Monday, September 6, 2010

"Take 5" Cream Cheese Brownies

I enjoy baking but I don't especially love having all sorts of tempting sweets around the house.  That is why I usually only bake when we're having people over, when we've been invited to someones house or for special occasions.  I'm now in the process of re-thinking my decision and start baking on a regular basis.  If nothing else, I enjoy the process and then my husband can bring my efforts into work.  Not a bad idea and seems like everybody wins.  Either that or we have to start having a lot of parties at the house.

I made these brownies to take to a friends backyard BBQ over Labor Day weekend.  I had some people utter the word "perfect" as they were chowing down on them, but I'm by no means here to tell you they're "perfect". What I will tell you is that they are pretty darned good.  It's that salty/sweet thing that gets 'em every time!

Cream Cheese Brownie Recips




Cream cheese brownie recipe

TAKE 5 CREAM CHEESE BROWNIES          {PRINT THIS RECIPE}

Cream Cheese Layer:
1 - 8 oz. package of cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Brownie Layer:
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup white sugar
2 large eggs
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

Topping:
5 or 6 fun size "Take 5" candy bars, chopped

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 9 inch square baking pan.

2.  Combine cream cheese, 1/4 cup sugar, 1 egg and vanilla in a mixing bowl: bean until smooth.  Stir in 1 cup chocolate chips and set aside.

3.  In a microwave safe bowl, melt 1 cup chocolate chips and butter together on low power at 30 second intervals, stirring until melted.  Add 1/2 cup sugar, 2 eggs and mix until combined.

4.  Sift together flour, baking powder and salt and then add the chocolate mixture into the flour mixture.  Stir to combine.

5.  Pour half of the chocolate batter into prepared pan and spread evenly.  Top brownie batter with cream cheese mixture and top the cream cheese layer with the remaining brownie mixture (this won't cover the entire surface).  Using a knife, swirl the top chocolate layer into the cream cheese to make a marble patten.

6.  Top entire surface with chopped candy bars.

7.  Bake for 25-30 minutes or until edges pull away from the sides of the pan.  Cool thoroughly and cut into squares.



OMGosh!!! Maybe "perfect" is the perfect word after all :)  Sweet, chocolaty, melty, gooey, salty, crunchy, creamy and delicious!  Pretty much says it all!


Hope you enjoyed this and I've tempted you to try making these.  You won't be sorry!  From my Kudos Kitchen to yours...

Fondly,
Renee

3 comments:

  1. My goodness these do look perfect Renee. I'm going to have to make them and soon.

    I do a lot of baking too but I don't eat a lot of it either. Like you, I give it away...somehow seems more enjoyable that way and just may be why I love to bake so much!

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  2. Oh.

    My.

    Word.

    Mah belly needs some of that. STAT!

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  3. very tempting!! mouthwatering!! i really wanna taste it.

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