Perfect homemade brownies topped with a whipped strawberry cream cheese frosting and berries.
Add the cream cheese and butter to the bowl of stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. If you do not have a stand mixer, use a mixing bowl and handheld mixer. Mix on medium-high speed for about 2 minutes, or until the mixture has a whipped appearance.
Add the sugar, strawberry preserves, vanilla and salt, and mix once more until combined. Set aside until ready to use.
Preheat the oven to 350° and have ready a greased, 8"x8" square baking dish lined with parchment paper.
Melt the butter in a microwave-safe pitcher or bowl, and set aside to cool slightly.
Add the butter to a large mixing bowl, and stir in the sugar. Add the eggs and vanilla, and using a handheld mixer on medium speed (or a sturdy wooden spoon) to mix until well combined.
Add the dry ingredients and with the mixer on low, mix until just combined. Add the batter to baking dish, spread to the edges and smooth over the top. Bake for 26-28 minutes. Remove from the oven, and allow to completely cool.
Once the brownies have cooled, spread on the icing using an offset spatula, and garnish with the berries. Cut into nine squares, serve, and enjoy.
You will need to allow 25-30 minutes for your brownies to completely cool before icing them.