Decadence in the form of chocolate . . .

Sometimes I like when I run out of the usual ingredients and I end up putting something together that would have otherwise never been made. Today was such an afternoon. The kids were scrambling to have something sweet, “Anything mommy . . . “ But alas, we had no ready made sweet things in the house. After a while of intermittent requesting . . . half begging . . . irritating whining . . . patient waiting . . . I was finished cleaning and actually had an idea. Ooo . . . it was a good idea, and it was relatively simple, and I thought it would take care of everybody’s sweet cravings. The following is the recipe. I recommend it and am sure I will make it again. My eleven year old requested I write it down so he can have it as his birthday cake next summer. We’ll see about that . . .
 For now though, best mid-October wishes . . . 

Chocolate Decadence
Mix thoroughly:
8 oz cream cheese room temperature
1 + 1/2 tablespoons butter melted
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/3 – 1/2 cups brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Move 1 tablespoon of mixture to a new bowl for the “crust”, 
then add and mix 2 tablespoons almond meal.
Roll “crust” batter onto wax paper thickly strewn with almond meal.
Roll by covering the top in wax paper as well and rolling until the crust is about a 5” x 6” rectangle.
Whip 3/4  of the rest of the batter until light and smooth, 
then spread evenly over the crust.
With the last bit, add:
3/4 teaspoon finely ground coffee

Spread this last bit evenly over the top.
Shave unsweetened chocolate over the top.

Chill a bit before serving.
To serve, cut into 1” squares. 
It helps to wet the knife between cuts to make it come out more clean.

                                                                                    Cheers  ~ Marica


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