Chocolate Cream Cheese Brownies
These rich and decadent brownies are a little more trouble than the usual variety, but are more than worth it.
With an electric mixer, cream the 1 cup butter and 2 cups sugar. Add 4 eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add 2 teaspoons vanilla.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the 1-1/3 cups flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Gradually add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture, blending well. Stir in the pecans. Spread half of the mixture into the prepared baking pan.
Cream the 1/3 cup butter and cream cheese in a small bowl. Add 1/3 cup sugar and 2 tablespoons flour, blending well. Add 2 eggs and 3/4 teaspoon vanilla, and beat until batter is smooth.
Spread the cream cheese mixture carefully over the chocolate batter in the pan. Then carefully spread the remaining chocolate batter over the cream cheese mixture. Gently swirl a knife through the layers of batter for a marbled effect.
Bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until brownies begin to pull away from the sides of the pan. Cool completely in pan before cutting into squares.
Makes about 24 brownies.
Prep time: 12 minutes; Cooking time: 40-50 minutes; Ready in: about 55 minutes
Note: For an extra special touch, toast the pecans in a 350°F oven for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then let them cool before adding to the mix. If you like brownies, consider reading our article My Best Chocolate Brownies.
Recipe editor Patricia Mitchell
Kitchen tools you'll need: 9x13 Baking Dish, Mixing Bowls, Mixer
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