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Creamy Cashew Brownies

My sister-in-law dubbed me the "dessert queen" because of treats like this that I take to our family get-togethers. The brownies have a fudge-like texture and a rich cream cheese topping. Cashews and a hot fudge swirl make these pretty bars special.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 package fudge brownie mix (13-inch x 9-inch pan size)
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • TOPPING:
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup salted cashews, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup hot fudge ice cream topping, warmed

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the brownie mix, water, oil and egg. Stir in chips. Spread into a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 25-27 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (do not overbake). Cool on a wire rack.
  • For topping, in a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, confectioners' sugar and vanilla until smooth. Spread over brownies. Sprinkle with cashews; drizzle with hot fudge topping. Refrigerate before cutting. Store in the refrigerator.
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