Broadway Brownie Bars

Recipe from

Southern Living

Ingredients

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened and divided
1 1/2 cups sugar, divided
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup butter or margarine, softened and divided
1 large egg
2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
2 (1-ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate, divided
2 large eggs
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/4 cups chopped walnuts, divided
1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate morsels
2 cups miniature marshmallows
1/4 cup milk
3 cups sifted powdered sugar

Preparation

Beat 3/4 cup cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Add 1/2 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons flour, 1/4 cup butter, 1 egg, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla; beat until blended. Set cream cheese batter aside.

Microwave 1/2 cup butter and 1 square unsweetened chocolate in a 1-quart microwave-safe bowl at HIGH 1 minute or until melted, stirring once.

Beat 2 eggs at medium speed, and gradually add remaining 1 cup sugar, beating well. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and beat until blended. Add 1 cup flour and baking powder, beating well. Add melted chocolate mixture, and beat until chocolate batter is blended. Stir in 1 cup chopped walnuts.

Pour chocolate batter into a greased 13- x 9-inch pan. Top with cream cheese batter. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup chopped walnuts and chocolate morsels.

Bake at 350° for 28 minutes. Sprinkle with marshmallows, and bake 2 more minutes.

Combine remaining 1/4 cup butter, remaining 1/4 cup cream cheese, remaining 1 square unsweetened chocolate, and milk in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until butter and chocolate melt. Stir in powdered sugar and remaining 1 teaspoon vanilla. Drizzle over brownies. Chill; cut into squares.

Ellie Wells, Lakeland, Florida,

Southern Living

March 1997
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