Peanut Butter Cheesecake Brownies

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Brownies

Friday.  Chocolate.  Choc.o.late.

With sweet ribbons of peanut buttery cheesecake.

Baked to ooey gooey perfection and eaten by the row.

I have some kind of exciting and sad news.  While I’ve been eating brownies and licking the chocolate off my face, m’boy’s jumped back on the P90X train. *exciting*  He’s been doing fancy things like plyometrics, lifting weights, and “corn cobbers”.  Not the buttery salty type – the horrible pull up type.

I felt the need to try one of these corn cobblers, cobbers, whatever… after eating a few brownies.  That was when I found out that I can’t do pull ups anymore. *sad* When did that happen?  I used to be able to do at least a 1/2 pull up?

But I hear that you can build muscle by eating protein.   Protein —-> Peanut butter.   Peanut butter —–> Cheesecake.   Peanut butter cheesecake —-> Brownies. *exciting*

Me —-> strong.

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Brownies

5.0 from 2 reviews
Peanut Butter Cheesecake Brownies
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Serves: 16
 
Ingredients
  • your favorite brownie batter
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened (can be light)
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1 eggs
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons cream or milk
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Prepare the brownie batter and spread into a greased 8x8 baking dish.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat together the cream cheese, eggs, and sugar. Add the peanut butter, adding the cream as necessary to make the mixture more smooth. The consistency should be thick, but smooth enough to easily mix with the electric mixer. Add the vanilla and salt.
  3. Pour mixture over brownie batter and marble with a knife.
  4. Bake for 40 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Notes
When in doubt, underbake! I used Ghirardelli Double Chocolate brownie mix for my batter.

The only thing better than eating a peanut butter cheesecake brownie on a Friday night is eating a peanut butter cheesecake brownie with a sweet pug on your lap.

We’re pug sitting this weekend.  excitedscream!

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Comments

  1. I like your logic here. I feel that by actually eating these brownies that I’m getting healthier and it makes up for not going for a run for ever.

    Have a lovely pug-filled weekend!

  2. Ha! You are too funny. I like that logic. Sort of wanted to bite the computer screen when I saw these. I need to start building some muscle too!

  3. I think if you have a brownie with a protein shake, you can safely get away with having 2 (or 3). In the name of a post-workout carb spike necessary to shuttle all that protein to your starved muscles, you know.

  4. Um, I love everything about this post. Most especially the “excitedscream!” at the end…because I totally do those in my real life (as opposed to my non-real blog life?).

    You’re totally doing your part at building muscle mass by adding protein to these brownies. Duh. ;)

  5. My husband loves cheesecake and loves peanut butter and chocolate. He is also trying to get in shape. So if I hit him with some of your knowledge, I’m sure he will have no problem with these brownies. He’s been complaining lately that I never make him any chocolate/peanut butter goodies and these look very yummy!

  6. I really like your thinking…I can get behind that. ;)

  7. You have got to be kidding me with this one! I’m drooling…

  8. Mmmm I love any excuse to feel better about eating brownies

  9. I like the way you think. And these brownies look so so good!

  10. Cheesecake, peanut butter, brownies, all my favorite things and photographed so nicely!

  11. These look so decadent! I must try them!

  12. Oh my… these look so good. Can they be on the christmas menu also?? :)

  13. Soo @ Little Miss Fitness says:

    Enjoy that pug! :)

    Smacking my lips for these brownies right now!!

  14. Oh Yum. Just YUM!

  15. These are beautiful! And even though I don’t like cheesecake, I’d probably eat a handful!

  16. I’m pretty sure I was never able to do a pull-up! It just doesn’t work for me.

    These look amazing, something I can do is eat anything with peanut butter and chocolate:-)

  17. I love your logic! And those brownies look fantastic!

  18. Yours look amazing too!!! Beautiful photo! I love your sens of humor!

  19. OMG LINDSEY. YOU LITTERALY ARE MY FAVORITE PERSON EVER. THE RECIPES THAT YOU POST ARE SO FLIPPEN GOOD. You are the best. And I’m pretty sure you are a god.

  20. BEST/EASIEST Brownies EVER!!!!!1

  21. So, I made these for some family members that were coming into town. We downed them with a tall glass of milk hot out of the oven… it was late when we all crashed and I put the left overs in the fridge for some reason. The next morning I MAY have had one (or four) for breakfast with coffee. They are amazing chilled!!!!

  22. Would you suggest doubling the recipe for a 13×9 inch pan? Including using 2 brownie mixes? I want to make them for work but 8×8 just wouldn’t be enough. Thanks!

  23. Oh my god, these oughta be illegal, yum yum yum. Just made them, did not wait for them to cool.

  24. Seriously, these taste like they were delivered from heaven…..my goodness….amazing!

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