Mississippi Mud Brownies
Serving size 20
4 egg whites (room temperature)
1/8 tsp cream of tartar
1 1/4 cup fine ground almond flour
¼ cup coconut flour
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 TBS unsalted butter
1 cup Swerve, Granular
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 large eggs (room temperature)
4 oz cream cheese (room temperature)
¼ cup Swerve, Confectioners
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 egg (room temperature)
1 sticks butter
4 TBS unsweetened cocoa powder
3 TBS of whipping cream or milk
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cups Swerve, Confectioners
¾ cup chopped pecans
For Toasted Pecans
Preheat oven to 350 degrees (same temperature as the brownie batter). Place pecans on rimmed cookie sheet, and toast for 5-7 minutes. They should be aromatic but not burned. Remove from oven and set aside.
For the cream cheese filling, blend cream cheese in an electric mixer or with a hand mixer, until creamy. Scrape sides of bowl, and add Swerve, Confectioners, and vanilla until smooth (5 minutes). Add egg, and mix until combined. Set aside to dollop into brownie batter
1. Line a 9" square pan with parchment paper and butter the paper. Mix together flours, cocoa, baking powder, and salt, and set aside.
2. In a stand mixer, beat on the highest setting, egg whites and cream of tartar for 7-10 minutes until you get stiff peaks. Set aside.
3. Melt butter in a saucepan over low to medium low heat. Stir in Swerve, Granular and vanilla, and stir for a few minutes. Remove from heat, and pour into a separate mixing bowl. Quickly whisk in eggs, one at a time (this will ensure the eggs do not cook). Stir in dry ingredients with a spatula until well combined. Add meringue (stiff peaks) and gently mix into the batter until combined. Spread smoothly in prepared pan. Dollop cream cheese filling all over the batter, and with a knife, create a design making sure not to mix too much or over blend the brownie mix and cheesecake filling. You want a pretty design. Bake 17-19 minutes or until the edges of the pan show brownies are cooked. It is okay if the middle of the brownie looks undercooked (they will be ooey gooey when served).
4. Cool in pan for 30 minutes to an hour, and sprinkle toasted pecans all over top of brownies
1. On low heat, in a saucepan, combine the butter, cocoa powder, and milk.
2. Heat until the butter melts.
3. Pour butter mixture in an electric mixer bowl (it may look like the butter is separating from the milk and that’s okay).
4. With electric mixer or with a hand mixer, beat in the remaining frosting ingredients and drizzle onto the brownie while it's still warm.
5. Set aside and let cool for an hour- then dive in!
Watch Ben whip them up on WGNO here: