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Sweeten National Brownie Day with goat cheese brownies

Deep Chocolate Brownies with Chevre Swirls.
Deep Chocolate Brownies with Chevre Swirls. The Kansas City Star

Note: This recipe was originally published in The Star in August 2012.

Two of my favorite ingredients are chocolate and goat cheese, so I was delighted to find this recipe for Deep Chocolate Brownies with Chevre Swirls.

The cheese adds a hint of tanginess to the sweet, deep-dark brownies. It also adds pretty snow-white swirls that makes the brownies look extra special. Whip up a batch for a holiday party or for National Brownie Day, which happens to be today.

As for the goat cheese, I like using local chevre from Goddard Farm outside Lawrence, but you could use any goat cheese from the grocery store or fresh sheep’s milk cheese from Weston’s Green Dirt Farm.

Deep Chocolate Brownies With Chevre Swirls

Makes 16 brownies

Chevre Swirl:

6 ounces chevre, room temperature

1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar

1 large egg

1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

Brownie Base:

2/3 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder

3/4 cup brown sugar

3/4 cup confectioners' sugar

3/4 teaspoon finely ground sea salt

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips or dark chocolate chunks

3 large eggs

1/2 cup canola oil

2 tablespoons water

1 teaspoon chocolate extract, optional

1 teaspoon good quality vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon medium or coarsely ground sea salt, optional

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease an 8-inch square nonstick baking pan.

Make Swirl by beating together the first four ingredients until smooth and well combined. Set aside.

Make the Brownie Base by whisking together the cocoa, sugars, salt, flour and chips in a large mixing bowl. Add the eggs, oil, water and extracts, mixing just until smooth.

Spoon half the brownie batter into the prepared pan. Spread the swirl mixture over it and then spoon the rest of the brownie batter on top. Swirl the two mixtures together with a knife if desired. Sprinkle with sea salt if using.

Bake the brownies for about 35 to 45 minutes. To see if the brownies are done, remove the pan from the oven and stick the tip of a sharp knife into the center of the brownies. Brownies will be done when the center is set but the consistency is still moist and fudgy. You definitely do not want to overbake these as you'll lose the fudginess of the texture.

Per brownie: 246 calories (49 percent from fat), 14 grams total fat (5 grams saturated), 59 milligrams cholesterol, 28 grams carbohydrates, 6 grams protein, 148 milligrams sodium, 2 grams dietary fiber.