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Star Command To Base! We Have A SERIOUS Emergency Here!

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Have you ever been sitting in your house, just sitting, minding your own business, when you’re hit with a craving so intense and overwhelming that you feel you must satisfy that craving NOW or you will DIE?  You would crawl through fire for it.  It doesn’t happen to me very often, but it happened last night.  I was getting ready to fold the laundry (which I’d put off for days), and I thought, “It would be nice to watch a movie while I fold these.”  Innocent enough, right?  Well, then the thought of brownies flitted into my mind, and it wouldn’t go away.  And I didn’t want just regular, plain, ole brownies.  I wanted Cheesecake Brownies!

 

Mmmm...

Mmmm…

 

Funny thing is, I’m not really a big dessert person.  When I have a choice between real food and junk food, I almost always choose the real food, because I like it better.  Blasphemy, I know, but it’s true.  Usually.  Not last night.  I NEEDED a brownie.  Blame hormones, stress, the prospect of mindless housework, whatever.  Luckily, I had a Costco-size box of my favorite brownie mix tucked into my baking cupboard for just such emergencies.  Even better, I had cream cheese and extra Ghirardelli 60% cacao chocolate chips, so I could make the now required CHEESECAKE BROWNIES!

 

What’s the problem, you ask?  I had the horrifying realization that I used all my eggs making fried rice for my family last night.  Every single one!  Fried rice I didn’t even eat!  Earlier in the day, I almost went to the store and bought some more eggs, but I just didn’t feel like it.  I knew that if I ran in for “just two things,” I wasn’t coming out with “just two things.” So I didn’t go.  I didn’t think it would be a big deal.  But it was.  I was in the middle of a brownie crisis with no eggs in my house, and it was too late to bug my neighbors for them.

 

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I needed these! There was no question about it!

 

Brownies just aren’t the same without eggs, and I wasn’t going to mess with an egg substitute. Yes, I have applesauce, and chia seed, and probably a few other things that can replace eggs, but when I want a brownie, I want a BROWNIE: full of eggs, fat, and all the yummy stuff that will probably kill me.  I used to have powdered eggs in my pantry for just such an emergency, and I have two cans on order with Thrive (Thanks Jenny!), but they aren’t here yet.  Then… almost as if a light bulb flicked on over my head, I remembered that I had one more can of powdered eggs in my food storage “closet under the stairs.”  HALLELUJAH!  I was SAVED!  Saved from an overwhelming brownie craving which would follow me for days if I didn’t get it under control now.  THIS IS WHY I HAVE FOOD STORAGE: FOR BROWNIE EMERGENCIES.

 

I crawled into my “closet under the stairs” (no, I still haven’t straightened it), dug my way back to the back of my closet, found my box labeled “whole egg powder” and pulled out my last precious can of powdered eggs.  Weird, you say?  Not when used in baking.  You cannot tell one lick of difference between the powdered and the real stuff in baking, and they’re shelf stable saving precious refrigerator space!  It’s great for those who don’t eat a lot of eggs and hate having them go bad in their fridge.  They are fantastic.  A “must have” in my kitchen.

 

So…  Brownies.  Cheesecake Brownies.  Here’s how I made ’em with my powdered eggs and all.

 

 

Best Brownies Eva!

Best Brownies Eva!

 

 

Cheesecake Brownies with Powdered Eggs

Adapted from the Betty Crocker Website.  Recipe here.

 

Favorite Brownie Mix (prepared as directed)

8 ounces of cream cheese, softened

2 eggs (or in my case, powdered egg and water to equal 2 eggs)

6 tablespoons sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup chocolate chips (add more or less, if you prefer)

 

Prepare your favorite brownie mix according to the directions, and pour batter in a greased pan.  Mix the softened cream cheese with the eggs, sugar, and vanilla.  Pour cream cheese mixture on top of the prepared brownie mix.  Swirl together slightly with a knife.  Top with chocolate chips.  Bake at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for 45-55minutes or until done.  Let cool for several hours, then cut into 16 pieces and serve.  Each brownie contains 338 calories.

 

Sounds good, huh?  That most difficult part is waiting for them to cool with the house smelling all chocolately, cheesecakey good.  But they are totally worth the wait.  Watch how I made these delicious, most favorite of all treats, treats.

 

Here are the ingredients I used.

Here are the ingredients I used.

 

I started my brownie mix by mixing the powdered eggs with the oil and water.

I started my brownie mix by mixing the powdered eggs with the oil and water.

 

Then I added the brownie mix and mixed it with a whisk until just combined.

Then I added the brownie mix and mixed it with a whisk until just combined.

 

To make the cheesecake mixture, I put everything in my mixing bowl: powdered eggs (plus water to reconstitute), cream cheese (which I didn't soften), sugar, and vanilla.

To make the cheesecake mixture, I put everything in my mixing bowl: powdered eggs (plus water to reconstitute), cream cheese (which I didn’t soften), sugar, and vanilla.

 

I probably should have softened the cream cheese, but I was in a hurry. :)

I probably should have softened the cream cheese, but I was in a hurry. 🙂

 

Since I didn't soften the cream cheese, the whisk wasn't cutting it, so I used my hand mixer.

Since I didn’t soften the cream cheese, the whisk wasn’t cutting it, so I used my hand mixer.

 

I mixed it until combined, but can you see the little lumps of cream cheese in there?  That's because I didn't soften it, but you won't notice one lick of difference once these are done.

I mixed it until combined, but can you see the little lumps of cream cheese in there? That’s because I didn’t soften it, but you won’t notice one lick of difference once these are done.

 

I poured the brownie mix into a greased Pyrex pan (my baking pan of choice).

I poured the brownie mix into a greased Pyrex pan (my baking pan of choice).

 

I poured the cream cheese mixture on top.

I poured the cream cheese mixture on top…

 

Swirled a knife through...

Swirled a knife through…

 

And they looked like this.  Make sure not to "over swirl."  (Is that a word?)

And they looked like this. Make sure not to “over swirl.” (Is that a word?)

 

As if there wasn't enough chocolatey goodness, I topped the entire mixture with Ghirardelli 60% cacao chocolate chips.

As if there wasn’t enough chocolatey goodness, I topped the entire mixture with Ghirardelli 60% cacao chocolate chips.  Then I popped them into my convection oven at 290 degrees Fahrenheit.  Yes, that’s different than the temperature I quoted you, but my oven runs hot.

 

See?  They're done!  When they "poof" up all the way across the top, I know they've cooked through.

See? They’re done! When they “poof” up all the way across the top, I know they’ve cooked through.

 

And they're done!  Next comes the hard part... waiting for them to cool.

And they’re done! Next comes the hard part… waiting for them to cool.

 

But I waited!  Aren't you proud of me?  I may have had an overwhelming craving, but I still have some semblance of self control.

But I waited! Aren’t you proud of me? I may have had an overwhelming craving, but I still have some semblance of self control.

 

All that waiting paid off!  They were so DELECTABLE!

All that waiting paid off! They were so DELECTABLE!

 

What do you do when you have a crazy craving like I did last night? 

Do you have the ingredients on hand to satisfy it?

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Author: Laurie Nguyen

I am a happily married, stay at home mom with four sons, ages 24, 22, 18, and 14. I'm not a professional blogger, and I'm certainly not a foodie or a chef. But I like food, so I think I'm qualified to write about my own life experience with food. Want to be a little more prepared for the unexpected? Check out my Food Storage Blog, http://forayintofoodstorage.com. Have a question about Food Storage? Email me: forayintofoodstorage@gmail.com.

58 thoughts on “Star Command To Base! We Have A SERIOUS Emergency Here!

  1. Cheesecake brownie.. wow now I’ve definitely seen it all! 🙂 yummers!

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  2. Ahhhh…that’s why you have food storage…it’s all clear now. 😉

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  3. I once tried to make brownies, sigh. Yours looks better than regular brownies.. and better than awesome!

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  4. Why?!??!?!?!!?!?!!? =throws herself into a puddle of chocolate= that looks soo delicious!!!

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  5. wow! i have to make these!!

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  6. I will be making this asap! Thanks!

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  7. Wow! That just make me want some too! Looks so yummy!

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  8. On Friday, I realized that I don’t have a “go to” brownie recipe. It became increasingly apparent that I needed one pretty soon! The more I thought about it, the more pressing it became. I even went to the store and bought the Ghirardelli 60% because I knew that when I found my “go to” recipe, it would call for 60% Ghirardelli chips. You are the answer to my prayers. Thank you!

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  9. Now I am having a brownie craving!!

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  10. Oh yes I have had that type of emergency craving. Good that you had those trusty powdered eggs. Your brownies look so good, now I crave one.

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  11. Food Storage to the Rescue. Again! Those brownies look sooooo yuummmy. I must say, I’m impressed with your control. A craving like that and I would have just gone straight for the chocolate chips – handfuls at a time.

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  12. If I could make a suggestion- I try to make as many things from scratch as I can cause good lord only knows what’s in the mixes. When I was a wee girl of 20, a friend shared Katherine Hepburn’s Brownie recipe with me. It’s so danged easy I was able to make it successfully when (I was rather an enfant terrible in my youth) extraordinarily drunk after coming home from the bar with friends who couldn’t drive themselves, without a recipe.
    Melt a stick of butter with two squares of unsweetened chocolate.
    Stir in a cup of sugar, 2 beaten eggs and half a tsp of vanilla extract and beat well.
    Note: you can go crazy here and add orange zest or mint extract or whatever the heck you feel like. I was fond of orange zest, myself.
    Then you add anywhere from a half cup to a cup of flour- more flour=a cakier brownie, less=a fudgier brownie. You play with it til you get the proportions right for you, mixed with a quarter teaspoon of salt and that’s it. Stir in chopped walnuts if you really feel like going nuts. Bake in a greased pan at 325 for 40 minutes and voila.
    I’m not a dessert person either, normally, so this is one of the few recipes I could practically make in my sleep for when guests come over.

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  13. Now you’ve done it. Just as I’m thinking it’s time to make a real dinner you have me wanting brownies. I’m a chocoholic and you’ve dangled these in front of me. AND I DON’T HAVE EGGS OR A SUBSTITUTE. So it will have to be chicken pot pie, even though I want brownies. Or even better, molten brownies. Or just the chocolate. I have to get off this computer right now.

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  14. Your cheese cake brownies are a first for me and I am a brownie lover. I tell you I have to try this recipe…and I know I will be hooked. Love, love, love your blog! Have a wonderful day!

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  15. Wow- that looks super yummy!!

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  16. Oh no you didn’t! Now I must try that!

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  17. that looks so good! awesome post!

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  18. This isn’t going to help my diet. 😉 Well Done!

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  19. Glad that I’m not the only one who’s having chocolate emergency. Your brownie looks good. 🙂

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  20. Brownies are always my go-to treat when the gals are getting together to scrapbook…I usually end up adding something (such as half a bag of chocolate chips) to whatever Betty Crocker mix I have on hand, but I have never made cheesecake ones. I will now! – Fawn

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  21. I have a feeling I’ll be craving this tonight. Real bad. Must stock up some brownies! But those brownies you baked? My gosh looks devilish good!

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  22. Soon as I saw it, I wanted one. Then I saw the calories and no longer wanted it. It’s like a $50 price tag on an amazing top that makes you turn around and not want it as badly anymore.

    There are times where I give in to cravings. Now that I am BFing, I try to have better willpower because nursing takes a lot of energy! Kind bars are my current “craving” because of all the almonds. I cannot get enough. However, the protein helps a ton and almonds boost milk production, so I see it as a win. 🙂

    Those brownies will be PMS food once that decides to turn up again, not that I miss it or anything. :p

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    • Yes, the calories are a drawback. Of course, if I want a brownie, that is the one I want. If I have one, I feel satisfied and am less likely to eat something else to satisfy the craving (and end up eating more calories overall than if I just ate the brownie in the first place). 🙂

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  23. I do so love cheesecake brownies! Or peanut butter cheesecake brownies…don’t get me craving them now!

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  24. Laurie, if you’d like to make the brownie part from scratch, I have a great fudge-y brownie recipe: http://dawnoffood.com/2014/02/02/brownies/

    I LOVE cheesecake brownies!! Yours look awesome!

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    • Thanks for sharing your recipe. I’ll try it out. I have a couple of “from scratch” recipes, but the Ghirardelli mix is really quite good. Good enough that I usually forgo the homemade, from scratch brownies.

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  25. These look awesome, and I wish I could say that I only got sweet cravings every once in a while! Lucky me to have fresh eggs from my backyard flock. I will be trying these soon!

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  26. Powdered eggs…how very interesting. I shall have to add that to my list of “Post-Zombie Apocalypse Supplies.”

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  27. I love that you are sharing recipes. I think it is important for people to move from “prepper” phase to “sru-thrivor” phase. I don’t plan to just eat, come what may. I am going to eat well. Looks like you will, too! I am going to have to make these, soon. The urgency comes through in the photos…

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  28. That is one serious brownie, Laurie!

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  30. I think I died and went to heaven…

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  31. Ooh yes…now craving:)

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    One of my favorite posts!

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  34. YUM! It looks great. They look so moist with the cheesecake recipe!

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  35. WOW! Looks so amazing! Must try soon.

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  36. I completely understand brownie emergencies! I’m so glad you found the powdered eggs. I didn’t even know they existed. I will have to get some in case of a brownie emergency of my own!:)

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  37. That cheesecake brownie recipe sounds so yummy. Great post.

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  38. Reblogged this on New Author -Carole Parkes and commented:
    Really yummy cheescake brownies.

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  39. Even though we are mostly paleo (except for when I see recipes like this LOL), I will be going out and getting the ingredients to make these tonight! I can’t promise that I’ll be able to let them cool before eating them though…that’s just crazy talk! 😀

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  40. Oh my gosh, that looks incredible!!

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  41. I love how you persevered to get your brownie done! I can have bad cravings for chocolate. Which if I don’t have I can buy fairly easy but no cravings that mean a lot of work. Funny that…

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  43. Oh man. I have to try this!!!

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