Brownie Cheesecake Dessert with Fruit Topping

Featured in Star-Bulletin on February 15, 2006.

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Ingredients:

1 package (24 ounces) supreme brownie mix (box includes a packet of chocolate syrup)
3 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
2 packages (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened (consider using reduced-fat cream cheese)
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 can (21 oz) cherry pie filling OR
2 cups sliced fresh fruits such as strawberries or raspberries, mixed with 2 tablespoons sugar

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F. Combine 1 1/2 cups of the dry brownie mix with the butter. Press into a 9 x 9x 2-inch pan. In large bowl of electric mixer, beat cream cheese at medium speed until smooth and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Stir in remaining brownie mix, chocolate syrup and cream. Beat until smooth, about 5 minutes. Pour over crust. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until set. Cool. Spread pie filling or fresh fruit on top. Chill several hours before serving. Makes 9 servings.

Approximate nutrient analysis per serving:
Calories 640, Total Fat 33 g, Saturated fat 18 g, Cholesterol 90 mg,Sodium 370 mg, Carbohydrate 82 g, Fiber 2 g, Sugar 59 g, Protein 6 g

Using low fat cream cheese
Approximate nutrient analysis per serving:
Calories 610, Total Fat 29 g, Saturated fat 16 g, Cholesterol 80 mg, Sodium 370 mg, Carbohydrate 83 g, Fiber 2 g, Sugar 61 g, Protein 7 g

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