If you are looking for a green dessert to serve for your upcoming St. Patrick's Day party that is moist and delicious, then these Mint Cheesecake Swirl Brownies are for you! They are quick and easy to make since I cheated and used the brownie box mix. They also can be left plain if you don't want the cheesecake flavored but I think the mint makes them refreshingly sweet.
1 Package for Fudge Brownie Mix
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
1/3 Cup Canola Oil
1/3 Cup Water
8 oz Fat Free Cream Cheese - Softened
1 Tsp Mint Extract
1/4 Cup Sugar
2 Tbsp Flour
Green Food Coloring
1Adapted from: http://www.sheknows.com/
Start by preheating your oven, the temperature you'll need depends on the type of brownie pan you will be using so follow the guidelines on the box for a 9 x 9 inch pan. In a large bowl using a spatula or wooden spoon combine the needed ingredients on the box to make the brownies, set aside.
In your stand mixer bowl with the paddle attachment on a medium speed combine the softened cream cheese, flour and sugar until smooth. Add in the egg, mint extract and food coloring. Beat again until well blended and you get the desired color.
In pan that has been sprayed with Pam or greased, spread all but 1 cup of the brownie batter in the bottom of the pan. Be sure to spread it out evenly. Next pour the cream cheese mixture on top of the brownie batter smoothing it out completely over top.
Using the remaining cup of brownie batter and drop spoonfuls of the batter on top of the cream cheese layer.
Using a knife swirl the brownie batter and cream cheese mixture together to make a fun and decorative marbled pattern. Be careful not to drag the knife too deep you want to try and stay on top layer and leave the bottom brownie batter alone.
Bake for the recommended amount of time as instructed by your brownie box. I believe mine baked for 30 minutes at 325. When they are ready a toothpick inserted into the middle will come out clean and the edges of the brownies will begin to pull away from the sides. Cool in the pan completely before slicing into squares. Store in the fridge.
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