Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
- 1 package brownie mix
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 3 Tbsp water
- 8 ounces cream cheese (1 large block), at room temperature
- 1 egg
- 1 cup confectioners' sugar
- 1 tsp raspberry extract
- 1-1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips for frosting (optional)
Combine brownie mix, 2 eggs, vegetable oil, and water in a large bowl. Stir with a fork only until combined. Pour into prepared pan and smooth evenly.
Beat cream cheese, 1 egg, and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Mix in raspberry extract. Plop dollops of cream cheese mixture over the top of the brownie mix. Using a dull butter knife, swirl the cheesecake mixture into the brownies.
Bake 30 minutes. If frosting, sprinkle chocolate chips evenly over the top of the hot brownies immediately after removing from the oven. Tent with foil and wait about 5 minutes for chocolate chips to soften. Use a spatula to gently smooth the melted chips evenly over the brownies. Let cool to room temperature before lifting out of the pan and cutting.
Yield: 24 to 36 brownies, depending on cut size
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