Hot Fudge Cheesecake Brownies offer an indulgent blend of rich, fudgy chocolate layers with a delectable hot fudge cheesecake ribbon nestled in the center. This unique combination transforms traditional brownies into a gourmet treat.
Embrace the luxurious texture of these brownies: they’re exceptionally fudgy and chocolatey, yet maintain a light, airy feel. Key to their perfection is the technique of vigorously whisking the eggs and sugar until they’re light and fluffy. This crucial step is not to be overlooked, as the eggs act as the sole leavening agent. Their proper incorporation is what separates a delightfully light and fudgy brownie from a disappointing, overly dense one.
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This recipe is a challenge to my healthy eating habits. These Hot Fudge Cheesecake Brownies are absolutely irresistible for anyone who loves chocolate!
Recently, I went to my 20-year High School Reunion, and it’s hard to believe it’s been that long.
It was a great experience reconnecting with friends I haven’t seen in more than a decade. We enjoyed dinner with my longest-standing friend and her spouse. Although we rarely meet, our friendship easily picks up right where it left off, even if we haven’t spoken in a year.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from the reunion, but it turned out to be a lot like high school, only with everyone older and overdressed for the casual bar setting. Alcohol was flowing freely, though that wasn’t entirely unfamiliar from our high school days, to tell the truth. I spent my time with the few friends I still kept in touch with, observing as the once-popular crowd mingled around, many not recognizing me. It struck me how, after 20 years, things hadn’t really changed much. The women mostly looked the same, thanks to hair dye, while the men had largely lost their hair.
The challenging aspect of the reunion for me emerged once it concluded. Reflecting on past friendships brought a tinge of melancholy. High school wasn’t a joyful phase for me, often feeling like an ordeal. Yet, my friends were my sanctuary, my essence, my spirit. It’s somewhat disheartening to realize that, in many instances, neither party made efforts to maintain these bonds. It underscores the notion that teenage turmoil and theatrics often don’t carry over into adult life.
As an adult, maintaining strong friendships can be challenging for me. Being an introvert and preferring the comfort of my home, my partner Mel and I usually keep to ourselves. I often struggle to stay connected with local mom friends, and it’s even harder with people I knew decades ago who live far away. However, I’ve found it easier to connect with friends I’ve made through blogging. These friendships are valuable to me because we share a common lifestyle, often tied to our computers, iPhones, and kitchens, navigating the hectic life of running our own businesses. The constant presence on social media also helps; I often find myself engaged in Facebook messenger conversations that can last for days, making these connections more manageable and enjoyable.
Blogging friendships bring unique joy, especially when celebrating milestones like new homes, loves, babies, or cookbooks. Today’s recipe, Hot Fudge Cheesecake Brownies, embodies this joy. This indulgent chocolate brownie, brimming with hot fudge cheesecake, is inspired by the cookbook “Brownies, Blondies, and Bars” by Stephanie Brubaker of “Back for Seconds.” This cookbook is visually stunning and packed with incredible recipes, featuring a delightful collection of blondies and brownies.
The delectable scratch-made brownie is incredibly rich and dense, a chocolate lover’s dream. It incorporates a double dose of chocolate delight with both chips and cocoa, ensuring a wonderfully thick consistency. The joy of preparing these brownies comes from the anticipation of their fudginess, evident from the robust batter.
The process begins with layering half of this indulgent brownie batter into a baking pan. This forms the base for a sumptuous layer of hot fudge cheesecake mixture. This creamy layer is a simple yet decadent combination of melted hot fudge sauce and smooth cream cheese, harmoniously blended and spread over the brownie layer. The final touch involves covering the cheesecake with the remaining brownie batter, sprinkled generously with chocolate chips, creating a multi-layered treat.
This recipe is truly a standout in the world of brownies. It deserves top accolades, like a 5-star rating and a blue ribbon, for its exceptional taste and texture. It’s a must-try recipe, promising an unforgettable baking and eating experience.
- FOR THE BROWNIES:
- 1 cup unsalted butter
- 1 1/4 cups semisweet or milk chocolate chips
- 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 4 large eggs
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups mini or regular chocolate chips, or chopped peanut butter cups (for topping)
- FOR THE CHEESECAKE:
- 8 ounces softened cream cheese
- 1 jar (12-16 ounces) hot fudge topping
- Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Line a 9x13 inch pan with foil and coat with nonstick spray.
- For brownies: In a large microwave-safe bowl, melt 1 cup butter and 1 1/4 cups chocolate chips, stirring every 30 seconds until smooth. Mix in cocoa powder until well combined. Add granulated and brown sugars, vanilla, and salt, mixing well. Incorporate eggs one at a time, followed by flour until no flour is visible. The batter will be thick.
- Spread two-thirds of the brownie batter in the prepared pan, reserving the rest.
- For cheesecake: Beat cream cheese and hot fudge until smooth, using a hand mixer for best results. Spoon over the brownie layer in the pan and spread gently to avoid mixing layers.
- Spoon remaining brownie batter over the cheesecake layer, spreading carefully. Top with mini chocolate chips, regular chocolate chips, or chopped peanut butter cups.
- Bake for 30-38 minutes until brownies are set with a slight wiggle in the center and edges begin to pull away from the pan. Cool completely, then chill for at least 2 hours before slicing. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.