Brownie Batter Dip

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8 ounces cream cheese, light or regular, softened to room temperature

1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) butter, softened to room temperature

2 cups powdered sugar, plus more for a stiffer consistency, if needed

5 tablespoons all-purpose flour

5 tablespoons cocoa powder, regular or Dutch-process

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

2-4 tablespoons milk

Chocolate chips for garnish (optional)

Pretzels, strawberries, graham crackers, animal crackers, apples for dipping


In a large bowl with a handheld electric mixer or in the bowl of an electric stand mixer, whip together the cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy, 1-2 minutes. Add 2 cups of the powdered sugar. Mix well. Add the flour, cocoa powder, brown sugar, vanilla and 2 tablespoons milk. Mix until fluffy and smooth. Add additional powdered sugar and/or milk, if needed, until desired consistency is reached. The dip should be soft enough to easily dip a pretzel in (without breaking the pretzel!) but not so soft that it spreads out instead of holding it's shape in a fluffy cloud of brownie batter goodness. Garnish with chocolate chips, if desired.