We are rapidly closing in on my all-time favorite holiday: Shavuot. As I confessed last week, the reasons for my love are largely gastronomical: I am ALL about the dairy, so Shavuot is a special kind of heaven for me.
When it comes to dessert, my husband sadly doesn’t like cheese cake (I know, the inhumanity!), but my chocolate cream cheese brownies seem to go down without too many complaints. So that’s the one I am choosing to share with you today.
In addition to being indulgently delicious, these brownies are crazy easy because you get to cheat by using a box mix for the brownie base. Shhhh… It’s okay – I won’t tell anyone that you cheated!
Chocolate Cream Cheese Brownies
Adapted (barely) from the Original Betty Crocker recipe
- 4 oz cream cheese, softened
- 1 egg
- 3 T sugar
- ½ t vanilla
- 1 box brownie mix + water, vegetable oil and egg per back of the box
- ¼ cup chocolate chips, optional
1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
2. Spray the bottom of a 9-inch glass pan. I really recommend using this smaller size pan, as it makes the brownies a bit more dense than a 9×11 pan – and in this case dense = delicious!
3. In small mixing bowl, beat together the filling ingredients until smooth. Set aside.
4. Make the brownies per directions. Pour ¾ of the batter in the pan.
5. With a large spoon, plop globs (I know, appetizing!) of the cream cheese filling across the top of the brownies base.
6. Spoon out the remaining batter over the cream cheese filling.
7. Marble the top with a cold butter knife (I just dip my knife into a glass of cold water before I start marbling.)
8. Sprinkle the chocolate chips on top.
9. Bake 40ish minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely before cutting.
10. Unlike regular brownies, which you can store on the counter top, any leftovers of these brownies (hahahah) need to be stored in the fridge.
By the way, if you are looking for even more dairy inspiration, here are some of my absolute favorites:
Now it’s your turn! PLEASE share your favorite (dairy) recipe for Shavuot. And if you’re lactose intolerant, you’re welcome to throw something pareve into the mix.