When time is short, and I need to make a treat, I throw together these super simple, seriously rich cream cheese brownies. The base is from a cake mix, the rest is up to you. My favorite basic chocolate frosting gives this dessert an extra special home made touch.
Super Simple Cream Cheese Brownies
1 Butter Recipe Chocolate Cake Mix*
1/2 cup melted butter
1 egg, beaten
3 tablespoons milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix and spread into a 9x13 greased and floured pan.
8 oz. cream cheese (not low fat) softened
2 eggs, beaten
2 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons flour
Beat soft cream cheese until smooth. Add eggs. Beat in powdered sugar and flour, until all ingredients are incorporated. Pour over brownie mixture in pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached.
After cooled, frost.
Creamy Chocolate Frosting
1/2 cup butter, softened (room temperature)
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
3 cups powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup half and half or milk
Beat butter until smooth, and add dry ingredients. Add vanilla. Mix in half and half a little at a time, until frosting is desired consistency.
See note below about the cake mix...
-* I have used various types of chocolate cake mixes, all work well in this recipe.
-Don't be worried about the appearance of the brownies after they are finished baking. Once you frost the brownies, the top is covered in frosting.
-If you are in a hurry, place the brownies in the freezer (after they have cooled enough to handle the pan). They will cool in about 20 minutes.
-Don't be tempted to use canned frosting. One word. Sick.