Friday, April 19, 2013

Chunky Cheesecake Brownies

Chunky Cheesecake Brownies

1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
1/4 c. sugar
1 egg
2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
1/4 c. butter
1/2 c. sugar
2 eggs
2/3 c. flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt

Preheat oven ti 350. Grease a 9 inch square baking pan.

Combine cream cheese with 1/4 c. sugar and 1 egg in mixing bowl; beat until smooth. Stir 1 c. chocolate chips into the cream cheese mixture. Set aside.

Fill a saucepan with water and bring to a boil. Turn the heat off and set a heatproof mixing bowl over the water. In the mixing bowl, combine butter with the remaining cup of chocolate chips; stir until just melted and blended together. Stir in the remaining 1/2 c. sugar and 2 eggs. Then, sift together flour, baking powder and salt; stir into chocolate until evenly blended.

Pour half the batter into the prepared baking pan. Spread the cream cheese mixture over the chocolate layer. Top with remaining chocolate mixture (this doesn't need to completely cover the cream cheese layer). Using a knife, swirl the top chocolate layer into the cream cheese to make a marble pattern.

Bake in preheated oven at 350 for 25 to 30 minutes or until top is crinkled and edges pull away from the sides of the pan.  Cool thoroughly. Cut into 12 to 16 squares. Store in refrigerator or freeze.

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