Goat Cheese Brownies

First of all, my sincerest apologies for disappearing for over a month! My beloved cat, Clyde, suddenly passed away a month ago, and then I had 3 vacations and a business trip that were nearly back-to-back with one another. I feel like my life is just now resuming some resemblance of normalcy! One of my trips was to Denver to see my older sister, so I took advantage of my free time to make her a batch of my goat cheese brownies.

A lot of people grimace or make an odd face when I mention this dessert as they wouldn’t normally pair the two flavors together, but I personally think it’s an awesome combination. These brownies taste almost identical to cream cheese brownies, but the goat cheese provides a nice tangy flavor and makes them seem a bit more sophisticated – at least that’s what I tell myself. :) If you’re not a huge goat cheese fan, feel free to substitute equal parts of cream cheese for the goat cheese and they’ll be almost as amazing as these.

Goat Cheese Brownies

These brownies are super easy to make, too, so don’t be intimidated by them at all. The two mixtures are whipped up, swirled together and then baked. The result is a very rich, very dense brownie and a little bit goes a long way!

Goat Cheese Brownies

Goat Cheese Brownies
Yield: 2 dozen

5 oz. bittersweet chocolate
2 oz. unsweetened chocolate
6 oz. butter (1 1/2 sticks)
1 1/4 cups sugar
3 large eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 cup flour
1/4 tsp. salt

Goat Cheese:
20 oz. goat cheese
3/4 cup sugar
2 large eggs
2 tsp. vanilla

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (176 degrees C). Line a 13×9 metal baking pan with parchment paper and coat lightly with cooking spray.

2. Melt chocolates and butter in a double-boiler until completely melted. Alternately, heat them in the microwave at 50% power for 30-second increments until melted. Be careful not to scorch the chocolate! Set mixture aside to cool.

3. Combine the sugar, eggs and vanilla in a medium bowl and stir with a wooden spoon until combined. Stir in melted chocolate mixture. Combine the flour and salt and fold into the chocolate mixture; set aside.

4. In a separate bowl using an electric mixer, combine the goat cheese, sugar, eggs and vanilla until smooth. Pour half the chocolate mixture into prepared pan. Drop half the cheese mixture by spoonfuls on top. Pour remaining chocolate batter on top and drop remaining cheese mixture by spoonfuls on top. Using a knife or skewer, zig zag from top to bottom and left to right to swirl the mixture.

5. Bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until the brownies have puffed along the edges and the cheese mixture is very lightly browned. Do not overbake! Cool completely and cut into squares. If desired, sprinkle lightly with high quality sea salt and enjoy!