Lisa's swim team is AMAZING!!! Shout-out to the top synchro team in the province!
Our resident swimmer is also obviously a baker extraordinaire and had made these brownies once before. At the request of a teammate celebrating her sweet sixteen, Lisa decided to make them again. Except a stellar showing in the provincial duet competition kept her out a little late the night before the big birthday. Amy jumped in and started things off. Team effort!
Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies
This recipe (slightly modified) came from one of our new favorite cookbooks: "The Ultimate Cookie Book" from the Better Homes and Gardens series.
1 cup chocolate chips --> original recipe called for a mix of unsweetened and semisweet... we used all semisweet
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 1/4 cup sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 package (8 oz = 250 g) cream cheese
2/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups raspberries --> frozen worked for us, but fresh is probably better
1 tablespoon sugar
- In small pot, melt together chocolate and butter over low heat. Stir gently, until smooth. Remove from heat and let cool (we're a little impatient and stuck the pot in the freezer to speed things up).
- Whisk 1 1/4 cups sugar and 3 of the 4 eggs (one at a time) into the melted chocolate. Stir in 2 teaspoons vanilla and salt, then add flour and stir until just combined.
- Grease and flour 13 x 9 inch baking pan. Spread chocolate batter into pan and set aside.
- In medium bowl, mix together cream cheese and 3/4 cup sugar (it helps to soften the cream cheese... let it warm up a bit). Beat in lemon juice, the last egg, and a 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla. Beat in the flour.
- Scoop cheesecake batter into pan, spreading evenly over the chocolate layer. Top with raspberries. Sprinkle with sugar.
- Bake for 35 minutes in a pre-heated over at 350 F. Remove from oven when top is puffed and edges start to turn golden brown. Cool in pan. Cover and chill for 6 hours. Cut into bars.
- Store in refrigerator.
Make sure the greased pan is coated in flour...
You want to be able to remove the brownies from the pan!
The layers come together...