Brownie recipes are like clothes. The Cream Cheese Brownie Recipe is more of a dressy, special occasion outfit, while the Fudge Brownie Recipe is your most comfortable pair of jeans and a T-shirt. (But you can opt for designer "jeans" as pictured.)
But either way, it should be easy, right? OK. We'll start with fudge brownies, nuts optional.
3/4 cup butter (1 1/2 sticks)
3 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
3 eggs, beaten
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts, optional
Melt the butter and chocolate together in a small saucepan. Cool.
When cool, stir in the eggs. Add the sugar, flour and salt and mix well. Fold in the nuts.
Transfer the brownie batter to a greased 9" x 13" pan and bake at 325° until the center springs back when touched lightly, 25 to 35 minutes.
Makes 18 to 24 brownies, depending on the cut.
Dressed Up Fudge Brownies
After cutting the brownies into 24 pieces, place a whole pecan or walnut-half atop each piece and drizzle with icing.
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon milk, or more
Cream the powdered sugar and butter. Add the vanilla and milk and stir until the sugar is dissolved. If necessary, add more milk a few drops at a time until the mixture is drizzle-able. Drizzle from a small squeeze bottle.
These are often called Cheesecake Brownies or Marbled Brownies.
Basic fudge brownie batter, above
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
Pour the fudge brownie batter into the prepared baking pan and spread evenly.
Cream together the cream cheese, sugar and egg. Drop by spoonfuls onto the batter.
Create a marbled effect by cutting through the batter several times with the broad side of a table knife. Bake as above.