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AZ Cookbook is 2 + Cream Cheese-Swirled Brownies

Cream Cheese-Swirled Brownies

Today AZ Cookbook is 2 years and 2 days old! Yay! For some odd reason I thought the blogiversary, that is the 2 years mark, was today, but after checking back on my It’s official now post I realized it was on January 23. Bummer. But it’s ok. Better than skipping the 1st blogiversary altogether last year, only to remember about it 2 months later. I didn’t’ post anything back then not to embarrass myself.

But in any case. I can’t believe how fast the 2 years of blogging have passed! So far for me, it’s been an exciting journey that I want to continue for as long as I can. Thank you for reading, for commenting, for supporting my blog – for making this journey truly amazing and unforgettable. Here’s to all of you – luscious cream cheese-swirled brownies. Enjoy!

Cream Cheese-Swirled Brownies
From: Cooking Light, December 2007

Yields 24-28 brownies

If you want moist and fudgy brownies, take care not to overbake. I have made these brownies twice over the past couple months, both with different results. The first time, I overbaked them and they turned out somewhat hard and crumbly. The second time, I baked them until they  felt slightly underbaked to touch – the result was much better – moist and fudgy as good  brownies should be. If you are don’t care much for calories, you can certainly use full fat milk or cream cheese.

1   1/2 cup all-purpose flour (about 6   3/4 ounces)
2 cups sugar, divided
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup unsalted butter
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
3/4 cup 2% reduced-fat milk
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract, divided
2 large eggs
Cooking spray
1/2 cup (4 ounces) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened
1 large egg white

Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, 1  3/4 cups sugar, cocoa, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl, stirring well with a whisk.

Place butter and chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and  microwave at high for 45 seconds or until melted, stirring once.

Combine milk, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, and eggs, stirring well with a whisk.

Add chocolate mixture and milk mixture to flour mixture, then beat with a mixer at medium speed until blended. Spoon batter evenly into a 13 X 9-inch baking pan coated with cooking spray.

Place remaining 1/4 cup sugar, remaining 1/4 teaspoon vanilla, cheese, and egg white in a medium bowl. Beat at medium speed until well blended using clean, dry beaters. Drizzle cream cheese mixture evenly over chocolate mixture. Swirl batters together using the tip of a knife.

Bake at 350F for 30 minutes or until  batter begins to pull away from sides of pan. Cool completely on a wide rack before cutting into squares. Enjoy!

38 Comments
  1. Congratulations, Feride, tebrikler! Nice yillara.

  2. Congrats on the 2 yrs anniversary of your blog!! The cream cheese-swirled brownies look yummillious!!

  3. Joyeux anniversaire Farida! Don’t you feel this blog is a bit like your child too?
    I have been missing brownies lately! This recipe comes in the nick of time!

  4. Brownies look good! Happy Blogiversary!

  5. Happy Birthday! :)

  6. Happy Anniversary, Farida.

  7. Congratulations!! Brownies look fantastic!

  8. Congratulations on your anniversary Farida!
    The brownies look amazing (I like your photos too!)

  9. Happy Birthday to you AZ cookbook. Wishing you many more years of blogging! Brownies look mouthwatering…

  10. hooray for turning two! i hope you keep up the wonderful work, farida, and you’re off to a good start with the beautiful and luscious brownies.

  11. Congratulations on your 2. anniversary. The cake looks great.
    Iffet

  12. Feridecim… Congrats on 2 year! Wow how quickly time flies.. I wish you many many more successful Blogiversary!

    Love the brownie recipe, I am so looking forward go getting back into the kitchen…Just a few more weeks!

    XO

  13. These brownies are definitely a great way to celebrate! :) Happy Blogiversary!

  14. Az cook book-un ikiminci senesin size tebrik deyip ve size shen ve maraxli il arzi edirem.

  15. Happy blogoversary Feride! So your blog is 1 year older than mine. Time definitely flies! I’m so happy to meet you and your lovely blog. Wish you many more years…These brownies look so yummy and sounds easy to make. A must try recipe.

  16. Farida, congrats on your second blogversary, wishing you many, many more. And yes, those decadent brownies surely are a great way to celebrate :-)

  17. Conbgratulations!!!! 2 years, wow. well done, you. I love this place, and am very proud of you. Not in a patronizing but in a azeri kinda way. :)))
    so happy we met and got to know each other.

  18. Congrats on your second anniversary!! Wish you many more wonderful blog birthday’s!! The brownies look pretty & perfect :)

  19. Congratulations, Farida! Happy 2 years, and I’m sure this is just the beginning of all your future successes! (can’t wait for your cookbook! =) )

    Learning how to make Perfect, fudge Brownies have been on my To-Do list for quite awhile.. so this recipe will be a great starting off point! Thanks for sharing!

  20. Congrats, Farida on your 2 years blog anniversary!! Yeah!!!

    I wish you more excelent recipes like this one & a lot of inspiration & a lot of fun in blogging!! Cheers!

    These brownies look so appetising!

  21. Cue the music: Happy Birthday to A to Z! :)

    Congratulations honey and here’s to many more years of blogging!

  22. You know, I completely forgot my first and second blog anniversary. Are you surprised? Hah!

    In any case, this is the third time this week I’ve seen cream cheese swirled brownies, so I must heed the sign and bake some already.
    Yours look incredibly rich from here, and pictures never lie.

    Happy Anniversary my dear Fari, and may you have many, many more!

  23. Congratulations Farida! 2nd anniversary! What a nice way to celebrate, brownies :-) Love the way that they look, creamy and so rich! Again, congratulations!

  24. Thank you, friends, for all your nice words and wishes!

  25. Never mind me; I just came back for a second look. Ahhhh.

  26. Merhaba Feride,?ngilizce yazm?yorum çünkü beni anl?yaca??n? dü?ünüyorum.Bir arkada??n sayesinde buldum siteni.Çok mutlu oldum.her?ey çok güzel ellerine sa?l?k…

  27. I have been searching for an awesome brownie recipe ,
    I think I have found it. THANK YOU!

  28. Congratulations to the 2nd anniversary of your blog abla!! I can’t wait for your book to be published!

  29. Congratulations on your blog’s anniversary Feride! You know what, I also forgot my blog’s 1st year anniversary last year and only remembered a month or two later and of course didn’t post anything! So many things to keep up with. I am glad that you are sharing your wonderful recipes with us through your blog. I hope you continue this for many many years!

  30. I made these today! They were yummy and tasted relatively light in comparison with most brownies which I like but I think I overbaked mine a tiny bit…. oh welll next time. :) Thanx Farida

  31. Congrats, Farida! You and your amazing recipe book have been members of our family for these last two years :) Thank you indeed and happy 2nd anniversary!

  32. Love those brownies!! Congrats, u have a great blog :)

  33. Farida, where are you?

  34. Really pretty swirls Farida :) I usually just cut up some cream cheese and throw them in the middle. How unpretty that is! I’ll follow this recipe in the future :) x

  35. Happy (belated) blogoversary!

    I wish you many more years of blogging!

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