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Hey guys! Happy Halloween!!  How is everyone doing? I have been super busy, as always. Let me catch you up on a couple things. First of all... a couple weeks ago something pretty huge happened for me! The local bakery that I work at,  Pinch of Sugar, started selling some of my homemade candies! Just peanut butter cups for now.. but I'm hoping that before Christmas I will be selling multiple kinds of candies there! I'm so excited about it. :) So if you're around town anytime soon, swing in and buy some of my handmade candies and a cupcake too! :) 
Also yesterday my roommates and I held our Halloween party! Soooo much fun! We had a some snacks.. ya know, some cupcakes, a cheese ball, spaghetti, lots of candy, and some awesome punch. Brent, the two Heather's, and I dressed as a mob family. Hopefully I'll get a pic of all of us up soon. :) 

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Anyways, enough about me and my life. Lets get to the real story here. CHEESECAKE. And not just any cheesecake. This cheese cake has a dark chocolate cookie crust, cream vanilla cheesecake with an out-of-this-world raspberry filling, and a dark chocolate drizzle on top. Yes. Yes it is as amazing as it sounds. YUMMMM... This is a 4 part recipe: crust, cheesecake, filling, drizzle. Lets get started shall we?:)  

Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake
Preheat oven to 350.
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Filling
12 oz fresh raspberries (leave a couple aside for garnish if you'd like)
4 tsp corn starch
1 Tbl sugar


Directions:
In a sauce pan add all 3 ingredients and turn the the heat on medium to medium high. Use a for to smash strawberries into a sauce. Bring the filling to a boil for 1 minute, then remove from heat. Set aside. 

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Cheesecake
2 pkg cream cheese, room temp
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Directions:
In a mixing bowl, add all ingredients, and mix until cream. Set aside. 

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Crust
1 package dark chocolate cookies (I used the new Keebler's Dark Chocolate Fudge Striped Cookies
5 Tbl butter, melted
Directions:
Crush all of the cookies. You can use a food processor if you like, I used a gallon sized zip lock bag and a rolling pin. Pour cookie crumbs into a bowl, add the melted butter and mix. Set aside. 

Assembly
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Use wet hands to press cookies into the bottom of a 9'' spring form pan.

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Pour half of cheesecake batter over crust. Spread out evenly.

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Spread raspberry filling evenly over cheesecake batter.

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Spread remaining cheesecake batter on top. 

Bake for 45-50 minutes, rotating halfway through the bake time. When done, allow it to completely cool. 

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To make the chocolate drizzle, melt 1/2 teaspoon of butter and 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips together. Put into a small zip lock bag and snip off a small part of the corner with scissors. Drizzle your pretty designs on top of your cheesecake and garnish with a few fresh raspberries. Have fun impressing everyone with this! Don't worry, they don't have to know how easy it is. lol

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Happy Baking! And Happy Halloween!! 
 
 
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Two of my favorite things combined. Cheesecake. Brownies. Its a win-win. Right? Right! (secret: I used to hate cheesecake. weird right?)
Before I get to the recipe though, let me fill you in on whats been going on with me. I want to take a moment to thank everyone for all the prayers and thoughts concerning my Grandpa. He is doing better and they have moved him to a nursing home. Although he doesn't have much time, we're very lucky that he is still with us... even if just for a little while longer. So please keep him in your thoughts! 
     This past weekend I was so super busy! Made a few cakes, held a baby shower for a friend, trying to help another friend with her wedding planning (of course I'm doing the cake lol) that is coming up on August 4th, and also working during all this and trying to help my family concerning my Grandpa. I've just been busy! I don't mind it all, just makes me tired. lol 
     On another note, who's a fan of Linkin Park? I AM! I am a HUGE fan and have been since I was younger. Recently I found out that they are going to be in Noblesville (northern Indiana) on August 25th. Now considering that my birthday is August 15th... don't you think that would be the PERFECT birthday present? I'm just throwing that out there.. lol 
     Also, have you registered for my giveaway yet? You haven't?! Who doesn't want free stuff?! Check it out here! Invite your friends to win too!! You have until Sunday! 
Okay, okay.. I know you're hear for brownies, not me. So here's your recipe! 

Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 8" or 9" square baking pan with baking spray. 

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Brownies
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, melted
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup flour
3/4 tsp  baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup cocoa powder (unsweetened)
1 tsp vanilla

In a mixing bowl, combine butter, sugar, and eggs. Mix well. Add remaining ingredients and mix. Pour into baking pan. 

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Cheesecake
1- 8oz pkg cream cheese (room temp) 
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 egg

In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well. Using a spoon, put blobs of cheesecake batter on top of brownie batter. Using a knife, swirl the cheesecake batter it. Don't mix! Just swirl. :) You will have extra cheesecake batter. SAVE THIS! I guarantee you'll wanna use it for the next batch of brownies.. and it'll save you a step. :) 

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Bake for 25 minutes in preheated oven, rotate halfway through baking. When you take them out of the oven, let them cool in the pan for 20 minutes. Cut into squares, serve with a HUGE glass of milk. :) (chocolate milk for me lol) 

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Enjoy! -Jenni