Cheesecake Brownie Squares

cheesecake browniesCheesecake Brownie Squares are one of those go-to desserts you turn to when you really want to impress someone. It's smooth, creamy cheesecake swirled with decadent chocolate chip brownies -- what's not to like? I've been experimenting a bit with swirling raspberry preserves in with the cheesecake or topping them with crumbled up Snickers Bars. Really, the variations are endless, but here's my very favorite basic recipe to get you started:

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Cheesecake Brownie Squares from David Lebovitz

Ingredients:

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 4 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions:

1. Line an 8-inch square pan with foil, making sure it goes up all four sides. (Parchment paper works, too.) Grease lightly with non-stick spray or butter.

2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

3. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter and chocolate over low heat, stirring until smooth. Remove from heat and beat in the 2/3 cup sugar, then the eggs.

4. Mix in the flour, cocoa powder, and salt; then the vanilla and chocolate chips. Spread evenly in the prepared pan.

5. In a separate bowl, beat together the cream cheese, the yolk, 5 tablespoons of sugar, and vanilla until smooth.

6. Distribute the cream cheese mixture in eight dollops across the top of the brownie mixture, then take a dull knife or spatula and swirl the cream cheese mixture with the chocolate batter.

7. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes until the batter in the center of the pan is only just set.

8. Cool, then lift out the foil and peel it away. Cut the brownies into squares.

How do you like to make Cheesecake Brownie Squares?

 

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