Green Velvet Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies

17 Mar

As I have wondered before: what exactly is the point of red velvet? And what could be the point of St. Patrick’s Day? I’m talking about for the average person–the person who believes that beer should be brown no matter the day. And yet, I participate in these things, both of which are mysterious to me.

But, after my baking experiment, I think that I can safely say that the purpose of both is to 1) happily marry, and 2) create these little babies. They came together in the most delicious and pretty way, and, cut into little shamrocks, wrap up the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day in a little two-bite package.

Green Velvet Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies

Printable Recipe

Cream Cheese Swirl

4 ounces cream cheese, softened

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

1/4 cup sugar

1 egg

1 tablespoon flour

In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Gradually add the sugar and mix until combined. Add the egg and flour and mix until incorporated. Set aside.

Green Velvet Brownies

4 ounces bittersweet chocolate

3/4 cup unsalted butter

2 cups sugar

3 eggs

1 1/2 cups flour

1 ounce green food coloring

1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 9″ x 9″ baking pan with parchment paper.

In a double boiler, melt the chocolate and butter together, stirring occasionally. As soon as the mixture is smooth, remove from heat and whisk in the sugar. After the sugar is dissolved, whisk in the eggs one at a time. Add the flour, food coloring, baking powder, vanilla, and salt until the flour is just combined–no more than 50 strokes. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Spoon small dollops of the cream cheese mixture over the brownie batter and drag a butter knife through the batter to swirl the two. Bake about 50 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let cool before cutting.

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2 Responses to “Green Velvet Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies”

  1. Ron Allen March 18, 2012 at 7:46 PM #

    Oh so yummy!

    • bakingalltherules March 18, 2012 at 11:13 PM #

      Thanks! Aren’t you glad you’re the full-time taste-tester?

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