I’ve always had a weird lust for cream cheese (even more so for sour cream, but that’s a story for another time), so the idea of a brownie filled with cream cheese was next level. The oreo part failed to excite me because, I’m sorry to admit, I don’t really like them. There, I said it.
I have to say though; they are incredible in this brownie. Along with their flavour they contribute a brilliant texture: the small scatterings of crunchy oreo pair perfectly with the moist brownie and soft layer of cream cheese.
For those of you unsure of the cream cheese addition: do not be afraid. It brings a cheese cakey flavour (hence the name) and a pleasant, mild tang, which sets it apart from your average brownie. Also, because sugar and vanilla essence are added to the cream cheese, it actually fits with the rest of the brownie flavours. It’s not like an awkward lump of cheese that some might be imagining.
For maximum creaminess (which we all want) serve them warm.
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It was actually quite difficult to spread the layer of cream cheese without breaking into the chocolate layer, so remember to have it relatively thin so it’s easily spread!
Oreo cheesecake brownies
260g (9oz) cream cheese
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
3 teaspoons sugar
100g (3.5oz) choc
120g (4oz) butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup crushed oreos
½ cup flour
2 tablespoons cocoa
½ teaspoon baking powder
- Heat the oven to 180°c
- Heat the cream cheese slightly (and carefully!) so it’s easier to work with. Mix in the vanilla essence, sugar and 1 teaspoon of water to make the consistency thinner. If it’s still too thick and won’t spread easily, add a little more water. Set aside
- Melt the chocolate and butter together in a small pot, then add to a bowl with the egg, sugar, oreos, flour, cocoa and baking powder. Mix well.
- Grease a baking tin (small enough to spread the cream cheese into a thin layer), and add a heaped cup of the oreo mixture. Spread evenly, then spread the cream cheese mixture over the top, taking care not to mix the two layers. Finally spread on the rest of the oreo mixture, and top with leftover bits of oreo.
- Bake for about 20-25min until cooked
- Leave to rest for about 10 minutes before cutting up into squares
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