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Magnolia Cream Cheese Brownies

13 Feb

4 (1) ounce unsweetened chocolate squares

4 (1) ounce semi-sweet chocolate squares

1/2 cup butter

2 (3 oz) packages cream cheese, softened

1/4 cup butter, softened

2 cups sugar, divided

6 large eggs, divided

1 tsp vanilla

2 TBSP flour

1-1/2 cups chocolate chips

2 tsp vanilla

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 325

Microwave first 3 ingredients in a 1 quart glass bowl at high 2 minutes; stir well. Cool and set aside. Beat cream cheese and 1/4 cup butter at medium speed until creamy; gradually add 1/2 cup sugar; beat well. Add 2 eggs, 1 at a time, best until well combined. Stir in vanilla and 2 TBSP flour and 1/2 cup chocolate chips; set aside.

Beat remaining eggs in a large bowl at medium speed. Gradually add 1-1/2 cups sugar, beating well. Add melted chocolate mixture and 2 tsp vanilla.; mix until well blended. Combine 1 cup flour, baking powder, and salt; fold into chocolate batter until blended. Stir in remaining chocolate chips. Reserve 3 cups of batter; spread remaining batter evenly in a greased 13 x 9 baking pan. Pour cream cheese mixture over the top. Top with reserved batter, and swirl mixture with a knife.

Bake 40 to 45 minutes. Cool and cut into squares.

Makes 1-1/2 dozen

Chocolate Caramel Torte

16 Jan

1-1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

2 (3 oz) packages ladyfingers

1 (13 oz) jar Nutella

20 Kraft caramels

2-1/2 cups whipping cream, divided

1-1/2 cups chopped pecans

1/3 cup confectioner’s sugar

1 ( 8 oz) package cream cheese, softened

3 ( 1 oz) semi-sweet baking squares

2 TBSP confectioner’s sugar

 

In a microwave safe bowl, melt chocolate chips on high 90 seconds or until melted; stirring at 30 second intervals. Cool 5 minutes and set aside. Split ladyfingers, and stand halves around the edge of a 9 inch springform pan, placing rounded sides against pan. Line the bottom of pan with remaining ladyfinger halves. Spread Nutella evenly on ladyfingers on bottom of pan.

Cook caramels and 1/3 cup cream in a medium saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly, just until melted. Stir in pecans until coated; spoon evenly over nutella spread.

Beat 1/3 cup confectioner’s sugar and cream cheese in a medium bowl at medium speed until fluffy. Beat in melted chocolate until blended.

Beat remaining 2 cups cream in a medium bowl at medium speed until stiff; fold into cream cheese mixture, and spoon evenly over caramel layer in pan.

Shave baking chocolate squares with a vegetable peeler evenly on top. Sprinkle with 2 TBSP confectioner’s sugar. Chill 1 hour

 

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