Thursday, July 02, 2009

Cream Cheese Brownies

If you're looking for something healthy and low calorie to make... go find someone else's blog! If you're looking for something that's decadent and rich and full of calories, you've come to the right place. ;-)

I modified this recipe slightly from that which I found in a book, so I'll give it to you as I made it.

Cream Cheese Brownies

2 packages (8 oz. each) cream cheese, softened
2 cups sugar, divided
3 Tbsp milk
1 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup instant hot cocoa mix (I used Nestle)
4 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa (or to taste, use your judgement on this one)
4 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups flour
1 cup chopped nuts (optional, I did not include this, you could also use chocolate chips)

1. In a small mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, 1/2 cup sugar, and milk until fluffy; set aside. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter, hot cocoa mix, cocoa, and remaining 1-1/2 cup sugar. Beat in the eggs and vanilla. Stir in flour and nuts.

2. Pour half the batter into a greased 13x9x2 baking pan. Spread with cream cheese mixture. Top with remaining batter. Cut through batter with a knife to swirl the cream cheese.

3. Bake at 350° for 48-52 minutes (times may vary! The recipe called for 35-40 but that nowhere near enough) until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean, and the edges are starting to pull away from the pan. Cool and cut. In my opinion, these are best when COLD so I keep them in the fridge!

4. Enjoy!


Jan Blawat said...

You know the lecture people give their kids about drugs? Just substitute the word "carbohydrate." This stuff you're pushing is just as addictive, I think. And if the carb police come around, you'll have crumbs around your mouth and chocolate under your fingernails, not to mention on your breath.

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