Anyway, if you love peanut butter and chocolate the way I do, you have GOT to try this recipe!!! I've actually doubled the original, since the original recipe made an incredibly small batch... ;D
Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Marbled Brownie Bars (found at Tracey's Culinary Adventures)
For the Peanut Butter Cheesecake
- 1 8oz package of cream cheese, softened
- 2/3 c peanut butter
- 1/4 c sugar
- 2 egg yolks (save the whites for the brownie batter recipe)
- 2 tbsp milk
- 1 c (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
- 2 c sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 egg whites
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2/3 c unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 1/3 c flour
(1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13 baking pan with cooking spray. Line with parchment paper, if desired. If using parchment paper, also spray this with cooking spray.
Making the Peanut Butter Cheesecake (if you're like me, and you forgot to let your cream cheese sit out to soften, get it out of the fridge and skip ahead to the brownie part and come back to this...)
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the sugar and cream cheese on medium until combined.
- Add peanut butter to the mixture, beat until fully incorporated.
- Add in the egg yolks and milk, beat until smooth. Set aside.
- Combine cocoa powder, flour, salt, and baking powder in a medium mixing bowl. Whisk to combine.
- In another mixing bowl, mix together the sugar and melted butter. (I do this by melting the butter in a microwave safe bowl, then adding the sugar to that bowl)
- Add the eggs, egg whites, and vanilla. Stir to combine.
- Mix the dry and wet ingredients together, stir until combined.
(3) Smooth all of the cheesecake mixture into a single layer on top of the brownie batter.
(4) Drop remaining batter by the spoonful on top of the cheesecake mixture, then swirl them together using a knife. Have fun with this part!!!
(5) Bake for 25-30 minutes (that cooking time reflects the use of a metal baking pan..it took me between 35-40 min in a Pyrex dish) or until a toothpick comes out with just a few crumbs.
(6) Remove from oven, cool on a cooling rack. Slice them into squares and try not to eat the whole pan at once!
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