Dark Chocolate Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting

Dark chocolate is good for you. Fact.  
 
I used to do public relations for a chocolate company so my job included finding articles weekly that touted the health benefits of eating chocolate. And there are lots of studies! Chocolate comes from cacao beans from cacao trees and is full of natural plant nutrients.  
 
Additionally, chocolate may contribute to cardiovascular health and has those antioxidants we all need.     In short-term clinical trials, dark chocolate reduced blood pressure, improved blood flow, showed mild anti-clotting effects and helped prevent plaque formation in arteries. 
 
Dark chocolate has the highest percentage of cocoa solids, therefore more flavanol antioxidants. So...try this recipe and reap the benefits! 
 
To buy:
  • 4 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3 Tbsp butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Dark Chocolate Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting: 
  • preheat oven to 350 
  • line bottom and sides of a 9 by 13 inch pan with aluminum foil
  • microwave chocolate and butter in a large microwave-safe bowl for 1 to 2 minutes or until melted and smooth, stirring 
  • whisk in sugar
  • add eggs, 1 at a time, whisking just until blended after each addition
  • stir in flour and next 4 ingredients
  • pour mixture into pan
  • bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out with a few moist crumbs
  • lift brownies from pan, using foil sides as handles; gently remove foil
  • beat cream cheese and butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy and slowly add powdered sugar and salt, beating until blended, stir in vanilla
  • spread frosting on top and share with good friends!

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