Swirled Cheesecake Brownies

Made with whole-wheat flour, these decadent-tasting brownies have a beautiful marbled cheesecake topping. Cutting them into bite-size pieces helps to keep the calorie count in check.

Marialisa Calta

Used by permission. (c) Eating Well, Inc.

Swirled Cheesecake Brownies

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    Ingredients

    4 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese, (Neufchatel) 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    1/4 cup sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt
    1 large egg 2 large egg whites, or 4 teaspoons dried egg whites (see Ingredient note), reconstituted according to package directions
    1 tablespoon all-purpose flour 1 1/4 cups packed light brown sugar
    1 tablespoon nonfat plain yogurt 1/4 cup canola oil
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/4 cup strong (or prepared instant) coffee, or black tea
    2/3 cup whole-wheat pastry flour

    directions

    Prep: 25 min Total: More than 60 min
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    • 1

      Preheat oven to 350° F. Coat a 7-by-11-inch brownie pan or baking pan with cooking spray.

    • 2

      To prepare topping: Place cream cheese in a small mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Add sugar and beat until smooth. Add egg, flour, yogurt and vanilla; beat until well blended.

    • 3

      To prepare brownie layer: Whisk whole-wheat flour, cocoa and salt in a bowl. Place egg, egg whites and brown sugar in a large bowl and beat with the electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Add oil, coffee (or tea) and vanilla; beat until well blended. Add the dry ingredients and beat on low speed just until well blended, stopping once to scrape down the sides.

    • 4

      Scrape about half of the brownie batter into the prepared pan. Slowly pour the topping evenly on top. Drop the remaining brownie batter in large dollops over the topping. Draw the tip of a sharp knife or skewer through the two batters to create a swirled effect.

    • 5

      Bake the brownies until the top is just firm to the touch, about 20 minutes. Let cool completely in the pan on a wire rack. Coat a knife with cooking spray and cut into 24 bars.

    notes

    Ingredient Note: Dried egg whites are convenient in recipes like this one because you don't have to figure out what to do with 4 egg yolks. Look for powdered brands like Just Whites in the baking aisle or natural-foods section or fresh pasteurized whites in the dairy case of most supermarkets.

    nutritional information

    Calories:
    100
    Fiber:
    1 g
    Fat:
    4 g
    Saturated Fat:
    1 g
    Carbohydrates:
    16 g
    Protein:
    2 g
    Sodium:
    50 mg
    Monounsaturated Fat:
    2 g
    Exchanges:
    1 other carbohydrate, 1/2 fat
    Cholesterol:
    4 g
    Carbohydrate Servings:
    1
    Potassium:
    46 mg
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