Funny story: when Jon's mom was pregnant with him she craved cream cheese brownies. In fact, one night she made Jon's dad get up in the middle of the night and go out to get the ingredients to make cream cheese brownies. When he came back, she was asleep. I think it was meant to be - my love for these cream cheese brownies. Like my love for the goon sitting next to me, eating Ramen Noodles.
Anyways, back to the cream cheese brownies. Start by heating the oven to 350 degrees and greasing a 13 x 9 x 2 pan on the bottom and sides with some shortening.
I actually have no idea how big this pan is, but it looks just right.
Another fun fact - baking is the only time that I follow recipes. I can't stick to any recipe when I cook, but something about baking scares me.
Here is what we'll need for the brownies:
1 cup butter or stick margarine (I use the 65% vegetable oil instead; you know, because THAT will save me from the high cholesterol that follows)
4 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate
Cream Cheese Filling
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
4 large eggs
1.5 cups all-purpose flour
0.5 teaspoon salt
1 cup coarsely chopped nuts
Cream Cheese Filling:
2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened (I actually usually just buy a 16-ounce contained of soft cream cheese or Neufchatel to trick my mind into thinking these really aren't that bad. This time I'm using the full-fat cream cheese. Cuz I'm daring this morning)
0.5 cup sugar
2 teaspoon vanilla
1 large egg
Here we are. And this is my butter and cream cheese sitting on a heating stove to make sure they're nice and soft.
house that eats all my money.
And like I said, I'm daring today; hence - real butter. I'm making these for 9 girls ready for a fun bachelorette night out. As evident, I also left out the nuts in case someone drinks too much. Nuts are really delicious going down, but kind of a pain when they come back up. Now are you ready for the brownies or have you walked away, shaking your head in disgust?
So, with the oven preheating, start by melting the butter and chocolate in a 1-quart saucepan over low heat, stirring frequently.
Now make the Cream Cheese Filling by beating all the ingredients together until smooth.
Beat the chocolate mixture, sugar, vanilla and eggs in another large bowl with your electric mixer on medium speed for 1 minute.
Look away from the big mound of sugar that you are about to consume.
Okay, I know it doesn't look that great all dumped into a bowl like that, but trust me, it'll be delicious.
Mix it all together, scraping the bowl occasionally.
Then beat in flour and salt on low speed for 30 seconds and then on medium speed for 1 minute.
Spread about 1/2 of the batter in the pan.
I'd post the finished product, but I ran out of time and didn't get a chance to take the pictures before the girls dug in.