Ree Drummond’s Strawberry Cheesecake Brownies are an easy dessert idea

Ree Drummond makes brownies better with her delicious cheesecake and brownie combo dessert idea. The pioneer woman star even has an easy shortcut to whipping up the treat in no time — she uses a common store-bought ingredient.

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Ree Drummond’s Strawberry Cheesecake Brownies Start with the Dough

Drummond made her some easy cheesecake brownies on an episode of The pioneer woman with recipes for the moms in her life. The special brownies were for her stepmother Patsy.

“I’m so lucky to have some amazing moms in my life and thought today would be a great day to give them all some presents,” she shared. “Just to show them how much I love and appreciate them.”

Drummond started by melting chopped unsweetened chocolate and a stick of butter over low heat in a saucepan. “Now I’m really going to chocolate these brownies,” she said, adding unsweetened cocoa powder to the mixture in the pan.

“The secret to this batter is just to keep stirring after you’ve added everything,” the Food Network host explained. “And then it’s not too difficult to stir at the end.”

She removed the mixture from the heat, added the brown sugar and white sugar, stirred, then added the eggs. “The sugar cooled the chocolate mixture nicely, so I’m not worried about the eggs cooking,” Drummond noted.

She added the last ingredient for the dough – the flour – then mixed everything together.

“There’s nothing easier than making brownies,” she said. “It all happens in a pan.”

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‘The Pioneer Woman’ star made a simple cheesecake topping

Drummond made the cheesecake filling by mixing cream cheese, sugar, an egg, and vanilla in a stand mixer.

She also had an easy trick for her brownies: she greased and lined a square pan with parchment paper. “And I also greased the parchment paper so these brownies wouldn’t stick at all,” Drummond explained.

The pioneer woman star rolled out the batter so it was even and smooth, then poured the cheesecake filling on top. “I don’t often make cheesecake, but every time I do, I’m like, ‘Why don’t I have more cheesecake in my life?'” she said. “It’s so good.”

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Drummond had a quick shortcut ingredient for strawberry cheesecake filling

The Food Network host smoothed the layer of cheesecake, then spooned strawberry jam on top.

“You can bake a mixture of strawberries and sugar and cornstarch if you like,” she explained. “But I’ve found it’s so much easier to use strawberry jam, right out of the jar. And it’s kind of solid in the jar, so I like to put it in a pitcher and stir in. Beat it just a little to make it smoother and easier to add to the cheesecake.

Drummond swirled the berry jam into the cheesecake using a wooden skewer, being careful not to go too deep into the brownie layer. “It’s so pretty, it looks like marble,” she says.

The pioneer woman star baked the brownies in a 350 degree Fahrenheit oven for 40 minutes with a pan of water placed on the rack below the brownies to keep them moist.

She turned off the oven and after 10 more minutes removed the brownies, let them cool, then refrigerated them for 2 hours. She removed the brownies from the pan by lifting the parchment paper, then trimmed the edges and cut them into neat bars.

The full recipe is available on the Food Network website.

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