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Caramel cheesecake brownies are totally indulgent and worth the effort, so toss that prepared brownie mix away and bake this with a few easy ingredients! | aheadofthyme.com

Caramel Cheesecake Brownies


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  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 9 brownies

Description

Caramel cheesecake brownies are totally indulgent and worth the effort, so toss that prepared brownie mix away and bake this with a few easy ingredients!


Ingredients

Cheesecake Filling:

  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup mascarpone cheese, room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

Brownie Batter:

  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon instant espresso powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 ounces dark chocolate chips
  • 2 ounces caramel chips
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1 and 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

Cheesecake Filling

  1. Place cream cheese in a microwave safe bowl, then heat for 30 seconds until easily spreadable. Add the mascarpone, sugar, and flour, then whisk to combine. Set aside.

Brownie Batter

  1. Preheat oven to 325 F and place rack in the middle position. Line an 8″ x 8″ baking pan with aluminum foil, then spray well with nonstick baking spray. 
  2. Whisk together flour, espresso powder, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. Combine chocolate and caramel chips with butter in a bowl, then microwave in 30 second increments until completely melted, stirring after each interval. 
  4. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Add the chocolate-caramel mixture, then whisk until smooth. Add flour mixture and fold until just combined. 
  5. Pour all except 1/2 cup of the brownie batter into the prepared pan. Top with cream cheese filling, and spread evenly along the top. 
  6. Dollop the remaining brownie batter on top, then use the edge of a knife to swirl batter into cream cheese.
  7. Bake for 40 minutes, or until toothpick or cake tester inserted into the brownies comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 1 hour. Cut into 9 equal squares.