Wednesday, July 10, 2013

sugar fix found

I have found the perfect fit.
Not for my clothes. Those are becoming a bit problematic.
Ever since that last birthday of mine ... 
something has gone seriously haywire.
I've usually managed to chow down this kind of stuff
and not gain a pound a month.
This new exceeding the growth chart thing is not very welcome in my life.

I made these Cheesecake Brownies recently for a baby shower.
There were extras left over and so I tucked them into a container
and plunked them into the freezer so I wouldn't eat them all in one sitting.
Or even two.
In the past week, someone found them.
I had blessedly forgotten they were in the freezer.
The extra bonus of not cooking for the past week is
not looking in the freezer!
The brownies don't freeze solid to the point where you can't eat them.
Rather, they are absolutely scrumptious ...
a perfect sugar fix if you can limit yourself to only one.
Or even two.

So, because I want to be known as the person who shares .... more than her growing waist line ...

Cheesecake Brownies (Taste of Home)

1 pkg fudge brownie mix (13x9 inch pan size)
2 pkgs (3 oz each) cream cheese, softened 
6 tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 can (16 ounces) chocolate frosting (I made my own from scratch instead.)

Prepare brownie mix batter according to package directions. Spread 2 cups into a greased 13x9 inch baking dish; set aside. 
In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter, sugar, flour and vanilla until smooth. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Spread evenly over brownie batter. Top with remaining brownie batter. Cut through batter with a knife to swirl.
Bake at 350F for 28-32 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out with moist crumbs (brownies may appear moist).
Cool completely on a wire rack. Spread frosting over brownies.

Caloric content omitted for your eating pleasure. If you have any concern over such things, the recipe is available online at tasteofhome[dot]com.

If you aren't feeding a houseful of people, just cut them when cool and pop into the freezer. 
Take out one (or two depends on how big you cut them!) tasty treat at a time to compliment a scrumptious cup of coffee. 

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