4.30.2013

Cream Cheese Brownies





I can't believe I decided to post another ridiculously fattening recipe.  I had something completely different planned for today, but I woke up with this unbelievable craving for these brownies.  I haven't make them for years because I have a tendency to eat the ENTIRE batch myself.  I have a thing for walnuts and chocolate, ya know?  My sister-in-law gave me this recipe years ago.  I should have thrown it away, but stashed it away just in case I had a craving.

I'm warning you in advance this recipe is loaded with nuts.  They have three wonderful layers all of which contain walnuts.   The addition of nuts is completely OPTIONAL...for you...not for me.




Layer #1:  You will need the following:


1/2 cup unsalted butter
2 oz unsweetened chocolate
1 cups sugar
1 cup flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup chopped walnuts






I am lining a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with parchment.  You don't have to do this.  I really makes removing and cutting the brownies so much easier.  This way I don't end up leaving knife marks in the bottom of my new pan that I'd like to keep looking new.





You can grease and flour a pan or spray it with a nonstick spray.  





In a small bowl add the unsweetened chocolate and butter.  Microwave for 45-60 seconds.  Alternatively you can melt the butter and chocolate in a small saucepan on the stove top.





Whisk the ingredients.





Until smooth.  Set aside.





In a 2 quart mixing bowl, add the flour.





Sugar.





Salt,





Baking powder.





Mix together.





Add the chocolate mixture.





Using an electric mixer, blend.






Add eggs mix until smooth.



 


Mix in vanilla.





 Add chopped walnuts.






Stir.





Carefully spread the mixture into the prepared pan.

You will notice that it's a little tricky to spread over the parchment.  Don't curse.  Just gently spread.  You will thank me later.





Spread evenly.  Set aside.





Layer #2:  You will need:


6 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter
1 egg
1/2 cups sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
6 oz. chocolate chips






In a small mixing bowl, add butter, cream cheese and sugar.





Blend until smooth.





Add eggs.





Add flour and mix until smooth.





Add vanilla.





Beat until creamy.





Here it is, the second addition of nuts.  






Add the walnuts.





Stir to combine.





Very gently spread the cream cheese mixture over top of the brownie mixture.





Spread in an even layer.





Sprinkle with chocolate chips.





With your over aged, in need of a manicure, hands; gently press in the chocolate chips.





Place in a preheated 350 degree F oven and bake for 30 minutes or until the cream cheese mixture is set and no longer jiggles.





After 30 minutes remove from the oven.  

I let the brownies cool for about 10 minutes then I place them in the freezer.  Freezing them slightly makes it easier to ice them.





3rd and final layer:  You will need:


2 oz cream cheese
1/2 cup butter
2 oz. unsweetened chocolate
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar
1-2 tablespoons cream





In a medium size bowl add the butter, cream cheese and chocolate.  Melt for about 40 seconds in a microwave or melt in a small saucepan over low heat.





Stir the mixture until smooth.





It's ok to have a few cream cheese bits left.  It will mix in.






Add confectioners sugar.



  

And vanilla.  Mix.





Add the cream one tablespoon at a time until desire consistency.  









Remove brownies from the freezer and spread icing evenly over the cream cheese layer.









If desired, add an additional 1/4 cup chopped walnuts.

I double dare you.





Return to the freezer and freeze until the icing has set.





Lift the brownies out of the pan using the parchment paper.  

See how slick.  





Cut the brownies into squares. 





Remember the brownies are rich, rich, rich. 





 I cut them into 1 1/2-inch squares.





Next time you're in the need to impress....


Cream Cheese Brownies

1st layer:
1/2 cup unsalted butter
2 oz unsweetened chocolate
1 cups sugar
1 cup flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

2nd layer:

6 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter
1 egg
1/2 cups sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
6 oz. chocolate chips

3rd layer Icing:

2 oz cream cheese
1/2 cup butter
2 oz. unsweetened chocolate
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar
1 - 2 tablespoons cream

For the first layer:  Grease and flour or spray with non stick spray a 9 x 13-inch pan.  Set aside.   In a small saucepan or in a microwave, melt the butter and chocolate together.  Whisk until smooth and set aside.  In a 2 quart bowl, mix the sugar, flour, salt and baking powder.   Mix in chocolate mixture.  Add eggs and vanilla; blend until smooth.  Stir in walnuts.  Carefully spread on the bottom of prepared pan.

For the second layer:  In a small mixing bowl, blend cream cheese, butter and sugar until smooth.  Add flour.  Mix in the vanilla and egg blend until smooth.  Fold in walnuts.  Carefully spread over chocolate layer.  Sprinkle cream cheese layer with chocolate chips.  Gently press the chocolate chips into the cream cheese layer.  Bake in a 350 degree F preheated oven for 30 minutes or until cream cheese mixture is firm.  Cool completely in the freezer.

Icing:

Melt the cream cheese, butter and chocolate together.  Stir until smooth.  Add the confectioner's sugar and mix until smooth.  Add vanilla and milk, if needed.  Spread over cooled brownies.  Freeze just until set to cut more easily.   

Makes 3 - 3 1/2 dozen.









17 comments:

  1. Great, now I'm having a mega craving for them! JANET!!! Shame on you, I'm still trying to lose baby weight. And I WILL eat them all because I am out here in the boonies with no friends and no husband. ;)

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    1. Blame your mom. She gave me the recipe. You have the perfect conditions to sit in your apartment, bake brownies, and eat them all due to boredom and loneliness. I'm sorry. Too bad you and Charees aren't in the same city :(

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  2. "Don't curse" I almost die there.

    I'm starting to believe that you post this kind of recipes so I can come and complain about how hard it is going to be to fit in my summer clothes. It's spring! What about salads and fish and oh-so-airy-and-not-fatty-sorbets?
    Pecans and walnuts season it is only four weeks away! And then winter is coming... (see what I did there?).

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    1. Oh know! You can shoot me. I had a light refreshing salad in my mind for a post this week. I promise to post it next. Our summer is coming soon and I'll be making light and refreshing, I promise.

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  3. Licking the screen right now ;) I'm just going to stash this recipe away until the next family gathering, it is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Thanks Janet!

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    1. This is a recipe to be shared with a crowd for sure. I hope you get the opportunity soon.

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  4. I gained five pounds reading this post.

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  5. hahaha. That's how much I gained making them.

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  6. Emily Brach5/3/13, 4:36 PM

    Holy cow. I'm with Elizabeth! Definitely going to try these!!!

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    1. I've been eating them frozen. They are a curse!

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  7. thanks.. so much!! Just made these for my daughters fourth birthday party!!! I'm crossing my fingers we adults get some, before the kiddos and heat :)

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  8. Hi Janet,
    Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe. I am planning to make them this weekend for a small gathering. Was just wondering if I can make them a day ahead and pop in the fridge and on the gathering day, take out of the fridge almost 2 hours before serving, will they taste same (I mean finger licking good)? It would be so nice of you if you can provide me with serving suggestion as well, like warm brownies with vanilla icecream? (These already contain cream cheese and that's why I am concerned).

    Many thanks,

    Arti

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    1. HI Arti, You can make these brownies up to a week in advance and freeze them. They freeze just great, so placing them in the refrigerator would not be a problem. These brownies are great served cold or at room temperature. At room temperature the cream cheese softens and will be more like cheesecake. I like them either way. They are very rich, but you could serve them with ice cream just fine. If you wanted to serve them warm with ice cream, you could omit the chocolate frosting layer. That would be really good. Good luck with your party and I hope I have helped in some way.

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  9. Thank you so much Janet. This is a great help. Will let you know the results sometimes next week.

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  10. Hi Janet, The Brownies were a huge hit, star of the show!! Thanks a lot for sharing this amazing recipe.

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    1. I'm so glad to hear the news. thanks for sharing your success. I'm so happy.

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