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Chewy Cream Cheese Brownies

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 45 min. + chilling

Makes

4 dozen

Brownies are a common dessert in our household - they're just about the only form of chocolate my husband will eat! I love this version that makes a big batch and has a rich cream-cheese layer in the center.
Chewy Cream Cheese Brownies Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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Ingredients

  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chopped nuts, optional
  • FILLING:
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a microwave, melt chocolate and butter; stir until smooth. Cool slightly. In a large bowl, beat eggs and sugar. Stir in vanilla and the chocolate mixture. Gradually add flour to chocolate mixture (batter will be thick). Stir in nuts if desired.
  2. Spread half of the batter evenly into a greased 13x9-in. baking pan; set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, beat filling ingredients until blended. Gently spread over batter. Spoon remaining batter over filling; spread to cover.
  4. Bake 45-50 minutes or until filling is set. Cool on a wire rack 1 hour. Refrigerate at least 2 hours. Cut into bars. Refrigerate leftovers.

Nutrition Facts

1 brownie: 124 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 37mg cholesterol, 49mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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