I love baking for other people. One reason is that I like to try new things, and I love to see other people's reactions when they eat them. You could say food is my love language. Another reason is because baking for others gives me the chance to bake, but not to have to eat everything I make. I'm trying to lose weight, not gain it!
Every couple weeks, Mike and I get together with some of our friends from church for our life group. We rotate who hosts the gathering and take turns providing the main meal, salad, and dessert. I often volunteer to bring dessert because it's my favorite thing to make!
These Bite-sized Cheesecake Brownies are incredibly easy to make! I "cheated" and used a boxed brownie mix because I didn't have a lot of time, and let's face it, they're pretty delicious. The cheesecake mixture came together quickly and within minutes, my brownies were in the oven. I was able to mix, bake, cool, and photograph these brownies all while Summer was napping. That's a win in my book!
I had to sample a few brownies of course while I was photographing them. I won't tell you how many I tried... I came home with an empty tray that night--a sure sign of a delicious dessert!
Bite-sized Cheesecake Brownies
Makes 24-30 brownie bites
1 boxed brownie mix, plus ingredients to make it
8 ounces cream cheese or Neufchatel cheese
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 egg yolks
1. Mix brownie mix according to the box's directions.
2. Beat the cream cheese, brown sugar, vanilla, and egg yolks until fluffy.
3. Scoop 1 Tablespoon of brownie batter into greased mini muffin tins.
4. Top brownie batter with 1 teaspoon of cheesecake mixture.
5. Bake at 350 for 15-17 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of a brownie comes out clean.
Allow brownies to cool at least 10 minutes before removing from the tin. Store in an airtight container at room temperature or in the fridge.
Adapted from: Annie's Noms