Family Recipes and Memories: Marbled Brownies

Marbled Cheesecake Brownies

In settling a dispute of… if I wrote my recipe correctly… I pulled out my recipe box today, along with several recipe books… in searching for a copy of the original Duncan Hines “Marbled Brownie” recipe! Yay… I found the original recipe! It seems they printed their recipes on the wax package mix inside the box… who remembers this?

The dispute of… “was my handwritten recipe correct“… came after my daughter asked me to send her my recipe. I snapped a picture of it from my handwritten recipe book and off it went. Later the phone call came in asking for clarification on the mixing part of the brownie mix. I know I’ve made them within a few years, but the only part I could actually remember was… “yes” there were 5 eggs between the brownie mix and the cream cheese mixture… and so the search began!

After much searching through my several recipe books and box… my problem was soon solved of how many eggs… and had I left out oil in the recipe. I’m not one of those who will give you their recipe, but slightly omit an ingredient… or a step. If I’ve left out something, it’s truly by accident… but that wasn’t the case in my Marbled Brownies… which are one of the best brownie cheesecake recipes I’ve used. The only change I made to my original recipe was in substituting a 1, 8 oz. package for the 2, 3 oz. packages the original recipe called for. I’m curious now when they stopped producing 3 oz. packages. Personally I think a little extra cream cheese goodness is never a bad thing!

In having a box of Duncan Hines family-style brownie mix in my cabinet… I decided to make them! The box directions only said 1 large egg, 1/3 cup water and 1/2 cup vegetable oil. So what has changed from the original recipe? Well, in my brownie box of long ago, it came with a package of chocolate syrup that went in the mix… addling 2 eggs and 2 tablespoons of water. If you wanted cake-like brownies… you added 3 eggs… and that is what my original recipe called for. I’m curious how they have changed the brownie mix now, in only adding 1 egg… vs the 2 eggs before… and why?

I didn’t swirl much of the brownie mix into the cream cheese mixture… as I like more of a cheesecake bite, but it’s your preference… if you so choose. The frosting on the brownies… really enhances it… even more chocolate goodness!

In baking them today, I followed the brownie recipe on the box of adding the 1/2 cup oil and 1/3 cup water, but I added 3 eggs… unlike it saying 1, or 2 if you want more cake-like. In googling the extra eggs, I read that it would add more fat… which would create a fudgier brownie, but I also read that it would make them lighter, drier, and more cake-like. I know there will be another batch, and on that batch… I’ll add 2 eggs plus 1 yolk. The recipe also called for a baking time of 35-40 minutes, but in using my convection feature on oven, they were ready at 30 minutes.

Marbled Brownies are cut and test tasted. Hubby says they taste just fine… but I think on the next go-round, I will try adding 2 eggs, plus 1 yolk to the brownie mixture. I’m curious now about adding just the yolk to make it more fudgy (from what I read)… but I will be perusing the baking aisle to see if any brownie mixes offer a licquid chocolate packet inside.

Love to hear from you… if you dare to make these brownies!

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