Tuesday is Cream Cheese Brownie Day. A completely made up arbitrary holiday, to be sure. But one worth celebrating nonetheless. When I noticed it mentioned online it reminded me of a recent kitchen exchange between The Captain and myself.
The Captain: Whatcha makin' there? (After seeing me get out the cream cheese, eggs, and sugar)
Me: Cheesecake Swirl Brownies.
The Captain: What did you say?
Me: Cheesecake. Swirl. Brownies.
The Captain: (Busts out laughing) I thought you said 'squirrel brownies'!
Me: Oh, that's what we're going to call 'em from now on! (with one eyebrow raised and a slow head nod)
Even though there's not really a recipe, they're super easy to make. Just use whatever your favorite boxed brownie mix is (the 13x9 family size). Mix according to package directions and pour into lightly sprayed baking dish.
In separate small bowl mix together one 8oz. package of softened cream cheese, 1 egg, and 1/2 cup of sugar. Add 1/4 tsp. vanilla if you're feeling fancy. Mix together with a wire whisk. Really put your arm into it. It might take a minute, but I feel that it's enough of an arm workout to justify eating the brownies.
Pour cheesecake mix on top of brownie mix. Using a skewer or sharp knife gently swirl the two ingredients together, without actually mixing them into one another.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes or until the center is slightly set. Let cool before cutting.