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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Sweet Melissa Sundays: Black Bottom Brownies



I have seen Black Bottom Brownies in so many blogs and magazines. Brownies with Cheesecake on top? Sounds delicious! But for some reason I've never got around to making them. For me, cheesecake is one of those things I'll eat and enjoy if it's on the holiday dessert table, but other than that it's not something I crave. Maybe that's why I've never made them. So I'm glad that this week for Sweet Melissa Sundays Cynthia of Bakingtherapist picked Sweet Melissa's Black Bottom Brownies as the recipe for the week. It forced me to finally try these goodies!



I baked just as the recipe stated. I was trying to think of a fun way to flavor the cheesecake (coffee? caramel?), but I couldn't come up with anything that really struck me so I made the basic cheesecake recipe. Melissa said to just pour the cheesecake mixture on top and sprinkle with chocolate chips, but I decided to swirl it together a little bit. By the way - What did your chocolate chips do? When I put them on top they just sank! I used less than half of the chips she called for in the recipe (12 ounces!) and it was more than enough.
Fortunately I had read the P&Q on the SMS site, and saw that some people baked for only an hour. I'm glad I saw this because mine were ready to go after 60 minutes rather than the 75 stated in the book.

The result was great. The brownies are very dense (maybe because I swirled it a bit) and the chips add a nice occasional crunch. If I try these again, I might do what I originally intended and flavor the cheesecake... mmm maybe bailey's???

Check out Cynthia's blog, Bakingtherapist, for the recipe. And take a peek at the other Sweet Melissa Sunday bakers' results here!

12 comments:

HanaĆ¢ said...

Love the swirl on top. I couldn't get myself to make a plain vanilla cheesecake batter and finally came up with adding raspberries to mine. Try that next time :o)

Nina said...

OH SWIRLS! They look so pretty!

Tami said...

These brownies look decadent!

Tracey said...

Those brownies look delicious! I like your idea to swirl too - add a little visual interest in there. Thanks to Leslie, I added the chips to my brownie layer so I didn't have the sinking problem. I thought these were tasty but not among my favorites.

Susan said...

Yours look great with the swirl! And, Baileys sounds fabulous as a cheesecake flavor!

margot said...

Your brownies look great...I'm now thinking mine were a bit overbaked. Glad you enjoyed them!

Smitten Sugar said...

Oh I love your swirls! Cheesecake and brownies combined are always a great combo! They look amazing!

Ingrid said...

Oh, flavoring the cheesecake layer sounds like a brillant idea! I also like that you swirled it.
~ingrid

The Bahens said...

What a relief to find someone else who liked these!! Yours look terrific, and my chocolate chips sank too. A few stayed on top, but most sank down to right in between the cheesecake and brownie layers.

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Mara... said...

These look wonderful. My DH would love these, he loves chocolate and cheesecake together!

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