In answer to the comments querying the use of bacon: Yes, really!
I was planning on making cheesecake brownies for my husband for Valentine's Day and documenting the assembly process for Instructables. However, when I went to the fridge to get out the light cream cheese, I saw the bacon.
Step 1: Ingredients
Ingredients to make the brownie batter according to the box (I like to use an extra egg for "cake-like" brownies, but that's personal preference)
Bacon bits -- Use about 1/4 cup pre-packaged bacon bits or cook about 4 strips of bacon until very crisp. Crumble or mince the bacon into small pieces so the bacony goodness is distributed throughout the brownies.
One 8oz package of cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup sugar
1 teas. vanilla
Step 2: A Tale of Two Batters
Prepare your pan according to brownie package instructions.
Mix the batter according to package instructions*. Fold in the bacon bits.
*For more bacony goodness, you replace a little of the required oil with bacon grease.
Place softened cream cheese in a bowl and beat until smooth. Beat in sugar, egg, and vanilla.