Happy 2018! Another year, another chance, a gift, really, to try again. I’m starting the year off with a simple brownie recipe slightly adapted from David Lebovitz. I added a delicious Biscoff cream cheese swirl which pairs perfectly with the rich chocolate flavor of the brownie. I hope you enjoy this brownie and welcome 2018 with big, open arms.
Biscoff Cream Cheese Brownies
Recipe adapted from David Lebovitz
Makes about 12-16 brownies
Ingredients for the brownie batter:
1/2 cup unbleached, all-purpose flour
1/4 cup Dutch Process cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
a good pinch of kosher salt
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed
4 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs at room temperature
1 egg white (save yolk for cream cheese swirl)
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
Directions for brownie batter:
Preheat the oven to 325F. Line a 9-inch square pan with aluminum foil. Spray the foil with non-stick cooking spray or brush with melted butter. Set aside. Grab a small bowl and add the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Whisk together until well-combined and no lumps remain.
Using a medium saucepan, melt the butter, semi-sweet chocolate and unsweetened chocolate over low heat, stirring constantly until smooth. Remove from heat and whisk in 1 cup of sugar. Add the eggs one at a time. Next, add the egg white and vanilla extract. Continue to mix until smooth. Add dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Be careful not to overmix!
Spread half of the brownie batter into prepared pan. Add dollops of the Biscoff cream cheese mixture. (See recipe below.) You should use about half of the mixture. Gently swirl with a butter knife. Add remaining brownie batter to the pan and gently smooth the top. Spoon large dollops of the remaining Biscoff cream cheese spread over the top. Swirl gently with a butter knife. Sprinkle with a bit of sea salt. Bake until center is almost set, about 50 minutes. If you insert a toothpick into the center of the brownie it should come out mostly clean with a few moist crumbs attached.
Remove from oven. Allow brownies to cool completely before cutting. They can also be refrigerated overnight. When ready to serve, lift the foil to remove brownies. Use a sharp knife to cut the brownies. In between each cut, wipe the blade clean for neater slices.
The brownies will last in an air-tight container, at room temperature for up to 4 days. Enjoy!
Ingredients for Biscoff cream cheese swirl:
8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1/3 cup sugar
1 large egg yolk
1/2 cup Biscoff Cookie Spread
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of kosher salt
Directions for Biscoff cream cheese swirl:
Using a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Next add egg yolk, vanilla, salt and Biscoff Cookie Spread. Continue to beat until smooth and creamy. Set aside until ready to use.
5 Gotta Try Brownie Links for 2018
Dark chocolate brownies topped with creamy goat cheese and perfectly sweet raspberries are on my must make list. Head to the Kitchn for the recipe.
If you love sweet and salty desserts check out The Brick Kitchen’s salted caramel pretzel brownies. My mouth is watering!
Are you a s’mores lover? If so, head to Seven Spoons for Tara’s triple layer s’mores brownies.
Looking to spice things up in 2018? Try Tutti Dulci’s spicy chocolate brownies. I’m intrigued!
Be sure to check out Food 52’s 12 ways to customize brownies for some unique twists on the beloved brownie.