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If you really want to touch someone’s heart with your gift during the holidays, touch their stomach. Seriously. There is no more meaningful gift someone can give than something they have made they have made themselves. Something delicious, something that might bring back a memory, something that love was poured into. When someone makes a food gift for you, they’re not giving you something wonderful to eat, they are giving of themselves and of their time. I guess that’s why I like feeding people and giving food gifts. I put a little bit of myself into something that will make someone special to me feel appreciated and special. I was at the mall Christmas shopping this week and stopped at one of the cookie kiosks and they had gorgeous chewy Cream Cheese Brownies and as I was noshing on the amazing brownie it gave me the idea to make a batch to keep up our family tradition of food gift giving.
One of my aunts didn’t have a lot of money to spend on gifts for the family when I was a kid but she always gave tins of cookies, fudge, and other treats during the holidays. I can’t tell you many toys that I remember receiving as a kid, as over time the material things all kind of run together and lose their shine, but I remember the love and taste of those homemade treat tins like they were last Christmas. Food gifts are a frugal way to gift give but they’re also a thoughtful meaningful present. I am carrying on that tradition and giving homemade holiday treats this year. Or in the case of these brownies, semi-homemade treats, but no less delicious and with no less love put into them.
- 1 box of your favorite brownie mix
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 1 8 oz package Kraft cream cheese softened
- ⅓ cup of sugar
- 1 egg
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups Kraft caramels melted in a double boiler or microwave safe container
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Grease an 8x8 or 9x9 pan.
- Prepare brownie batter according to box instructions, adding the chocolate chips and pour into pan.
- In a mixing bowl, mix cream cheese until smooth.
- Add vanilla, sugar, and egg to cream cheese mixture and mix together thoroughly.
- Using a spoon, alternate small dollops of the caramel and cream cheese mixture on top of brownie batter, leaving space in between.
- Using a fork make small rotations or swirls in the cream cheese and caramel dollops to make the marble effect.
- Bake for 30-40 minutes.
- Let cool and serve.
You can download this adorable recipe card shown in the photo below here. It prints vertically on Avery 8387 post cards. There are 4 cards and you can attach one to the box of brownies with a ribbon or you can place a piece of parchment paper over the brownies in the box and put the recipe card on top. Not only does it look cute with your treat box or tin, but then the recipient can think of you every time they make these easy moist and delicious brownies for years to come.
These cream cheese brownies are so easy to make (If it has a box mix, it can’t be that hard right?) that it’s easy to make a few batches in one day and knock out a block (or all) of your food gift preparation. The Kraft cheesecake like filling with the caramel and moist chocolate is a little bite of heaven.
You can find the Kraft ingredients to enjoy the #TasteTheSeason and make these Cream Cheese Brownies to give as food gifts at Walmart. Don’t forget to print your recipe card to put with your gift! Walmart also carries cute affordable treat tins. If you need more inspiration, check out the Cooking Up Good website. It has recipes, sweepstakes, loyalty programs, coupons and more! What’s not to love? If you’re looking for a new dinner idea or a chance to win some awesome prizes, be sure to check it out!
Savor every moment and savor every bite this holiday season and show someone how much you appreciate them with a #TastetheSeason food gift like these cream cheese brownies. I promise the gifts you make yourself will be ones that will be remembered and if you include the recipe, it’s a gift that keeps giving.
This recipe was modified from this Cheesecake Brownie one.
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