Spring weather is finally here (yes it’s almost the end of May!) and as my kids like to say …’The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming and dad is sneezing! 🙂 Yes the weather has been unusually cold here and so I am finally relieved to get some warm weather. And this year spring is extra special for me since I have my dear sisters visiting us from India. You may have noticed my lethargy lately …. Well the truth is that I have been cooking up a storm but not really having the time to sit down and write a post. We have been on the road quite a bit too … so no time to pen and post!
One ingredient that I really stocked up on before my family’s arrival is cream cheese since my darling niece has an enormous liking for it. Hence I have been making all kinds of desserts using cream cheese. And I have been wanting to bake all kinds of special goodies for her and my sisters – Before they came, I had made a list of things that I wanted to bake for them. And then they arrived with a list of items that they would like me to make for them. And then there are only 24 hours in a day …and only 4 weeks that they will be here!. That’s the reason I am really trying to squeeze two recipes into one sometimes! 🙂 And that’s exactly what happened with these brownies. I wanted to bake regular walnut brownies for my sisters- nothing more American than that right? But then I also wanted to make a cheese cake too for my niece. But didn’t have the time to do both so decided to combine the two. !
I decided to follow my brownie recipe and added swirls of cream cheese filling. My niece loved it …the rest of the gang just gobbled it! 🙂
Btw I am bringing these brownies to Fiesta Friday too where I am awfully late to the party this week but I am sure all the stragglers(like me!) there would love some brownies 🙂
Cheese Cake Brownies
Recipe adapted from the book, ‘Hershey’s Fabulous Desserts’
1/2 cup or 1 stick unsalted butter
1/3 cup cocoa powder
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup warm water
1/2 tsp instant coffee powder
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
For the cream cheese filling:
1 package 8 oz cream cheese softened
1/3 cup sugar
2 tbsp unsalted butter softened
1 tbsp all purpose flour
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp semi sweet chocolate chips for topping (optional)
Pre heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9 inch square baking pan.
To prepare the cream cheese filling, mix all the ingredients listed under filling using a hand mixer until smooth and creamy. Set aside.
In a small microwave safe bowl take the butter and heat in the microwave for 1-2 minutes until melted. Add the cocoa powder to this and mix well. Set aside.
In a medium size mixing bowl , beat the eggs using a hand mixer until foamy and then add the sugar and vanilla.
In a large plate or a tray mix the flour, the baking powder and salt and mix well.
Add the blended flour mixture to the egg mixture. Now add the cocoa and butter mixture to this and mix well till well blended.
Lastly mix the coffee in the warm water and pour this over the above mixture and mix well.
Pour this mixture onto the greased baking pan and add the chopped walnuts on top and mix lightly using a fork or a knife.
Next add the cream cheese filling on top and using a knife mix the cream cheese filling into the batter lightly to form swirls.
Bake at 350 F for about 35-40 minutes until firm in the center (test using a knife or a fork)
Take out from the oven and sprinkle the chocolate chips on top while still warm. Let cool for an hour before cutting into squares!