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Two Sisters Times Two, Serial #13 and Brownie Batter Dip

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This time of year taking a dip usually means heading for the pool.

But then we at Reading and Recipes never were ones to follow the crowd. We’re inviting you–indeed, encouraging you–to take a dip–as with a fresh strawberry or graham cracker or marshmallow (quickie s’mores, anyone?) or pretzel–into our Brownie Batter Dip!

This stuff is the stuff! It’s quick and simple to make, easy to store or transport in one of those plastic containers with a lid, goes anywhere and with almost anything (or even plain–just dip your finger into it and enjoy!).

In fact, it will happily travel with you to the pool in a small cooler along with your favorite beverage and some graham crackers and fresh berries. That way you can have a dip in between your dips! And don’t be surprised if suddenly you have lots of visitors stopping by to share some of the fun of this dip between the dips. You don’t have to tell them your friends at R&R set you up with the treat. It will be our secret.

And if you get bored during your dips between the dips (or if you want to drive off some of those pushy neighbors), download the audio of Two Sisters Times Two, Serial #13, pop in the ear buds, pretend you’re asleep, and listen to the serial while you lounge in the sun.

And don’t forget your sunscreen or a hat! We try to do it all at R&R, but so far we haven’t figured out how to upload sun protection.

brownie fruit dip

Brownie Batter Dip

4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature 

1 Tablespoon unsalted butter, room temperature

1 cup sifted powdered sugar 

2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour, sifted 

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted 

2 Tablespoons packed brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

2-3 Tablespoons milk or cream

Add cream cheese and butter to a large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer for 1-2 minutes, or until light and fluffy. Add powdered sugar slowly, mixing until powdered sugar is well incorporated. Add the flour, cocoa powder, brown sugar, vanilla, and 2 tablespoons of milk to cream cheese mixture. Mix until batter is fluffy and all of the ingredients are incorporated. If batter is too thick, add 1 more tablespoon of milk. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving. Enjoy with pretzels, graham crackers, strawberries, and other sliced fruit.

Makes about 1 1/2 cups.

brownie dip

{Adapted from Cooking to Perfection}

Click below to listen to or read Serial #13 of “Two Sisters Times Two”.

Two Sisters Times Two, Serial #13, audio © Jeffrey Anderson

Two Sisters Times Two, Serial #13, text © Jeffrey Anderson


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