Prep 20 mins
Cook 25 mins
I created this light recipe to reduce the fat, sugar and calories of regular cream cheese brownies. This recipe uses dark chocolate, although semisweet chocolate can be substituted.
- 1 1⁄4 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips (I use Ghirardelli 60% baking chips)
- 2 1⁄2 tablespoons butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 eggs
- 2 egg whites
- 3⁄4 cup sugar
- 3⁄4 cup Splenda granular
- 3⁄4 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)
- 3 ounces neufchatel cheese, softened
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons butter, softened
- 1⁄4 cup sugar
- 1⁄4 cup egg substitute
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 9x13 cake pan.
- For the brownies: Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside, reserving 2 Tablespoons for topping.
- Melt the chocolate, butter and half the vanilla over a double boiler or in the microwave. Let cool to room temperature.
- Prepare Topping: Cream butter with the light cream cheese, gradually adding the sugar. Blend in egg substitute, the reserved flour mixture (2 Tablespoons) and vanilla. Set aside.
- Continue preparing brownies: In a large bowl, beat the eggs and egg whites with the sugar and splenda until very light and fluffy.
- Fold in the chocolate mixture, followed by the flour mixture and nuts, if using.
- Pour the mixture into prepared pan.
- Spoon the cream cheese topping in long lines, then using a knife swirl the batters together. Don't over swirl!
- Bake for 30 minutes (25 if you like them fudgy like I do). Let cool completely before cutting.
This was an excellent recipe. The brownies are very good and moist and look like I actually know how to bake! I didn't use the Splenda and added more sugar instead. I really like the walnuts in this too. Made these for PRMR. Thanks!
I thought these were great considering they were light. My kids loved them and hubby and I loved them as well. I left out the walnuts for the kids benefits. Thanks Brooke. I will make these again. BTW, the brownie recipe alone is great as well. Made for holiday tag.
Used dark chocolate for this recipe & also juggled the sugar & splenda amounts (1 cup of the former & 1/2 cup of the latter) & ended up with very nice brownies! Several of my calorie-conscious friends were particularly pleased, considering the brownies I usually make! Thanks for sharing! [Tagged, made & reviewed in 1-2-3 Hit Wonders]