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Peppermint Cheesecake Brownies

November 30, 2010

I found this recipe courtesy of Cooking Light Magazine, they are a great holiday time dessert treat, mixing my favorite flavors of chocolate and peppermint together. While I have yet to have my first Peppermint Mocha of the season, we did put up our Christmas Tree yesterday.

Boo Christmas tree pix never turn out! But onto tasty holiday treats.

Peppermint Cheesecake Brownies

Cheesecake batter:
1  (8-ounce) block 1/3-less-fat cream cheese
1/3  cup  granulated sugar
1/4  teaspoon  peppermint extract
1  large egg
1  large egg white
1  tablespoon  all-purpose flour
Brownie batter:
4.5  ounces  all-purpose flour (about 1 cup)
1/2  cup  unsweetened cocoa
1/2  teaspoon  salt
1 1/2  cups  packed brown sugar
1/4  cup  canola oil
1/4  cup  buttermilk
2  teaspoons  vanilla extract
2  large egg whites
1  large egg

1. Blend the cream cheese, sugar, peppermint extract, egg, egg white and flour together until smooth. Be careful the cream cheese likes to chunk up at the bottom, I always have to blend this a couple times.

2. Mix the Brownie batter ingredients all together. I like to add chocolate chips to the batter as well just to add a little extra treat (1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips)

3. Pour half the brownie batter into a greased pan (9×9 or 9×13)

4. Add the cream cheese mixture

5. Pour the rest of the brownie batter in and using a knife to cut through the batter, create the swirls.

6. Bake for 25-30 min at 350 degrees or until firm.

Tasty tasty! The chocolate chips make all the difference!

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What is your favorite first Christmas treat of the season?

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