Gluten Free Cream Cheese Brownies

Welcome to my first ever gluten free recipe post! If this recipe looks familiar, it’s because this is one of the first recipes I ever posted. Brownies are a great beginner recipe when it comes to gluten free baking. These were the first things I made after deciding to go gluten free. The small amount of flour, combined with the strong chocolate flavor helps to mask any undesirable flavors or textures from gluten free baking mixes. I used Bob’s Red Mill All Purpose Gluten Free Baking Mix in these brownies. The mix is not something I would use in most situations because I feel that it has a rather bean-y flavor. Once I have a chance to pick up some different gluten free flours I will be making my own flour mixes, but Bob’s worked well in these brownies. For anyone interested in regular brownies, feel free to replace the gluten free flour with regular flour. To ensure that these remain gluten free, make sure to source gluten free ingredients, check your labels!

 

Adapted from Brown Eyed Baker

For the Brownies:
2/3 cup all-purpose gluten free flour (or regular flour is you do not want them gluten free)
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking powder
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
8 tablespoons (½ cup) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 eggs

For the Cream Cheese Filling:
8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
¼ cup granulated sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg yolk

 

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Butter an 8-inch square baking pan. Place two strips of foil in the pan, creating a few inches of overhang on either side. Butter the foil; set aside.

Whisk the flour, salt and baking powder together in a small bowl; set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine the chocolate and butter. Melt in a double boiler or microwave in 30-second increments at 50% power, stirring after each, until completely melted and smooth. Whisk in the sugar and vanilla extract; allow the mixture to cool slightly. Whisk in the eggs, one at a time, fully incorporating each before adding the next. Continue whisking until the mixture is completely smooth. Add the dry ingredients and whisk until just incorporated.

Make the cream cheese filling by beating the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and egg yolk together in a small bowl until evenly blended.

Pour half the brownie batter into the prepared pan, spreading it in an even layer. Drop half the cream cheese mixture, by spoonfuls, over the batter. Repeat, layering the remaining brownie batter and cream cheese filling. Use a butter knife to gently swirl the brownie batter and cream cheese filling, creating a marbled effect.

Bake until the edges of the brownies have puffed slightly, the center feels not quite firm when touched lightly, and a toothpick or cake tester inserted into the center comes out with several moist, fudgy crumbs adhering to it, 50 to 60 minutes.

Cool the brownies in a pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Remove the brownies from the pan using the foil handles. Place the brownies on a wire rack; allow them to cool to room temperature. Refrigerate until chilled, at least 3 hours. Cut into squares and serve. The brownies can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

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2 thoughts on “Gluten Free Cream Cheese Brownies

  1. Bean-y! That is it! I made GF Sugar Cookies and I used the Bob’s Red Mill AP Flour and it had such a weird after taste I couldn’t eat it…neither would my kids. My husband thought they were ok. He asked me what I was tasting and I just couldn’t put my finger (or taste bud) on it. But it is bean-y!

    • Emily says:

      It’s really grainy too. I really like the challenge of trying to figure out when flour combinations to use to get the flavor and texture I want, and am not a big fan of the premixed AP flours.

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