Saturday, May 23, 2009

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Brownies

So, lets talk about Walt Disney. The man was a true visionary. He was always coming up with new and better ways of doing things, pushing the envelope, and challenging himself and his staff, even when his peers told him he was crazy. If you know me, you know that I love all things Disney. My clothes, my apartment, my car, and even my left shoulder are all decorated with Disney Animation. Now, I'm guessing you're thinking "What does Walt Disney have to do with brownies?" Honestly? Nothing, but stay with me.....
Whenever Walt Disney wanted a better version of an idea, he'd tell his staff of animators to "Plus it!" In other words, make it better! Upgrade! Well, this is exactly what I like to do with recipes, especially brownies! Why make plain brownies when you can come up with a fun, new, and exciting way of making them? How about adding a rich and creamy chocolate chip cheesecake layer on top of your favorite decadent fudgy chewy brownie? Now that's DEFINITELY one of my favorite ways to "Plus it"!

1 box brownie mix or your favorite scratch recipe
2 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 eggs
1/2 cup sour cream
2 tbs light cream
1 cup semisweet mini chocolate chips

1. Heat oven to 350ºF. Grease 13x9x2 pan with shortening or butter or cooking spray.
2. Mix brownie batter according to your favorite scratch recipe or box mix directions. Spread in pan. Place pan in oven and bake 10 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, in a clean bowl, beat cream cheese with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Gradually beat in sugar. Beat in vanilla and eggs until blended. Stir in sour cream, light cream, and chocolate chips.
4. Remove brownie pan from oven. Pour cream cheese mixture over partially baked brownie batter in pan. Sprinkle with more chocolate chips, if desired.
5. Bake an additional 15 minutes, or until the cheese filling is just set and the edges just begin to brown. Cool completely, about 1 hour. Chill in the fridge until firm before cutting into squares.

To "plus it" even further, try using different kinds of chips! Oh, and if you'd like a more cake like brownie, just add an extra egg to your brownie recipe.

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