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Magnolia Cream Cheese Brownies

Yield 1 1/2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 4 (1-ounce) unsweetened chocolate squares
  • 4 (1-ounce) semisweet chocolate squares
  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine
  • 2 (3-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 2 cups sugar, divided
  • 6 large eggs, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups (9 ounces) 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. Microwave first 3 ingredients in a 1-quart glass bowl at HIGH 2 minutes or until melted, stirring once. Cool and set aside.

  2. 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.

  3. Add 2 eggs, 1 at a time, beating until blended. Stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla. Fold in 2 tablespoons flour and 1/2 cup chocolate morsels; set aside.

  4. Beat remaining 4 eggs in a large bowl at medium speed with an electric mixer. Gradually add remaining 1 1/2 cups sugar, beating well. Add melted chocolate mixture and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract; beat mixture until well blended.

  5. Combine 1 cup flour, baking powder, and salt; fold into chocolate batter until blended, and stir in remaining 1 cup chocolate morsels.

  6. Reserve 3 cups chocolate batter; spread remaining batter evenly in a greased 13- x 9-inch pan. Pour cream cheese mixture over batter. Top with reserved 3 cups batter, and swirl mixture with a knife.

  7. Bake at 325° for 40 to 45 minutes. Cool and cut brownies into squares.