Bacon Cheesecake Brownies

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Intro: Bacon Cheesecake Brownies

Bacony, chocolatey brownie batter is baked up with little pockets of lightly sweetened cheesecake goodness, turning a basic chocolate indulgence into an amazing one.  Bake up a pan of these triple treats and share them with someone special.

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

One box of brownie mix -- I prefer the "family size" versions which can go into a 9"x13" pan

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.

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heesecake filling:
One 8oz package of cream cheese, softened
One egg
1/3 cup sugar
1 teas. vanilla


Step 2: A Tale of Two Batters

Brownie
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.

Cheesecake
Place softened cream cheese in a bowl and beat until smooth.  Beat in sugar, egg, and vanilla.

Step 3: Filling the Pans

Pour your bacon brownie batter into the prepared pan.

Add the cheesecake batter using one of the following methods:

Dolloping (No Pastry Bag) Swirled Method

Drop spoonfuls of cheesecake batter all over the bacon brownie batter.  Aim to distribute your dollops of the cheesecake filling evenly in the brownie batter..  Once the cheesecake filling is all added, use a knife to swirl it in a little.  The goal here is NOT to mix it completely!

Pastry Bag "Injection" Method

Load your cream cheese mixture into a pastry bag with a large tip (I'm using a star tip here).   "Inject" cheesecake filling into the brownie batter by pushing your tip below the surface of the batter and give it a good squeeze.  Inject little pockets of  cheesecake throughout the pan.  Use a knife to swirl the cheesecake filling with the brownie batter, if desired.  I kind of like them left alone. mmmm....

Step 4: Baking

Bake brownies as usual.  You may have to extend the baking time because of the added ingredients.  Test for brownie doneness by inserting a toothpick in the center.  When it comes out clean, the brownies are done.

Consume!

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    vmoser

    8 years ago on Introduction

    So, I made these.... Hands down, AWESOMENESS!!  These were inhaled and the only thing on the side you might need is milk.  I used a thicker cut apple wood smoked bacon cut into about a half an inch wide.  There were about 5-6 pieces of bacon used, and they were cooked low and slow, to a light crispness. For the next batch we were thinking of using a smaller cubed piece of bacon, that has a more smokey taste, smokier than the apple wood surprisingly.  Other thoughts we had were to go ahead and cut up crispier smaller pieces and add them in the last few minutes of cooking to the cheesecake top.  We were thinking that the flavor of the bacon won't overwhelm the cheesecaky-ness of the whole situation.  

    Please make and consume them immediately!!  This was easy to make and only get better and better and better and better............

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    Leehs02536

    1 year ago

    LLLLOOOOOVVVVEEEEE IT!!!

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    xanelx

    5 years ago on Introduction

    Can I do this recipe with cupcakes?? Will that work???

    Very good recipe! Me and a coupe friends made these in the dorm kitchen, did an alright job, but everyone that tried one, loved them!

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    trebory6

    6 years ago on Introduction

    I think the only thing this is missing is Peanut Butter!

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    jgawne

    7 years ago on Step 4

    My roommate and a friend of ours are both bacon fiends, and they both love brownies AND cheesecake... their birthdays are both this weekend - guess what their birthday "cake" is gonna be?!

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    Omni DIY

    7 years ago on Introduction

    So I was skeptical, but I made them and they are the best. brownies. ever. My friends enjoyed them too (well one liked them until I told them about the bacon... can you say placebo much?). Five stars!

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    Omni DIY

    7 years ago on Introduction

    Meanwhile in America... lol seriously though I am curious. I will have to try this out.

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    jocko777

    7 years ago on Introduction

    i understand each has his own taste but really when is someone going to post something to eat that doesnt have bacon in it . the word bacon is used so much im surprised it isnt used in led flashlights and woodprojects etc etc bacon baacon bacon

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    This is an old project entered for Valentine's day a few years ago before bacon seemed to be en vogue and it became the featured project of the day today. At the time it was created, I thought other people might enjoy making them for husbands and boyfriends for Valentine's day. Nothing gets to the heart like saturated fats.

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    kcls

    8 years ago on Introduction

    Did I read this wrong? Bacon with chocolate? And I thought the velveeta cheese fudge was different... what does it taste like?

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    starshipminivankcls

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Absolutely!  It is a food pairing that seems to be growing in popularity.  You can actually buy chocolate bars with bacon in them.

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    My husband (the cook in the family) recently made dark chocolate covered bacon it was simply sinful.You cook the bacon up and drain as much grease from it as possible then dip it it the melted chocolate
    The combination of salty bacon with sweet chocolate is amazing, He tried with white chocolate but it wouldn't melt down smooth so he ditched the white chocolate. I'm guessing the salty sweet is what makes it soo good.
    Merry Christmas all and a Happy new year.