Lindsay Ann Bakes: Cherry Cheesecake Brownie Bites

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Cherry Cheesecake Brownie Bites

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These tiny little layered treats are such an amazing party treat or any-time dessert. The best way to describe them would be if a batch of brownies, a cheesecake and a cherry pie all fell into a mini cupcake pan and had babies in the oven. The buttery brown sugar crust is layered with a fudgy chocolate brownie center, topped with rich, creamy cheesecake filling and finished off with a sweet cherry topping... pure decadence! You can even use boxed brownie mix and canned cherry pie filling for a more simple "semi-homemade" alternative with the same stunning presentation!



Cherry Cheesecake Brownie Bites

Yield: 2 dozen mini brownies bites

Ingredients

Crust:
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
Brownie layer:
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2/3 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup (30g) all-purpose flour, weighed or spooned and leveled
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips
Cream cheese layer:
  • 1 (8oz. package) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
Cherry Topping (homemade recipe below or use canned cherry pie filling):
  • 3 cups (about 1 1/2-2 lbs.) fresh sweet cherries, pitted and very ripe
  • 1/4-1/2 cup water (the more ripe your cherries are the less water you will need)
  • 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
Directions

Prepare crust:
In a small bowl combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and melted butter. Press a heaping teaspoon of crust into each of the mini baking cups. 

Prepare brownie layer:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a mini cupcake pan with 24 mini baking cups.

Stir together melted butter, sugar, cocoa, and salt in a medium mixing bowl. Add the vanilla and egg stirring vigorously until batter is no longer grainy and becomes thick, smooth and shiny. Stir in flour until just incorporated. Fold in chocolate chips. Spoon batter into prepared cups on top of crust. 

Prepare cream cheese layer: 
Beat cream cheese on medium speed until smooth. Add sugar, vanilla, and egg and beat until incorporated. Spoon on top of brownie batter. 
Bake for about bake 10-15 minutes an inserted toothpick comes out with just a few crumbs. Do not over bake. Cool on a wire rack.

Prepare cherry topping: 
Use canned pie filling or Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and stirring constantly, cook until cherry mixture has thickened, about 5-10 minutes. Remove from heat. Mix thoroughly and let cool/thicken. Spoon over cheesecake brownie bites.

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