Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Polka Dots!! Cheesecake Brownies

I adore "poka-bots".  (Chefwannabe reader Ruthann told me about poka bots and I LOVED it)  I mean I ridiculously adore polka dots.  I also adore, You Tube cooking shows.  It is this nightly ritual that I rarely allow to be interrupted.  After dinner, I get out my computer, lay on my bed and slip into cooking video heaven.  There is always great food, great people, and even catchy little intro's.  One channel I am subscribed to and follow, OK, so maybe I stalk this channel...don't judge, is yoyomax12.  Tammy is a delightful wife and mom from Canada who my husband refers to as the "cupcake queen".  She makes many great recipes, but this woman can make nearly any kind of decorated cupcake I have ever seen or imagined could be made.  This week, I laid down to make my journey into my alternate reality (you tube) and here is a video I could only dream existed.  Cheesecake/Brownies AND polka dots?   Get outta' here...   She did adorable multicolored polka dots but you know I just went for the Chefwannabe, orange ones!

These are so good, I even paid the carpet cleaner in brownies!  Seriously, it seemed to work well! HA!

Without further adieu let's get to the recipe.  These are so easy, and to be honest, they get even better the more chilled they are!  I loved them a couple hours after I made them but after they were in the fridge overnight, they were  *in my best opera voice* AMMAAZZZzZIINNNGG! 

You will need:
 Any brownie mix, prepared and baked
in a 9x13 pan

Cheesecake Mixture:
4 8oz. bricks of cream cheese, softened
4 eggs
1 cup white sugar
1/4 flour
1 tsp vanilla (or more, teehee)
Food coloring (optional)
pastry bag or Ziploc bag.

Prepare your brownies as directed.  Bake them completely and let them sit while you prepare the cheesecake filling.

In a bowl mix cream cheese, eggs, sugar, flour and vanilla.  Mix with a hand mixer until it is completely smooth and creamy.  Easy, right? 

Now, remove 1/2-3/4 cup of the batter and put it into a separate bowl.  Add food color and mix completely.  You can do more than one color.  If you choose to use 2 or more colors, use 1/4-1/3 cup for each color.  Put each color in either a pastry bag, or a Ziploc bag that you cut the tip off of. 

Spread cheesecake batter over the brownies. 

Take your colored batter and make "poka bots" all over the top!  It is fun just TELLING you about it! 

Bake at 325 degree's for 30-40 minutes.  Don't bake it until it is browned, just until the middle isn't wiggly and jiggly anymore!   The "dots" will not spread, they will stay in tact and not run together, it is so cool! 

Let cool completely before you cut them.  It makes a huge difference in my opinion.  If you have time, cover and refrigerate. 

I think these would be awesome for parties.  You can coordinate the colors with party decorations, etc. 

Please stop over and visit Tammy.  She is funny, talented and so fun to watch!  Thank you Tammy for letting me enjoy this recipe too!

Your "You Tube Addict" Chefwannabe


  1. Dear Chris,
    Seeing this made my day! Love the orange dots!!!

  2. Those look awesome! I can't wait to try it. I wanted to let you know I nominated you for the Liebster Award! Here's the link to my post:

  3. My 4y/o requested this for his birthday cake, with purple poka bots :) so I will be making it this weekend. (I love the orange though, it's my favorite color too) Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  4. Yea!!! A little boy with great taste!! Feel free to post a photo on the FB fan page if you are a follower there! Would love to see them! Thank you for reading!

  5. Just about to put this in the oven. Gotta love Tammy. I had my two nieces to help me and they had a blast. At least I know I'm not the only one who used more vanilla lol

  6. Never enough vanilla!!! Tammy is great for sure, always such great recipes!! Hope you love them! Thanks for reading!

  7. Unless it's a lime color, I think I'd stay away from doing green dots.

  8. I think im going to try this for my kids and gusband. I may even indulge in some myself ;-)

    1. Can you save me one?! HA What color polka dots are you going to do?? I have made them with light blue for a baby shower before. I love how you can coordinate them like that! Enjoy and thanks for reading!