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Swirled Cheesecake Brownie Recipe

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Swirled Cheesecake Brownie Recipe

Swirled Cheesecake Brownie Recipe

Do you love chocolate?  What about cheese?  Do you love them both?  What if you paired the two in a decadent dessert?  Does the mention of such an indulgence make you weak in the knees?  I have just the thing for you...Swirled Cheesecake Brownies, just in time for Valentine's Day!

Two of my weaknesses are chocolate and cheese- two foods I rarely get to indulge in at the same time...until now.   Alas, these sinfully rich, fudgy brownies, dolloped with clouds of creamy, dreamy cheesecake, and swirled with ribbons of Cherry or Strawberry Butter, will make your head swoon, and your taste buds dance!  

Since Valentine's Day is this week, I give you permission to swoon and satisfy both cravings and do some serious celebrating.  So treat yourself, your valentine(s), and your wobbly knees to this easy, devilishly decadent recipe.   You will not be disappointed.

Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1 box fudge brownie mix, plus ingredients mentioned on brownie mix box (we used Ghirhadelli Chocolate Brownie Mix)
  • 1/2 teaspoon (tsp.) instant coffee (trick I learned from Ina Garten)
  • 2 8oz. packages cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoons (tsp.) vanilla extract
  • 1/2 jar Cherchies® Butter Spread (Cherry, Strawberry, or Apple would work nicely)

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350º and spray a 9-x-13" pan with cooking oil.   Prepare the brownie mix according to package directions, add instant coffee, and pour the batter into the greased pan.  Set aside.

For the cheesecake mixture:  In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until fluffy.  Add eggs, vanilla, and salt and mix until combined.  Pour cheesecake mixture over the brownie batter.

In a small bowl, add the Cherchies® Butter Spread (choose your favorite) and mix until easy to spread.  Dollop the butter spread over the brownie cheesecake mixture and swirl with a toothpick or knife, making sure to just swirl the cheesecake layer.

Bake until the edges are golden brown and the center of cheesecake mixture jiggles slightly, about 35 to 40 minutes.  Let cheesecake brownies cool completely in pan.

Slice this decadent dessert and serve.  Enjoy!

Swirled Cheesecake Brownie Recipe

Swirled Cheesecake Brownie Recipe

Swirled Cheesecake Brownie Recipe

Swirled Cheesecake Brownie Recipe

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Recipe Roundup- Easy & Elegant Valentines Day Recipes

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Recipe Roundup- Easy & Elegant Valentines Day Menus

Recipe Roundup- Easy & Elegant Valentines Day Menus

Why go out on Valentine's Day with all the fuss, the expense, and crowds when you can spend time with your significant other or family and have an easy and elegant meal at home?  

While I am a sucker for this seemingly cheesy holiday, I would rather spend the evening at home with my hubby and kiddos.  Some of my fondest memories of our children growing up are those little moments at home where we created something special...Strawberry Chocolate Chip Pancakes in the morning, heart-shaped, Homemade Pop Tarts as an afternoon snack, and so much more!  A little creativity can go a long way, and it does not have to be expensive, but it speaks volumes!   The humbling part?  It is when your teenager says, "Mom, are you making the heart-shaped Pop Tarts again this year?" Priceless!

Valentine's Day at home is the way to go.  So, whether you're celebrating by yourself, with your special Valentine or with your family,  we wanted to share our favorite recipes with you to help make your day extra special.  Happy Valentine's Day!"

Breakfast Ideas

Rise and Shine- Brunch or Breakfast in Bed

Lunch

Spice Things up!

Fancy Frenchy for the kiddos!  

Have a great Valentine's Day and thank you for visiting our blog!

 

 

 

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    Hearty Beef Stew Recipe

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    Hearty Beef Stew Recipe

    Hearty Beef Stew Recipe

    Cook Time:  4-5 hours high or 6-8 low in a slow cooker

    Prep Time:  20 minutes

    Difficulty: Easy

    "You did it! Congratulations! World's best cup of coffee! Great job, everybody! It's great to be here." - Buddy, from the movie Elf.  Now, take away the words cup of coffee and add in beef stew, and what do you have?  World's best beef stew!  

    Yes, I realize the holidays are over, but I had to chuckle recently when making my favorite beef stew recipe.  I happened to google beef stew, and a dozen articles popped up claiming to be "The Best Beef Stew Recipe".  It made me giggle and think of Buddy the elf.  I know...I digress:)

    While our beef stew may not be famous, this hearty, beef stew hits all the flavor notes, and according to our family and friends, IT IS The Best Beef Stew!!  It is like a big flavorful hug of comfort.  Perhaps it is the Cherchies® Garlic Seasoning, or maybe it is our secret ingredient, Cherchies® Champagne Mustard that seals the deal?  

    Whatever the reason, "baby, it is cold outside", so if you are "stewing" over The Best Beef Stew recipe to serve your gang, consider adding our Hearty Beef Stew Recipe to your cache.  This comforting recipe, bursting with flavor, will warm your soul from the inside out and we are confident you will find our Hearty Beef Stew to be the "Best Beef Stew Recipe" out there;)

    Thank you for stopping by!

    Ingredients

    • 3 lbs. stew meat, cut into 1-inch pieces
    • 1 cup flour (or Gluten free flour of choice)
    • 1 Tablespoon (Tbsp) Cherchies® Garlic Seasoning
    • 1/2 teaspoon (tsp) ground pepper
    • 1/2 teaspoon (tsp) Rosemary (dried or fresh)
    • 1/2 teaspoon (tsp) Thyme (dried or fresh)
    • 2 Tablespoon (Tbsp) Olive Oil
    • 1 onion, chopped and divided in half
    • 1 Tablespoon (Tbsp) Minors Beef Base (or beef bouillion of your choice)
    • 1 cup of water
    • 1/2 cup red wine (plus a glass for yourself:)
    • 2 Tablespoon (Tbsp) Worcestershire sauce
    • 1 Tablespoon (Tbsp) Cherchies® Champagne Mustard
    • 1 Tablespoon (Tbsp) tomato paste
    • 4 carrots, washed, peeled, and diced into 1-inch pieces
    • 5 stalks of celery, washed and coarsely chopped
    • 4 potatoes, washed and diced into cubes
    • 2 Bay leaves


    Preparation

    Chop all vegetables and set aside.  In a large bowl, add the flour, the and Cherchies® Garlic Seasoning, pepper, Rosemary, and Thyme and stir.  Add the stew meat to the bowl and mix with hands to evenly coat the meat with the flour mixture.  

    Turn your crockpot on low.  Add half of the onions to the slow cooker. 

    This step is completely optional, but I feel it really locks in the flavor.  If you are short on time, then skip this step.  In a large skillet, heat the olive oil to medium.  Add coated meat in batches to the hot skillet, and sear on all sides for a couple of minutes, stirring often.  Once the meat is lightly seared, place over onions in the slow cooker.  After about half of the meat is finished searing, add the second half of onions to the slow cooker.  Add the rest of the seared meat to the slow cooker.  Feel free to add a little more oil if it looks like you will need it.  Once the meat has been seared and placed in the slow cooker, now it is time for the rich sauce.

    Turn the pan down to low.  Mix the water and beef base together until it has dissolved.  Set aside.  Add the red wine to begin deglazing the pan.  Make sure to scrape the pan with a wooden spoon to loosen all the wonderful bits and flavor from the bottom.  Add the leftover flour, beef base and Worcestershire sauce, Cherchies® Champagne Mustard and tomato paste to the pan.  Cook and stir for a few minutes to allow the sauce to thicken.  

    Pour the sauce over the meat in the slow cooker.  Add the chopped carrots, celery, potatoes, and bay leaf to the slow cooker!  Turn your slow cooker on low, walk away, and in a few hours you will enjoy "The Best Beef Stew!".   

    Hearty Beef Stew Recipe

    Hearty Beef Stew Recipe

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