Sunday, October 26, 2008

Cream Cheese Brownies

Delicious, decadent chocolate brownie base with a delicious cream cheese topping swirled throughout. Simple, easy and good.

Chocolate Batter

6 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, broken into pieces
2/3 cup sugar
2 large eggs
3/4 cup flour
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup chocolate chips (Semi-sweet works well)
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cream Cheese Batter

8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1 large egg yolk
5 tablespoons sugar
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract

Grease and flour an 8 x 8 baking dish.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Carefully microwave chocolate and butter in 30 second increments until melted. Combine well with sugar and eggs.

Mix in the flour, cocoa powder and salt, then the vanilla and chocolate chips.

Spread evenly in the prepared pan.

Mix cream cheese, egg yolk, sugar, and vanilla extract.

Layer the cream cheese on top of the chocolate mixture and swirl both batters together.

Bake for 45 minutes. Check carefully for doneness. This chocolate mixture does not make a 'cakey' texture, it's more of flourless chocolate cake consistency, which frankly is why I like this recipe.

Let cool completely and cut into squares.

Adapted from The David Lebovitz blog. Thanks David.


Anonymous said...

Beautiful shots of the brownies! Almost like a painting!~

The Merlin Menu said...

What a nice compliment, thank you so much.