Cheesecake Brownies

Cheesecake Brownies

4 T. butter

3/4 C. all-purpose flour

3/4 t. baking powder

1/4 t. table salt

6 oz. bittersweet chocolate, chopped

5 large whole eggs

2 large egg yolks

1 1/3 C. sugar

1 1/2 t. pure vanilla extract

1 pound cream cheese, softened

Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter a 9 x 13-inch baking pan. Mix flour, baking powder and salt; set aside. In the top of a double boiler or in microwave, melt chocolate and butter. Remove from heat.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat together 3 eggs and 1 cup sugar on high speed until thick and fluffy, about 5 minutes. On low speed, add reserved chocolate mixture and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Add flour mixture and mix until just combined. Spread mixture evenly into prepared pan. Set aside.

Fit mixer with the paddle attachment, and in the bowl, beat together cream cheese, remaining eggs and yolks, remaining sugar and remaining vanilla on medium speed, until light and fluffy. Pour over chocolate mixture. Swirl with a knife gently. Bake until cheese mixture is golden and set, 30 to 35 minutes.

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