Are you beyond confused by the title of this recipe? No there is not actual goat meat in these brownies. What sort of freaky chef do you think I am. (Watch that becomes the latest food trend in 5 years…) Rather there is goat cheese in the brownies. Rich, chocolatey brownies that are topped with a goat cheese cheesecake infused with fresh raspberries to be exact. Makes more sense now? Great.
Perfect for upcoming Valentine’s Day (gag) or how we prefer to eat them, while binge watching Making A Murderer. The creamy cheesecake combined with the fudgey brownies makes this treat one you may not want to share.
As for the ingredients, you may be a bit confused by the Neufchatel cheese this recipe calls for. Ultimately, it’s the same as cream cheese. Except it isn’t. Said to be one of the oldest cheeses out there, Neufchatel does resemble that of cream cheese quite well & will yield the same results for this recipe. In fact if you have all the ingredients in your house already, including cream cheese, go ahead & swap out the Neufchatel & just use whatcha got. However, I prefer Neufchatel so I decided to use it in this recipe. Plus it’s typically a bit cheaper than cream cheese so why not! The main difference between the cheeses is the history behind them & that cream cheese, as it’s name depicts, used cream & milk while Neufchatel only uses milk.
- for brownies:
- 1 stick butter, melted
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- heaping ⅔ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- heaping ½ cup all purpose flour
- pinch of baking powder
- for topping:
- 4 oz goat cheese
- 2 oz Neufchatel cheese (can substitute with cream cheese)
- 1 tbsp unsalted butter
- 6 oz raspberries
- Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray baking pan with baking spray.
- In large mixing bowl, combine all brownie ingredients. Pour mixture into baking pan. Place brownies in oven for 10 minutes.
- In separate medium bowl, melt cream cheese, goat cheese, & butter for 30 seconds. Stir & add in raspberries. Gently crush raspberries with whisk. Pour mixture over partially baked brownies. Optional: Swirl top of the mixture with toothpick to achieve design. Place in oven for 20 additional minutes. Let cool, serve, & enjoy!
large mixing bowl
medium mixing bowl