Cheesecake Topped Brownies

Can I just first of all say a HUGE THANK YOU to all of you that have been keeping up with my blog as I make my week-long journey of KitchenAid Stand Mixer recipes! You guys are awesome. So in celebration of DAY THREE (and hump day) today were making a dessert that’s really two desserts in one…I guess you might call it a super dessert.
 
I am always looking into ways that I can spice up pre-packaged or pre-made baked goods and I think this recipe does a really good job of creating something that is semi-homemade. We’ll be using the wire whip in this recipe to add a rich, creamy layer on top of our package brownies.
 
Servings: 16 Bars

Ingredients:

Brownie Layer

  • 1 Box Brownie Mix + required ingredients per the box’s instructions

Cheesecake Layer

  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 (8 oz) pkgs cream cheese, room temperature
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 1 cup sour cream

Directions:

  1. TAKE THE CREAM CHEESE OUT OF THE FRIDGE. I swear this is the step that I always forget…but it is probably the most important of them all. Cold cream cheese = chunky cheesecake = sad baker.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  3. Make the Brownies: prepare the brownie box mix as stated on the box. Bake for 15 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, in the bowl of the KitchenAid Mixer, add all of the ingredients for the cheesecake layer. Attach the wire whip. Mix on low speed (1 or 2) until the mixture is completely smooth.
  5. Drain the excess water from the bowl and add the medjool dates to the food processor. Pulse until the dates are in small bits.
  6. Add the almond and oat mixture gradually into to the food processor in 1/2 cup increments. Continue to add/pulse until a dough like consistency is achieved.
  7. Scoop the brownie mixture into a parchment-lined 8″ x 8″ baking dish. Gently press down the mixture until it forms an even layer.
  8. For the chocolate layer, gently melt coconut oil in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir cocoa powder, honey, and vanilla extract into melted oil until well blended.
  9. Pour mixture over the brownie layer and refrigerate until set (about 1 hour).
  10. Enjoy these scrumptious little treats!
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