Wow - this might be the best brownie recipe I have ever tried; served at a party, and everyone ate them right up, including an otherwise vegan, so that was really telling :) A few notes:
1) Other reviewers who suggested lining the pan with greased foil had a *great tip*: when it comes time to cut the brownies, it is so easy, with nothing broken or stuck in the pan.
2) Substitutions/changes: a) Used a dark chocolate brownie mix, and added 1/2 Tbsp Grand Marnier (orange liqueur) to batter; echoed in the cream cheese layer by adding 1 tsp there; b) Doubled the cheesecake layer - in a 9x13 pan, this allows the brownie and cheesecake layers to be about equal; c) for cheescake, used light neufchatel cheese and fat-free sweetended condensed milk - believe me, the end product is still rich and tasty, you won't notice that it's lighter; d) skipped the frosting; these are so tasty and satisfying that it didn't seem necessary.
3)In my oven, 45 minutes would have been too long - baked for 37, until lightly golden, and look for center of cheesecake to still be slightly jiggly; after cooling, allow to get cold in fridge before cutting - makes it so much easier, with no mess. Thanks for a great recipe!
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Wow - this might be the best brownie recipe I have ever tried; served at a party, and everyone...