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Caffe-Cream Cheese Brownies

Yield 2 1/2 dozen
With subtle coffee flavor, these dark-swirled brownies will please even noncoffee drinkers.Make ahead

Ingredients

  • 4 (1-ounce) unsweetened chocolate baking squares
  • 4 (1-ounce) semisweet chocolate baking squares
  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons instant coffee granules
  • 2 tablespoons hot water
  • 2 (3-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 2 cups sugar, divided
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate morsels, divided
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt

How to Make It

  1. Melt first 3 ingredients in a small saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally. Cool.

  2. Stir coffee granules into hot water until dissolved. Cool.

  3. Beat cream cheese and 1/4 cup butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add 1/2 cup sugar, beating well. Add 2 eggs, 1 at a time, beating until blended. Stir in coffee and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Fold in 2 tablespoons flour and 1/2 cup chocolate morsels; set batter aside.

  4. Beat remaining 4 eggs in a large bowl at medium speed; gradually add remaining 1 1/2 cups sugar, beating well. Add melted chocolate mixture and 2 teaspoons vanilla; beat well. Combine 1 cup flour, baking powder, and salt; fold into chocolate batter. Stir in remaining 1 cup chocolate morsels.

  5. Spread half of chocolate batter evenly in a greased 13" x 9" pan. Pour cream cheese batter over chocolate batter. Top with remaining chocolate batter; swirl with a knife.

  6. Bake at 325° for 45 minutes (wooden pick will not come out clean). Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Cut into squares.

  7. Note: Line your pan with aluminum foil to ensure pretty squares and easy cleanup.

Christmas with Southern Living 2004