Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Cream Cheese Brownies

I've become a brownie snob.  I started out making them from scratch because I didn't have a mix in the pantry and now when I taste a mix, the chemically (yes, totally a word) taste is overwhelming to me. 

Last year, I posted a recipe for classic brownies.  Today, I'm back with cream cheese brownies.  The recipe is slightly adapted from The Best Recipe cookbook (affiliate link, but a really awesome cookbook I've had and used for years.  It's a great gift for someone new to cooking).

Cream Cheese Brownies

Brownie Base
1 stick (8 tbsp) of butter
3/8 c (6 tbsp) cocoa powder
1/8 c (2 tbsp) oil
2/3 c semi-sweet chocolate chips
1c sugar
1tsp vanilla
3 eggs
2/3 c flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

Cream Cheese Filling
8oz cream cheese, softened
1/4 c sugar
1 egg yolk
1/2 tsp vanilla

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.   Line an 8x8 pan with aluminum foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray

2. Melt the butter in a microwave safe bowl or over a double boiler
3. Add cocoa powder, oil and chocolate chips
4.  Stir until chocolate chips are completely melted.  Microwave an additional 10-15 seconds if needed, but be careful not to overdo it
5. Add in 1c of sugar and stir well

6. Stir in vanilla.  Then add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
7.  Add flour, baking powder and salt.  These ingredients should be mixed together first, but in the interest of reducing the dishes I have to wash, I dump the flour in first, then put the baking powder and salt on top and just mix it into the flour a bit before I stir the batter.

8.  In a separate bowl, mix cream cheese, 1/4c sugar, egg yolk and vanilla until blended and smooth

9. Spread half of the brownie base in the prepared pan and spoon dollops of cream cheese filling on top
10. Repeat the layers, then drag a knife through the batter to get the marbling effect.
11. Bake 50-60 minutes.  Toothpick inserted in the center should come out with a few fudgey crumbs, but not raw batter.

12. Enjoy in small doses.  These are incredibly sweet and not too terribly good for you either, but some days ya just gotta have a treat!

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