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Broadway Brownie Bars

I named these dessert bars for Broadway because they're a hit every time I serve them. I especially like to make them as a gift for anyone with a sweet tooth! —Anne Frederick, New Hartford, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    2-1/2 dozen

Ingredients

  • FILLING:
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg, room temperature, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • BROWNIE:
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • TOPPING:
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • FROSTING:
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 2 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a small bowl, combine the first 6 ingredients until smooth; set aside.
  • In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt butter and chocolate. Remove from the heat and let cool. Stir in eggs and vanilla. Add sugar, flour, baking powder and nuts, stirring until blended.
  • Spread batter in a 13x9-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. Spread filling over batter. For topping, in small bowl, combine chocolate chips and nuts; sprinkle over filling.
  • Bake until almost set, about 28 minutes. Sprinkle with marshmallows; bake 2 minutes longer.
  • For frosting, in a large saucepan, heat butter, milk, cream cheese and chocolate until melted, stirring until smooth. Remove from heat; stir in confectioners' sugar and vanilla. Immediately drizzle over marshmallows. Chill well; cut into bars.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Chop or crumble leftover bars and stir into softened ice cream.
  • For easy removal of bars, line your pan with foil, letting the ends extend up the sides of the pan. Then use the foil to lift the cooled bars.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 brownie: 271 calories, 15g fat (7g saturated fat), 46mg cholesterol, 108mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.