In high school, I was quite excited to go on a date with a certain boy. Sure, he was smart and attractive. He worked as a volunteer for children and old ladies. He had been a state champion in a number of sports.
None of those were the reasons though. There is one fact that got me more excited than anything else.
He played guitar.
And he told me that he was going to play a special song JUST FOR ME.
Now that was something to send my teenage heart a-fluttering.
I got dropped off at his house (I know, it’s quite the image of sexiness when you can’t get your license until you are nearly 21 years old, and thus you have to depend on the driving skills and vehicles of others to get anywhere) and waited as patiently as I could until he answered.
The acoustic masterpiece was set right by the door, and he picked it up shortly after I walked in (obviously there was a bit of business to be taken care of first). I sat down on the couch, thinking that I was about to be serenaded, or at very minimum whispered to in some attempt at pitch.
Oh boy, was I in for a treat.
He started playing and he was good. And then he started singing. His song of choice?
Christian music. Specifically, a song about how you need to hold our savior holy until marriage.
I have never been so disappointed up until then in my LIFE. It was totally out of left field. Here this guy was putting on a rocker vibe, and apparently nothing was allowed to rock his world except the Holy Spirit. Now, I’m not saying that’s a bad thing- just don’t pretend to be otherwise!
I then had to pretend to nod appreciatively for the next hour during the longest concert of my life.
Worth Singing For Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies
- 2 sticks unsalted butter, melted
- 2 c plus 1/2 c sugar
- 2 tsp + 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 c cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp gel red food coloring, or 1 tbsp liquid red food coloring
- 2 tsp vinegar
- 4 + 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 c flour
- 16 oz softened Neuchâtel cheese
- Cooking spray
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Coat a glass 13×9 in baking dish with cooking spray. (I prefer glass.)
- In a large bowl, mix together the melted butter, 2 c sugar, and 2 tsp vanilla.
- Slowly add in the cocoa powder and 1/4 tsp salt.
- Add in the red food coloring, increasing the amount if necessary to obtain your desired redness. Mix in vinegar.
- Slightly beat 4 eggs and add to mixture.
- Add flour until just combined. Reserve 1/2 c batter and pour the rest into the baking dish.
- In another bowl, mix together the cream cheese, 1/2 c sugar, 1 tsp vanilla, 1/4 tsp salt, and 2 eggs until well combined.
- Pour cream cheese mixture over the brownies and then dollop the remaining batter on top of that. Use a knife to swirl layers together.
- Bake for 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Let cool and serve.
Warning: these become even more fudgy and delicious if you store them in an airtight container overnight.