Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Spiced Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies


I have been all about baking lately.

Not just baking, but baking realllllly tempting sweet treats.

Which totally makes sense now that I just started a whole new routine to get myself back into shape.

Right? (insert sarcastic tone here)

I tend to torture myself.


So I signed up on My Fitness Pal and have been sweatin' my hiney off on the treadmill everyday.

OK well maybe not everyday.

I took the weekend off.

But heck, after not working out for.......

Well let's just say it has been a while.

Going everyday is rough! 

But I will get there, you watch me.

This year I will be 50.

Yup, the big 5-0.

I decided I needed to get my rear in gear to make sure that the second half of my life will be spent strong and healthy.

You know what?

I am actually starting to like working out! 

OMG did I just say that??

I get on the treadmill, kick up the music, and sweat away those calories. 

I love the fact that it tells you exactly how many calories you have worked off.

That way I can plan out how many brownies I can have!



Spiced Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies  

8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tube gel red food coloring
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
3/4 cup all-purpose flour

For the cheesecake filling:
1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened
3 Tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg yolk


Preheat the oven to 350ºF.

Line an 8x8-inch baking pan with parchment paper and spray it with non-stick.

In a large bowl, combine the melted butter, sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla, food coloring, cinnamon, cloves, cayenne, and salt, stirring to combine.

Whisk the eggs in a small bowl, then stir them into the brownie batter. Add the flour stirring just until combined. Spoon the batter into the baking pan, reserving 1/4 to 1/2 cup of the batter for the top.

With a handheld electric mixer, blend together the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and egg yolk until well combined. Spread the cream cheese mixture in an even layer over the brownie batter then top the cream cheese with spoonfuls of the reserved brownie batter. Using a sharp knife, swirl the brownie batter topping and cream cheese mixture.

Bake the brownies for 30 minutes. Remove them from the oven and let them cool completely before lifting the parchment out of the pan.

ENJOY!!


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