I lied when I said I wouldn’t post anymore brownie recipies so you all will have to deal with the fact that I am obviously a liar. Sorry I’m not sorry.
I had planned on making a cheesecake until I realized that somehow my spring form pan was still in St Louis and it wouldn’t serve me well in NYC. So I had to come up with a plan B. But all the recipes for cheesecake brownies were all the same. Well not all the same, exactly, but all predictable. And let’s get real, the best part of the cheesecake is the graham crust so I knew that I couldn’t skip that step for fear of culinary suicide.
So I upped the ante. I combined my boyfriend’s two favorite desserts into the shape of hearts for Valentine’s Day, duh, with a freaking amazing crust on the bottom that really makes them the best thing I ever did eat.
Basically what I’m saying is that if you don’t make these for your boyfriend, husband, roommate, etc. that means you don’t love them. Yes, I went there.
4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
1/4 cup sugar
2/3 cup flour
1 stick of unsalted butter
pinch of salt
8 ounces softened cream cheese
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg yolk
Graham Cracker Crust
3/4 cup crushed graham crackers
1/4 cup butter melted
pinch of salt
First, you’re going to make the crust. Pre-heat the oven to 350º. Crush up those crackers. Admittedly, I pulverized them in the food processor but you can crush them by hand or in a freezer bag. If you’re going to follow the “Christin Method” I put the sugar in with the crackers, otherwise you’ll just want to throw those in there. Put the crackers and butter into a bowl and mix well to combine. Add mixture to the bottom of an 8×8 pan. Make sure it’s packed tightly and evenly. Put in the oven for 10 minutes. Let cool.
Put the stick of butter in a pan over low heat and add chocolate. You’re going to want to watch this carefully as the chocolate melts. Once melted pour into a mixing bowl and let cool a bit. You don’t want to add a raw egg to a hot chocolate mixture. Once cooled, add flour, sugar and egg and mix well to combine.
In yet another bowl, make cheesecake layer by whisking ingredients together. If the cream cheese is well softened this shouldn’t be a problem. If I can do it, you can do it.
Pour brownie layer into cooled crust and reserve about 3 tablespoons of batter. Pour cheesecake layer and spread out as evenly as you can. Plop those remaining tablespoons of batter on top, preferably in different areas but I’m not going to tell you how to live your life. Take a butter knife and swirl the drops into the cheesecake layer to produce that pretty marbled effect.
Bake for 30-40 minutes (at 350º) or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Enjoy!
Oh these look sooo good!!!! I have to go get a heart cookie cutter!!! =)
I need to try this! They look amazing!
Looks ridiculously amazing! Can you make & ship to Boston??? Pretty please!!!
HOLY SHIZZZZZZZZ GIRL!!! I am going to have to try and make these. No really, although I’m bound to fail, i must try……right? Or can you just mail me some????
These look amazing! Unfortunately, I don’t like cheesecake (I know), but I love the idea of heart-shaped brownies. Or! maybe I’ll keep the graham layer and do s’more brownies. Ideas are happening..
Cute and delicious!!! Win win. XO
Aren’t those the cutest brownies ever? Send one to me?
oh my gosh – these look amazing. Thank you for not bringing to the office.. I would have gained an insta-ten lbs.
Not that I ever liked cheesecake and I obviously can’t eat brownies, but these might be the cutest things ever! Boyfriend better up his game 😉
You are a very mean person. 😉 Haha. Ummmm…I will never be angry at you posting brownie recipes. These look so yum…I make cupcakes like this..very similar recipe.
Pretty sure it’s not lying when you end up doing something better than what you originally said. These look life-affirming.
If you get a sec, check out me latest post ‘Ripple Effect’.
holyheaven those look DELICIOUS! thanks for sharing!!!
Yummy! Definitely going to have to try these out!
Damnit. Now I have to make them because otherwise I’ll be plagued by the guilt of “not loving” him. Thanks a lot.
hot damn those look amazing
OMG dying. Seriously need. these. now. Off to beg my not-so-domestically-challenged husband to make them for me before I try giving up sweets (again)…
ohmygosh.. these look amazing.
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These look amazing!
looks sooo good ! and way too cute and perfect for valentines day !