Please try to contain yourself and try not to stare! Staring is not nice. I know. It’s hard. Don’t lick the screen either! Please!
Instead, go grab some flour, cocoa, butter, sugar, some good chocolate and make your family happy. I hope they are there when it comes out of the oven, otherwise they might not get any. These thick and gooey brownies topped with a good load of cheesecake are not good to practice self control around. Spinach, or say…carrots may be a better option though. But lets leave carrots and spinach for some other day. Now you just need to go and make these!
Sunday Morning, 8:30 am I am woken up by a knock on the door by my brother-in-law. What in the world could he want this early on a Sunday? As I find out, my pregnant sister is in labor and is getting ready to go to the hospital, so their boys are going to stay over. Whoo-hoo! We get to meet our precious baby niece soon, I thought. At 9:30 am, I get another a phone call from my brother-in-law. This time he tells me that baby Jasmine is already here and both mama and the baby are doing great! Whaaat? Having a baby 30 minutes after arriving to the hospital? That’s what I call a speedy delivery!
An occasion like that just needs to be celebrated with something extravagant! But it’s a Sunday. Who wants to work on a Sunday? Not me, that’s for sure.
Pinterest came to the rescue, as always, and I decided to make these super easy, but oh so good brownies by Yammie’s Noshery. I have made several attempts in the past to make brownies, but either the recipes I used were subpar or my hands… I hope not my hands… Anyways, this recipe is a total killer! Author begs not to change the recipe as it is perfect and I agree, but I still managed to make one minor change. Reading through the comments someone mentioned that it might be a bit too sweet, so I reduced the amount of sugar and they came out just the right sweetness to my taste. I did also change the mixing method, and now they’re not only delicious but easy too!
I really hope you give these a try, and may be involve your kids in the process. As easy as it is, you just got to give them the pleasure of swirling the cream cheese or adding the ingredients to the bowl. Oh and did I mention that you don’t need to clean out the mixer in between? oh yeah, I really do mean easy!
Lazy Cheesecake Swirl Brownies (Death by Chocolate)
For the Brownies:
2 sticks of butter, melted
1 3/4 cups of sugar
4 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 1/4 cups of cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups chocolate chips (1 cup each, milk chocolate & semi-sweet dark chocolate)
For the Cheesecake:
8 oz. softened cream cheese
1/3 cup sour cream
1/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
Make the Cheesecake portion
Combine cream cheese, sour cream and vanilla extract in a bowl of a mixer and beat together until smooth, scraping down sides of the bowl as needed. Add the egg and beat until smooth again. Transfer to a tall glass.
Turn oven to 350F and place baking rack in the middle. Spray 9×13 baking dish with non stick spray and set aside.
In the same bowl as you used for making the cream cheese mixture, add sugar, melted and cooled butter, and eggs. Beat to combine. Add flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt and again beat to combine. Add chocolate chips and fold together with spatula.
Transfer batter to baking dish evening it out. Make 5 long grooves within the batter with the long end of the spoon for the cheesecake mixture.
Spoon the cheesecake mixture into the grooves. With a butter knife, run parallel to the cheesecake ‘stripes’ alternating directions to make the swirls. Bake for 20-30 minutes. Set your time for 20 minutes and check. Pull out the pan as soon as the mixture in the middle of the pan is starting to puff up.
Allow to cool completely before serving. To cut and serve, run knife under hot water, wipe, then cut. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Bon Appetite & Happy Pinning!