Sunday, January 22, 2012

Day 22: National Blond Brownie Day

Happy Blond Brownie Day to you!  Blond brownies, also known as blondies, are a brown sugar based dessert bar resembling the traditional chocolate brownie. They may contain chocolate or white chips, and may seem to have a butterscotch taste.
The Neiman Marcus Brownies that I made today actually don't have brown sugar in them, but they are light in color with a cheesecake like topping.  I have had this recipe in my collection for probably 10 years, but haven't made them in a long time.  These are really sweet, so a little bite goes a long way.

Neiman Marcus Brownies
Yield:  32 squares (184 calories each)

1 box butter pecan cake mix
2 sticks butter, softened (divided)
3 eggs (divided)
4 cups powdered sugar
1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened (I used light)

1.  Preheat oven to 300 deg. F.  Spray 9 x 13 inch pan with cooking spray.
2.  In a bowl, combine cake mix, 1 stick of melted butter, and 1 egg.  Press into bottom of prepared pan.
3.  In another bowl, mix cream cheese, 1 stick of butter and 2 eggs until smooth.  Add powdered sugar and mix until fully incorporated and smooth.
4.  Pour over cake mixture.  Bake for 1 hour.  Cool completely before cutting.

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