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Chocolate Blackberry Cream Cookies

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It is just not that difficult to come up with a reason to purchase berries.  I’m never quite sure what to do with them, but it never takes me long to figure it out.

When I found this recipe, I was excited to have a good reason to purchase blackberries.  They sat in the fridge for a couple days before I got around to baking with them, and the kids kept asking me about them.  My son, the “fruitarian,” was going crazy with blackberry-desire!

The cookie itself is deceptively delicious.  Even if you don’t want to top your cookie with berries, consider making this cookie plain.  It is a super simple version of a chocolate crinkle, made with a devils food cake mix.  It can be mixed up very quickly, and comes out soft and fudgy and almost brownie-like.  YUM.  Since the dough was quite soft, I used my scoop to drop dough into a bowl of powdered sugar, and I was quite generous in coating it, so my fingers wouldn’t get too sticky.

chocolate-blackberry-cream-cookies-1Don’t get me wrong, I have no problem licking chocolate cookie dough off my fingers.  I just wanted to save myself for the blackberry cream frosting.

Sometimes I make this cookie without the powdered sugar, and that works great too. Either way, you’ll have a soft chocolatey cookie that makes a great base for the frosting.

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I have honestly not baked with berries much.  The recipe on Your Cup of Cake calls for a blackberry puree, without actually mentioning how to make the puree, so I guessed.  I know there are other ways to make a puree, but this worked just fine and it was really easy.

I dumped a bunch of berries in a bowl, and  I used a fork to smash them a bit, and then I let them sit and macerate for maybe 10 minutes while I rolled the cookies in sugar and put them in the oven.

I then came back and smashed them some more.  The truth is, I am just way to lazy to strain this.  Plus, I don’t have a good strainer.  The only strainer I own has been used to clean the fish bowl, so I don’t have much desire to use it on my berries.

True story.  I figured it would be fine if my frosting had berry chunks in it.  Fine and dandy.

By the way, you won’t need nearly the berries you see pictured above. A small handful is enough, since you only need 3 tablespoons of puree. If you do end up with extra puree, cook it with sugar and water for a really delicious blackberry syrup!

chocolate-blackberry-cream-cookies-2I measured about 3 tablespoons of the non-strained berry puree, and mixed into my softened cream cheese and butter, and added powdered sugar until it was a nice, thick, frosting consistency.  I gently frosted my soft chocolate cookies, and topped them with a leftover berry, to make them look extra pretty.

And actually, if you’re into making things pretty, use a piping bag to pipe the frosting on. I was mostly into stuffing these in my face as fast a possible, so I used a knife to give the frosting a quick smear.

I think these would really impress at a gathering, so I definitely recommend them for entertaining!  Plus, since the cookies are made with a cake mix, they are one of the simpler recipes on this humble blog.  The only real problem was cleaning up all that powdered sugar!

My friends have some amazing berry-themed cookies this month too!  Check these out…

Raspberry Tarts by Tastes of Lizzy T
Olive Sables by Kelli’s Kitchen
Blueberry Lemon Cookies from Bake or Break
Chocolate Raspberry Oatmeal Cookies from Posed Perfection
Chocolate Blackberry Cream Cookies from Jen’s Favorite Cookies

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Chocolate Blackberry Cream Cookies

A recipe for a fudgy chocolate crinkle cookie topped with blackberry frosting.

Cook Time 8 minutes
Servings 2 dozen

Ingredients

Cookies:

  • 1 box devils food cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • powdered sugar for rolling

Frosting:

  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 4 tablespoons butter softened
  • 2-3 tablespoons blackberry puree
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • about 2 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

Cookies:

  1. Mix together cake mix, eggs, oil, and vanilla, mixing just until combined.

  2. Roll dough into balls, coat with powdered sugar. Place on baking sheet.

  3. Bake at 350F for 8-10 minutes. Remove to a cooling rack and let cool.

Frosting:

  1. Mix all frosting ingredients together. Adjust consistency by adding more powdered sugar to thicken, or more puree to thin.

  2. Generously frost cooled cookies. Top with a blackberry.

Sparkling Blackberry Limeade

This limeade recipe includes blackberries.  A sparkling blackberry limeade recipe that is so refreshing for summer!

sparkling-blackberry-limeade (4 of 6)You know how much I love blackberries, right?  If there was any question, you can see a few more blackberry recipes here.

The idea of adding blackberry to my limeade just seemed perfect.

I prefer limeade over lemonade, personally.  I actually asked my readers about it.  You can weigh in, too, if you want.

I recently learned that my sister, at her new house, has blackberry bushes that are taking over the yard. Robb and I are super jealous.  He’s been wanting to plant blackberries, since they are our favorite berry by far.  Then we can freeze them and have them all year, in smoothies, and cobblers, and drinks like this one.

(See related post:  Sparkling Peach Limeade)

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I’m one of these people that thinks you can always make things just a little bit better.  Robb, who hates veggies and won’t let a piece of lettuce anywhere near his face, gets mad at me for this stuff.  I’m always wanting to add onions or garlic or some kind of sauce to his food, and he is always begging me to remove things from the recipes.

He never complains when I add blackberries to the limeade though.  Go figure.

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Since these are made as individual servings, you can make each glass with more or less berries, or leave them out altogether if you want.

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I don’t know why you would leave them out, though. Blackberries are one of the best reasons for living!

 

Want more?  Try these refreshing drinks!

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Sparkling Blackberry Limeade
 
A simple limeade with fresh blackberries.
Author:
Recipe type: Beverages
Ingredients
  • 1 can frozen limeade concentrate, thawed in the refrigerator
  • 2 quarts lemon lime soda (or more)
  • fresh blackberries
Instructions
  1. For each glass, place 2-3 berries in a small dish and smash them with a fork. (Be careful! This can be a little messy.) I used 2 berries for an 8 oz. glass, and 3 berries for a 12 oz. glass. Place the smashed berries in an empty glass.
  2. Put limeade concentrate in a pitcher, and fill to 2 quarts with lemon lime soda. Lightly stir if necessary.
  3. Pour limeade into glasses.
Notes
* For a less sweet drink, use diet soda.
** If you don't mind a slightly weaker flavor, fill 2 or 3 glasses, then fill up the pitcher with more lemon lime soda.

 

Blackberry Cheesecake Brownies

These blackberry marble cheesecake brownies are a delicious way to celebrate cheesecake day!

Blackberry Cheesecake Brownies from JensFavoriteCookies.com for National Cheesecake DayIt’s family reunion season.  My family only gets together every other year, since we are spread all over the country, and this is the week it’s happening.

One thing this family gets right is the food.  Last time, 2 years ago, we had a Rice Krispie Treat contest.  This started when I mentioned that Scotcheroos are the best thing ever, and my cousin vehemently disagreed, and a lengthy RKT trash-talk conversation ensued.  We decided to take the battle to the family reunion.

And then neither of us won.

But the contest was loads of fun, not to mention loads of calories.

This year, the family reunion bake-off is a brownie contest, and the trash-talking cousin and I are both determined to avenge our previous losses.

To that end, I’ve been auditioning brownie recipes right and left.  This one was actually the suggestion of one of my Facebook fans.  Thanks, by the way, dear Facebook fan who suggested this.  Because it was an excellent suggestion.  Really, really, really excellent.

Blackberry Cheesecake Brownies from JensFavoriteCookies.com for National Cheesecake Day

Don’t be surprised if you see more brownie recipes on here in the coming weeks.  Trust me, it’s not easy to find a winning brownie that can beat my talented cousins and aunts.

If you’re at all curious about this contest (because everyone is super interested in someone else’s family reunion photos, right?) I’m sure I’ll be posting the up-to-the-minute info on Instagram.  If I have a cell signal, that is.  We’re kind of out in the boonies this year.

My favorite thing about this brownie recipe, besides the blackberries of course, is that it is also a cheesecake recipe.  Which is totally appropriate, since today is National Cheesecake Day!

Blackberry Cheesecake Brownies from JensFavoriteCookies.com for National Cheesecake Day

Woot!  Woot!  Let’s hear it for cheesecake!

There’s a bunch of awesome bloggers making cheesecake for you today.  That’s the kind of friends we are.  Friends who make cheesecake, then post photos.  Then eat the cheesecake ourselves.  (Self-discipline is totally overrated.)

Scroll to the bottom for all the cheesecake recipes:

 

Want more?  Check out these blackberry recipes!

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Blackberry Cheesecake Brownies
 
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Author:
Serves: 16
Ingredients
Brownie Layer:
  • ½ cup butter
  • 4 oz. semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup flour
Cheesecake layer:
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • about 3 oz. fresh blackberries
Instructions
  1. For brownie layer: Combine butter and chocolate in a bowl, and microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring between each, until chocolate and butter are both melted and combined.
  2. Add sugar and mix well. Add vanilla and eggs and mix well.
  3. Add flour and mix until combined. Spread most of the batter into a 9x9 pan, reserving a small amount of batter.
  4. For cheesecake layer, combine cream cheese and sugar in a small bowl. Add egg and mix well.
  5. Place the berries in a small dish, and use a fork to gently mash. Pour mashed berries into cream cheese mixture, and mix very gently. To give brownies a swirled look, DO NOT overmix!
  6. Add cream cheese mixture on top of brownie batter in the 9x9 pan. Place remaining brownie batter in pieces on top. Use a knife to swirl the top.
  7. Bake at 350F for 45-60 minutes, until edges are dry and slightly browned, and a knife inserted in the center of the cheesecake layer comes out clean.

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Pear Blackberry Salsa

This salsa recipe uses berries and pears; A recipe for fruit salsa with blackberries, pears, and fresh mint.

fruit salsaMy husband is incredibly honest.  He doesn’t pull any punches, and he speaks his mind, which means I know when I ask him his opinion, I will get the real thing.  It’s one of my favorite things about him.

It’s also one of my least favorite things about him.

Especially when the opinion he voices is that I’m a messy cook and terrible at keeping the kitchen clean.  Not that I didn’t know that already, but still.  He followed it up with some advice to go with what I’m good at… being carefree and fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants.

Out of respect for that advice, I have created one of the most unusual and unplanned (and, by the way, not that messy) recipes I have ever done.  Even the recipe card below is full of estimates and no measurements whatsoever.

And Robb was right, it suited me just fine.

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Originally, I had intended to make a salsa with nectarines and blackberries, cilantro and jalapenos, but what was I thinking?  It’s nowhere near nectarine season.  They were not to be found.  So I walked around the produce department with my little 6-oz package of blackberries, looking for potential salsa ingredients.

I settled on pears.  Delicate, delicious, Barlett pears.

I knew I couldn’t use a jalapeno with a pear, because I didn’t want the pepper to be too overpowering.  I went with the milder Anaheim pepper.  And, I thought cilantro would be weird with pears, so I used mint.

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I was a little worried about this whole flavor combination, but I shouldn’t have been.  It’s unusual, for sure, but delicious.  The mint is a surprise, and a great compliment to the pear.

I’m not sure if I’ve told you this, but blackberries are my all-time favorite berry.  If I have to eat nothing but fruit, give me peaches and blackberries, and I will be just fine.

I’ll probably find a way to make a mess of the kitchen with them, but I’ll be just fine.

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Lemon Blackberry Cookies

My day was going so well.  I had a great morning of blogging, the kids did their chores, and I was in pretty good spirits.  Then I got an unexpected phone call that went something like this:

Robb: Can you pack a bag for me?  I’m going to Boise.
Me: Are you serious?
Robb: If I come home right now, can you take me back to the office?
Me: Right now?  When do you leave?
Robb:  My rental car will be here in 45 minutes.

*long sigh*

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Friday Favorites #3: Best Recipes this week from around the Blogosphere

It is definitely spring, with summer just around the corner.  It has been sunny in my neck of the woods, although not necessarily warm.  It has been enough to make me feel like putting away the soup recipes and bringing out the summer salad recipes.  The other day, I volunteered to take dinner to a neighbor, an elderly couple who had been ill for some time.  I opted for chicken salad, made with a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store deli.  I was also thrilled to find blackberries on sale, and I paired them with lemon-flavored whipped cream.  It was a perfect summer meal, even if it’s barely April.

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