Cream Cheese Brownies
Why This Recipe Works
Cream cheese brownies are an American classic. However, to be done right, the two batters must complement each other rather than compete. We use unsweetened chocolate for bold chocolate flavor and a cakey brownie batter so that the added liquid from the cream cheese filling doesn’t make the brownies soggy or too dense. The addition of sour cream to the cream cheese swirl adds a pleasing tang that complements the brownies’ sweetness. The usual method of dolloping cream cheese over the brownie batter before swirling delivers a soggy center and dry edges. To ensure even baking and the right balance of cream cheese swirl and chocolate in every bite, we spread the cream cheese mixture evenly over the brownie batter and then dollop reserved brownie batter on top before swirling.