Cream cheese may be substituted for mascarpone; the topping will be dense and tangy, instead of mellow and creamy. If using cream cheese, reduce baking time by 10 minutes.
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The cheese topping browned before the brownie was baked. Looked awful. I tried to cover with foil, but still browned to the point that family didn't want to even try one. Maybe the temperature was too high for a cheesecake-type dessert. Not at all like the photo, which, by the way, is misleading. There are other brownies in the stack along with this one. My first ever review of a recipe. Will only try ones with reviews from now on.
This is a fantastic recipe. We added melted dulce de leche before baking and it sank to between the cheescake and brownie layer and looks amazing. It tastes amazing as well! The cheescake layer also keeps the brownie layer really moist during baking, which is always a plus. You can also cut them really small because they are so rich! I am totally going to make these again. Definitely a crowd pleaser!