Saturday, February 28, 2009

Hello, Brownies and Cheesecake!

Well, I tried this recipe I got from my friend, Kim, for the first time. I don't think she knew it but the recipe comes straight from When I made it, it ended up being brownie "batter" bottom Cheesecake-but who doesn't like brownie batter?! They were absolutely TO DIE for. I have an extreme weakness for any kind of cheesecake. Mix chocolate brownies in the picture and you have a really awesome dessert! (The picture does NOT give it justice).  My friend, Kim, used the chocolate topping to write Happy Birthday.

Brownie Bottom Cheesecake bars
1 pkg (13x9 inch size) brownie mix
4 pkg- 8oz cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup sour cream
3 eggs
2 squares semi-sweet baking squares (or 1/3 cup or so of semi-sweet chocolate chips)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 9x13 with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides of pan for handles to pull out cheesecake when done. Grease foil and set aside. Prepare brownie batter as directed on package; pour into prepared pan. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until top of brownie is shiny and center is almost set. It is IMPORTANT to make sure center is ALMOST set or you will have brownie "BATTER" bottom cheesecake!
Meanwhile, beat softened cream cheese, sugar and vanilla in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Add sour cream; mix well. Add eggs, one at a atime, mixing on low speed after each addition just until blended. Spread over partially baked brownie batter in pan. (Filling will come almost to the top of pan.)
Bake for 40 minutes or until center is almost set; immediately after pulling out of oven, scrape sides of pan with knife to separate cheesecake from sides. Cool completely. Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving. Lift cheesecake from pan, using foil handles. Microwave semi-sweet chocolate just until melted and drizzle on top. Let stand until chocolate is firm. Cut into 16 bars to serve. Store leftover cheesecake in refrigerator.

1 comment :

Waldron Family said...

Actually I did know it was from kraft foods but never even thought about where the recipe came from when I gave it to you. sorry. I wanted to say that I fixed this for my son-in-law's birthday "cake" a couple years ago...I used the melted chocolate topping to write "happy birthday". It turned out very nice.