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By Karin Calloway
Cream Cheese Amaretto Brownies
Everyone loves brownies, so making a good thing even better can be tricky. But this mission is definitely accomplished when you flavor a packaged brownie mix with Amaretto and top it with a divine layer of cream cheese.
If the combination isn’t quite good enough, add more chocolate. I’ve done that here by placing unwrapped milk chocolate bars with almonds over the brownies when they’re hot from the oven. Once the chocolate is melted, you can spread it evenly over the top, creating a wonderful icing.
Almond extract can stand in for the Amaretto. Just use two teaspoons in the brownie batter and one teaspoon in the cream cheese mixture. Or, make Kahlua brownies by substituting the coffee-flavored liqueur for the Amaretto.
Cream Cheese and Icing
Makes 12 to 16 servings.