Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Peanutbutter Cheesecake Brownies

I think the title pretty much says it all (peanutbutter +cheesecake +chocolate=one happy customer). I was trying to figure out a way to make my cheesecake brownies more original, so adding peanut butter into the mix sounded perfect (plus I get brownie points from my mom for mixing pb+chocolate). Like my s'mores brownies made with a graham cracker crust, I decided that I should add it to the brownies as an extra layer of yummyness.
I actually overcooked these bad boys a little...left them in the oven while I took my cousins for a run but they still were a huge success. Please excuse the photos, sun went down before I remembered that I needed to photograph these yummy treats.

Peanutbutter Cheesecake Brownies
Ingredients for a 9x9 pan
1 box of Duncan Hines Triple Chocolate Decadent Brownie Mix
2 eggs (one for the brownies and one for the cheesecake mixture)
1/4 cup water
1/3 cup oil
1 block of softened cream cheese
1 tsp of vanilla extract
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter


Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. In a bowl using a handheld blender cream cheese, vanilla extract, sugar and peanut butter until smooth. Try not to eat.
3. In another bowl mix together brownie mix, eggs, water and oil and pour into a greased pan (or in my case a pan with a graham cracker crust...instructions at the end).
4. Drop spoonfuls of cheesecake mixture onto the brownies and swirl around with a knife.
5. Put in the oven for about 45-50 minutes (Start checking the brownies after about 35 minutes to see if they are cooked).
6. Let cool down and then store in the fridge. 
As I said before, these were amazing! If you don't like peanut-butter you can just leave it out of the recipe. Although the graham cracker crust is a good addition, the peanut-butter cheesecake was enough-not it is not crucial to the recipe if you want to cut a step out of this process.

Graham Cracker Crust
1 1/2 cups crushed graham crackers
5 T melted butter
1/3 cup sugar

1. Mix together all of the ingredients and press in a pan.
2. For a crispier crust put in the oven for 5 minutes at 350 degrees.

This post was part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker program with Duncan Hines.

6 comments:

  1. Umm cheesecake brownies?? Hello these are amazing!! Love your recipe! :)

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  2. Wow!!! These look delicious! Great recipe :-)

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  3. Wow these sound decadent and extremely delicious! Must try this recipe!

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  4. Mmmm these look like ooey gooey goodness!! :)

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  5. My mouth just watered, these look really delicious and besides I love peanut butter.

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  6. Been imagining about the snickers brownies for a long time now. I know it is possible but somehow I can't figure out if I should just drop the snickers pieces on the batter or put it as a topping. hey! I think I can do both!
    Looking for a catering suffolk services?

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