Brownies and Cookies Oh My!



Just stopping in quickly to share some of the yummy treats I make every year at this time. I have a little confession to make, I’m not really a big brownie (or chocolate for that matter) fan. I know weird right, but these are an old recipe my Mom always bakes. Every time someone new tries them the first question; “Is that a three tiered Brownie?”, followed by the second question; “Can I have the recipe?”

Brownies and Cookies

It’s an old Tri-Level Brownie recipe from Better Homes and Gardens. They are super simple to make, although do require a bit more time than traditional brownies because the 3 layers are made individual.

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The top fudge layer is amazing, I use this part of the recipe for everything from Sugar Cookie Icing to Chocolate Covered Strawberries…It’s that good, and easy to make.

The other cookie, which happens to be my personal favorite are the traditional rolled Hungarian Cream Cheese Cookie with Apricot filling.

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So delicious and a unique cookie, traditionally filled with Apricot, Cherry, or Lekvar (Prune filling) these cookies are on the must bake list at my house every year.

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Tri-Level Brownie Recipe found here

Cream Cheese Cookies Recipe


  • 1 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 8 oz package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups flour
  • 8 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • Your choice of Apricot Pastry filling, Raspberry Jelly or Lekvar


Cream butter and cream cheese till fluffy; blend in sugar. Stir together flour, salt and baking powder; Stir into cream cheese mixture. Cover chill dough several hours or overnight.

On light floured surface, roll each portion into a rectangle, cut into 2 1/2 inch squares. Place a dot of filling into center of each square. Bring up two diagonal corners to center, pinching together to seal.

Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees till firm but not brown, about 11 minutes.

Trust me they’re delicious and even from a  non brownie lover like myself those tri-level brownies are fantastic! Speaking of cookies I think I’ll go eat twenty one right now, enjoy everybody!

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  • Laurie

    We love Hungarian Kiflies too (I just posted the recipe on my blog). We make a bunch every year and the disappear as soon as they come out of the oven. I love the prune lukvar, but everyone else likes the appricot.
    Merry Christmas

    • Maria

      Thanks Laurie, they happen to be my favorite too! Although I never new the proper name for them. My grandmother always just referred to them as cream cheese cookies.

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