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Tuxedo Brownie Cheesecake Cups

with fresh strawberries

Tuxedo Brownie Cheesecake Cups ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #brownie #cheesecake #chocolate #dessert #recipe

Several of my yoga buddies are artists and one of them owns a furniture store, so last night we had a big “wine & design” gala event where we invited 250 of our closest friends to come to this wine/art sale. My friends insisted that I bring the food. I tried to tell them I don’t do catering–I’m a food BLOGGER. I am not set up with a commercial kitchen and all the stuff you need to make selling food profitable. But since they REALLY wanted me to, I made some food. Actually, I made a LOT of food. These delectable little cheesecakes were one of the things I made, and they went over really well. When I told people there were brownies in those cheesecakes, they were sold.

It took me a few tries to get the proportions just right, so you have half brownie/half cheesecake, but I finally determined that just 1 Tablespoon of brownie batter in each cupcake comes out about right. That comes out to about 24 cheesecake cups from one brownie batch.  If you’re going to use a mix, I highly recommend the Ghirardelli brownie mix. Better chocolate DEFINITELY makes a better brownie!

I also made a gluten free version of these little cheesecakes, using that chocolate hummus cake recipe as the “brownie bottom”. I think the Flourless Fudgy Brownies would be amazing on the bottom of a cheesecake as well …

Tuxedo Brownie Cheesecake Cups

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Yield: About 24 brownie cheesecakes

Tuxedo Brownie Cheesecake Cups

Ingredients

  • A brownie recipe for 9x9-inch pan (or a mix)
  • 2 - 8-oz packages Greek Cream cheese (or Neufchatel), softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 teaspoons real vanilla extract
  • For the top: hot fudge sauce & fresh strawberries

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 F. Line 24 cupcake spots with nonstick cupcake liners or use regular cupcake liners but spray them with nonstick cooking spray! The brownies tend to stick to paper or foil.
  2. Mix up your brownie mix and put 1 Tablespoon of brownie batter in the bottom of each cupcake. It will just barely cover the bottom of the cup. That is just perfect because the brownies will rise as they cook. Put the brownie cupcakes into the oven to bake for about 20 - 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  3. While the brownies are baking, mix up the cream cheese mixture. First soften your cream cheese so it's very soft and easy to stir. (I put it in the microwave for 30 - 60 seconds, then stirred it up). Add the sugar and stir together. Then add the yogurt and stir, then the eggs and vanilla extract.
  4. Pour 2 - 3 Tablespoons of the cheesecake mixture onto each brownie bottom. (It's ok to fill it all the way to the top.) Bake for another 20 - 25 minutes or until the cheesecake is set (not very jiggly when you lightly shake the pan).
  5. Let the cheesecake cool. Store in the fridge. If desired, top with a spoonful of fudge sauce and fresh strawberries.

Notes

RECIPE SOURCE: http://www.sumptuousspoonfuls.com/

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Tuxedo Brownie Cheesecake Cups ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #brownie #cheesecake #chocolate #dessert #recipe

This recipe was shared at Freedom Fridays with All my Bloggy FriendsOur Sunday Best Showcase, What to Do WeekendsPretty Pintastic Pinterest Party, Tuesday’s TableSimple Supper TuesdayTreasure Box TuesdayThe Gathering Spot and Strut your Stuff Saturday.

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5 Responses

  1. Kelly

    The gluten-free version was AWESOME!

    May 4, 2014 at 8:00 am

  2. Beautiful! Looks so yummy. Pinned to try. found at cast party wed. Have a great week.

    May 7, 2014 at 9:35 am

  3. Terrific! Featured and PINNED. Linda Crafts a la Mode

    May 8, 2014 at 8:27 pm

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