Friday, September 4, 2009

Persuasive Peanut Butter Cheesecake Brownies

One of my stops in my blog travels is at Lisa's blog, Parsley, Sage, Dessert and Line Drives. While visiting one day I saw her amazing peanut butter cheesecake brownies. I knew I had to make them for my brother and his family, mainly my nephew. I had not realized that he really wasn't a big fan of peanut butter. He did eat them anyway. Well, we all ate them. I am not a big brownie fan. These, however, were a winner and could really change my mind about brownies.

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Brownies
recipe by Lisa Michele and used with permission.

Brownie Layer
7-ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
7 tablespoons unsalted butter, diced
1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Swirl
8-ounces cream cheese, room temperature
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup sugar
1 whole, large egg

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 9-inch square pan with foil or parchment paper, making sure it goes up all four sides. Use two sheets if necessary. Mist with non-stick spray or grease lightly.

2. Stir chocolate and butter in medium saucepan over low heat until smooth; cool 10 minutes. Using electric mixer on low speed, or stir in with a wooden spoon – sugar, eggs, and vanilla into cooled chocolate mixture, until uniform. Stir/beat in flour, cocoa and salt. Spread half the batter in pan.

1. In a separate bowl, beat together the cream cheese, peanut butter, whole egg or egg yolk, sugar, and vanilla until smooth. DO NOT OVER BEAT!

1. Drop large spoonfuls of the peanut butter cheesecake batter across the top of the first layer of brownie batter. Don’t swirl them together. Cover the peanut butter dollops with the remaing brownie batter and the remaining peanut butter cheesecake batter in dollops, then take a knife, spatula, spoon handle, or whatever you have on hand that can ’swirl’ well, and swirl the TOP layer of peanut butter cheesecake batter with the brownie mixture. Lift up some of the brownie batter to insure the brownie mixture swirls in as much as possible, since it can be little heavier than the peanut butter cheesecake batter, depending on whether you use a whole egg or just the yolk. As mentioned above, it’s ok if some of the first layer of both batters swirl also, just not too much.

2. Bake for 35-37 minutes, or until the batter in the center of the pan feels just set, or a skewer contains a few moist brownie crumbs sticking to it (you would stick the skewer in a chocolate area).

3. Let cool, then lift the brownies up and out using the foil or parchment paper and peel it away/off. Cut the brownies into equal squares.

Makes about 16 brownies, depending on how large or small you cut them.


Anonymous said...

YAAY! You made them! They look amazing and totally put mine to shame! I'm so glad you liked them, but if there's any part of the recipe you think needs a tweak or three, let me know, and I'll start working on it!! :)

Lori said...

Your kidding right. Mine look shameful next to yours. Your pics and brownies look totally amazing. Well, all your stuff is amazing!

Jacque said...

They sure look delish! Mmmm, peanut butter and chocolate...

Grace said...

oh good heavens--look at those innards! what a treat--forget reese's peanut butter cups--these are the ultimate chocolate-peanut butter creation.

Mary said...

These look most excellent and low-cal besides :-). What bad for hips is great for my lips. Have a great day, Lori.

Murasaki Shikibu said...

ummmm.....Lori, you're like the temptress of sweet things. I'm supposed to eat healthy today but now that I've seen this...

Shelly said...

Ok...that does it...I'm coming over, put the coffee on.

Katy ~ said...

Decadent little squares urging and teasing one into sweet temptation!

Brianna said...

I need to eat this right now. And then eat another one immediately afterward. And then another....etc. etc. etc.

Imafoodblog said...

Not a fan of brownies? Really? I also read Lisa's saga of these brownies and bookmarked them. After all the time and effort she put into testing and perfecting them I know they must be amazing.


Lori said...

imafoodblog- Lisa Michelle is an amazing baker who has done a fabulous job with these brownies. We all enjoyed the fruits of her labor. hmmm

Ingrid said...

Lisa's d'bomb and is much too modest. :) I have this recipe printed out and in my stack to recipes to try. After looking at your photos I really need to pull it out and slap it back on top.

Avril Miller said...

NO WAY!!!! These look insanely out-of-this world delish! Can't wait to try them!