Apple Squares and Cheesecake Brownies

One of my most used apps is the Allrecipes Dinner Spinner because of its nice interface and easy to follow recipes. Apart from my local recipe book, this app is next on my list of go-to kitchen best friend. With this app, I was able to discover two yummy recipes that received thumbs up from family and friends (of course, they don’t have a choice but to say it’s yummy, right? :))

I now have two dessert goodies that will be great for gifts, pasalubongs and  potluck mainstay. As they say, shared happiness is doubled happiness. So I’m sharing these recipes for double the fun and double the waistline 😛

Desserts Galore

Apple Squares

Ingredients:

2 cups sifted all-purpose flour

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

3/4 cup white sugar

2 eggs

2 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup chopped Granny Smith apple

1 cup finely chopped cashew nuts

2 tbsp white sugar

2 tsp ground cinnamon

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350F (175C). Grease a 9×13 inch pan. Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.

2. In a large bowl, mix together melted butter, brown sugar, and white sugar with a wooden spoon until smooth. Stir in the egg and vanilla. Blend in the flour mixture until just combined, then stir in the apples and nuts. Spread the mixture evenly into the prepared pan. In a cup or small bowl, stir together the remaining cinnamon and sugar; sprinkle over the top of the bars.

3. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes in preheated oven; finished bars should spring back when lightly touched. Cool in the pan, and cut into squares.

 

Chunky Cheesecake Brownies

Ingredients

2 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup white sugar

2 eggs

2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup butter

2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

1 cup white sugar

4 eggs

1 1/3 cup all purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350F (175C). Grease a 9×13 inch pan.

2. Combine cream cheese with 1/2 cup sugar and 2 eggs in a mixing bowl; beat until smooth. Stir 2 cups chocolate chips into the cream cheese mixture. Set aside.

3. Microwave the remaining chocolate chips and the butter in high for 30 seconds. Mix together melted butter and chocolate chips. Microwave for another 10 seconds. Transfer to a mixing bowl. Stir in the remaining sugar and eggs, then sift together flour, baking powder, and salt; stir into chocolate until evenly blended.

4. Pour half of the batter into the prepared baking pan. Spread the cream cheese mixture over the chocolate layer. Top with remaining chocolate mixture (this doesn’t need to completely cover the cream cheese layer). Using a knife, swirl the top chocolate layer into the cream cheese to make a marble pattern.

5. Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until top is crinkled and edges pull away from sides of the pan. Cool thoroughly. Cut into squares.

Chunky Cheesecake Brownies

Chunky Cheesecake Brownies

Share and Enjoy! 🙂

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