Dave does so much for us, and watching him grow into his comfort zone as Dad has proven to be one of the most amazing things I’ve ever experienced in my life- it’s like he was meant to have kids… who would have thought? With that, when I heard him say, “Hold on, I’ll tie it,” and then a lot of bustling in another part of the house, I was curious, but I figured Dave was on a mission. With a simple recipe and some instruction, he has started Addie on her way to learning many life lessons that are best done in the kitchen.
Walking into our little cooking-zone, I caught Addie and Daddy standing at the counter, mixing away- Addie’s new favorite thing to make in her own kitchen is brownies- no matter what else she makes me with me in the real kitchen, making brownies with Daddy has stuck with her. It was a fabulous weekend, and while I love spending time with my sweet lady, it’s nice to reap the benefits of Daddy-time.
- 1 pkg brownie mix (family size)
- 8 oz cream cheese, softened
- 1 egg
- 1/3 c sugar
- 1/2 t. vanilla
- Heat your oven to 350ºF.
- Grease a 13x9 inch pan and set aside.
- Prepare your brownie mix as directed on the package (we used pre-packaged for a lesson in READING and FOLLOWING DIRECTIONS).
- In mixer, beat cream cheese until it's creamy, then add sugar, egg and vanilla. Mix for about 60 seconds on medium (until well blended).
- Drop tablespoons of mixture over brownie batter and use a knife to create swirl patterns.
- Bake 40 minutes (or as directed by your package), making sure the middle is full cooked- until the cream cheese portion is lightly browned.
- Let cool, and serve! Refrigerate leftovers!
- Substitute for cream cheese: Neufchatel Cheese.
- Avoid using brownie mixes with syrup pouches- for an extra chocolate boost, add 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips over batter before baking.
With one simple recipe you can teach so much! Addie learned a lot about following both what was written and what Dave was telling her. Do you use your kitchen for life lessons?