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Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies

Photo: Ryan Benyi; Styling: Stephana Bottom
Prep time 20 mins
Cook time 45 mins
Cool time 1 hr
Yield 16 (serving size: 1 brownie)

Ingredients

  • Swirl:
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Brownies:
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

Nutrition Information

  • calories 217
  • fat 14 g
  • satfat 9 g
  • protein 3 g
  • carbohydrate 22 g
  • fiber 1 g
  • cholesterol 67 mg
  • sodium 55 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with foil, leaving a 1-inch overhang on 2 sides. Mist foil with cooking spray.

  2. Make swirl: Using a mixer on medium speed, beat cream cheese and butter until creamy. Add egg; beat until smooth. Beat in sugar, flour and vanilla until smooth. Set aside.

  3. Make brownies: In a double boiler, melt butter with chocolate, stirring often. Remove from heat; stir in sugar, vanilla and salt. Transfer to a bowl; cool slightly.

  4. Using a mixer on medium-low speed, beat eggs into chocolate mixture 1 at a time. Sprinkle flour over mixture and gently stir in.

  5. Spread 1/2 of brownie batter in prepared pan. Carefully spread swirl mixture over brownie batter. Spoon remaining brownie batter on top. Use tip of a knife to gently swirl through both batters to form a marble pattern.

  6. Bake until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack for at least 1 hour. Remove brownies from pan to cutting board using foil to lift them out. Peel off foil and cut into squares.

Also appeared in: All You, None, 2013, Back to School Special;