Be ready when you tour The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York to spend an entire day there because there is so much to see. Baseball buffs will want to read every word on every single exhibit and if so, get there when the museum opens. We spent seven hours there up until closing time and dashed out for only 30 minutes for what else….a hot dog. My best advice is to visit in the off-season and not during the crowded summer months, as viewing the exhibits and reading the captions could be challenging. During a Friday in mid-October the museum was busy but not so much to hinder our viewing of the exhibits.

This year is the 75th anniversary of the Hall of Fame which opened in 1939. The building was enlarged more than once but is nothing grand and looks small from the outside. A simple brick building on vintage Main Street, there are three floors of exhibits starting with the beginnings of baseball to present day. The baseball movie on the second floor is a must-see and a fun place to begin the tour. Besides trophies, jerseys and gear, all donated by the players themselves and collectors, they have Joe DiMaggio’s locker and oodles of other really cool stuff. No surprise there is one corner dedicated to ‘the Babe.’ If you love baseball statistics the lower level is the place to be wowed and the individual plaques of the Hall of Famers are displayed on the first floor. Be sure to allot time for the gift shop which stocks some unique merchandise.

Don’t forget to visit Doubleday Stadium two blocks from the BHOF in the center of town. It opened in 1920 and the grandstand was built in 1939 by the WPA. It will transport you back in time to the early days of baseball. The final scene in A League of Their Own was filmed there.

After you have overdosed on baseball, take a walk around the neighborhood across from the museum at the tip of Lake Otsego. There are quaint, historical homes. End your day with a delicious Italian dinner at Toscana or Nicoletta’s just down the street.

These Cheesecake Brownies are a combination of my Deep Dish Fudge Brownies recipe and a cheesecake topping borrowed from Food Network. The result is a moist and delicious brownie.

Cheesecake Brownies
3/4 cup Butter, melted & cooled
1½ cups Sugar
1½ tsp Vanilla
3 Eggs
3/4 cup Flour
1/2 cup Cocoa Powder
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt

Grease & Flour 8” square pan. Use large spoon or wire whisk to mix ingredients.
In a separate bowl mix Flour, Cocoa, Baking Powder & Salt. Set aside.
Mix melted Butter, Sugar & Vanilla. Add Eggs and blend well.
Add Flour mixture until well blended.

Cheesecake layer
8 oz Cream Cheese
1/3 cup Sugar
1/2 tsp Vanilla
1 Egg

Cream Cheese until smooth and creamy. Add Sugar and Vanilla.
Add Egg until well blended. Set aside. Reserve 1/2 cup brownie batter and set aside.
Pour brownie batter into pan. Pour the cheesecake mixture evenly. Drop the reserved brownie batter in large dollops over the topping. Using a spoon swirl to create a marbled effect.
Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes until brownies pull away from side or cake tester comes out clean.
[Cheesecake Topping from Cheesecake Brownies at Food Network]



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  1. These brownies look so good. I plan to add this recipe to my holiday baking list. Sherry

  2. Joan, one of my very favorites, and yours is beautiful! Thank you for sharing it with us at Treasure Box Tuesday- pinning! :)

    1. Joy, Thank you and I appreciate the pin. Thanks for hosting the weekly TBT link party too.

  3. These brownies look delicious. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Enjoy ... you won't be disappointed! Thanks for commenting.


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