I don’t know why but every time I make brownies I feel like I have to add something to them. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing bad about a really yummy gooey plain brownie but most of the time I am making them from a mix and a plain ol’ from a carton brownie just doesn’t cut it for me. I have tried sprucing them up by wrapping them individually in wax paper when I had nothing to put in them but this time I did have some extra cream cheese so I decided to enhance my brownie mix by making Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Brownies. I have tried this same recipe using an 8×8 pan and a 9 1/2 x 11 pan. They both work. The cream cheese mixture is thicker with the 8×8 pan.
Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Brownies
8 oz Cream Cheese (softened)
1/3 C. Sugar
1 Egg Yolk
1 tsp. Vanilla
1/2 C. Chocolate Chips
1 Brownie Mix (with the ingredients needed to prepare it)
Prepare the brownie mix per package instructions. Line your pan with parchment paper so that the paper overlaps the sides making it easy to get the brownies out and cut them. Spray the paper lined pan with cooking spray. Pour brownie mix into pan. In a separate bowl beat softened cream cheese and sugar. Add the egg yolk and vanilla. Mix until combined. Add the chocolate chips and mix until combined. Spoon dollops of cream cheese mixture into the brownie mixture. Use a knife to swirl the cream cheese mixture into the brownie mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in comes out clean. Allow to cool and then pick up the sides of the parchment paper and pull the brownies out of the pan to cut them.