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Black Forest Cheesecake Brownies

Black Forest Cheesecake BrowniesA black forest brownie with cherry cheesecake filling and topped with chocolate drizzle.  Here is an easy dessert recipe for Black Forest Cheesecake Brownies.

Brownie Bars
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
l cup packed light brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Cherry Cheesecake Filling
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
4 ounces cream cheese softened
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
1 cup dried cherries, finely chopped

Chocolate Drizzle
2 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 tablespoon whipping cream

Preheat oven to 325°F (175°C).

In a small saucepan, melt chocolate and butter over low heat, stirring until smooth; cool. Alternatively, melt the chocolate and butter in the microwave.

Combine flour and salt in a bowl. Set aside.

In mixing bowl, beat eggs until fluffy, about 1 minute. Gradually beat in brown sugar. Add cooled chocolate mixture and vanilla. Stir in flour mixture until blended. Fold in walnuts and chocolate chips.

Spread batter in a buttered 13x 9-inch baking pan. Bake for 20 to 22 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack.

Meanwhile, prepare the Cherry Cheesecake Filling: Cream butter and cream cheese in a bowl until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in vanilla and powdered sugar. Stir in cherries. Spread mixture evenly over brownie layer. Refrigerate until set.

To make the Chocolate Drizzle, melt the chocolate chips and cream over low heat or in the microwave. Cool slightly. Dip a fork into the mixture and drizzle over the cherry cheesecake layer. Chill until firm. Cut in 2x2-inch squares. Refrigerate until serving time.


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