Snowcapped Brownies

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Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
Serves: 30 servings

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Ingredients

•1 cup butter, cubed
•3/4 cup baking cocoa
•4 eggs
•2 cups sugar
•1 teaspoon vanilla extract
•1 cup all-purpose flour
•1/2 teaspoon salt
•2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
•1 cup chopped nuts, optional

TOPPING:

•4 ounces cream cheese, softened
•1-1/2 cups cold 2% milk; divided
•1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
•1/8 teaspoon almond extract
•1-1/2 cups whipped topping
•Caramel ice cream topping and chocolate curls, optional

Method

•In a small saucepan, melt butter; stir in cocoa until smooth. Remove from the heat. In a large bowl, beat the eggs, sugar and vanilla for 1 minute. Gradually add flour and salt. Stir in cocoa mixture. Fold in chocolate chips and nuts if desired.
• Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out with moist crumbs (do not over bake). Cool on a wire rack.
• In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and 1/2 cup milk until smooth. Add pudding mix and remaining milk; beat for 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in extract; fold in whipped topping. Spread over cooled brownies. Refrigerate until set.
• Just before serving, drizzle with caramel topping and garnish with chocolate curls if desired. Yield: 2-1/2 dozen.

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