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Stevia Fudge Brownies

Scary-good Stevia Fudge Brownies will help ease the Halloween season’s sugar load.

Great graveyards! This Stevia Fudge Brownies recipe uses stevia so your adorably decorated dessert won’t be such a killer sugary treat. Here’s how to get the look of this graveyard once you’ve made the Stevia Fudge Brownies:

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For dirt, use your favorite chocolate frosting and crushed chocolate cookies such as Oreos, crushed graham crackers or brownie crumbs.
For grass, use food coloring on shredded coconut (see sidebar) or pipe green icing with a #233 decorator tip.
For tombstones, use your favorite cut-out cookie recipe with a tombstone-shaped cookie cutter or half of an oval cutter. Or get creative with store-bought cookies that can double as tombstones. Use a brown sugar or cinnamon glaze for a stone-like effect (recipe follows) or gray-tinted icing. Use store-bought decorating gel or pipe white icing, such as royal icing (recipe on page 67), for “RIP.”

Easy Colored Coconut

Place coconut in resealable food-storage plastic bag. Add a teaspoon of water and about 8 drops of liquid green color and 2 drops of yellow. Shake to mix and add a bit more water, or more color, if needed, to get desired tone. Alternatively, put food color and a teaspoon of water in a jar, shake it up, and then add coconut and shake.

Stevia Fudge Brownies

1 1⁄3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
½ cup butter
¾ cup whole-wheat pastry flour
1 teaspoon stevia powder such as SweetLeaf Stevia® sweetener
¼ teaspoon salt
3 eggs lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon almond extract
¾ cup chopped walnuts, optional

1. Prepare a 9-inch baking pan with nonstick spray. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Place chocolate and butter in a double boiler pan over simmering water; stir while chocolate melts.
3. Combine flour and stevia in a medium bowl.
4. Combine eggs and extracts in a separate bowl.
5. Add melted chocolate to dry ingredients, and then pour in egg mixture and combine.
6. Spread into prepared pan and sprinkle walnuts over the surface (if using). Press them in lightly with a spatula.
7. Bake 18-20 minutes or until brownies pull away from the sides of the pan.
8. Cool on a wire rack before cutting into “cemetery plots” (rectangles).
9. When completely cool, decorate as desired with your favorite chocolate frosting, add “grass,” candy pumpkins and any other fun embellishments you like. Adhere “tombstone” cookie to back of brownie with frosting or royal icing.

Cinnamon Glaze

1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 Tablespoon milk, almond milk or other non-dairy milk
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1⁄8-¼ teaspoon cinnamon

Whisk well to combine until smooth. Coat “tombstone” cookies with glaze, if desired, and display with Stevia Fudge Brownies.

Recipe by Hillary Black
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