These Raspberry Mascarpone Hazelnut Choc Brownie Bites are just perfect to serve at any summer event you have coming up.

brownie bites, mascarpone cheese, raspberries

I had a pint of the most beautiful raspberries last week and wanted to do something special with them.  I always think of raspberry and chocolate as ingredients that go together perfectly.    Raspberry Mascarpone Hazelnut Choc Brownie Bites are elegant but so easy.  They are made with a box of brownie mix as the base and then each one is built with a rich mixture of flavors.

brownie bites, mascarpone cheese, raspberrySpray mini muffin pans and divide brownie mix batter into cups.  

brownie bites, mascarpone cheese, raspberryBake.

brownie bites, mascarpone cheese, raspberriesMake an indentation into each brownie with wooden pastry press.

brownie bites, mascarpone cheese, hazelnut spread, raspberriesCool and then remove from pan.  Let brownies cool completely or they are difficult to remove from the pan.

brownie bites, raspberry, nutella, mascarpone cheeseMix up the mascarpone cheese filling and set aside.

brownie bites, mascarpone cheese, nutella, raspberriesSpread the chocolate hazelnut spread in the center.

brownie bites, mascarpone cheese, raspberries, nutellaTop with the mascarpone filling and a raspberry.

mascarpone cheese, brownie bites, white chocbrownie bites, mascarpone cheese, raspberriesHeat the white chocolate and drizzle over brownie bites.

Since this recipe makes so many brownie bites, I tried freezing some of them without the filling and they were wonderful.  You can freeze some and fill at a later date when they are needed.

I made these for a bridal shower and will take them to our 4th of July family party also.  Little mini desserts are always great to serve, so that our guests can sample a variety of foods.

brownie bites, mascarpone cheese, raspberriesI hope that you enjoy these refreshing little bites.

Yields 45
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  1. 1 (18.4oz) box brownie mix
  2. 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  3. 1/4 cup water
  4. 2 large eggs
  5. 1/2 cup mascarpone cheese, softened
  6. 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 cup confectioner sugar
  7. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  8. 48 fresh raspberries, divided
  9. 1/2 cup chocolate hazelnut spread
  10. 1/3 cup white chocolate baking discs
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 42-45 cups on mini muffin pans with no stick cooking spray.
  2. Prepare brownie mix as directed on the box. Divide batter evenly between the mini muffin cups. (about 1 heaping Tablespoon each)
  3. Bake 10-12 minutes or until toothpick comes out almost clean when inserted into center. Do not overbake.
  4. Remove from the oven and allow to cool 5 minutes. Using a wooden pastry press, or your thumb, make an indentation into center of each brownie bite. COOL COMPLETELY then run a sharp knife around the edge of each bite and remove from pans. Transfer to a cooling rack.
  5. In a medium size bowl, mix the mascarpone cheese, confectioner sugar, vanilla, and 5 raspberries, with an electric mixer until well combined. *** (Start with 1 1/4 cups of confectioner sugar and add more if too thin. The juiciness of raspberries will sometimes make mixture thinner)Set aside
  6. Divide the chocolate hazelnut spread evenly between the brownie bites. Place about 1/2 teaspoon in the center of each one.
  7. Top each with 1 teaspoon of the mascarpone cheese mixture. Slightly, spread over the brownie.
  8. Top each bite with a raspberry.
  9. Place white chocolate in a small microwave safe bowl and heat at 15 second intervals until melted. Stir after each interval.
  10. Drizzle small amount of white chocolate over each brownie bite.
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These beautiful, homemade cinnamon rolls are so delicious, and were made by some of my granddaughters at this week’s Kids Cooking Class.

homemade cinnamon rolls, breakfast, kids cooking classThe past few classes we have been working on breakfast recipes.  We have done simple things like cooking bacon and eggs to making souffles, wraps, quiche, omelets, a crostada, and French toast.  I wanted to teach them the art of making homemade cinnamon rolls, even if only this one time in their life.  I know that most people don’t take time to do this anymore but I want them to remember doing this with me.   Continue reading HOMEMADE CINNAMON ROLLS & KIDS COOKING CLASS


My cooking classes with the grandchildren focused on breakfast specialties for several classes and we wanted to share some of them.

breakfast specialties, kids cooking classesBreakfast is my favorite meal of the day, but  several of my grandchildren told me they do not like to eat breakfast.  They prefer to eat a pop-tart, breakfast bar, or have a parfait.  I wanted to show them a variety of foods they could make and would probably like to eat.  We came up with some old and new breakfast specialties. Continue reading BREAKFAST SPECIALTIES FROM THE GRANDKIDS


If you have grandchildren (or children) chances are they are involved in different sports, many of which involve fundraisers. My husband and I have 8 grown children and 13 grandchildren so we have been involved in a lot of fundraising!

When I am asked to donate something for fundraisers, I go through my list of foods that have been the most popular. I like to send things other than hot dogs, pizza, or nachos.

One easy recipe is sugar cookies that have been cut out with alphabet cookie cutters, then decorated with their team colors. I add them to cookie bags and tie with team color ribbons.   My recipe for Decorated Sugar Cookies


Another fun treat is Pepperoni Rolls.  I think they may be a food common in WV but not some other states.  We always make them for parties, tailgates, race weekends, camping, and any sports event.  My children knew how to make them when they went to college and their friends always wanted them.   When my son  moved to Denver, Co the people he met were not familiar with them so now he has them hooked!   

fundraisres, pepperoni rolls  Continue reading FUNDRAISERS…UNIQUE FOODS TO DONATE


Last week we hosted a Disney Princess themed rehearsal cook-out.

rehearsal dinner, disney princess, weddingMy step son and his beautiful fiancĂ© got married last week.  She loves everything Disney,  so she planned her wedding with a Disney princess theme.  They requested the rehearsal dinner be a cook-out at our house.  I wanted to make this special for them, so Bob and I created a Disney princess themed rehearsal cook-out.  Continue reading DISNEY PRINCESS THEMED REHEARSAL COOK-OUT


This loaded breakfast panini is perfect to start your day with, or to serve to guests for a special treat.

Leftover ham was the inspiration for my loaded breakfast panini.  My husband loves fried egg sandwiches, but doesn’t let himself eat them too often.  In the summer months he loves them with a slice of fresh tomato.  One morning while fixing breakfast, I saw the leftover ham in the refrigerator and put this sandwich together for him.

loaded breakfast panini, ham, breakfast sandwich On this day, I used sour dough bread, with  mayonnaise for my condiment.  Another day I made this on ciabatta bread and used basil pesto for the condiment. Any time I have a fresh tomato, I do add a slice or 2 to the sandwich.

Here is the recipe and I hope you enjoy this breakfast panini. Continue reading LOADED BREAKFAST PANINI

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