Cream Cheese Blonde Brownies

"Another terrific brownie recipe I picked up a few years back. If you use the non-fat cream cheese and sour cream these have the added bonus of being fairly low in fat."
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  • In a small bowl, combine cream cheese, granulated sugar, egg whites, sour cream, 1 tablespoon of the flour, and 1 teaspoon of the vanilla.
  • Beat until smooth; set aside.
  • In another small bowl, stir together the remaining 1 1/4 cups flour, baking powder and walnuts; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine syrup, brown sugar, butter, egg, and the remaining 2 teaspoons vanilla.
  • Beat until smooth.
  • Add flour mixture; beat until dry ingredients are evenly moistened.
  • Pour two-thirds of the brownie batter into a lightly oiled 8-inch baking pan.
  • Spread to make level.
  • Pour cheese mixture from step 1 evenly over batter.
  • Drop remaining batter by spoonfuls over cheese mixture; swirl with a knife to blend batter slightly with cheese mixture.
  • Bake in a 350°F oven until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean (about 25 minutes; pierce brownie, not cheese mixture).
  • Let cool in a pan on a rack, then cut into 2-inch squares.

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  1. I just made these, and, of course, tasted one. I like the cream cheese layer mixed in, and I did it all with non fat or low fat products. My brownies took a LOT longer to bake, almost double the time, very strange. It was a fast and easy recipe, despite all of the steps.
  2. I made these the other day for a covered dish dinner because I was short on ingredients for tried-and-true recipes of mine, and I found I had everything for this one. Well, they did not go over well- only two pieces eaten, I brought most of it home. When I tried it, I found the brownie part to cake-like and a bit dry. I guess when I think "brownie", I think of something dense, moist and chewy. I know some people like brownies that are more cake-like, but I don't, so I didn't care for these. Also, they took about 6 minutes longer in the oven than listed. Maybe if I had taken them out "early" they would have been better, but I don't think so. But, hey, if you like cake-like brownies, then you will like these. Just not my "thing", I guess. Sorry!


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