Taste of the South

Decadent Desserts

Peanut Butter Swirl Cheesecake Brownies

MAKES ABOUT 9

Upgrade your favorite brownie mix with this foolproof recipe.

1 (19.5-ounce) box chocolate fudge brownie mix
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
3 tablespoons sugar
6 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
1 large egg
⅛ teaspoon salt

1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 9-inch square baking pan with aluminum foil, letting excess extend over sides of pan. Spray with cooking spray.

2. Prepare brownie mix according to package directions. Spread batter into prepared pan.

3. In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar with an electric mixer at medium speed until smooth. Add peanut butter, beating well. Add egg and salt, beating until blended. Drop peanut butter mixture by heaping teaspoonsful over brownie batter. Using the tip of a knife, swirl batters together.

4. Bake until center is almost set and edges of brownies begin to pull away from the sides of pan, about 40 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack. Using excess foil as handles, remove from pan. Cut into squares.

Chocolate-Coffee Chess Pie

MAKES 1 (10-INCH) PIE

With a sweet vanilla wafer crust and silky coffee-chocolate filling, this twist on chess pie is pure decadence.

CRUST

1 (11-ounce) box vanilla wafers, finely ground
⅔ cup unsalted butter, melted
⅓ cup sugar

FILLING

¾ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons plain cornmeal
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
 ½ cup unsalted butter, cubed
⅓ cup heavy whipping cream
4 teaspoons espresso powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 large eggs
Garnish: unsweetened cocoa powder

1. Preheat oven to 325°. Spray a 10-inch cast-iron skillet with baking spray with flour.

2. For crust: In a large bowl, toss together ground vanilla wafers, melted butter, and sugar until moistened. Press mixture into bottom and up sides of prepared skillet.

3. For filling: In a large bowl, combine brown sugar, flour, cornmeal, and salt. Set aside.

In a medium microwave-safe bowl, microwave chocolate chips, butter, and cream on medium in 30-second intervals, stirring between each, until melted and smooth, about 2 minutes total. Stir in

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