Birthdays are always filled with presents and cake. But what sort of cake do you like to have on your big day? I grew up thinking that yellow cake and chocolate frosting was the dream combo. But since I bake all the time now, cake has sort of lost it’s special feeling. But I still wanted something chocolate and something I could stick a candle in! So…brownies. A big, thick, fudgey brownie did just the trick. And to make it a little extra, chocolate chips and the top layer swirled with strawberry cream cheese. Mmmm….
Smuckers sent me a package with some jams and preserves to use and I went for the strawberry preserve for this recipe. It’s a whole lot easier than going to get fresh or frozen berries and having to chop them up and puree them down. I just pop off
the jam lid, take a big scoop out and stir it on it. Perfection.
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Strawberry Cream Cheese Swirl
Brownies: (Or you can make from a box)
- 1/2 C. butter melted
- 1 C. sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/3 C. cocoa powder unsweetened
- 1/2 C. flour
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. baking powder
- 2/3 C. mini chocolate chips
Strawberry Cream Cheese Swirl:
- 6 oz. cream cheese
- 1/3 C. strawberry
- 1/4 C. sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease brownie pan.
2. If you are using a box brownie mix, prepare according to box directions and skip to step 6
3. Combine butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla extract.
4. In a separate bowl combine cocoa powder, flour, salt and baking soda.
5. Combine the dry ingredients with the butter/egg mixture and stir by hand until smooth.
6. Fold in mini chocolate chips.
7. Pour 3/4 of the batter into the pan.
8. Filling: combine all ingredients and mix until smooth (If there are a few chunks its okay).
9. Pour filling over batter, then pour remaining batter on top.
10. Use a knife to swirl filling into the batter.
11. Bake for 20-50 minutes, depending on how thick your brownies are and how fudgey you want them to turn out.
12. Let cool and devour.