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Truffle Brownie Pumpkin Cheesecake Bites

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Monday, November 22, 2010

Truffle Brownie Pumpkin Cheesecake Bites

Thanksgiving is around the corner, and I can honestly say, I am still a little obsessed with pumpkin.  I cannot wait for pumpkin pie, I am making my pumpkin soup as I write this, and I am thinking about attempting some sort of pumpkin macaroon (have lots of egg whites on hand).

My Thanksgiving menu is already set and organized and I am not planning on adding to it.  However, my kids are off from school this week and later today, we are meeting friends for a hike.  Our plan is to go out for lunch after the hike, yet I knew everyone is going to end up back at our house to play for a bit.  I wanted to have some snacks on hand.  I whipped up these truffle brownie pumpkin cheesecake bites as I had some left over pumpkin puree in the fridge.  Rather than making them in a 9x9" pan, I opted to make individuals in my silicone baking muffin pans.  These are going to be the perfect compliment to a big bowl of pomegranate seeds and a white bean dip with roasted pita chips.  Maybe, we will skip lunch all together and simply come home for the snacks!

Truffle Brownie + Pumpkin Cheesecake Bites
yield: 28 mini bites

4 oz. unsweetened chocolate
1 stick of butter, cubed
2 Tbls. unsweetened cocoa
1 Tbls. espresso powder
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt
3 eggs
1 cup flour
8 oz. cream cheese
1 egg
1/3 cup sugar
2 Tbls. flour
3/4 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

• preheat oven to 350*
for the brownie layer:
• melt chocolate, butter, cocoa, and espresso powder in a bowl over simmering water.
• remove bowl from the heat and add the sugar, vanilla, and salt.  add the egg and mix until smooth.
• fold in the flour.
• using a small ice cream scoop, scoop batter into individual muffin tins. set aside while you make the cheesecake
for the cheesecake layer:
• in the bowl of a standing mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth.
• add the sugar and combine
• add the egg and the vanilla and mix to combine
• mix in the remaining ingredients until fully incorporated.
• using the same ice cream scooper(cleaned, of course), scoop over brownie mixture and fill muffin cups almost to the top.
• using a toothpick or small skewer swirl the cheesecake mixture slightly to form a pattern with the brownie mixture.
• bake 20-25 minutes, rotating pans back to front mid through.  brownie bites are done when the top of the cheesecake feels slightly firm to the touch.
• let cool on a wire rack.  once cool, stick in the fridge for about 45 minutes.  once totally firm, pop the brownie bites out of the muffin cups and enjoy!!

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Blogger Maria said...

My kind of dessert! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. It was great to see you on Saturday.

November 22, 2010 at 7:18 AM  
Anonymous Amanda said...

I love this!! And love that you just made them for your kids... you are rockin mom!!!

November 22, 2010 at 7:19 AM  
Anonymous Gaby said...

How do you stay so freaking skinny. These are amazing and I want at least 100 of them in my tummy right this second!

November 22, 2010 at 7:33 AM  
Anonymous Kristen said...

I am with you on the pumpkin - I can't get enough of it!

November 22, 2010 at 12:05 PM  
Anonymous marla {family fresh cooking} said...

Gosh, I would love to have about 15 of these after a Thanksgiving hike! Happy Thanksgiving to you and the fam :) Add this to my link-up at my Thanksgiving Round up post - - if you wish. your Apple Slab pie is there waiting :)

November 22, 2010 at 1:36 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

These are so perfect! I would eat a lot of them!

November 22, 2010 at 1:55 PM  
Blogger jocelyn said...

i love how nothing is ever simple in your house. happy thanksgiving.

November 22, 2010 at 2:25 PM  
Blogger Debbie B. said...

These are adorable and so yummy looking!! I really want to make them and Happy Early Thanksgiving! :)

November 22, 2010 at 3:15 PM  
Blogger The Urban Baker said...

It was great seeing you as well, Maria. The company gets a thumbs up...the food gets a thumbs down!

November 22, 2010 at 9:21 PM  
Blogger The Urban Baker said...

Gaby, I love you even more for calling me "skinny" I wouldn't use that adjective to describe myself, but heck, I will take the compliment!

November 22, 2010 at 9:22 PM  
Blogger Carolyn said...

These are adorable, I love them! I am still on the pumpkin train myself, as I am making pumpkin cheesecake for Tgiving dessert. I won't be able to post the recipe until AFTER the feast day, but maybe people will find the recipe helpful for next year!

November 23, 2010 at 4:03 AM  
Blogger The Urban Baker said...

Carolyn, I love pumpkin cheesecake. I can't wait to see what you do with the crust. I will be on the look out!

November 23, 2010 at 5:58 AM  
Blogger Michele | Cooking At Home said...

Oh my. I would love these. These will definitely be put on my "must try" list.

November 23, 2010 at 4:38 PM  

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