I have been making cream cheese brownies for a long time, but never the same recipe. I have tried many different ones trying to get what I feel is the ideal one. I don’t know if this one is “it” yet…it was good, but I think I would want to make it again slightly differently, or at least remain open to new recipes. I feel like this type of brownie should be on the thinner side. You want the usual chocolatiness, but you also want a decent ratio of the cream cheese to the chocolate. This recipe came close, but maybe using a bit less in the base, or changing the amounts a bit to use a larger pan (for a thinner base)? Like I said, I’m not sure. I did like some of the technique, and the suggestion of letting the brownies sit at room temperature before you want to eat them (obviously you need to keep them for long periods in the refrigerator due to the cream cheese). And if you’re impatient, or working on limited snacking time with a toddler who still doesn’t sleep long stretches? (ahem) You can totally microwave the brownies for 10-20 seconds to get the freshly baked taste, without it being too melty.
Sometimes baking seems like such magic and it transforms something so plain into something really cool and yummy. That is how I feel about crinkle cookies, in particular. I have had many bad crinkles that are dried out and lacking chocolate flavor. After I had some in Maui at our hotel, I was able to rediscover them. When I came across this recipe I was excited to see how gooey the cookies looked. I wanted soft crinkles that were fudgy, and these taste just like brownies. I love how these cookies start as simple balls that turn into beautiful flat cookies with ridges. Each time I get excited about it.
They also strike me as such holiday cookies. You always see them around December, and it seemed right to make them. We were enjoying our Seattle winter and are now back across the country visiting family. Here are a couple pictures from our last weekend of the year in Seattle.
I had been wanting to make this for a while, but first I had to make some other random treats. We love Molly Moon Ice Cream and were super excited when we got to go to the release party for their cookbook. I’ve already made some of their ice cream flavors (must post some more!!) but wanted to try their sorbets. The style is different from what I’ve made before. You end up making a simple syrup and mix it with the blended fruit. I was not sure how it would change the texture and/or flavor. To be honest, I do not think it did much. You could probably make this more like the basic sorbet style of using a food processor/blender to mix everything. But, it was nice and smooth, so maybe you want to try it this way?