Black Bottom Mini Brownie Cups

The only thing better than plain brownies is brownies with a cheesecake and chocolate chip swirl.  Then, you go and bake them up in a mini muffin tin to get the cutest little mouth poppable cheesecake brownie bites. Pretty perfect right?  As usual, this is a super easy recipe.  You make the cheesecake batter in the food processor and the brownie batter is mixed by hand.  Just be certain to spray the muffin wells liberally for easy removal.  I found that a spoon was the easiest way pop them out of the pan.  These do sink in a bit in the middle, creating a perfect cup for ice cream or a rich chocolate sauce.   The author, Nancy Baggett, says she bakes them in a mini muffin pan because they are so rich.  I don’t know, I didn’t have any problem eating 4 in one sitting.   Embarrased smileEmbarrased smile

Black Bottom Mini Brownie Cups

Yield:  24 mini brownie cups

Cream Cheese Layer:

3 ounces cream cheese, slightly softened and cubed

2 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar

1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted

1 large egg yolk

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup (3oz) mini semisweet chocolate chips

Brownie layer:

1/4 cup unsalted butter, cubed (1/2 stick)

2 ounces unsweetened chocolate. coarsely chopped

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup all-purpose flour — LESS 1 Tablespoon

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon baking soda

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 tablespoon water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat 2-12 cup mini muffin pans with cooking spray.  I suggest a spray with flour and spray well!!!

The cream cheese layer:  In food processor, beat cream cheese, sugar, butter, egg yolk and vanilla until smooth. By hand, stir in the mini chocolate chips; set aside.  (Or, in a large bowl, with an electric mixer on low speed, beat the cream cheese and sugar until smooth.  Add the butter, egg yolk, and vanilla, and continue beating until smooth.  Stir in the chocolate chips)

The brownie layer:  In a medium microwave safe bowl, melt butter and chocolate on 50% power x 1 minute.  Stir well.  Continue microwaving on 50% power, stirring at 30 second intervals.  Stop microwaving before the chocolate completely melts and let the residual heat finish the job.

Stir the sugar into the chocolate mixture until well blended; cool until warm. In a small bowl, thoroughly stir flour, salt and baking soda; set aside. Beat the egg, 1 Tbsp of water and vanilla into chocolate mixture until well blended. Stir in flour mixture until evenly incorporated..

Spoon 1/2 tablespoon of chocolate mixture into each prepared muffin cup.  Spoon 1 teaspoon of cream cheese mixture over the tops, dividing it equally among the cups.  Spoon the remaining chocolate mixture equally over the cream cheese mixture.  Take caution not to overfill.

Bake in the middle of the oven for 11 – 14 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with a few moist crumbs on it. Place muffin pans on a wire rack to cool.

Gently loosen brownie cups with point of a knife; remove from the pan. I found a spoon to be easier.  Store in airtight container for up to 4 days; or freeze up to 1 month.

Source:  The All-American Cookie Book

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  1. Why an awesome awesome idea! They look to die for and since are mini I will 5 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  2. Kim, these look incredible. These combine two of my favorite desserts. I love that these are mini, perfect for grabbing 1 or 2 on the go!

  3. I have awarded you the Versatile Blogger Award because I found your blog to be simply awesome and delicious – come check it out here:
    Congrats 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  4. The best thing about these is that they are bite sized and packed with flavor! Not only is it cheesecake and brownies, you have included chocolate chips-and that is a good thing. Also, they are very eye catching, so I am sure it would be hard to keep little hands as well as big hands away from these. Simply delicious.

  5. lovefoodcookfood

     /  March 25, 2012

    They look yummy! I’m into bite-size food at the moment. 🙂

  6. Mmmm.. This looks so decadent! What a great treat! Awesome recipe!

  7. Oooh, this is a fantastic idea! I make brownies every year for my boyfriend’s birthday — this is a great variation on the usual recipe. I’m definitely going to give it a try!

  8. Thanks Starr! My kids loved them. They were asking me to make more as soon as they ran out…which was the next day!! 😀 Hey, I tried to leave a comment on your blog, but I kept getting that my code didn’t match. 😦


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