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Monday, May 14, 2012

Cream Cheese Chocolate Brownies


Ingredients for the Brownies:
1 1/2 cups of sugar
1 cup of flour
6 oz of bittersweet chocolate
1 stick of butter (8 tablespoons)
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract1/2 teaspoon of salt
Ingredients for the Cream Cheese Topping:
2/3 cup of sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
16 oz of cream cheese at room temperature

Steps for making the brownies batter:
1- In a sauce pan, melt the butter over medium heat. 
2- Once the butter is melted, remove the pan from the heat, and add the chocolate. Let it sit for 1 minute, then whisk the chocolate until completely melted. If the chocolate has not melted, return the pan to very low heat and keep stirring. 
3- In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, salt, and vanilla extract. Then whisk in the sugar. 
4- Add the chocolate-butter mixture to the egg mixture and mix well. 
5- Fold in the flour.
Steps for making the cream cheese topping:
1- Using the flat beater of standing mixer, beat the cream cheese with the sugar on medium speed. 
2- Once it becomes creaming, add the vanilla, and eggs one by one. 
3- Scrape the bowl using a spatula, then mix again using the flat beater.
Last Steps:
1- Butter a 9 x 13 inch pan. Line the pan with parchment paper then butter the paper as well.  
2- Pour the brownies batter in the pan and even it out using a spatula. 
3- Cover the brownies batter with the cream cheese mixture. 
4- Preheat your oven to 350 F degrees. 
5- Place the pan in the middle rack of the oven and bake the brownies for 45-50 minutes. 
6-To check that the brownies are ready, touch the surface, it should feel firm. You can also insert a toothpick, it should come out clean. 
7- Cover the brownies and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

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