Friday, January 3, 2014

Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies | Avid Bakers Challenge

Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies

I made these chocolate cheesecake brownies for our annual family Christmas Eve gathering. Every year we rotate hosting duties, and everyone brings a dish. My sweet cousin did a wonderful job. Next year, it's my turn... and next year there will be a new baby in the family!

Everyone loved these brownies, but then again, everyone in our family is super kind and wouldn't say otherwise. Well maybe not that kind. When I mispronounced paleo, they were all over it. For days. Obviously, these brownies are not paleo.

Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies

Back to the brownies... they are seriously good. The brownie part is not only super rich and chocolatey, but includes 2 cups of chocolate chips. The cheesecake is the perfect balance for the brownies.

All swirled together...

Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies

If you can't decide whether or not to go with brownies or cheesecake for dessert, may I suggest these. You'll pretty much please everyone.

Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies

Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies

Ingredients

Brownies

1 C unsalted butter
2 1/4 C sugar
3 3/4 ounces unsweetened cocoa, regular or Dutch process
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp espresso powder
1 T vanilla
4 large eggs
4 1/4 ounces unbleached all purpose flour
12 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chips

Cheesecake 

2 8-ounce packages cream cheese, room temperature
3/4 C sugar
2 ounces unbleached all purpose flour
2 tsp vanilla
1/4 C heavy cream
2 large eggs

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line a 9 inch by 13 inch cake pan with parchment or foil and spray with spray oil.
  3. Melt the butter and sugar in a large saucepan and stir until the sugar is melted. Remove the pan from the heat and let the mixture cool.
  4. Stir in the cocoa, salt, baking powder, espresso, and vanilla.
  5. Once the mixture is cool enough, whisk in the eggs and flour and stir until smooth.
  6. Stir in the chocolate chips once the mixture has completely cooled. 
  7. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the cream cheese until whipped (you can also do this with a hand mixer). Add the sugar, flour, vanilla, cream, and eggs, beating between each addition. 
  8. Add half of the brownie batter to the pan.
  9. Add all of the cheesecake batter to the pan, smoothing it over the brownie batter. 
  10. Dribble the rest of the brownie batter over the cheesecake batter. Take a butter knife, and swirl the mixtures together. 
  11. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until a cake tester comes out clean. 
  12. Cool in the pan completely before cutting.
  13. Cut into 2 inch squares. 
This month, the Avid Bakers Challenge Group is baking this recipe from King Arthur Flour


22 comments:

  1. No definitely not paleo these brownies. A great treat to take to a family gathering. Love your pictures a lot too!

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  2. Happy New Year, Karen!
    They look wonderful and perfect for serving a crowd.

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  3. hello Karen its good to see that you are back with the group/ I love the look of your brownies , the swirl is nice too.

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  4. Hey -- yours have more of the cheesecake part! How'd you do that???

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    1. Mostly because I put all of the brownie down and then realized I needed to reserve some. So I scraped it up and then added the cheesecake. It was probably not a 50/50 division. Lol. Don't tell ANYONE! =)

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    2. I thought about not even swirling mine. As it was, I put most of it down and thought I left only a little for swirling, but it was still too much.

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    3. I sort of plopped the top layer of brownie on rather than spread it. Then I swirled my knife through it in a zig zag pattern.

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  5. Amazing recipe Karen! Can't wait to try it! Thank you!

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  6. I actually like the thicker cheesecake portion in yours. Nice job!

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  7. Amazing swirls. Love the look of your brownies. A belated Happy New Year to you and your family.

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    1. It's pretty tasty =) Thanks so much for visiting!

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