Chewy Chocolate Cream Cheese Brownies

The best cream cheese brownies taste almost like cheesecake and brownies swirled together. The vanilla cream cheese provides just the right contrast to the deep fudge brownie, making this luscious dessert fit for company or for sale at a bake sale. Try making your own variation by experimenting with fruit preserves, cream cheese mixtures and brownie recipes until you find the perfect dessert to suit your fancy.

Try the following cream cheese brownies recipe as a base recipe. Add or subtract to it as you see fit to create your own signature brownies.

Cream Cheese Brownies Recipe

Ingredients You Will Need:
1 ¼ cups flour
¾ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 stick of butter
4 ounces semisweet baking chocolate
4 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate
2 cups granulated sugar
5 large eggs, slightly beaten
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
12 oz. cream cheese

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease brownie pan with butter.

Melt butter and baking chocolates in a saucepan on low heat, mixing often to prevent burning. When mixture is completely melted and incorporated, add 1 ½ cups of sugar, four eggs and two teaspoons of the vanilla. Mix until well blended.

In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking powder and salt. Add dry ingredients to the chocolate mixture and mix just enough to incorporate all ingredients.

In another bowl, use an electric mixer to beat cream cheese and ½ cup of sugar. Add last egg and two teaspoons of vanilla extract and beat until smooth.

In greased brownie pan, pour half of the chocolate brownie mix. Drop in large spoonfuls of the cream cheese mixture, making an uneven pattern in the brownie batter. Pour the rest of the brownie batter into the brownie pan, allowing some of the cream cheese to remain exposed. Using a dull knife, draw swirling lines in the batter, allowing most of the cream cheese to remain in globs, but pulling some of the cream cheese through the batter.

Bake approximately 35 minutes. The brownies are done when a toothpick inserted into the chocolate brownie part of the brownies (at least two inches from the side of the pan) comes clean.

Some options for changing the recipe listed above are to add in fruit preserves. Make half of the cream cheese mixture and add in a cup of fruit preserves, barely folding the preserves into the cream cheese. Do not mix well. Put the cream cheese and preserves mixtures into the brownie pan just like described in the recipe above for brownies striped with ribbons of cream cheese and preserves.

Other recipes call for a layer of cheesecake that sits on top of a layer of fudge brownie. This makes an elegant, rich dessert.

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