. In a large bowl, using a handheld electric mixer, whip cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy, about 1-2 minutes. Add powdered sugar and mix well. Add flour, cocoa powder, brown sugar, vanilla and 2 tablespoons milk. Mix until fluffy and smooth. (At this point you can add more powdered sugar or milk if you want a different consistency--you should be able to dip your snacks into it and not have them break or be too thin that it just runs right off of it). Garnish with chocolate chips, if desired. Store leftovers in sealed container in the fridge.  Enjoy!

Source: Mel's Kitchen Cafe
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