Cottage Cheese Brownies Recipe

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Cottage Cheese Brownies Recipe

Is there anything better than biting into a rich, fudgy square of chocolatey goodness? You might think you’ve got your brownie game on lock, but wait till you throw cottage cheese into the mix—yes, you heard that right, cottage cheese brownies! This might just be the twist your taste buds have been yearning for.

How to make Cottage Cheese Brownies

Cottage cheese brownies are a variation of traditional brownies that incorporate cottage cheese into the batter. The addition of cottage cheese adds moisture and a slightly tangy flavor to the brownies, resulting in a softer texture compared to regular brownies.

Ingredients:

  • Butter: 1/2 cup (unsalted melts right into this recipe like a dream!)
  • Granulated sugar: 1 cup (because what’s a brownie without the sweet stuff?)
  • Vanilla extract: 1 teaspoon (always a good idea for that sweet aroma and flavor depth)
  • Eggs: 2 large (they bind everything together like best buddies)
  • All-purpose flour: 2/3 cup (the perfect foundation for any brownie)
  • Cocoa powder: 1/3 cup (for that rich, chocolatey kick you’re craving)
  • Baking powder: 1/4 teaspoon (just a tad, to lift everything up a bit)
  • Salt: 1/4 teaspoon (to balance the sweetness)
  • Cottage cheese: 1 cup (the star player, bringing moisture and a subtle tangy touch)
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips: 1/2 cup (because more chocolate is always a yes!)

Instructions:

  1. Prep Work: Heat your oven up to 350°F (177°C) and line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper, letting a bit hang over the edges for easy removal.
  2. Meltdown: Melt the butter over low heat or in the microwave; whatever’s easiest for you. Pour it into a big mixing bowl.
  3. Mix Master: Add sugar and vanilla to the melted butter and give it a good stir. Throw in the eggs and whisk it all together until it’s smooth and well combined.
  4. The Dry Guys: Mix together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt in another bowl. Make sure they get well acquainted.
  5. Combine Forces: Gradually stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. No rush here, just mix until combined.
  6. Creamy Twist: Blend the cottage cheese in a processor until it’s super smooth. Fold the creamy cheese into the brownie batter, and then add those chocolate chips.
  7. Bake It Till You Make It: Pour the batter into the prepped pan and smooth the top. Bake for about 25-30 minutes. You’ll know it’s done when a toothpick inserted comes out clean or with just a few crumbs.
  8. Cool Down: Let the brownies cool in the pan on a rack for at least 10 minutes before lifting out by the parchment paper to cool completely.

Pro Tips:

  • Smooth Moves: Make sure that cottage cheese is blended until silky smooth so you won’t have any lumps—just creamy goodness that blends discreetly into the batter.
  • Keep It Moist: Don’t overbake these gems unless you’re aiming for dry brownies. Keep an eye on them after the 25-minute mark.
  • Flavor Friends: Feel free to toss in some nuts or even a sprinkle of sea salt on top before baking for an extra layer of texture and taste.

What to serve with

Let’s face it, any dessert can go from “yum” to “whoa, hold the phone!” with the right pairings. So, buckle up as we journey through some mouthwatering companions for your next brownie feast.

Ice Cream

Let’s start with the classic, the timeless, the “oh my gosh, why is this so good?” – ice cream. Picture this: a warm, fudgy brownie topped with a scoop of cold, creamy ice cream. It’s like they were made to be together. The contrast between hot and cold, fudgy and creamy, is just… chef’s kiss. Feel adventurous? Go for flavors like salted caramel, cherry, or even coffee to make those taste buds dance.

Whipped Cream and Fresh Berries

Now, if you want to jazz things up a bit without the whole nine yards, let’s talk whipped cream and fresh berries. A dollop of whipped cream, with its light and airy texture, atop a rich brownie, followed by the pop of fresh berries, is a symphony in the mouth. The berries not only add a splash of color but their slight acidity cuts through the richness, balancing each bite like a pro.

Nuts

Oh, and let’s not forget about our crunchy friends—nuts! Toasting some walnuts, pecans, or slivered almonds and sprinkling them over your brownies adds an incredible texture and nutty flavor that complements the chocolate so well, it’ll make you wonder why you hadn’t tried it sooner.

A Drizzle of Creativity

For those who like a bit of an art project with their desserts, let’s talk sauces. Imagine your beautifully baked cottage cheese brownie; nows, picture drizzling it with some warm caramel sauce or luxurious chocolate ganache. Maybe you’re a fruit fan? Raspberry coulis can be your game changer. It’s simple yet so effective in elevating your dessert to new heights.

Coffee

Last but not least, what to sip on as you indulge? Coffee, my friends. The deep, rich flavor of a good cup of joe goes hand in hand with chocolate, making it a pairing made in heaven. Whether it’s a late-night treat or a mid-afternoon pick-me-up, a warm cup of coffee alongside your brownie is the way to go. Are you not a coffee fan? A tall glass of cold milk or a cup of tea can be equally delightful.

Ingredients Substitutes

Brownies

Now, let’s look at swapping things up a bit. Who knows, you might just stumble upon a new combo that’ll have everyone begging for the recipe!

Butter

If butter isn’t your jam or you’re keeping things plant-based, not to worry. You can swap it out for coconut oil or a mild-flavored oil, like canola or vegetable oil. These guys will slip right into the mix and keep those brownies just as moist and indulgent. Plus, coconut oil can add a hint of tropical vibes – what’s not to love?

Sugar

Alright, sugar is a tough one to beat, but if you need to step around it, try coconut sugar, maple syrup, or honey. They all bring their unique flavors to the party—maple and honey even toss in a little extra moisture. Just remember, liquids might require a bit of a balancing act with your other ingredients.

Vanilla Extract

No vanilla extract on hand? No biggie. Instead, how about a little almond extract to give a nutty kick to your brownies? Just use a bit less since it’s more potent. Or, if you’re in a bind, a dash of bourbon or rum can double as a flavor enhancer. You’re sneaky like that!

Eggs

Eggs are glue keeping these brownies together, but you can sidestep them if needed. Mashed bananas, applesauce, or even a flax or chia seed slurry make for ace binders. They’ll make your brownies a bit denser but hey, they’ll still be lip-smackingly good.

Flour

Gluten-free? No problemo! Almond flour or a gluten-free baking blend can swoop in as a substitute. But heads up, these alternatives might change the texture a bit—think tender and nuanced, like a fine piece of art.

Cocoa Powder

Cocoa powder is non-negotiable for chocolate brownies, right? Well, sort of. If you’ve run out, you can use the same amount of unsweetened baking chocolate (one ounce for every three tablespoons of cocoa powder). Just melt it down with your butter, and you’re golden.

Baking Powder

If your baking powder has gone on vacation, baking soda can step up, but it needs an acid to kick it into gear. So, pair it with a touch of vinegar or lemon juice, and you’ll still get that lovely rise.

Salt

Salt is not just a seasoning; it’s a flavor enhancer. If you’re out of the classic stuff, sea salt or kosher salt can jump in. Just adjust the amount as needed because the grain size can really change the game.

Cottage Cheese

The unique twist in these brownies can be replaced with ricotta for a similar texture and subtle flavor. Or, if you’re feeling a desire for more indulgence, cream cheese can work too, though it will steer your brownies to a cheesecake-like experience.

Chocolate Chips

No chocolate chips? Chop up a chocolate bar or use whatever chocolate you’ve got lying around—dark, milk, white—they all want in on this. Each one brings its personality, and hey, diversity is the spice of life, right?

Final Thoughts

You just made a cottage cheese brownies that’ll not only satisfy your sweet tooth but might even leave your regular brownie recipe feeling a bit, well, vanilla! Give them a shot and see how a simple twist can make a world of difference in your baking adventures. 

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Cottage Cheese Brownies Recipe

Cottage Cheese Brownies

Serves: 4 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 1748 calories 95 grams fat
Rating: 5.0/5
( 1 voted )

Ingredients

  • Butter: 1/2 cup (unsalted melts right into this recipe like a dream!)
  • Granulated sugar: 1 cup (because what's a brownie without the sweet stuff?)
  • Vanilla extract: 1 teaspoon (always a good idea for that sweet aroma and flavor depth)
  • Eggs: 2 large (they bind everything together like best buddies)
  • All-purpose flour: 2/3 cup (the perfect foundation for any brownie)
  • Cocoa powder: 1/3 cup (for that rich, chocolatey kick you’re craving)
  • Baking powder: 1/4 teaspoon (just a tad, to lift everything up a bit)
  • Salt: 1/4 teaspoon (to balance the sweetness)
  • Cottage cheese: 1 cup (the star player, bringing moisture and a subtle tangy touch)
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips: 1/2 cup (because more chocolate is always a yes!)

Instructions

  1. Prep Work: Heat your oven up to 350°F (177°C) and line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper, letting a bit hang over the edges for easy removal.
  2. Meltdown: Melt the butter over low heat or in the microwave; whatever’s easiest for you. Pour it into a big mixing bowl.
  3. Mix Master: Add sugar and vanilla to the melted butter and give it a good stir. Throw in the eggs and whisk it all together until it’s smooth and well combined.
  4. The Dry Guys: Mix together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt in another bowl. Make sure they get well acquainted.
  5. Combine Forces: Gradually stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. No rush here, just mix until combined.
  6. Creamy Twist: Blend the cottage cheese in a processor until it’s super smooth. Fold the creamy cheese into the brownie batter, and then add those chocolate chips.
  7. Bake It Till You Make It: Pour the batter into the prepped pan and smooth the top. Bake for about 25-30 minutes. You'll know it’s done when a toothpick inserted comes out clean or with just a few crumbs.
  8. Cool Down: Let the brownies cool in the pan on a rack for at least 10 minutes before lifting out by the parchment paper to cool completely.

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