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Cream Cheese Brownies

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What is it about cream cheese and chocolate that goes so well together? On it’s own, they both already won the hearts of many. Put them together, and they are just simply irresistible! Oh, and those pretty swirls atop the cheesecake layer are just so mesmerizing! I can stare at it all day, if I have the time that is. 

Sometime back I shared a Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownie, which has always been a hit at all the parties I brought it to. Even my helper has requested for me to make it for her parties a couple of times. This is a richer, more decadent version of the Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies. It has a denser texture, and definitely loaded with more cocoa goodness as compared to the former.

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This time round, I baked 2 trays for the husband and I to share with co-workers respectively. Once again, this recipe did not disappoint! It’s a relatively easy bake, although the swirling can appear to be tricky. It is better to under-swirl then to over do it. Which is the problem in most cases. I like using the back of a knife to create those swirls, sometimes engaging the help of a toothpick to ‘branch’ out on some more stubborn batter. 

process

Cream Cheese Brownies
Serves 9
Makes a 8x8 inch pan
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Brownie
  1. 2/3 cup (85g) plain flour
  2. 1/2 tsp baking powder
  3. 1/4 tsp salt
  4. 170g semi-sweet chocolate (I used 60% cocoa)
  5. 1/2 cup butter (115g) unsalted butter
  6. 3/4 cup (150g) sugar
  7. 1 tsp vanilla bean paste/extract
  8. 3 eggs
Cream Cheese Mixture
  1. 1 block cream cheese (226g), soften
  2. 1/3 (67g) cup sugar
  3. 1 egg
  4. 1 tsp vanilla bean paste / extract
Brownie
  1. Preheat oven to 160C.
  2. Line a 8x8 inch pan with aluminium foil, then spray with baking spray.
  3. Melt butter and chocolate in a microwave safe bowl for 30 secs.
  4. Stir, then melt at 10 seconds blast if not melted yet.
  5. Mix in sugar, and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  6. Beat in eggs one at a time.
  7. Change to a wooden spoon or spatula, and mix in flour until batter is glossy.
  8. Reserve 1/4 cup batter, then pour the rest into the prepared pan.
  9. Layer the cream cheese batter on top of the brownie.
  10. Drop dollops of reserved brownie batter on top of the cream cheese mixture.
  11. Use a skewer or back of knife to create swirls.
  12. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until moist, fudgy crumbs adheres to skewer when inserted.
  13. Cool in pan for 5 minutes, then remove from pan to cool on cooling rack.
  14. Allow to cool completely and chill (if you have the time) before slicing into it.
Cream Cheese Mixture
  1. In a double boiler, melt cream cheese and sugar together.
  2. Remove from heat, allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  3. Mix in egg and vanilla extract, until combined.
Notes
  1. I skipped the double boiling step of the cream cheese, and just whisk the cream cheese, sugar, egg, and vanilla together by hand. It works, but it was quite tedious. It'll work better with an electric beater. Otherwise, melt your cream cheese as given in the directions above.
Adapted from Browneyedbaker
Adapted from Browneyedbaker
Delishar | Singapore Cooking, Recipe, and Food Blog http://delishar.com/
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9 Comments

  • Reply
    Cindee Lee
    3 May, 2016 at 11:47 am

    Hai Sharon. How to store those brownies? Kept in air tight container or placed it the fridge? How long can it last? Thank you 😊

    • Reply
      Sharon Lam
      3 May, 2016 at 3:42 pm

      I usually keep it in air-tight container and chill it. Best to consume within 3 days. πŸ™‚

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    Cindee Lee
    3 May, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    Oh! Thanks a lot Sharon.

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    Soo
    6 May, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Hi Sharon, how to get d yellow surface after baking? Mine turned out brown, was it over baked? But they surely taste good! Tq

    • Reply
      Sharon Lam
      6 May, 2016 at 10:21 am

      Hihi! Thanks for trying the recipe..Maybe it was too close to the heat source, over baked, or your oven is too hot. If it gets brown too quickly, you can tent it with foil. πŸ™‚

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    Magdalene
    23 May, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    Hi Sharon. Loves this recipe. It works. However , I can’t find cream cheese here in London. The stores sell mostly soft cheese. Are they similar? Thanks.

    • Reply
      Sharon Lam
      23 May, 2016 at 7:52 pm

      Hi Magdalene, thank you! The cheese we use here comes in a block form. I’m not sure about soft cheese in London, as there are many kind of different soft cheeses. I think it’s better to ask the sales person if it’s meant for baking, just to be safe.

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    jane
    30 May, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    My cream cheese top ‘cracked’ . Do you know why?

    • Reply
      Sharon Lam
      30 May, 2016 at 10:20 pm

      Try baking at a lower temp for a longer period of time. Usually it is because of high temp. Also use the lower racks.

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