Strawberry Jam Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies

September 11, 2012

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After swearing off most things sweet for the first six months of the year,  I did make a few desserts this summer for holidays, birthdays, and a get together or two, and these Strawberry Jam Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies were a perfect choice.  Go ahead.  Just try and say that three times fast.  I dare you. I dare you while you’ve got a bite of one in your mouth.

I love the bit of sweet tartness that either raspberries or strawberries add to any chocolate dessert so have always wondered about how that would work in brownie.  If you’ve known me for a while, then you know I feel I’m brownie challenged.  I have been known to make Blondies, or Salted Fudge Brownies with some success, however.  But I have to say, these swirly, jammy wonders were a success.  Or should I say I succeeded in making a recipe that didn’t turn out brownies hard as a rock or worse, raw in the middle.  Perhaps I’m not giving myself enough credit!

They’re moist, full of flavor that will have your taste buds squelching, and best of all, satisfy a sweet tooth with just a smidgen of a sliver of one.

I only had one.  I promise.

A very small one.

Make a batch and send it to your kids’ teacher — or the hubster’s work – after you sample one.

(Insert evil laughter here.)

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Strawberry Jam Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies

Brownie Batter Ingredients

6 T unsalted butter

4 oz. bittersweet chocolate

3/4 c. all-purpose flour

1-1/4 c. sugar

2 tsp. vanilla

2 lg. eggs

Cream Cheese Swirl Ingredients

8 oz. cream cheese, softened

1/3 c. sugar

2 T unsalted butter, melted

1 lg. egg

1/4 tsp. orange zest

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

1/3 c. strawberry jam

2-3 T mini chocolate chips, optional for garnish

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and lightly spray a 9-in. heart-shaped or round cake pan with oil.  Set aside.
  2. In a medium sauce pan over medium low heat, melt the butter and chocolate, stirring frequently until smooth. Remove from the heat and allow to cool just until warm.
  3. Add the sugar and vanilla to the cooled chocolate mixture, stirring until well blended. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each is added.  Continue mixing until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is smooth. Add the flour and mix well.
  4. Pour  2/3 of the batter into the prepared baking pan and set aside.
  5. Make the cream cheese swirl by beating the softened cream cheese and sugar on low speed until smooth.
  6. To the cream cheese mixture, add the butter, egg, orange zest, and vanilla and  beat until smooth.
  7. Using a tablespoon, drop dollops of the cream cheese mixture onto the brownie batter, spacing them evenly.
  8. Repeat with the strawberry jam, dropping it over the surface of the brownie batter.
  9. Spread the remaining 1/3 of the brownie batter over the top of the cream cheese mixture and the strawberry jam.
  10. Insert a butter knife or wooden skewer into the layers vertically and run it through the batter to swirl it decoratively.
  11. If using, sprinkle mini chocolate chips around the exterior of the pan and sightly press into the batter.
  12. Bake for about 45 minutes, or until the cream cheese swirls are golden and a skewer inserted into the center comes out mostly clean (the lower part will be more moist).
  13. Allow the pan to cook on a wire rack until completely cool.

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Recipe Notes

  • When I decided to make brownies for the picnic I was taking them to, (the picnic where I also made this and this — you can tell it was the same day because of the blue gingham cloth!) I thought I’d give the whole cream cheese swirl thing a try and then thought, wait.  Wouldn’t a bit of jam be nice in that mix?  Well sure, it would!  And of course, I found lots of variety out there in Googleland (which always keeps me honest when I think I have an original idea), but this version sounded the best.  I always have bittersweet chocolate on hand because I love it, and my son was home for the summer, so yes, I had a big jar of strawberry jam to boot.  My adaptations to the recipe are minimal at best considering I’m a brownie nube and have absolutely nothing to prove to anyone about an original brownie recipe.
  • I will confess I didn’t use an electric mixer for this.  Sometimes I just don’t want to deal with it and so will mix things by hand.  What a concept, right?  Sure, the cream cheese swirl will not be quite as smooth, but I don’t mind.  If you want to go at it like this and save yourself some washing time on the additional bowl and beater, then use a rubber spatula to beat the softened cream cheese first until it’s nice and smooth before you add anything else.
  • I don’t trust my brownie baking skills so set my oven timer for 5 minutes less than what the recipe dictates and start checking from there.  Individual oven temperature can be so different, I never trust!
  • Cooled, wrapped in the pan, and transported to the beach — these were great.  I was informed by my precocious niece who eyeballed them as soon as I set them down, that her brother was allergic to nuts, so….Let’s hear it for no nuts in these brownies.

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{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

Prerna@IndianSimmer September 11, 2012

Wow, amazing! Its almost midnight and now you had me craving for something chocolate :-)

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kellypea September 12, 2012

Funny how that works, right? I was up at about 3am today and wishing I had something — anything to munch on. But I had to wait until 6 to even get a cuppa coffee! Thanks for stopping by — miss your tweets!

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Ann P. September 11, 2012

I love that heart-shaped pan!! So perfect for a valentine’s day :) And i love the combo of strawberry, chocolate, and cheesecake. Classic and delicious! But I can’t believe you held off sweets for 6 months!! You are superwoman!!!

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kellypea September 12, 2012

Well I’m not completely fallen off the sweets wagon, but still am holding my place. As long as I have somebody to make “it” for and then hopefully give it to them, I’m good.

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bellini September 12, 2012

The combination of strawberries and chocolate is legendary.

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kellypea September 12, 2012

No kidding — the combo reminds me of what I enjoy most about a banana split — the melty chocolate and strawberry in the bottom of the dish. Mmmm….

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Laurie September 12, 2012

This looks divine — I’m heading out to the nearest kitchenware shop for a heart-shaped pan.

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kellypea September 12, 2012

Laurie, I couldn’t resist using it and actually have two of different sizes. I think they were thrift store finds years ago. I forget I have them!

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Liz @ Virtually Homemade September 12, 2012

Oh my – so beautiful and delicious! My mouth is watering, they could be very dangerous.

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kellypea September 12, 2012

I know they’re dangerous — which is why I kept telling my son to eat more of them!

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Joanne September 12, 2012

There is absolutely no way I could give up sweets for more than a week so I commend you!! These brownies look amazing. Worth using up the calories for, that’s for sure.

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kellypea September 12, 2012

Yes, but you run and run and run. And I sit in front of this Mac way too much! Sweets I can avoid — other things, not so much. Like pasta. Oy.

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Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) September 12, 2012

My husband is a huge fan of the raspberry-chocolate combination, so I’m sure he’d love one of these brownies, if you have any leftovers.

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kellypea September 12, 2012

Well it’s good to know I’m in great company! These were gone sometime before July 4, so we’re all safe!

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silvia September 12, 2012

Sorry, the misuse of your photo, please show the link where it is for me to indicate your work and your website. I feel so much, and I want to fix. hugs

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kellypea September 12, 2012

You are very sweet — not everyone is polite about this issue :) I appreciate your help!

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silvia September 12, 2012

Your site is beautiful! Congratulations!

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Deb September 13, 2012

Scrumptious brownies! Heady with cream cheese and strawberry jam, a very seductive treat!

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grace September 14, 2012

it’s so easy to take brownies from perfectly gooey and chewy to burnt and rock-hard–it happens all in a matter of minutes, nay, seconds in my oven. these sound great!

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Javelin Warrior September 14, 2012

On Fridays, I share my favorite food finds in a series called Food Fetish Friday – and I love this post so I’m featuring it as part of today’s roundup (with a link-back and attribution). I hope you have no objections and thanks so much for inspiring me…

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Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking September 27, 2012

I’ve had this recipe opened in the browser for a couple of days now and i’m dying to know where you got those chocolate chips. I’ve seen dark colored and while but don’t think I have ever seen the mixed ones

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Ally @ A Girl and Her Fork September 29, 2012

I have a TON of jam that I made this summer, esp. strawberry. I think this would be the perfect way to use some up. I’m sure the kidlets will love it!

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kellypea October 2, 2012

Great! They were a hit with my son and I can imagine your homemade jam would be so tasty!

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Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies October 1, 2012

Wow, wow, wow! I am a fiend for brownies and I thought I had tried just about every variety under the sun, but I haven’t had them with strawberry jam. Yet! These look absolutely amazing!

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kellypea October 2, 2012

The flavors are great together — super rich, though, so a bit goes a long way :)

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