Pistachio Cheesecake Topped Brownie Bites

I have been in the kitchen experimenting with Simply Sesame creamy spreads for their Simply Sesame Blogger Recipe Challenge.  It was a tough choice on which recipe I wanted to enter, but decided on Pistachio Cheesecake Topped Brownie Bites.  It is a super easy and quick recipe, starting with your favorite boxed brownie mix, then crowned with a creamy and delicious pistachio cheesecake topping using Simply Sesame Pistachio Morsels and hint of Cardamom.

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Pistachio Cheesecake Topped Brownie Bites

Pistachio Cheesecake Topped Brownie Bites

1 box of your favorite brownie mix (for an 8″ x 8″ pan), plus the ingredients to prepare according to package directions
1/2 cup Simply Sesame Pistachio Morsels and hint of Cardamom
6 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
Coarsely chopped pistachios for garnish

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 24-count mini muffin pan with mini paper liners; set aside.

Prepare the brownie mix according to package directions. Fill the mini muffin cups 3/4 full with the brownie batter. Place into preheated oven and bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and cool for 15 minutes. Remove paper-lined brownie bites to cooling rack and cool completely.

While brownie bites bake, prepare the cheesecake topping. In a medium bowl, cream together the Simply Sesame and cream cheese; add in the powdered sugar and mix until fully combined. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate until brownie bites have cooled.

To assemble: Place a decorative piping tip into a piping bag. Add in the chilled cheesecake topping and pipe topping onto the brownie bites. Garnish with the chopped pistachios.

Makes 24

Note: If you don’t have mini paper liners, simply spray the mini muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray. Either way works – just a different presentation!

Pistachio Cheesecake Topped Brownie Bites

 

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