A Chocolate Interruption: Raspberry Cream Cheese Brownies

raspberry cream cheese swirled brownies

I had other plans for today’s post: today was supposed to be all about the Little Lady’s Hello Kitty Birthday Party.

(The one I am freaking out over because I only have two months to get it all together and parties stress me out and my gosh what I am I going to do!!!!!!)

But, then … yesterday happened.  Sunday.

Sunday should be a relaxing day of rest for folks, but, for our family, yesterday was all about cooking a meal for our Life Group from church.  Sixteen adults with varying palates and food preferences and aversions.  All waiting to be fed by me.

It’s more than a little daunting.

I started making spaghetti sauce in the wee hours of the morn, throwing tomatoes and basil and garlic into my crock-pot well before church.  But, I wasn’t worried about the sauce … I was nervous about dessert.

You see, I had decided to try something new … an idea that had sprung up months and months ago while eating at the Cheesecake Factory.  I wanted to create something previously unknown in my dessert repertoire:

Raspberry Cream Cheese Brownies.

In my mouth, there are few flavor combinations so perfect as raspberry and chocolate.  When done well (and, no, I’m not talking about those nasty, waxy raspberry-chocolate creams you find in Valentine chocolate boxes), the rich chocolate and tart raspberry tango, unparallelled by any other taste.

(well, salted caramel and chocolate might come close … but that’s another post)

As I creamed cream cheese and eggs and sugar, I wondered about pulling it off.  I’m a worry-wort, always scared that *this* will be the time a meal or dessert completely and utterly flops.

These brownies, I am more than happy to report, did not fail.  They were a success.

Huzzah!!!!

Wanna know the best part?  I cheated on these brownies.  While I am a Mayes County (Oklahoma) Fair Blue Ribbon Winner for homemade brownies (thankyouverymuch), I did not have the time to do scratch brownies yesterday.  Yeah — totally used a boxed mix for the brownies.

Easy peasy … and the perfect, “fool your guests”, gourmet dessert.

Yum.

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Raspberry Cream Cheese Brownies

Ingredients

  1. 1 box-mix of your favorite Brownies*
  2. 1 8-ounce block of Cream Cheese, softened
  3. 1/3 cup of Sugar
  4. 1 Egg
  5. 1/2 Cup Raspberry Preserves

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven according to your brownie recipe instructions.
  2. Prepare an 8×8 baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  3. Following the instructions for your brownies, mix the ingredients and pour into the prepared pan.
  4. In a mixer, cream together the cream cheese, 1/3 cup of sugar and 1 egg. You may need to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl to allow the cream cheese to be fully incorporated into the mixture.
  5. Dollop the mixture over your brownie batter.
  6. Using a butter-knife, cut the brownie batter into the cream cheese mixture. Drag the knife in a swirling motion from one side of the pan to the other, making sure the knife goes all the way through the batter. Repeat until the two batters have a swirling, “marble” look.
  7. In a small bowl, measure the raspberry preserves and then stir vigorously with a spoon to thin down the jam.
  8. Dollop the preserves over the brownie-cream cheese batter and then, with a cleaned knife, swirl the raspberry preserves into the batter.
  9. Place the pan into your preheated oven and follow the brownie recipe’s guidelines for baking times. Watch carefully toward the end to ensure the cream cheese doesn’t get too browned.
  10. Allow to cool before cutting and serving.

notes

*I love the Ghiradelli brownie mixes but any will do. You can also use a scratch-recipe.

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Recipe by Rachel Lacy

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    • says

      You could but I would recommend cooking them down with the sugar (in a heavy bottom pan over medium heat) to evaporate some of the water … they’ll end up becoming “jelly like” and I think work better than just using mashed raspberries (which could be too juicy for this recipe “as is”).

  1. Heidi19 says

    Wow! this looks really delicious and it makes me hungry right now. I would love to give this a try. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  2. says

    Okay, you and I are on the same wavelength or something because I made the Mango Coconut Oatmeal that you were going to make and now you made Raspberry Cream Cheese Brownies, which I had on my list of recipes to do for my blog. :) These look absolutely incredible!

  3. says

    Oh my gosh Rachel. You need to come over to my house and teach me how to take pictures of food. Those look amazing and I simply must try them!!

  4. says

    They look so good rachel…although i read yesterday on facebook something Leah put up about raspberry flavoring being taken out of a beaver butt…like that is where it comes from to create it.

    dont shoot the messenger

    trisha

    • Rachel says

      LOL — now WHY would you go and post that? ;)

      Actually, I use USDA ORGANIC (!) Raspberry Preserves … just plain ol’ organic raspberries. No Beaver Parts at all.

  5. says

    You are so not fair. I’m craving chocolate, and have been so good about not giving in. Now you just had to post this. So not fair. Why do your pictures have to be in focus and the brownies look like I can just snatch one?

  6. Shannon says

    Yummy! I think I can make these! And don’t worry on party…. My boys’ party is in less than two weeks and I haven’t done much.

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