Black and White Brownie Cheesecake Squares

I had been so good.

I was making healthier options for our treats and feeling pretty proud about it.

(If you don’t count the bread…or the cupcakes.  But I was at least trying to be better.)

Well, yesterday, things took a turn for the bad.

Really, really, really bad.  (As in 2 1/2 sticks of butter and 2 cups of sugar, bad.)

Sometimes, though, it feels so good to be bad.

The Recipe:

Black and White Brownie Cheesecake Squares, adapted slightly from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

nonstick cooking spray

2 c plus 2 T all-purpose flour

3/4 c unsweetened cocoa powder

1 t baking soda

1/2 t salt

2 1/2 sticks butter, softened

2 c granulated sugar

2 large eggs

2 t vanilla extract

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8 oz cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar

1 large egg

1/2 t vanilla extract

Whisk flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt into a large bowl.  In another bowl, cream butter and granulated sugar with a mixer until smooth.  Add 2 eggs and 2 teaspoons vanilla, and beat until smooth, scraping down sides of bowl.  Reduce speed to low; add flour mixture. Increase speed to medium; beat until incorporated.  (The batter will resemble a very thick dough.)

Reserve 1 cup of dough; cover, and refrigerate.  Press remaining dough into bottom of prepared dish.  Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Coat a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.  Bake until base is set and edges are puffed, 22-25 minutes (don’t overbake or this brownie layer will be too hard and crumbly). Let cool in dish on a wire rack.

Mix cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar, and remaining egg and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla in a medium bowl.  Spread over cooled base; crumble reserved dough on top.  Bake until filling is set, 25 to 30 minutes.  Let cool in dish on wire rack.  Cut into squares. Squares will keep, covered and refrigerated, for up to 3 days.

{Printable Recipe}

The Results:

How can something with those ingredient not taste like heaven in a square?!?

So, yeah, they turned out amazing – though there were a couple of times where I wasn’t too sure…

First off, I wasn’t expecting the brownie dough to be so thick.  It threw me off a tad.  Secondly, my cream cheese mixture turned out really lumpy (and I had actually let me cream cheese soften for about an hour) – but no worries, it turned out great in the end.

My oldest was all about helping with this recipe.

My biggest issue was that when we went to cut into the brownies, ready to enjoy them with some decaf afternoon coffee, the brownie wasn’t even close to cooked through.  When I did my first bake, I probably should’ve left it in for a bit longer (but I was worried about it getting overdone and dried out).  So, for a quick fix, I actually put it back in the oven and baked it for another 5-10 minutes.  They were still soft, but we kinda liked it that way.  :)

Overall, I can’t say enough about these brownies.  They are pretty darn close to the perfect dessert – cream cheese and chocolate together…yes, please!  And the ratio is spot on.  The brownies are quite chocolate-y without being overly sweet, and the cream cheese topping added just the right amount of a creamy tangy taste.  We liked them a little warm and gooey, but you can serve them however you like.  Everyone in the family loved them. (I know, you’re surprised.)

So, if you want to go bad this weekend (and I know you do), try these guys out.

You will thank me on Monday.  ;)

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18 thoughts on “Black and White Brownie Cheesecake Squares

  1. These look so good (and bad!) Can’t wait to make them. And I’m always happy to see a cheesecake recipe that doesn’t involve making an actual cheesecake. They’re so time-intensive.

    Even though my e-mail program displayed a Weight Watchers ad next to this recipe, I think I’ll have to make it anyway.

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  2. LOL! Yes, sometimes it is good to be bad. My kids love brownies – and they like them not fully cooked through too. These would be perfect! I have to admit I too went bad this week. I made the one and only chocolate dessert I’ll eat (1 stick of butter, 2 cups of sugar) and I’ve hidden 3/4′s of it just for myself. In fairness, the kids aren’t as crazy about these cookies as I am, so they’re still working through their 1/4. Sometimes you just need to be a little bit naughty right?!

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  3. Sorry to influence you to the dark side. :) That is the cutest picture of your little boy! So glad the brownies were a hit (and glad the extra few minutes in the oven rescued the under-doneness).

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  4. These brownies look incredible but, truth be told, that picture of your son does more to describe these brownies that all the superlatives in the world added together. How cute!

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  5. These sound great … and with all that butter they must be! I also like slightly undercooked baking. As long as we aren’t eating sweets all the time, there’s nothing wrong with the occasional treat to ourselves.

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