Dreaming of cheesecake

After writing this post last night right before going to bed, I was literally dreaming of cheesecake all night long. I woke up, of course, craving cheesecake like crazy! I had no choice but to make some ;) Instead of boring you and my test buds with the same recipe, this time I made some cheesecake brownies. Two of my loves – cheesecake and brownies combined in one recipe, I was giddy like a little kid on Christmas morning while making these! I used this recipe from Cooking Light for peppermint cheesecake brownies, but didn’t use the peppermint extract. I like peppermint but I was craving plain cheesecake this time. My friend Katie has used this recipe in the past (I blogged about trying it here) so I knew this was a good one. And I’m happy to say that mine came out just as well. I don’t think I’m ever buying cheesecake ever again, knowing how easy it is to make the lighter versions at home. :D

Would you like to see some progress pics? Ok, since you asked so nicely ;)

BROWNIE BATTER

* I recommend making that first if you’re using a Kitchen Aid to beat everything (saves you one bowl to clean since you can just transfer the finished batter straight to the pan you’ll bake it in)

Brownie batter ingredients:

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Combine the dry ingredients…

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Combine the wet ingredients and beat them with a mixer…

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Add the dry into the wet…

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Brownie batter done! Pour it into your baking pan…

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Oh and don’t forget to save 1/2 cup of brownie batter for the top! :)

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CHEESECAKE BATTER

All the ingredients (yup, it’s that simple!):

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Beat all ingredients with a mixer, starting with room temperature cream cheese, and adding sugar, eggs, then flour (one by one)…

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Cheesecake batter done! It was a bit runny and I was concerned but after sneaking a little test taste I knew this was a winner :)

COMBINE THE TWO AND BAKE!

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Pretty swirls :D

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Doesn’t it looks like art? :) Here it is after baking…

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And cut into slices… I divided this into 12 pieces (some triangular, some rectangular) although you can cut it up to 16 (that’s Cooking Light’s suggestion). I like slightly larger pieces because this way I’m truly satisfied and only eat 1 piece instead of going for a second one because “they’re small.”

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I had this last guy for dessert with lunch (which I kept extra light knowing I had a special treat!). Oh yeah, these are awesome! I’m a proud cheesecake brownie mama ;) What’s your favorite dessert?

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