Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Brownie Bottomed Cheesecake Cups

It is time to finally post a dessert! Why has it been so long? I think because I have been making desserts that I have already posted on here :)  This little lovely didn't disappoint in any way. They were sooo good. Maybe too good, but it doesn't matter because I cut a lot of fat and calories out of it so there is no guilt when eating these....ok? Ok. So make these and enjoy every bite!

1 box of favorite brownie mix with add in's or.... my brownie recipe:
1/2 cup applesauce
1 cup sugar
3 egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder

cheesecake ingredients:
2 packages of low fat cream cheese (room temperature)
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup egg beaters
1 teaspoon vanilla

ganache ingredients:
1 cup milk chocolate chips
1/2 cup fat free half and half

1. First you want to make your brownies. Mix all your ingredients together using either your favorite box mix or a homemade version. Line a 9x13 pan with foil and leave enough foil hanging over the edge to use as handles to pull your brownies out. Spray with non-stick spray. Pour your batter into your prepared pan and bake at 350 for 26-30 minutes or until done.

2. Let your brownies cool completely. Pull the foil out of the pan and put on the counter. Using a circle cookie cutter or round biscuit cutter cut out a bunch of circle brownies. Make sure your cookie cutter is close to the same size as the bottom of your muffin tin. Next, line a muffin pan with a dozen cupcake liners. Place one round brownie in the bottom of each muffin cup.

3. Lets make cheesecake. Using a mixer, mix the cream cheese until smooth. Add in the sugar, egg whites, and vanilla. Mix until smooth and creamy. Fill the brownie cups almost all the way full, about 3/4 of the way. They really don't rise much so don't worry. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Let them cool completely and pop them in the fridge for a couple of hours to chill.

4. Before you dig in you have to make the yummy ganache. It is a must. All you do is heat 1/2 cup of half and half on medium low heat until it is warm. Toss in your chocolate chips and stir until smooth. If you want your chocolate sauce thinner add a touch more half and half. If you want it thicker, add in some more chocoalte chips. It is totally up to you! Drizzle over your chilled cheesecake and eat! Enjoy!

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