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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Brownie Bottom Nutella Cheesecake Squares

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Dessert overload on The Sweets Life. Get used to it, I'm posting sweet treats through the 24th...I'll return after Christmas with a line-up of healthier dishes! Today's sweet of choice are these brownie bottom Nutella cheesecake squares that I've been dying to make ever since I saw them on Taylor's site. Thanks to my father in law and his love for Costco, I have masses of Nutella to use. I've come a long way from just dipping it in pretzels, like I did in college. Now I've stuffed it in cookies, mixed it with peanut butter brownies, and included it in these delectable cheesecake squares.

I only nabbed a small square of these; the rest were sent with Ryan to work for his Holiday food day. Still, I had enough to know that these were irresistibly rich. I found myself craving a glass of milk with one and I don't even like milk! A little square of these will go a long way, meaning you can cut them small and serve a crowd. The Nutella was prominent in both the brownie and cheesecake layers, just the way it should be!

PS. These disappeared from the food table before Ryan even got to try one! People go crazy for chocolate & Nutella!

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Brownie Bottom Nutella Cheesecake Squares
as seen on Greens and Chocolate

for the brownies-
-10 tbsp unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
-1/4 cup Nutella
-2 large eggs
-1 cup sugar
-1 cup all-purpose flour
-1/4 cup cocoa powder

for the cheesecake-
-8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature (I used 1/3 less fat)
-3 tbsp sugar
-2 large eggs
-1/3 cup Nutella

1. Preheat oven to 325F. Line a 9 x 9 inch pan with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together butter, Nutella, sugar, and eggs. Stir in flour and cocoa powder, mixing until well combined. Pour batter into prepared pan.
3. Using an electric mixer, mix all cheesecake ingredients until smooth. Pour over brownie layer.
4. Bake for 40-45 minutes, until cheesecake is set. Cool completely before cutting into squares. Store in the refrigerator before serving.