I was channeling my inner Sandra Lee yesterday. You know "Keep it Simple, Keep it Smart, Keep it Sweet, Keep it Semi-Homemade" Too bad she didn't say "Keep it semi-overcooked". We'll get to that in a minute :)
First of all, buy one of these:
Why? Because it has 6 box tops, that's why!
Semi-Homemade Cheesecake Brownies
Recipe adapted from Allrecipes
1 package brownie mix
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
1/3 cup white sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
Prepare brownie mix as directed on the package and spread evenly into prepared pan. Using an electric mixer, beat together the cream cheese, egg, sugar and vanilla. Spoon the cheesecake mixture over the top of the brownies and use a knife to swirl together. Bake according to the package directions.
I was using a Perfect Brownie pan, which is smaller than a 13x9 so my cooking times were a little skewed. It suggested 30-35 minutes, but they were looking gooey so I decided to let it cook just a liiiitle bit longer. That's where the semi-overcooked comes in! When it comes to brownies, always remember that people prefer "gooey" over "brick".
And you know, I've always liked Sandra Lee. But ever since Cake Wrecks featured (okay, humiliated) her here with this video, I haven't quite had the same warm fuzzy feelings about her