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Marbled Cream-Cheese Brownies Recipe

Marbled Cream-Cheese Brownies Recipe

I have a theory about children and desserts: the more sweet items crammed into one recipe, the better they like it. So, if your kids like brownies, cheesecake and chocolate candy, they'll love these.

What you'll need

  • 6 oz. bittersweet chocolate, coarsely broken
  • 3 oz. unsweetened chocolate, coarsely broken
  • 16 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups sugar, divided
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract, divided
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

How to make it

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 13-by-9-inch baking pan with aluminum foil so that the foil extends 2 inches beyond the sides of the pan. Lightly butter the bottom and sides of the foil.
  2. Heat the chocolates in a microwave oven on High for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring halfway through cooking, until melted. Let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and 1/3 cup of the sugar on medium speed until smooth. Beat in one of the eggs and 1 teaspoon of the vanilla extract.
  4. In another large bowl, beat the butter and remaining 1 2/3 cups of sugar until combined. One at a time, add the remaining 3 eggs, beating well after each addition.
  5. Blend in the melted chocolate and the remaining 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract. On low speed, mix in the flour and salt, just until combined.
  6. Scrape all but 1 cup of the chocolate batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top with a rubber spatula. Spread the cream cheese mixture evenly over the batter. Spoon the reserved chocolate batter over the cream cheese mixture.
  7. Pull a table knife through the layers of the batter in a zigzag fashion to create a marbleized effect. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out slightly moist.
  8. Cool in the pan. Then, using the two ends of the foil as handles, lift out of the pan. Cut into bars. Makes 24.

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