This recipe is why I have so much trouble eating healthy. Lord help me, these Hot Fudge Cheesecake Brownies are a chocoholics dream!
Last weekend I attended my 20 year High School Reunion. (Just typing that makes me feel really, really old, BTW.)
It was fun to go and see some of my friends I haven’t seen in over 10 years. We had dinner with my oldest friend and her husband, which was nice. We hardly ever get to see them but it’s the kind of relationship that you just fall back into, even after a year of not talking.
I don’t know what I was expecting, but really the reunion was just like high school except everyone was older, overdressed for the bar it was held in, and alcohol was served. (Although that last one happened often in high school, if I’m being totally honest…) I hung out with my handful of friends, watched the popular crowd make the rounds, not knowing who I was. Really, in 20 years, nothing changed except the women dye their hair and look pretty much the same and the men are mostly bald.
The hard part about the reunion for me came after it was over. I got a little melancholy thinking about all the friendships I had back then and where they are today. I really did not enjoy high school; my main memories of it are torturous. But my friends were my lifeline, my existence, my soul. And it’s kind of sad to see that, in most cases, neither side thought to keep them in tact. Really lets you know that all teenage angst and drama really doesn’t translate to the “real” world.
As an adult, it’s very hard for me to retain good friendships. I’m an introvert at heart and a homebody and Mel and I pretty much keep to ourselves. I’m horrible keeping up with the mom friends down the street, let alone people who live hours away that I knew 20 years ago.
The one batch of friends these days that’s easiest to keep up with? The ladies I’ve met through blogging. I value all of my friendships, but the blogging ones are sometimes the easiest. We live similar lives, chained to our computers and iPhones and kitchens, living this frantic owning-your-own-business existence. Plus, we’re on social media 24/7, so at any time of day I’m in the middle of 3 Facebook messenger conversations that turn into 3-day long chat sessions.
These “blogging” friendships make me especially happy when one of us has exciting things happening: new homes, new loves, new babies, new cookbooks. Which leads me to this recipe today: Hot Fudge Cheesecake Brownies.
HOW TO MAKE HOT FUDGE CHEESECAKE BROWNIES | FOOD RECIPES
FOR THE BROWNIES:
- 1 cup unsalted butter
- 1 1/4 cups semisweet chocolate chips (or milk chocolate)
- 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 4 large eggs
- 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups mini chocolate chips or additional chocolate chips (or chopped peanut butter cups), for topping
FOR THE CHEESECAKE:
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1 jar (about 12-16 ounces) hot fudge topping
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9×13″ pan with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
- Make the brownies: Place the butter and 1 1/4 cups chocolate chips in a large microwave safe mixing bowl and heat on high power in 30-second increments, stirring between each, until melted and smooth.
- Stir in cocoa powder until completely incorporated. Add both sugars, vanilla, and salt, stirring to combine.
- Stir in eggs, one at a time, until completely mixed through.
- Gently stir in flour until incorporated and no more flour is visible. The batter will be thick.
- Spread 2/3 of the brownie batter in the prepared pan and set the rest aside.
You can find complete recipes of this HOT FUDGE CHEESECAKE BROWNIES in crazyforcrust.com