Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Berry Cheesecake Brownies

I wanted a little something to celebrate the 4th of July, and when it comes to holidays, I don't mess around with desserts. There's not much that's healthy about this dessert, aside from the fresh berries - but it is fantastic!

(and no, I'm not clueless, and I know my flag is way off... but it's made from blueberries and cherries, I couldn't exactly go for exact accuracy!)

Berry Cheesecake Brownies

brownie layer:
1/2 cup unsalted butter
4 oz unsweetened chocolate
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract

cheesecake layer:
8 ounces of cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
1 Tbsp all-purpose flour
berries (or cherries) for scattering on top

1. Preheat the oven to 325F. Line an 8x8" baking pan with aluminum foil.

2. Make the brownie layer: melt the butter and chocolate together (in the microwave or on a double boiler). Set aside to cool slightly.

3. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a small mixing bowl.

4. Whisk together the eggs and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Stir in the chocolate mixture and vanilla extract. Stir in the flour until just combined. Spread in the prepared pan.

5. Make the cheesecake layer: Combine the cream cheese and sugar in a mixing bowl and beat (with an electric mixer) until very smooth. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until smooth (scrape down the sides once or twice). Stir in the salt and flour.

6. Drop the cream cheese mixture in globs on the brownie layer, and carefully smooth with a spatula to create an even layer. Scatter berries on top (or create a cute little flag!)

7. Bake the brownies until they are set around the edges and a little wobbly in the center, about 45 minutes (I've had these take anywhere from 40-55 minutes, depending on the oven). Let cool completely before serving.

Looking for more 4th of July ideas? Life as Mom is hosting an ultimate recipe swap of Fourth of July recipes! Check it out!


Anonymous said...

Well I think they look and sound divine!! :) Going to have to try to make these! Thanks! :)

MaryAnne said...

Very pretty, sounds delicious too!

Anonymous said...

Who cares if your flag is a little off, these sound soooo good!

Kara said...

Kara - our name is so uncommon, that I thought I just commented in my sleep! Nice to see another Kara-with-a-K! (and thanks!)

"Intentionally Katie" said...

Oh, I'm drooling!

FishMama said...

Chocolate and Cream Cheese are always a winning combination. yum!

Kristen said...

What a cute/yummy idea!