Baking is something you will not find me doing very often. I usually only bake around the holidays or whenever the mood strikes.
Yesterday the mood struck.
Both of my little ones napped simultaneously. A huge win, right?
Naptime is usually a time when I sit down and do some work. If not, I will generally squeeze in a quick high-intensity workout or run. Nothing feels better than a good day sweat-sesh.
Something overcame me yesterday and instead of sticking to my usual naptime routine, I flocked to the kitchen, pulled out my Nannie’s heirloom binder full of handwritten recipes and got to work recreating a my family’s favourite Brownie recipe.
I took my Nannie’s Brownie recipe and added another flavourful element… Cheesecake. I ribboned cheesecake filling throughout the brownie batter creating a delectable dessert that leaves you saying “OM” over and over again. Seriously, this recipe is like sex in a pan. Although I’m sure sex out of the pan is still better.
Decadent Cheesecake Brownies Recipe
- 4oz cream cheese
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 1 tbsp flour
- 1tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup shortening
- 6 tbsp cocoa powder
- 3/4 cup flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Place the cream cheese in a small microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 20-30 seconds until softened. Add sour cream, sugar, flour and vanilla. Cream. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, blend shortening with cocoa powder, salt and vanilla. Gradually add eggs and sugar. Cream well. Sift in remaining dry ingredients and mix well.
- Grease an 8×8 baking dish. Add 1/2 of the brownie batter to the bottom of the dish. Press brownie batter to fill out the bottom of the dish. Top with cheesecake filling and smooth over batter.Microwave remaining batter for 20 seconds and pour over cheesecake filling. Smooth out the batter and use a knife to swirl cheesecake filling into the brownie batter.
- Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. The brownies may appear a little wet when the dish initially comes out of the oven, but they’ll set as they cool.
** My recipe for Decadent Cheesecake Brownies was first featured on Handwritten Kitchen in 2015.
Want to make cheesecake, but don’t have time to back? Whip up a pan of my No-Bake Cheesecake.