Decadent Strawberry Amaretto Brownies. A thick fudgy brownie topped with a delectable strawberry cream cheese frosting.
For me, I’d have to say that brownies are probably my favorite dessert ever. I love the chocolaty, fudgy bites. I like them fresh out of the oven, after they’ve been in the fridge and I love them plain, topped with ice cream or frosting. Basically, anyway you serve me a brownie, I am going to love it.
Except nuts. Especially walnuts. No thanks!
It’s not that I don’t like the flavor of almonds or walnuts, I do. I just don’t like the texture that they add to brownies. These Strawberry Amaretto brownies have Amaretto mixed into the batter to give a slight nutty almond flavor without adding the nuts.
And it is a total win if you ask me.
Have you ever had amaretto? I tried it for the first time in Italy and fell it love. When it comes to liquor, I don’t usually drink that much. And I never sip it, unless it’s amaretto. It’s sweet and smooth. It’s a great drink and makes a fabulous addition to desserts like these Strawberry Amaretto Brownies.
Now let’s talk frosting. I went through a couple different recipe tests on the frosting before I got it just the way I wanted it. I was originally going to go with a strawberry buttercream but instead, these Strawberry Amaretto Brownies are topped with a thick, creamy layer of Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting. And oh mama is it good.
Just look at it.
These Strawberry Amaretto Brownies are thick, chocolatey and perfect for Valentine’s Day. Or, to be totally honest, any day. Because any day is good for brownies. Am I right?!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8x8 baking sheet with parchment paper.
Whisk together butter and cocoa powder. Whisk in sugar. Whisk in eggs 1 at a time. Whisk in vanilla extract and amaretto. Fold in flour and salt. Mix just until combined.
Spread batter into prepared pan. Bake in preheated oven for 30 - 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out with a few crumbs.
Transfer brownies to a cooling rack and cool completely.
While brownies are cooling, make frosting. Beat together cream cheese and butter until smooth. Beat in 2 cups of powdered sugar. Beat in strawberry preserves. Continue mixing until a stiff but spreadable mixture forms. Add remaining powdered sugar if needed.
Spread frosting over cooled brownies. Cut and serve.