Saturday, March 3, 2012

Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies

The Baker spent a recent morning stirring up something delicious in the kitchen.  I happened upon him just as he was putting his renowned Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies in the oven.  Let me say here that they are, with the exception of my own non-cream cheese brownies, the best I've ever tasted.  Actually, I'll admit that the two are neck-to-neck in the department of deliciousness.

Later that afternoon, we went to see The Artist.  I'd been hesitant to see it for some reason but, wanting to see the Academy Award winner, agreed to go.  It was very, very good.  Uggie the dog was delightful!!  I'm lobbying for The Baker to train Oliver to be as clever.  We decided to go for an early dinner at one of our favorite restaurants, Five Star Thai.  As we finished our dinner, the waitress said "we have mangos and sticky rice for dessert".  "We'll pass since we have brownies waiting for us at home" said I.  The Baker, with a straight face, said "those aren't for us".  WHAT?  "I'm taking them to the clinic tomorrow."

As you can well imagine, I was very disappointed.  So disappointed that he agreed I could have a small 
piece.  This...

....SMALL!  That is one half of a brownie!!!!!

The Baker, on the other hand, had...

.... a whole one!!  My question is, what happened to the other half of mine?!!!

Here's his recipe that, he thinks, he got some years ago from the Chicago Tribune.  You can make you own and eat every one--or send a couple to me.

Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies from The Baker

4 ounces sweet or semi-sweet baking chocolate
5 Tbsp butter, softened
1 small package of cream cheese (3 oz) softened
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1/2 cup plus 1 Tbsp flour
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

1.  Heat oven to 350.  Melt the chocolate and 3 Tbsp of the butter over very low heat, stirring occasionally.  Cool.
2.  Combine the remaining 2 Tbsp butter with the cream cheese.  Add 1/4 cup of the sugar, beating well.  Blend in 1 egg, 1 Tbsp flour and 1/2 tsp of vanilla.  Set aside.
3.  Beat the remaining 2 eggs until thick and light in color, about two minutes.  Gradually add the remaining 3/4 cup of sugar, beating until thickened.  Add the baking powder, salt and remaining 1/2 cup of flour.  Blend in the cooled chocolate mixture and remaining 1 tsp of vanilla.
4.  Spread half the chocolate mixture in a buttered 8 inch square pan.  Top with the cheese mixture, spreading evenly.  Add the remaining chocolate mixture dropping on by spoonfuls.  Cut through the batter to in a swirl pattern.
5.  Bake until a toothpick comes out clean, about 35 minutes.  Cool before cutting.



  1. oh my gosh these sound and look so good!
    I think we all know where the other bit went, don't we!

  2. These sound perfect! I will put the ingredients on my shopping list. :)

  3. These look divine!!! Is your husband working part time at a clinic?? I want to see The Artist, also Hugo. I think The Artist will now be awhile coming out on DVD because it won best picture, they are putting it back in the theaters to make more money. But I think Hugo is out now, I am headed out to buy it.

  4. Looks delicious, but I don't think hubby was very fair on his portion to you! LOL!!!

  5. I think really look amazing!

  6. Oh, those sound delicious!! I love cream cheese in anything.

    I would have wanted the mango and sticky rice WITH a brownie later. LOL! I love both!

    Haven't seen The Artist. Glad to hear your good review. blessings ~ Tanna

  7. Those look divine. I loved "The Artist," and, yes, that dog stole the show.

  8. Oh do those ever look marvelous!!! I am having a terrible chocolate craving too!!!

  9. oh my gosh, those look good!

  10. These look yummy! Maybe you could talk him into making another batch. :)

  11. The big question is... did you have the mangoes and sticky rice???:@) The brownies look great, he sure did get some amazing recipes from the newspaper!

  12. Those look delicious and so glad you got to have a taste. I would love to see the Artist too before it leaves town.

  13. Anything with creamed cheese has to be good!!!!

  14. This is just the kind of recipe I look for when I get a chocolate craving. Nothing satisfied it like a brownie. Mangoes and sticky rice is one of my favorite desserts too. I can never pass that up.

  15. Tell the Baker I want this Brownies too ...pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeease!!! Have a great day, hugs, Flavia

  16. Oh I wish I had checked in with you earlier yesterday! I needed that recipe for a dinner last night. It would have been perfect. I will save it for another day. Hugs, Bonnie

  17. Those look oh so good!
    I bet everyone at the clinic thought so too.


  18. Ha! These are my son-in-law's favorite!

  19. mouth watering indeed. Wow, to have a husband that just bakes like that! I want to see the Artist. It probably is like a foreign film with translation running under the picture. In time you would forget about it, or in this case, that there are no words.

  20. Deelish! I don't think I've made The Baker's recipe...but did make Smitten Kitchen's. We loved them. Guess I better copy this.

  21. I'm wondering where the other half of your brownie went too :) I sure wish I had it! This sounds like a delicious recipe and thank you for sharing it.

    I also have yet to see The Artist. Glad to hear your review!

  22. Oh, I should not be looking at yummy brownies when I can't have them until Lent is over :( Those look the perfect consistency for me.

    I really like " The Artist." Do yo think it should have won best picture though??? I will have to admit that I didn't see all of them. To make a fully informed decision, but while I think The Artist was charming and delightful, I'm not sure about best picture. The dog stole the show!!

  23. You have a Lubbock friend??? Maybe I know her....well, Lubbock is pretty large and I don't know very many outside my little group.
    Ya'll have fun...:))

  24. This is a mystery for Holmes and Watson :-) They sound really, really delicious and I'm sure he'll whip you up another batch. Have a great evening. Blessings...Mary

  25. Hello There, Since I've been away from blogging for a week, I have alot of catching up to do. We had a wonderful trip to Arkansas --but it's great to visit with my blog friends. Hope things are going well with you.

    Oh My gosh.... Those Brownies look fabulous... Made my mouth water!!!!! YUM!

  26. Wow, these look and sound heavenly! Chocolate and cream cheese icing, yum.

  27. Wow, these look and sound heavenly! Chocolate and cream cheese icing, yum.

  28. Isn't it great to have a husband who knows his way around the kitchen AND shares his goodies. Hope you found the other half.

    I am glad to hear you liked The Artist. I just saw Hugo. It is a little slow ... but charming.



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