Armed with our trusty can of pumpkin and a few more slick tricks, we set out to create a guilt-free version of the double whammy that is the cheesecake brownie. And we achieved success in under 6 hours (not record time, but impressive nonetheless). Read on for the fudgy 411!
Ingredients: One box Pillsbury Moist Supreme Reduced Sugar Cake Mix, Devil's Food One 15-oz. can pure pumpkin 6 oz. fat-free cream cheese, room temperature 1/4 cup Splenda No Calorie Sweetener (granulated) 1 tsp. Coffee-mate Fat Free or Sugar Free French Vanilla powdered creamer, dissolved in 2 tbsp. warm water 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, combine cake mix and pumpkin. Stir until completely blended (the mixture will remain very thick). Spread batter into a large baking pan (about 9" X 13") sprayed with nonstick spray, and set aside. Combine softened cream cheese with Splenda, Coffee-mate mixture, and vanilla extract. Using a whisk, mix vigorously until completely blended, smooth and lump-free. Spoon cheesecake mixture over the brownie batter, and use a knife to swirl it in. (Don't worry if your swirl isn't perfect -- your brownies will taste delicious no matter what!) Place pan in the oven, and bake for 20 - 25 minutes. Allow to cool, and then cut into 16 pieces. MAKES 16 SERVINGS
Whosever idea it was to allow brownies and cheesecake to mate is slightly evil (admit it). Avoiding a regular old brownie isn't completely impossible -- or even necessary, 'cuz there are so many guilt-free swaps out there. But until recently, we'd found ourselves weakening around cheesecake brownies. Those decadent, fudgy, chocolate treats (complete with a thick layer of creamy cheesecake filling) seem to be popping up everywhere these days. Turn the corner, and BAM! There's another hunk of chocolatey cheesecake madness calling your name. But be strong, because that cheesy little chocolate critter packs quite a wallop -- 400+ calories and more than 20 fat grams! Thankfully, Hungry Girl's Swirls Gone Wild Cheesecake Brownies are here to save us.
CHEW ON THIS: Today, February 12th, is National Plum Pudding Day. Who eats plum pudding?!?
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