I know it’s that time of year we are all anxiously anticipating the upcoming holidays and craving the wonderful flavors of fall . . . we’ve waited an entire year for the taste of pumpkin, apples. pears, squash, etc., but we just could let October go by without a shout out for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. So today we are thinking pink!
This post is dedicated to our dear friend Kathy who is currently fighting the fight- and to all women everywhere who have and do fight the same battle- our love and support are with you!
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Pink Peppermint Cheesecake Brownies
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese
1 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1 1/2 teaspoons. peppermint extract
red food coloring or gel
2 cups flour
1 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Prepare cheesecake batter by mixing cream cheese with electric mixer until smooth. Combine the flour with the sugar and add to the cream cheese. Add peppermint extract and eggs and mix until just combined. Stir in a few drops of food coloring until you reach the desired shade of pink. Set batter aside.
Prepare brownie batter by combining the flour, cocoa and salt in a bowl and whisk until chocolate is broken up and ingredients are well combined. In mixer, beat sugar, oil and buttermilk until smooth. Add eggs until combined. Turn mixer to low and stir in dry ingredients until just blended.
Reserve 1 cup brownie batter. Pour remaining batter into a well-sprayed 13×9 inch pan. Carefully spoon cheesecake batter over top and spread evenly to the edges. Dot cheesecake batter with the reserved brownie batter. Swirl top two layers together using the tip of a knife- do not mix down into the brownie batter below.
Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes or until top is set. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack before serving.
Recipe inspired by Cooking Light