SRC: Holstein Brownies

All right! I finally get to post for the Secret Recipe Club again! We took a small hiatus in January for some shuffling and reorganizing, but all four groups are back this month. Not having a post in January meant a very long break and a very long chance to stalk my blog for the month, Adventures in Dinner. Jane tried to confuse when in the middle of my stalking she up and did a beautiful blog redesign and migrated to a custom domain; congrats on both Jane! Love the new look, it has me itching for a little redesign over here too!

 I considered many a dish of Jane’s, including a tasty sound cassoulet, unfortunately, we had a run of really warm weather recently, so long cooking, warm you up type meals were out. I also considered these sort of deconstructed beef wellingtons for Valentine’s Day, but I couldn’t mess with tradition.

Ultimately, Jane got me with children’s literature. And chocolate. Her Holstein Brownies pulled me in and her quoting of Sandra Boyton’s “Moo, Baa, La La La” got me to stay and bake these supremely yummy, decadent brownies. I too have had small people in my life who want to read many of Sandra’s books repeatedly. Which is why I can still quote them. But back to the brownies.

What makes these brownies holsteins you ask? Well their spots of course!  The spots come from the cream cheese layer of the brownies being dotted with more of the brownie layer. Its brownie, topped with a cheesecake like layer, topped with more brownie.

My little kitchen cow is even interested in these brownies! They ended up being our dessert on Super Bowl Sunday and with only 6 people, the pan was essentially decimated. My husband and I finished them off the next day and spent the rest of the week wishing we had more of them.

With no leavening in the brownie layer, it stays really fudgy, so if you are a fan of cakey brownies, back away from this recipe, it isn’t the one you are looking for! For an even more intense chocolate taste, I used only King Arthur’s Black Cocoa. I’ve always just substituted part of the cocoa in recipes with the Black Cocoa before, now I regret not doing this sooner. The chocolate was so intense and perfect with that cream cheese layer. These will for sure be a repeat recipe here at home!

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Holstein Brownies

Adapted from Adventures in Dinner

For the cream cheese layer:
1 cup sugar
1 pound cream cheese, softened
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla

For the Brownie layer:
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup flour
1 cup dutch processed cocoa
Preheat your oven to 330 degrees.

In a bowl, cream together the cup of sugar and the cream cheese. Add in the eggs one at a time beating well after each addition, then add in the vanilla. Set aside.

For the brownie layer, cream together the butter and sugar. Add in your eggs, one at a time and beat well after adding each one then add in the vanilla. Once the sugar mixture is well blended, lower your mixer speed and add in the flour and cocoa powder, mixing them in until the mixture is just combined, you don’t want to over mix.

Butter a 9×13 inch pan and spread about 2/3 of the brownie mixture in the bottom, smoothing it out as best you can. Top it with your reserved cream cheese mixture, then take the remaining brownie mixture and divide it into 5 or 6 portions to dot the cream cheese layer with, go for your best cow look here!

Bake at 330 for 30-35 minutes until the cream cheese layer is just set.

Allow the brownies to cool completely before cutting and serving. No need to quote Sandra Boyton, but it will add authenticity!



I’ve linked this post up to Tastetastic Thursdays at A Little Nosh, the Midweek Fiesta at Food Corner, Full Plate Thursdays at Miz Helen’s Country Cottage and Hodgepodge Fridays at it’s a Hodgepodge Life!

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38 Responses to SRC: Holstein Brownies

  1. Those look amazing. Our plate would have looked like yours too!

  2. Melissa says:

    Oh my goodness! This looks so amazing! The flavors sound amazing together :)

  3. Jamie says:

    These look really, really good!

  4. WOW! Such deep, dark chocolate deliciousness…I’m going to need to make these really soon!

  5. Holy cow! (pun intended!) Fudgy and creamy all at the same time! Great choice. These are definitely bumped up on my short list of things to try! What a fun post, too! : )

  6. sara says:

    These are super cute! Total love – they look really delicious! :)

  7. Karen says:

    these are so cute! and I’m sure they are delish, too :)

  8. Rhonda says:

    Fudgey brownies are the only way to go. The cow design is adorable, next time I go visit my friends cattle ranch I’m making these.

  9. So glad you liked them! Thanks for featuring my recipe :0)

    • Jo says:

      We loved them, I am thinking I need to make them again pronto! And if we ever get a few cold days, I fully plan to make your cassoulet too!

  10. heidi says:

    Wow these brownies look amazing! And I love the cow pattern, so cute!

  11. Casey says:

    Wow, these look gorgeous! I always have a hard time choosing what recipe to make for SRC too, these sound like they were a good choice though :)

  12. Toni Black says:

    I love these! We used to raise Holsteins so I’m definitely going to have to make these!

  13. So many fantastic desserts this round! I have been having a love affair with cheesecake lately…these look fantastic combined with brownie!

  14. Oh. My. Goodness!!! I LOVE the picture of the empty plate – awesome!!! These look absolutely incredible and fudgy brownies are a definite weakness for me. I can’t wait to try these!!

  15. Kelly says:

    Haha I love that your first picture is of the dessert completely gone, that would be me in 2 seconds if I made this! It looks so delicious, great choice for SRC! So glad to be in Group C with you! :)

  16. These are GORGEOUS…fudgy brownies are my favorite! These are deep and rich looking…pinning! Glad to be in Group C with you…

  17. Eliot says:

    How great are these! I love the baby calf in the picture. Excellent SRC post!

  18. Wow these look delicious. I really love the photo of the empty plate with the little cow staring at it! So cute.

  19. Lisa~~ says:

    Love the empty plate photo and your brownies, so fun and delicious looking. I’ve never heard of black cocoa but I need to check it out. Great SRC choice.

    If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my Group ‘A’ SRC entry: Crunchy Fudgy Heart Bites

    Lisa~~
    Cook Lisa Cook

  20. beti says:

    hahaha the cow in there is really funny! and I must say that I love the deep color of the brownie section, the whole recipe is great and it makes me really hungry

  21. This is such a wonderful and delicious treat! I just love everything about these! Great choice for SRC! :)

  22. Liz says:

    Jo, these look so rich and amazing! And I how dark they are with the black cocoa…I need to get some! Excellent SRC pick!

  23. Tandy says:

    you posted this lovely empty plate, and then made my tummy rumble with the actual brownie! I am in heaven just reading about them :)

  24. hahaha little cow brownies!! this brings out the albertan in me! ha! i love it!

    ps i want a kitchen cow…

    • Jo says:

      I also have a couple of chickens. The cow was a gift and came over from Germany, but the bigger chicken and my salt cellar chicken I found at little antique types of shops, maybe you could find a cow there?

  25. One word – WOW! Those look and sound just simply wonderful. On my list to post. Glad to be part of SRC group C with you.

  26. Asmita says:

    These brownies look to die for! Love it!!!

  27. Wow~these look awesome! I can’t wait to try these!

  28. Deanna says:

    Wow – those look amazingly decadent and delicious! Thanks for being part of SRC Group C with me. :)

  29. Miz Helen says:

    Sure hope you save me one of these great Brownies, they look awesome!
    Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great week end and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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