Thursday, October 23, 2014

Red Wine Cream Cheese Brownies

STOP - Don't pour that leftover bottle of wine down the drain! Did you know you can make delicious desserts like these Wine Cream Cheese Brownies with your half-empty bottle of wine? What's a half-empty bottle of wine you ask?! Yes it happens...


But there's no way I'll let a good bottle of vino go to waste! Last time I baked with red wine, I made an amazing Chocolate Red Wine Cake. Tonight I wanted to try a new wine dessert recipe so I whipped up a batch of these boozy brownies...

 

Yeah, these Red Wine Cream Cheese Brownies are just as delicious as you would imagine they would be. In fact, I can't stop eating them!


These are fudgy, chocolaty, boozy, moist brownies with a hint of cream cheese flavor that breaks up the richness. WOW, yum! These brownies are much more dense, fudge and sponge-like than your regular cake-like brownie. And the best part... the red wine flavor really shines through!

Red Wine Cream Cheese Brownies
recipe via www.tasteasyougo.com
makes about a dozen brownies

Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter (we used I Can't Believe It's Not Butter)
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup sugar
3 eggs, divided
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup red wine
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 ounces light cream cheese, at room-temperature
1/2 cup confectioner's sugar

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8x8x2 inch pan.

Melt the butter in a small pan over low heat. Remove the pan from the heat and pour the melted butter into a large bowl. Add cocoa powder and mix to combine. Add sugar and mix well. Add 2 eggs, one at a time, and blend until incorporated. Add vanilla, wine, flour, and salt. Combine until just mixed in.


In a separate medium bowl, blend cream cheese, confectioner's sugar, and remaining egg.

Pour half of the brownie batter into the pan.


Spread the cream cheese mixture on top of the brownie batter. Pour remaining brownie batter on top of the cream cheese mixture. Swirl with a knife.


Bake for 30-35 (I did 30 min.) minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.


You can really taste the wine in this dessert... I am definitely a fan of "booze brownies"!

These Red Wine Cream Cheese Brownies are the perfect way to use up any leftover wine you might have hanging around the kitchen! And if you don't leave bottles of wine half empty (wink, wink), then go ahead and open a new one. :)

CHEERS!

- Janel

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