Strawberry Cream Cheese Brownies

Strawberry Cream Cheese Brownies

Strawberry Cream Cheese Brownies

The high temperatures have been in the 40’s for the past couple of days, and it’s finally beginning to feel a little more like Spring around here. I know that may not sound very warm to some of you, but after a very long Winter that consisted of near-record breaking snowfall and freezing cold temperatures, 40 degrees feels pretty good.

There’s still a bit of a chill in the air though, so I decided to warm up my kitchen by baking these Strawberry Cream Cheese Brownies. I honestly had no idea what I wanted to bake today, so I began looking through my refrigerator and a package of cream cheese and a jar of strawberry jam caught my eye. Several ideas ran through my mind on how to use these two ingredients, but I finally settled on brownies.

The strawberry/cream cheese layer that tops these rich, thick, chocolaty brownies is really delicious. I’m glad a made a big pan, because I have a feeling they’re going to disappear in the blink of an eye. ;)

~Enjoy~




Strawberry Cream Cheese Brownies

Brownie layer:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 Dutch-process cocoa
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, melted
2 cups granulated sugar
4 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Strawberry Cream Cheese layer:
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup strawberry jam

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9×13 inch baking pan.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt; set aside.

In a medium microwave-safe bowl or in a saucepan over low heat, melt the butter. Add the sugar and stir to combine.

Add butter mixture to dry ingredients. Stir until combined. Whisk in the eggs one at a time, stirring until smooth after each addition. Stir in vanilla extract. Spoon batter into prepared baking pan.

For strawberry cream cheese layer: place cream cheese, flour, sugar, egg and vanilla in a medium mixing bowl. With an electric mixer, mix on medium speed until well combined.

Spread the cream cheese mixture in an even layer on top of brownie batter.

In a microwave-safe bowl, heat strawberry jam for 20 seconds; stir until smooth. Spoon the jam on top of the cream cheese layer and swirl it with a knife.

Strawberry Cream Cheese Brownies

Strawberry Cream Cheese Brownies

Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

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7 Responses

  1. I’ve never had any strawberry cream cheese brownies, but I sure would like to have a bite or two. They look delicous.

  2. You cook up the most scrumptious things! Every one of your posts makes my mouth water.

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  4. Yum, these sound good!

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