Cherry Cream Cheese Brownies

May 23, 2011

This is a sponsored review from BlogHer and Kraft.

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Philadelphia Cream Cheese is one of the most versatile cooking ingredients around. It’s equally at home in savory main dishes as it is in sweet desserts, adding just the right amount of tang and flavor. This week I put it to work for in a big pan of Cherry Cream Cheese Brownies, though it was hard to decide between Cheesecake, Pound Cake, Carrot Cake and, well, the list is nearly endless. Although this recipe won’t be entered into the contest, it’s a definite keeper.

I put these easy brownies together from scratch but using a boxed mix would make this easy treat even easier.

Brownies

  • Chocolate, 4 ounces
  • Butter, 3/4 cup
  • Sugar, 2 cups
  • Eggs, 3
  • Vanilla Extract, 1 teaspoon
  • Almond Extract, 1 teaspoon
  • Flour, 1 cup
  • Dried Cherries, 3/4 cup or one 5-ounce bag

Topping

  • Philadelphia Cream Cheese, 1 8-ounce brick
  • Sugar, 1/2 cup
  • Egg, 1
  • Vanilla Extract, 1 teaspoon
  • Cherry Preserves, 1 cup

Dump the butter and chocolate into a large bowl. Microwave on high for about two minutes, or until the butter is melted. Stir until the chocolate is melted.

Add the sugar and stir it in.

Add the eggs, vanilla and almond extracts and stir until well-blended.

Add the flour and again, stir until well-blended. This recipe makes a very soft and fudgy brownie. Add a little more flour for a more cake-like brownie. Fold in the dried cherries.
Set the brownie batter aside for now. In a small bowl, combine the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and egg. Beat until smooth.
Heat the cherry preserves for a minute in the microwave, just long enough to make it thin enough to spread easily.
Spread the brownie batter into a well-greased 13x9x2 baking dish.
Spread the cream cheese over the top.
Spread the preserves over the cream cheese and then swirl it all together with a knife.
Bake at 350 for about 40 minutes.
Let them cool for a little while before cutting into squares.
Enjoy!
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1 Amy @ A Little Nosh May 23, 2011 at 3:29 pm

Not a cherry fan but this would be fantastic with raspberry preserves. Yum!

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2 Karen Bove May 23, 2011 at 4:33 pm

I *almost did a raspberry version but I found the dried cherries in the pantry and made a last-minute switch.

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3 Caro May 24, 2011 at 12:01 pm

I’m assuming I add the dried cherries to the brownie batter before pouring, yes?

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4 Karen Bove May 24, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Ack! One day I’ll learn to proofread a little better. I’m going to add that step now. Yes, you fold the cherries into the batter.

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5 Farmgirl Susan May 26, 2011 at 2:37 pm

These look great! I love cherries and chocolate but have never made cherry brownies. And cream cheese in there, too? *swoon* :)

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6 Laura November 22, 2011 at 12:40 am

I was wondering when you add sugar to the chocolate and butter mixture how much do you add. I kept looking for the amount thinking I had missed something, is it part of the 1/2 cup listed under the topping?

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7 karenbove November 22, 2011 at 9:22 am

Oh my gosh, I can’t believe I left that out! One day I’ll get better at proofreading. It’s two cups and I just went back and added it to the post. Thanks for catching it!

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