Creamy Cashew Brownies Recipe
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Creamy Cashew Brownies Recipe

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My sister-in-law dubbed me the "dessert queen" because of treats like this that I take to our family get-togethers. The brownies have a fudge-like texture and a rich cream cheese topping. Cashews and a hot fudge swirl make these pretty bars special.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min. + chilling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min. + chilling
MAKES: 24 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package fudge brownie mix (13-inch x 9-inch pan size)
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • TOPPING:
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup salted cashews, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup hot fudge ice cream topping, warmed

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the brownie mix, water, oil and egg. Stir in chips. Spread into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 25-27 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean (do not overbake). Cool on a wire rack.
  2. For topping, in a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, confectioners' sugar and vanilla until smooth. Spread over brownies. Sprinkle with cashews; drizzle with hot fudge topping. Refrigerate before cutting. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as Creamy Cashew Brownies in Taste of Home April/May 2005, p27

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Reviewed Mar. 12, 2012

These are really good but very, very rich.

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Reviewed Jul. 6, 2011

You can't go wrong with brownies topped with cream cheese frosting! My only disappointment in these is that if you didn't know the nuts were cashews, you wouldn't have been able to guess it...and I even stirred 1 c. cashews into the batter as well as sprinkling them on top. May just used walnuts next time and save the more expensive cashews for something where their flavor shines through more.

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