German Chocolate Cream Cheese Brownies

My mom used to include these in her annual Christmas cookie packages. Or at least she tried to - my dad and I used to pilfer a few here and there when she wasn’t looking. Although, as you know, I’m not a chocolate fan, I could not resist these- especially not the cheesecake topping or all of the tasty, crunchy walnuts inside the brownie bottom

Excerpted with permission from the publisher, Wiley, from the Brown Betty Cookbook by Linda Hinton Brown and Norrinda Brown. Photography by Alison Conklin. Copyright 2012

German Chocolate Cream Cheese Brownies

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    1 1/4 cups plus 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, at room temperature 3 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
    11 ounces Philadelphia cream cheese, at room temperature 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    2 1/4 cups granulated sugar 1/4 teaspoon regular salt
    2 tablespoons plus 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 8 ounces German chocolate, melted
    6 large eggs 1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted


    Prep: 40 min Total:
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    • 1

      Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Coat a 9x13x2-inch baking pan with 1 tablespoon of butter.

    • 2

      In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese on medium speed until light and fluffy, scraping the bowl as necessary, about 3 minutes. Gradually add 1/2 cup of the sugar and 2 tablespoons of the flour, beating until blended. Add 2 eggs and 1 teaspoon of the vanilla and beat until smooth. Set the cream cheese batter aside.

    • 3

      In a medium bowl, whisk together the remaining 11/2 cups of flour, baking powder, and salt. Set the flour mixture aside.

    • 4

      In another bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the 21/2 sticks of butter on medium speed until smooth, about 2 minutes. Gradually add the remaining 13/4 cups of sugar, scraping the bowl as necessary and beating until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.

    • 5

      Add the remaining 4 eggs, 2 at a time, beating until blended. Add the remaining 2 teaspoons of vanilla and the melted chocolate and beat until smooth.

    • 6

      Reduce the mixer speed to low. Add the flour mixture, 1/2 cup at a time, to the chocolate batter, beating until blended. Stir in the pecans.

    • 7

      Pour the chocolate batter into the prepared pan. Use an offset spatula to spread the cream cheese batter over the chocolate batter. Cut through the mixture with a fork several times to create a marbled design.

    • 8

      Bake until a wooden pick inserted into the center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached, 30 to 35 minutes.

    • 9

      Transfer the pan of brownies to a wire rack to cool completely. Cut into squares.

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