Mint Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Brownies

Mint Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Brownies
Mint Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Brownies

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

Ingredients

  • Homemade Fudge Brownies

  • 1/2

    cup (1 stick) salted butter

  • 8

    ounces coarsely chopped semi-sweet chocolate (I used 1 Bakers Baking Bar)

  • 1

    and 1/4 cups sugar

  • 3

    large eggs

  • 1

    teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 3/4

    cup all-purpose flour

  • 1/4

    teaspoon salt

  • Mint Cheesecake Layer

  • 8

    ounces cream cheese, softened

  • 1/4

    cup sugar

  • 1

    egg yolk

  • 1/4

    teaspoon peppermint extract (or more, see note below)

  • 2

    drops green food coloring (or more, see note below)

  • 2/3

    cup mini chocolate chips

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 11 x 7 inch baking pan (or 13 x 9 inch baking pan for thinner brownies) with cooking spray. Set aside. Set out 8 ounces of cream cheese for the cheesecake layer and allow to soften as you prepare the brownies. Make the brownies first: Melt butter and semi-sweet chocolate in a medium saucepan on medium heat, stirring constantly (about 6 minutes). Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature (about 15 minutes). You may also stick the chocolate/butter mixture into the refrigerator to cool to room temperature quicker. Stir sugar into cooled chocolate/butter mixture until combined. Add in the eggs one at a time, whisking until smooth after each addition. Whisk in the vanilla. Gently fold in the flour and salt. Pour batter into prepared pan, reserving 1/4 cup of batter. Make the cheesecake swirl: With a hand-held mixer on medium speed, beat the softened cream cheese, 1/4 cup sugar, egg yolk, 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract, and 2 drops of food coloring in a medium bowl until completely smooth - about 1 minute. Manually stir in the mini chocolate chips. Dollop spoonfuls of the cream cheese mixture on top of the prepared brownie batter. Cover with the last 1/4 cup of brownie batter. Glide a knife through the layers, creating a swirl pattern. Add more mini chocolate chips on top, if desired. Bake brownies for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out almost clean. Check them at the 30 minute mark to be sure. Allow brownies to cool completely before cutting into squares.

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