These super-moist squares let kids bake two tasty desserts in one.
Active time: 30 minutes
Total time: 60 minutes
Makes: 16 servings
For the cheesecake:
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup sugar
¼ teaspoon almond extract
pinch of salt
3 tablespoons flour
For the brownies:
2/3 cup white chocolate chips
2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
½ cup (1 stick) butter
½ cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup flour
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9-inch square baking pan with cooking spray. In a medium bowl with a hand mixer set on medium speed, blend the first five cheesecake ingredients until smooth. Blend in the flour. Set the batter aside.
2. In a large heat-safe bowl, microwave the chocolate chips and butter in 25-second bursts, whisking thoroughly after each one, until the mixture is melted and smooth (two to three times). Add the eggs, sugar, and vanilla extract, and whisk to incorporate. Stir in the remaining ingredients.
3. Evenly spread the brownie batter in the pan. Layer on the cheesecake batter, then use a butter knife or small spatula to swirl the batters. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Let cool before cutting.
Love fruit? Mix 3 tablespoons seedless raspberry jam and 1 teaspoon water; swirl into the cheesecake batter.
Kids can … Measure and mix the batters • Pour them in the pan and swirl them • Cut the brownies.
*Originally published in the February 2015 issue of FamilyFun magazine.