Cherry Cheesecake Swirl Brownie Recipe-Valentine’s Day Treat!!

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Cherry Cheesecake Swirl Brownies Recipe

These are absolutely decadent and never last long in my house.  I always make sure to take a few to my Dad too!  :o  These will make the perfect dessert for Valentine’s Day.  Make them for your Sweetie, your kids, or even take them into work.  They are Super Easy to make!

Cream Cheese Swirl Layer:

1 Package (8 oz) Cream Cheese, softened
1 Egg
1/2 Cup Sugar
1 Tbsp All-purpose Flour
1 Tbsp Vanilla Extract

Brownie Layer:

1 Box Brownie Mix (whatever brand you prefer)
Water, eggs and oil called for on brownie mix box

1 Can Cherry Pie Filling

Directions:

1.  Heat oven to 350 degrees (325 for dark or nonstick pans).  Grease bottom of a 13×9 inch pan with cooking spray (I use a glass baking dish).

2.  In a small bowl, beat together Cream Cheese Swirl layer ingredients with electric mixer on low speed until smooth.  Set aside.

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3.  Make brownie batter as directed on box.  Pour into greased pan.

4.  Drop Cream Cheese mixture by spoonfuls evenly over brownie batter.  With a butter knife, cut through the batter in several directions to marble.

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5.  Spoon Cherry Pie Filling evenly over top of brownie and cream cheese batter.

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6.  Bake for specified time on Brownie box.  Check for doneness with toothpick.  It probably will not be done.  Cook for another 5 minutes and check for doneness again.  Repeat this until done (when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean).
****I have made these so many times, I know that it takes 40-45 minutes in my oven.  All ovens cook differently so the first time that you make these it is best to start with the recommended time on the brownie box and add additional time in 5 minute increments until done.  This will ensure that you don’t overcook your brownies.

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7.  Cool completely.  Cut into squares and store in refrigerator.

Makes approximately 15 Brownies

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14 Days of Love – Share a Hug

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Show someone you care with a new Frugal Valentines Idea everyday through February 14th.  These ideas will be free or cheap and are designed to focus on the little things you can do to show someone you care.

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Share a Hug – it’s that simple. When was the last time you just held each other for a moment? Take a minute while your preparing dinner, or when you would normally be reading, watching TV or surfing the net. A hug is worth a thousand words and is a way to connect to your special someone.

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14 Days of Love – Get Ice Cream

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Show someone you care with a new Frugal Valentines Idea everyday through February 14th.  These ideas will be free or cheap and are designed to focus on the little things you can do to show someone you care.

Day 2
Get ice cream together for an inexpensive date – you can even share a shake with 2 straws to make it even more romantic ;)  Don’t forget to grab a coupon to your favorite ice cream parlor before heading out!

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14 Days of Love – Write a Love Note

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Show someone you care with a new Frugal Valentines Idea everyday through February 14th.  These ideas will be free or cheap and are designed to focus on the little things you can do to show someone you care.

Send Your Love!

Send your spouse or significant other a handwritten love note to work.  Sneak the note into their lunch bag, briefcase, coat pocket or somewhere you know will be checked during the day.  Handwriting the note makes is more personal and can even take you back to passing notes to each other when you were dating :)

Use a plain piece of paper, fancy letterhead or create a card.  However you choose to send you’re love, remember that it’s about telling someone how special they are, not about your craft skills or lack there of :)

Kid Tip:

Send your child a love note of their own in their lunch box.  Cut out a paper heart or write on a napkin.  You can write a simple “I (Heart) U for preschoolers or “I love you, have a great day” for other children.  Kids will enjoy getting a special note from Mom too!

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Be My Love Bug – Homemade Valentines Idea

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Looking for a Frugal Valentines Gift Idea?  If you’re little one is like most children, they are fascinated by picking up rocks.  Take a walk and let them choose a rock for a cute Valentines Day gift.

Homemade Valentines-Be My Love Bug

Materials:
Rock
Paint (red, black, and white)
Printed label

Directions:
1. Locate a roundish rock and paint the top of it red.
2. Then using black paint create the ladybug’s head and spots.
3. Using white paint, add eyes and other desired details.
4. Put the ladybug and other Valentine’s trinkets inside the bag and seal it with the sign “Won’t You Be My Lovebug?”

If you’re looking for a reading connection with this craft, there are a TON of wonderful Valentine’s Day books that you can read with your child! Here are some of my favorites:

The Night Before Valentine’s Day

The Biggest Valentine Ever

Happy Valentine’s Day, Mouse! (If You Give…)

Many thanks to Mom on Dealz for sharing her craft with us!

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