Sunday, April 26, 2009

Cheesecake Brownies

So one of my favorite pizza places, Armand's has cheesecake brownies or they USED to have cheesecake brownies. We went a week ago and when I ordered one to go, the waitress said they didnt have any and were only going to make 1 kind of brownie from now on. WHAT?! They took the best thing on the menu away.

So I looked up a cheesecake brownie recipe, bought the ingredients, and had ment to make the brownies for a week.

I made them today. They really satisfy :) in fact I want to eat the whole pan. Luckily our basement renter and my husband have had one already so now if I eat the rest it wont be the whole pan.
Cheesecake Brownies


* 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
* 1/4 cup white sugar
* 1 egg
* 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
* 1/4 cup butter
* 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
* 1/2 cup white sugar
* 2 eggs
* 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
* 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
* 1/4 teaspoon salt


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9 inch square baking pan.
2. Combine cream cheese with 1/4 cup sugar and 1 egg in a mixing bowl; beat until smooth. Stir 1 cup chocolate chips into the cream cheese mixture. Set aside.
3. Fill a saucepan with water and bring to a boil. Turn the heat off, and set a heatproof mixing bowl over the water. In the mixing bowl, combine butter with the remaining cup of chocolate chips; stir until just melted and blended together. Stir in the remaining 1/2 cup sugar and 2 eggs, then sift together flour, baking powder, and salt; stir into chocolate until evenly blended.
4. Pour half of the batter into the prepared baking pan. Spread the cream cheese mixture over the chocolate layer. Top with remaining chocolate mixture (this doesn't need to completely cover the cream cheese layer). Using a knife, swirl the top chocolate layer into the cream cheese to make a marble pattern.
5. Bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 25 to 30 minutes, or until top is crinkled and edges pull away from sides of the pan. Cool thoroughly. Cut into 12 to 16 squares. Store in the refrigerator or freeze.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

SOFT snickerdoodle cookie

Emmy made these cookies last night. I have had plenty of hard, crunchy snickerdoodle cookies. These really are soft. I love them. I must save this recipe here and I hope some more people try them out. YUM

**Additions to the below recipe are add 2 teaspoons of vanilla to the dough**

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Fondue Night!

Beer Cheese Fondue
* 1/2 stick butter
* 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
* 1 (12 oz) bottle lager beer
* 1 garlic clove, minced
* a couple dashes of Worcestershire sauce
* 1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
* 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
* 1 lb (16 oz) extra sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
* 1 cup gruyere cheese, shredded

Prep time: 10 minutes if you have to shred the cheese
Cook time: 10 minutes

Mix cheeses, mustard and cayenne in a bowl. Set aside. Measure flower
into a small bowl and set aside. In a medium saucepan over medium
heat, melt butter. Add minced garlic, flour and a couple dashes of
Worcestershire sauce. Stir constantly until a thick and bubbly roux is
created (maybe a minute or two). Add beer and continue stirring until
liquids combine and thicken like gravy (another couple minutes). Begin
adding cheese, 1 handful at a time, allowing each to thoroughly melt
as it is added. Stir constantly in a figure 8 pattern, scraping the
sides after every couple figure 8s. Continue until all cheese is added
and melted.

To serve, pour fondue into a fondue pot with the lit Sterno/fuel to
keep it warm. Pair with a variety of dipping vegetables, breads and

Recommended pairings:
* Zucchini sticks
* Bell pepper sticks
* Baby portobellos, whole, sauteed in butter
* Pumpernickel bread, large cubes
* Pretzels (hard or soft)
* Steak, cubed
* Bratwurst, cut into 1-inch lengths, sauteed/cooked
* Pepperoni sticks

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Birthday Cake

I know everyone is making very Easter like desserts right now, but I made a birthday cake for my niece. Its a yellow cake with chocolate frosting

I used Hershey's Perfectly Chocolate Frosting recipe, but doubled. I always seem to need more frosting :) yum


1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
2/3 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa
3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Melt butter. Stir in cocoa. Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating to spreading consistency. Add small amount additional milk, if needed. Stir in vanilla. About 2 cups frosting.

The yellow frosting is actually lemon frosting from *shocking* a CAN from the store
and I piped it with my really bad icing skills.

I added sugar decorations that said Happy Birthday bought from the store after this was taken

I'm really excited to eat this tomorrow. It all smelled so good. It's like torture having it sit on the counter