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monster mash cheesecake brownies cut into squares on a white background. Sprinkles, pumpkins and plates around the brownies

Monster Mash Cheesecake Brownies

Brownies with a creamy cheesecake layer on top. The fudgy brownie layer is balanced perfectly with that yummy cream cheese. The fact that they look like funny monsters with eyes is just a bonus. 
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Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Serves: 20 servings
Calories: 322kcal

Ingredients

Brownies

  • 8 ounces unsalted butter
  • 4 ounces chocolate dark, semi-sweet or milk
  • 4 large eggs
  • 6 ounces sugar
  • 4 ounces brown sugar
  • 2 ounces cocoa powder
  • 5 ounces AP flour or cake flour for a more tender brownie
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Cream Cheese Topping

  • 16 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 4 ounces sugar
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Equipment

  • 9"x13" Pan

Instructions

Cheesecake Topping Instructions

  • Place cream cheese into the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment and cream until smooth.
  • Add in your sugar and cream until smooth.
  • While mixing on low, add in the vanilla and then your eggs one at a time, letting each one incorporate fully before adding the next. Scrape the bowl. Cream until smooth (2-3 minutes)
  • Divide the cream cheese mixture into two bowls. Color one with the yellow and green food coloring and the other bowl with the pink and purple. Set aside.

Brownie Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350ºF. Line a 1/4 sheet pan with parchment paper so there is 1" of overhang on all sides.
  • Melt your butter and chocolate together in a heatproof bowl over simmering water or in the microwave. Let cool until it no longer feels hot to the touch.
  • Whisk together your sugar, salt, vanilla and eggs in a bowl until just combined.
  • Sift together the flour and cocoa powder to remove lumps and then set aside.
  • Add your melted chocolate mixture to the egg mixture and whisk until just combined.
  • Add your chocolate egg mixture to the flour mixture and stir gently until just combined and no flour lumps are visible.
  • Pour your batter into the parchment-lined pan.
  • Spoon alternating dollops of the colored cream cheese batter on top of the brownies and swirl the colors together.
  • Add some sprinkles if desired
  • Place the pan in the center of the oven and bake until a toothpick comes out from the center with a few sticky moist crumbs. About 35 minutes.
  • Remove the pan from the oven and place onto a cooling rack. Place eyeball sprinkles on top of cream cheese layer
  • Let cool slightly before slicing and serving. Do not cover or the black pupils on the eyeballs will run.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 322kcal (16%) | Carbohydrates: 31g (10%) | Protein: 5g (10%) | Fat: 21g (32%) | Saturated Fat: 12g (60%) | Cholesterol: 113mg (38%) | Sodium: 218mg (9%) | Potassium: 132mg (4%) | Fiber: 1g (4%) | Sugar: 23g (26%) | Vitamin A: 680IU (14%) | Calcium: 45mg (5%) | Iron: 1mg (6%)