This rich dessert is a combination of two of my favorite treats, fudgy brownies and cheesecake. These swirled Ricotta Cheesecake Brownies will thrill your whole family! This post is sponsored by the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board. See below for details.
Taking Brownies to the Next Level
By now, most of my loyal readers know about my family’s love of chocolate. It’s almost guaranteed that a batch of homemade brownies will be a hit. The fudgier, the better. But sometimes a little twist makes for an unforgettable dessert. I am a huge fan of ricotta cheesecake, so I incorporated a cheesecake swirl into one of my favorite brownie recipes. Finding a Wisconsin made ricotta was key; Wisconsin cheese equals quality. The results were beyond incredible. These brownies did not last long!
My father-in-law’s dad was a dairy farmer in the small northern town of Bloomer, Wisconsin. We are, of course, fans of the Green Bay Packers (our first puppy was named Lambeau after the famed stadium and football player, Curly Lambeau), but Wisconsin cheese is close to our hearts, too. The northlands are the ideal locale for dairy cattle with its lush pastures. The state has a long history of cheese making and today Wisconsin produces over 600 marvelous varieties and is known for winning more awards than any other state or country. Pretty remarkable statistics.
These decadent gems were created with two separate batters. About two thirds of the brownie batter was spread across the bottom of a baking pan, then alternating dollops of cheesecake batter and the remaining brownie batter were placed across the surface, and simply swirled with the tip of a table knife. After baking and cooling, just cut into bars and brace yourself for rave reviews!
More Terrific Recipes Featuring Wisconsin Cheese:
- Cheese Crispies by Shockingly Delicious
- Cheese Fondue by Recipes Food and Cooking
- Prosciutto Havarti Spinach Bundles by Daily Dish Recipes
Main Dishes with Cheese:
- Cheese Curd Stuffed Meatball Sliders by The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
- Cheesy Crab Stuffed Peppers by FoodieTots
- Cheesy Skillet Lasagna by Life Tastes Good
- Cheesy Vegetable Enchiladas by Alida’s Kitchen
- Fontina Chorizo Spinach Quiche by Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch
- Ham, Blackberry Ricotta, and Fresh Mozzarella Grilled Cheese by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Korean-style Poutine 2.0 by kimchi MOM
- Mozzarella, Tomato, and Basil Couscous Salad with Arugula by Ruffles & Truffles
- Pimento Cheese Potato Soup by Cosmopolitan Cornbread
- Sausage and Burrata Pasta by Family Foodie
Cheese Side Dishes:
- Cheesy Jalapeno and Bacon Potato Au Gratin by Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Chipotle Beer Mac & Cheese by One Sweet Mess
- White Mac and Cheese by Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
- Coconut Lime Cheese Crepes with Brandied Cherry Topping by The Life and Loves of Grumpy’s Honeybunch
- Ricotta Cheesecake Brownies by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
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Be sure to follow the Wisconsin Cheese Sunday Supper Pinterest Board for more delicious inspiration. And remember that Made in Wisconsin on the label means you’re getting a top notch product for all your baking and cooking needs!
Wisconsin Cheese is also sponsoring a recipe contest for the Food and Wine Conference with the grand prize winner getting a pass to the conference, airfare to Orlando, an assortment of cheeses and a feature on the Eat Wisconsin Cheese website! If you’re a blogger interested in attending an outstanding conference providing the opportunity to learn from experts and your fellow bloggers, you’ll definitely want to enter. Check this Food and Wine Conference site link for details.
Serves: 16 brownies
- 1 stick butter
- 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
- 1½ cup sugar
- 4 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ¾ cup flour
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 4 ounces (approximately ½ cup) whole milk ricotta cheese
- 3 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1 scant teaspoon cornstarch
- 1⁄4 cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 tablespoon heavy cream
- 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- pinch of salt
- Preheat oven to 350º. Line an 8 x 8 pan with nonstick foil (or regular foil sprayed with non-stick cooking spray). Set aside. Place butter and chocolate in microwave safe bowl and microwave gently until butter and chocolate are melted (30 seconds x 3, stirring in between sessions). Let cool to room temperature.
- Stir sugar into chocolate till combined. Whisk in eggs one at a time, then vanilla. Fold in flour and salt. Pour about ⅔ of the batter into prepared pan and smooth with an offset spatula.
- Make cheesecake mixture by mixing ricotta, cream cheese and sugar till smooth. Mix in egg, then the rest of the ingredients.
- With a medium (2 tablespoon capacity) cookie disher or a tablespoon, dot the surface of the brownie batter with cheesecake mixture, allowing space between dollops (my pattern was 3 across by 3 down for a total of 9 dollops).
- With the rest of the brownie batter, using a medium cookie disher, drop dollops of brownie batter between dollops of cheesecake batter. Tap the pan a couple times on the counter to allow the batters to settle. Using a table knife, swirl the batters by inserting the knife into the top layer of the batter and drawing it through in a subtle "S" pattern.
- Bake until cake tester comes out of center with just a few moist crumbs, 50-55 minutes. Cool completely on rack. Run knife around perimeter of pan and lift brownies out of pan using parchment. Cut into 2 inch squares.
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Food and Wine Conference
It was serendipitous that I joined the Sunday Supper team early on. A mutual friend introduced me to Triberr, an often confusing way to share blog posts across social media sites. My blogging buddy revealed that her friend, Isabel, was a pro and could hook me up with a tribe. Soon after, Isabel invited me to join the Sunday Supper group which focused on bringing the family back to the dinner table. With a busy family, I knew the importance of gathering together over a meal to share stories and make memories. Her passion was my passion.
The group grew and flourished and Isabel continued her mission. Never scared of a challenge, she created a conference where bloggers could gather, share a meal and learn from each other. The Food and Wine Conference was born. Folks from across the land will meet for the 3rd annual #FWCon from July 17-19 in Orlando at the elegant Rosen Shingle Creek resort. I attended last year and can attest that it’s loads of fun but educational as well. I hope you will consider joining me and lots of terrific bloggers at one of my favorite food blogger conferences! Details can be found on the Food and Wine Conference website. Use this discount code(FWC15bergE) for a $50 discount on your ticket! I hope to see you there.
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