Wednesday, April 28, 2010

BLACK & WHITE CHEESECAKE SQUARES


I had to post two photos of this dessert because 1) I'm SLOWLY learning how to make food look good in a photo and these turned out pretty cute if I do say so myself. 2) They're so good they deserve two photos! I'm testing recipes for a fundraiser bake sale Saturday for a lady with leukemia so I want something that will be a great seller. These are at the top of my list so far. A lot of desserts are best straight from the oven while still warm, but brownies are one thing I definitely prefer completely cooled. You have to be patient with these as they take a while to finish, but it's SO worth it!!

BLACK & WHITE CHEESECAKE SQUARES (recipe from www.dealstomeals.com)

Brownie layer:

2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 sticks butter, softened
2 ¼ cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract

Cream Cheese Layer:

1 egg
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
½ tsp. vanilla

Topping:
½ c. white chocolate chips
½ c. milk chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Coat a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Sift flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt into a large bowl. In another bowl, cream butter and granulated sugar with a mixer until smooth. Add 2 eggs and 2 teaspoons vanilla, and beat until smooth, scraping down sides of bowl. Reduce speed to low; add flour mixture. Increase speed to medium; beat until incorporated. Reserve 1 cup of dough. Press remaining dough into bottom of prepared dish. Bake until base is set and edges are puffed, 22-25 minutes (don't overbake or this brownie layer will be too hard and crumbly). Take out of oven. Mix cream cheese, confectioners' sugar, and remaining egg and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla in a medium bowl. Spread over cooled base; crumble reserved dough on top. Bake until filling is set, 22 to 25 minutes. When bars come out of the oven, sprinkle the chocolate chips on top of the bars and let them melt onto the bar (you might need to spread around a bit with a knife). Let cool. Cut into 24squares. Squares will keep, covered and refrigerated, for up to 3 days.


1 comment:

Shari said...

Yummy! These look soooo good! Dirk LOVES cheesecake! So I am for sure going to have to try these! I have looked at your blog so many times and I have never seen this one!