A friend of mine threw a cheesecake birthday party for another friend. She created mini-cheesecakes of all sorts of varieties. This one was my favorite, in its original 9-in. size. It combines brownies and cheesecake-- how could it be bad?
1 pkg (8 oz) brownie mix
2 pkg (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
1/2 c sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 c milk chocolate chips, melted
Whipped cream and mini chocolate kisses, optional
Prepare brownie mix according to pkg directions for chewy fudge brownies. Spread into a greased 9 in. springform pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes (brownies will not test done). Cool for 10 min on a wire rack. Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla; mix well. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Pour over the brownie crust. Top with melted chocolate; cut through batter with a knife to swirl the chocolate. Bake at 350 for 35-40 min or until center is almost set. Run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool completely. Remove sides of pan; refrigerate for at least 3 hours. Garnish with whipped cream and chocolate kisses, if desired. Yield: 8-10 servings