Canâ€™t decide what to make for dessert? Why not try two fabulous favorites in one with a Brownie Bits Cheesecake â€“ whatâ€™s not to love when a chocolaty brownie serves as a classic cheesecakeâ€™s crust, stir-in and topping?
Start with a packaged brownie mix to save time when making the brownie crust and stir-ins. Once baked and cooled, the brownie â€œcrustâ€ is covered with a creamy cheesecake batterâ€”but better, because itâ€™s filled and topped with decadent brownie bits.
Brownie Bits Cheesecake
2 packages (about 16 oz ea.) brownie mix (8-in.-square size)
Eggs, water and oil to prepare mixes
3 packages (8 oz. ea.) cream cheese, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
3â„4 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1â„4 teaspoon almond extract
Preheat oven to 350Â° F. Spray 9-in. springform pan and 8×2-in. square pan with vegetable pan spray.
In large bowl, prepare one brownie mix following package instructions. Spread into bottom of prepared square pan. Prepare remaining brownie mix following package instructions. Spread into prepared springform pan. Bake both pans together for 35â€“40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely. Turn oven down to 325Â° F.
Cut approximately half of the brownies from the square pan into 3â„4-in. pieces (about 11â„2 cups); set aside. Reserve reÂmaining brownie for snacking.
For filling, beat cream cheese and sugar with electric mixer at medium speed in large bowl until smooth and creamy, about 5â€“10 minutes. Beat in sour cream and eggs. Add vanilla and almond exÂtracts. When filling is smooth, gently stir in 1â„2 cup of the cut brownies. Pour over cooled crust. Sprinkle reÂmaining 1 cup cut brownies over cheesecake batter; lightly press into batter. Place cheesecake in middle of oven. Fill a large pan with hot water and place on rack underneath cheesecake.
Bake 1 hour, 25 minutes or until cheesecake is firm on top but mixture is still jiggly when gently shaken. Turn off oven; leave cheesecake in closed oven 30 minutes to cool down slowly. Remove cheesecake from oven and cool on cooling grid 1 hour. Refrigerate covered at least 4 hours or overnight.
Makes about 12 servings.
This delicious dessert duo serves a crowd, making it just right for entertaining or for any family celebration. Since itâ€™s made ahead of time and chilled, thereâ€™s less time spent in the kitchen and more time enjoying the festivities.
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