Raspberry Cheesecake Swirl Brownies

I think I’m addicted to baking. Ok, I know I’m addicted to baking, but I think it’s starting to get out of hand. It’s definitely having an impact on my wallet and my waistline, but I just can’t stop. I try to cut back and it just makes me want to bake even more. I really don’t know how I’m going to handle the upcoming kitchen renovation…

Today was an example of why I say my baking is out of control. I had no plans to bake – usually I plan at least a week in advance what I’m going to bake. It gives me time to day dream about how it will all turn out and come up with a plan. Anyways, I was just sitting around looking through my Google Reader and thinking about random ingredients in the fridge. I was trying to figure out what to make for dinner. Then I remembered there was a block of cream cheese in the fridge and stumbled upon the recipe for these brownies. I loved the idea of them and had never made a cheesecake/brownie before. Doing a quick mental check, I realized I had everything in stock and before I knew it the batter was going into the oven. Just like that, in 30 minutes time, I had gone from trying to find a meal for dinner to anxiously waiting for the timer to go off for my brownies.

These little guys are very rich, so I cut them pretty small. Usually, I would cut brownies from an 8×8 pan into 16 pieces. Maybe even only 9. But I cut these into 25. And it’s a good thing I did. They are definitely rich. They got rave reviews from Hubby’s coworkers which always makes me smile. In fact, he said that he got more comments from these brownies than he usually does which is a good indication that these guys are amazing.

Raspberry Cheesecake Swirl Brownies – from Baking Bites – makes 25 brownies1/2 cup butter, room temperature
2-oz dark chocolate, chopped
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
2/3 cup flour
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1/4 tsp salt

8-oz cream cheese, room temperature
1/3 cup sugar
1 large egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup raspberry preserves/jam

Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8×8-inch square baking pan with aluminum foil and lightly grease.

In a small, heatproof bowl, melt butter and chocolate together. Stir with a fork until very smooth. Set aside to cool for a few minutes.

In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, eggs and vanilla extract. Whisking steadily, pour chocolate mixture into sugar mixture. Stir until smooth. Sift flour, cocoa powder and salt into the bowl and stir until just combined.

Pour into prepared pan and prepare cheesecake mixture.

In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, egg and vanilla extract until smooth. Drop in dollops onto prepared brownie batter. Drop dollops of raspberry preserves into the cheesecake batter. Gently swirl batters with a butter knife, giving the brownies a swirly look.

Bake for 35-40 minutes, until brownies and cheesecake are set. A knife inserted into the cheesecake mixture should come out clean and the edges will be lightly browned.

Cool in the pan completely before slicing and serving, either at room temperature or chilled.

Brownies can be refrigerated, covered, for several days.

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9 Responses to “Blueberry Almond Cake with Lemon Drizzle”

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    How To Be Perfect — July 16, 2010 at 11:55 am

    This cake looks great and I will definitely try those cupcakes, they sound awesome x

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    Lauren — July 16, 2010 at 11:55 am

    I’m right there with you husband – I adore blueberries! This cake looks absolutely delicious :).

    I’ve bought a whole bunch of reduced price ingredients at TJ Maxx and Marshalls – I always scope out their food section!

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    Lauren — July 16, 2010 at 11:56 am

    *your husband, not you husband 😉

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    Gia — July 16, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    In the ingredients you have listed yogurt but in the instructions you have buttermilk…can you just clarify which it is? I am going to the store and want to buy what I need to make this today!

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    Jen — July 16, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    Gia – Sorry for the confusion – I have updated the recipe instructions. I used yogurt instead of buttermilk like the original recipe states. Either one would work just fine.

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    Memória — July 16, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    This cake looks amazing. Great photos.

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    hannah {thepastrykook} — July 17, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    the only reason why i like blueberries is cos they are good for eyesight! haha. your cake looks delectable (:

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    Ingrid — July 19, 2010 at 12:30 am

    We blueberries,t oo. Actually we love all berries and they pair well with both almond and lemon.

    Btw, No way would we thing of leaving off that yummy glaze.

    Thanks for sharing!
    ~ingrid

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    Becca — May 9, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    How far in advance can i make this ? Will it hold 2-3 days?

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