cream cheese swirl brownie cups

These things are utter perfection.  I’m seriously obsessed and in love with this muffin/cupcake.  I wasn’t sure how to describe it.  Its like a hybrid.  Too rich to be just referred to as a morning muffin.  But not as decadent to be labeled a cupcake (since the frosting is kind of incorporated into the brownie and not overpowering.  The only thing I know for sure is that it is an unbelievably delicious treat.  You will absolutely not regret making these.

I found this recipe on Instagram at prettysimplesweet.com . Shiran’s photo sells itself – amazing!  I adapted the recipe by reducing the sugar (and a few other small tweaks here and there).  This is a chocolate lovers dream come true.

Cream Cheese Swirl Ingredients:

  • 8 oz cream cheese, room temp.
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 egg, room temp.
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Brownie Ingredients:

  • 4 oz. coarsely chopped dark chocolate*
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tbs packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temp.
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325 F.  Line a muffin tray with 12 liners.

In a medium bowl, using an electric hand mixer, beat the cream cheese and powdered sugar until smooth.  Add the egg and vanilla and beat until JUST smooth.  Don’t over mix.

In a medium pot, on low heat, melt the butter and chocolate until smooth.  Remove pot from burner and whisk the eggs, one at a time, until just mixed in.  Next add the brown sugar and vanilla and whisk in.  Lastly whisk in the flour and salt, a little at a time, until JUST incorporated – do not overmix.

RESERVE SOME BROWNIE BATTER.  Fill each muffin liner about 1/3 to 1/2 way full.  NEXT, evenly divide the cream cheese into each muffin liner.  LASTLY, top and dollop each with the remaining brownie batter.  Using a toothpick, swirl around the cream cheese and brownie batter. (SEE PHOTOS BELOW)

Bake for 20 minutes.  Allow to cool on a wire rack before removing and consuming.  Must store leftovers in refrigerator.

Yields 12 muffins.

Side Notes:

*You can substitute 2/3 cup chocolate chips for the 4 oz. chopped chocolate.

…delicious happens

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