Entertaining: Mascarpone Chocolate Blackberry Witch Stockings

by Wisconsin Cheese with contribution by Haute Apple Pie

The bloggers at Haute Apple Pie are experts at entertaining at home in style, and they certainly know their way around the kitchen. This month, they’ve put together a Double, Double Toil and Trouble witch-themed Halloween party starring Wisconsin Cheese.

Try their recipe for Wisconsin Mascarpone Chocolate Blackberry Witch Stockings. Find their Cauldron Beer Cheese Fondue on EatWisconsinCheese.com and stay tuned for more entertaining ideas throughout the year.

Mascarpone Chocolate Blackberry Witch Stockings

By Haute Apple Pie

Servings: 15-20 cookies

1 box German chocolate cake mix
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
1/3 cup milk
1 cup chocolate chips (optional)
2 pints blackberries and/or raspberries*
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 teaspoon cornstarch
1/2 cup (4 ounces) Wisconsin Mascarpone Cheese

Preheat oven to 350°F. In a medium bowl, whisk together cake mix, melted butter and milk until batter is thick and fully moistened. Press batter into an ungreased 13×9-inch cake pan or spread across a jelly roll pan. Top with chocolate chips if you are using them. Bake for 20-23 minutes. Cool completely.

Meanwhile, add berries to a small sauce pan and smash them with a potato masher. Heat berries over medium heat and whisk in sugar, lemon juice and cornstarch. Continue cooking, whisking occasionally, for about 20-25 minutes until jam has reduced by about 1/3 and is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Remove from heat and cool completely in the refrigerator.

Use a small cookie or biscuit cutter (preferable 1 1/2-inch diameter) to cut circles from the brownie. Depending on the thickness of your brownie, slice each circle in half horizontally (Note: If your brownie is quite thin, you can skip this step). Lay out the bottom halves and top halves separately on a cutting board. Spread the bottom halves with a thin layer of Mascarpone and top with a small dollop of blackberry preserves. Next, carefully stack one layered bottom half on top of another and complete your stocking by topping off with a top half. Repeat (note: you will end up with extra top halves. Use these to add an extra layer or reserve for snacking).

*Save time by substituting premade blackberry preserves for the homemade preserves.