There is almost nothing more enjoyable than rich, chocolate cream cheese brownies. Give this recipe a try and see if you can resist eating more than one. They make a perfect, easy dessert that’s a real crowd pleaser.
3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped (3 squares)
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips, coarsely chopped
1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1 cup (packed) light brown sugar
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
8 ounces cream cheese (1 cup), softened
4 cups confectioners’ sugar (1 pound)
1/2 cup bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chunks or chips (3 ounces)
2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar, for garnish (optional)
Preheat the oven to 350º. Butter a 13 x 9 x 2 inch glass baking dish and set aside.
Place the unsweetened and bittersweet chocolate and the butter in a microwave safe bowl or in the top pan of a double-boiler over simmering water. If placed in the microwave, heat at 1 minute intervals, checking and stirring before heating again. Alternatively, melt over the simmering water, stirring constantly until smooth and glossy. Add the 6 eggs, one at a time, beating with a wooden spoon after each addition. Stir the brown and white sugars into the mixture. Stir in the vanilla. Add the flour and blend until no white shows. Pour the mixture into the baking dish and smooth the top with a rubber spatula.
Place the cream cheese and powdered sugar in a small mixing bowl. Beat until just combined at low speed using an electric mixer or wooden spoon. Add the eggs and continue to beat for several minutes at medium speed. Scrape the sides of the bowl as necessary. Pour over the chocolate mixture in the pan. Sprinkle the chocolate chunks over the top. Place the pan in the oven and bake for 35 to 45 minutes, or until the top is set and golden brown. Remove and place on a rack to cool. Dust the top with confectioners’ sugar using a sieve, if desired.
To serve the chocolate cream cheese brownies, cut into squares about 2 x 2 inches and place on a platter.
Makes about 24 (2 inch) brownies
Enjoy the chocolate cream cheese brownies as the perfect complement to your dinner of Spaghetti alla Carbonara con Asparagi.
Copyright © 2000 by Paula Lambert, The Cheese Lover’s Cookbook and Guide, all rights reserved.
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