Monday, June 11, 2012

Brownie Batter Dip

Earlier this year, I joined a book club. (Side note: how is it June already?! I feel like I just ended my maternity leave and I've already been back at work longer than I was out!) So far we have read three books. Of course, like most book clubs, we talk about the book for maybe a half hour and then just drink wine, eat, and gossip. For the first meeting (we read Sarahs Key), I wanted to bring something sweet, but also easy and something that would travel well since I had to bring it to work with me. Shannon suggested I try this Brownie Batter Dip she pinned from Something Swanky:

Just a couple ingredients and I get to eat brownie batter? Sounds good to me. It was literally one of the easiest things I have ever made, so I don't even have pics of the process, just the finished product:

I wasn't sure what to use as dippers (the original post didn't really mention anything), so I bought a couple of things I thought would go well.

The Verdict: It was ok. The girls said they liked it, but like Shannon, I am not a huge cream cheese based dip fan. I feel like all I could taste was the cream cheese. I even added more sugar than the recipe called for hoping that might mask it. I guess I was just expecting it to taste a little more like actual brownie batter. When you get down to it though, its chocolate, so it wasn't terrible.

Things to Note/Consider: Too cream-cheesy, but that could just be me. Like I said, the other book clubbers seemed to like it - although we had way too much food that we barely made a dent in anything. I would probably try it again. It was very easy and paired with all the dippers, I could probably be convinced to eat more of it :)

Brownie Batter Dip
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1/2 c. butter
  • 2-3 c. powdered sugar (varies by desired consistency)
  • 5 tbsp. AP flour
  • 5 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 3+ tbsp. milk (varies by desired consistency)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

  1. In a stand mixer, whisk together the cream cheese and the butter.
  2. Add 2 cups of the powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, and 1 tbsp. milk.
  3. Add the flour, cocoa powder, vanilla, and 1 more tbsp. of milk if needed.
  4. Whisk all until smooth.
  5. Add remaining powdered sugar and milk alternately until dip reaches your desired consistency.

For the second book club meeting, I brought cupcakes from a bakery - it was a long week! But this most recent time, I made these, stay tuned!

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