I had such high hopes for these brownies, since they were so highly rated, but was far from crazy about them. To start with, it was hard to get the cheesecake mix to spread evenly over the brownie batter, even after I parbaked just the brownie mix for about 6 minutes, as another reviewer suggested. The result was the middle bars were mostly cheesecake and not much brownie. Secondly, the 45 minute cook time listed was far too long and the edges and bottoms were ridiculously dry. Third, possibly due to the brownie dryness, the cheesecake and frosting separated from the bottom when I went to cut and serve them. Argh! Finally, I was less than impressed with the cheesecake layer's flavor. It had the texture of cheesecake, but tasted overwhelmingly like the sweetened condensed milk and not like cheesecake. (This was even after refrigeration, as another reviewer suggested.) I would have given them two stars, but my husband thought they were pretty good, so I decided to give them three.
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I had such high hopes for these brownies, since they were so highly rated, but was far from...