Espresso Swirl Brownies


8 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon instant coffee or espresso powder
1 tablespoon water
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
9-inch square pan, lined across the bottom and up 2 opposite sides with
parchment paper or foil


Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Position a rack in the lower third of the oven. Melt the butter with the chocolate in the top of a double boiler or in a medium heatproof bowl set in a pan of barely simmering water. Stir frequently until mixture is melted and smooth. Remove the top of the double boiler (or the bowl) from the heat. Stir in the sugar, vanilla, and salt. Add the eggs, one at a time, stirring until each is incorporated before adding the next. Stir in the flour and beat with a wooden spoon until the batter is smooth and glossy and comes away from the sides of the pan, about 1 minute. Spread all but 1/2 cup of the batter in the prepared pan. Set aside.

Combine the coffee powder with the water. Set aside. Mix the cream cheese with the sugar and vanilla until smooth. Stir in the egg and the coffee mixture until well blended. Spread the cream cheese mixture over the batter in the pan. Spoon dollops of reserved brownie batter on top. Without scraping the bottom of the pan, draw a table knife through the dollops to swirl and marble the chocolate and espresso batter without thoroughly mixing them. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the brownies just begin to pull away from the sides of the pan. Cool on a rack. Refrigerate and chill thoroughly before cutting, about 2 hours.

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