Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Peanut Butter & Jared Cheesecake Brownies

Dear Planet Earth,

Hold the phone. Stop the presses. Go purge whatever you just ate for dinner. (That's a saying too, right?) I've got some very important news. It's called Peanut Butter & Jared Cheesecake Brownies. And it's going to change everything.

Hugs and Quiches,

Wow. That was such a serious intro to this post and it still isn't serious enough. Let me give you a scenario. It all began with two rag tag kids and one crazy-never-gonna-work idea. And it went a little something like this...

Brother: Can you make me some cheesecake brownies?
Me: Yes.
Brother: Can there be peanut butter in them too?
Me: Are we talking Reese's Peanut Butter Cups?
Brother: Yes. Yes we are.

Reese's Peanut Butter Cups:
The peanut butter that holds the relationship between me and my brother together.

So, many many (many) weeks after that conversation, I got down to business.

I adapted a Cheesecake Brownie recipe from My Baking Addiction to make this life altering dessert. Or you could eat it for breakfast. Or lunch. Or dinner. Or breakfast again.

I like my ingredients like I like my men: white, beige, or brown.
And handsome.
...for the brownies
  • 1 stick of butter, cut into pats
  • 7 1/2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons of oil
  • 1 cup of super fine sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 2/3 cup of flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 8 Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, coarsely chopped

...for the cheesecake
  • 8oz cream cheese
  • 1/3 super fine sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 tsp of vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350. Line an 8x8 baking pan with foil and butter the foil.

Mix the oil and cocoa powder until well combined in a small bowl. Throw the butter pats in that bowl and stick it in the microwave for 30 seconds or so, until the butter melts. Mix until smooth.

Toss the cocoa/butter mixture in a mixing bowl. Add the egg, the sugar, the salt, and the vanilla. Whisk until smooth and pretty. Add the flour and baking powder. Whisk until just combined.

Spread the brownie batter in the pan. Top evenly with Reese's Peanut Butter Cup crumbles. Take a second to bask in the glory of what you are making. Nice. Very Nice.

Whisk together all the ingredients for the cheesecake in your sparkly freshly cleaned mixer. Spread the well combined cheesecake awesomeness on top of the brownie/Reese's Peanut Butter Cup batter. Grab a fork and swizzle the cheesecake topping around.

Pop in the oven for 35 minutes or until the corners look puffy and the center is just set. Cool on a wire rack. Try not to press your face directly into the hot baking pan. Or don't hold back. Be yourself. Be happy. Be covered in Peanut Butter & Jared Cheesecake Brownies.

If anything has ever asked for an imprint of an entire face, it's this guy.

PS: I cannot WAIT to make everyone I know really, really, really, really fat.

PPS: If you have some crazy ass idea for something you want to eat but you are more into eating than making, you should probs hit me up and suggest I make it.


TASTE: 4.99/5 "I get the feeling Jesus ate these at the last supper." - Jared, namesake of these brownies. Also, timely for Ash Wednesday. I think. I'm Jewish. I'm going to go eat another brownie now probably.
EASE: 4/5 Guys, here's the thing. Making brownies is exceptionally easy. Like if you were ever impressed by your mom making you brownies, you should know that she was making you something only slightly harder than breathing. Ask her to make you some Ho-Ho's and watch the bitch sweat.
FILTH OF THE KITCHEN: 1/5 I managed to clean up the entire kitchen within 5 minutes. While the heavenly creations were baking. So perfect.
DID THE DOG EAT THE DOUGH: The dog licked cocoa powder off the floor where there was no cocoa powder on the floor. I don't want to know what he was actually licking. I bet it tasted like butt though. What can I say...I know my dog.
IMPRESS-O-METER: 4/5 People go bananas over things with "cheesecake" in the title and they go apricots over baked goods named after them.


  1. Oh wow! I can't wait to try a batch of these brownies, so much goodness in one recipe, thanks!

  2. That does seem serious! Cheesecake, brownies, and peanut butter all in one thing? Holy shiz-net, I am in awe of your genius!

  3. I have a certain family party coming up that I know these are going to be a hit at! Thanks for the idea...looks sooo good!

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