Healthy care packages


Care packages of goodies are a time-honored prescription for college kids suffering attacks of the freshmen blues.

These brownies have a traditional to-die-for chocolate taste but are low in fat, cholesterol and calories.

Chewy Gooey Brownies 1 1/2 cups flour

1 cup sugar

3/4 cup unsweetened baking cocoa

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup canola oil

1/4 cup skim milk

1/2 cup corn syrup

1 whole egg

2 egg whites

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts or pecans

Non-stick cooking spray

Bittersweet Frosting and Snow Dust (recipe follows)

Coat a 9x12x2-inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In the bowl of an electric mixer or food processor, combine flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Mix thoroughly. Combine oil, milk, corn syrup, egg, egg whites and vanilla. Stir liquid ingredients into dry ingredients. Fold in nuts. Bake for 20 minutes until center is set but soft and edges are firm.

Bittersweet Frosting 1 square unsweetened chocolate

2 cups powdered sugar

1 tablespoon softened butter or margarine

1/2 cup cocoa

1 egg white

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 cup powdered sugar

Melt unsweetened chocolate in a microwave oven on medium (50 percent) power. Beat in two cups powdered sugar, cocoa, butter, egg white and vanilla extract. Beat with an electric mixer on high speed until fluffy. If frosting is too stiff, dribble up to two tablespoons of water into mixture while beating. Spread over cooled cake. Allow to dry before sifting remaining powdered sugar over frosting. Makes 36 servings.

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