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Liz asked for the recipe for Cream Cheese Brownies to make as a birthday cake substitute for a friend. These are truly a worthy, gooey stand in, and they take no time at all.
CREAM CHEESE BROWNIES
butter a 7 x 11 or 9 x 9 pan
preheat oven to 325 degrees
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1/3 cup butter
3 oz. unsweetened baking chocolate
Melt the butter and chocolate together in a saucepan over very low heat, then turn off the burner.
Then add in order given, beating after each addition:
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 cup flour
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Mix well by hand until combined. Spoon half the brownie batter into the prepared pan, then make the cream cheese filling:
8 oz. bar of cream cheese at room temperature
1/3 cup sugar
1/8 tsp. salt
In a mixing bowl, cream together the cream cheese and sugar, beating well, about 2 minutes. Add the egg and salt and blend until well mixed and creamy. Spread over the mixture in the pan, then top with the remaining brownie batter. Swirl through the batters with a knife.
Bake in a 325 degree oven for about 30 minutes. Don't overbake!