Friday, October 1, 2010

Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Brownies

Posted by: Maggie

Happy October!

It's time for more pumpkin!!! When I mentioned on Tuesday that I have a truckload of pumpkin recipes to get through, I wasn't kidding in the slightest.  I see a lot of recipes for pumpkin cheesecake, and pumpkin brownies, but I wanted a recipe that combined the two.  Unfortunately, I'm not talented enough to make up recipes on my own, so I was happy when I came across exactly what I was looking for on Beantown Baker's blog originally from Cara's Cravings.

I know a lot of people are weirded out by the chocolate/pumpkin combo, but believe me, it's delicious.  Then again, what isn't better with chocolate?  I tried chocolate covered bacon at this restaurant called CoCo Sala back in February, and it was everything I dreamed it would be.

Here's what you'll need:

Brownie Batter
3/4 cup butter, melted
1 cup sugar
1 T vanilla extract
2 eggs
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/4 t salt
2 tsp cinnamon

Cheesecake Batter
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 egg
1/2 cup sugar
2 T + 2 t all-purpose flour
2/3 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 t vanilla extract
2/3 t cinnamon
1/3 t ground ginger*
1/3 t ground cloves*

*Do 1/3 teaspoons even exist? My brain was feeling a tad gelatinous last night from playing flip cup, and rather than try and figure out that situation I just used heaping 1/4 teaspoons...moving on...

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease an 8x8" square metal baking pan.

Beat together melted butter, sugar, and vanilla, then beat in eggs one at a time. Combine dry ingredients and then gradually stir into butter mixture with a wooden spoon. In separate bowl, beat together cheesecake batter ingredients.

Spread about 2/3 of chocolate batter into prepared pan, and spoon cheesecake batter over. Dollop remaining brownie batter over cheesecake batter. Swirl the batters together by running a butter knife back and forth through the pan.

Bake for 40 minutes, or until center is set. Cool completely on wire rack and chill before cutting and serving.

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