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Cheesecake Brownies

When you can’t decide between cheesecake and brownies: make both! Fudgy chocolate brownies are topped with a sweet cream cheese layer in this easy recipe for Cheesecake Brownies.

Did you know you can add cheesecake filling to all kinds of other desserts? Sandwich it between cookie or cake layers to make treats like cheesecake cakes or these chocolate chip cheesecake cookies!

Brownies swirled with cheesecake topping cut into squares.

Why These Brownies Are Best

These Cheesecake Brownies are a perfect example of how two contrasting flavors can combine to make something extraordinary.

Think about our brookies– a combo of cookie and brownie.

Today, we’ve got an even richer treat!

  • Cheesecake and brownies in one!
  • Rich chocolate meats tangy cream cheese.
  • Impressive, decadent and easy to make.

Here, the acidity in the cheesecake enhances that rich, deep cocoa flavor in the brownies. It’s the same reason that brewed coffee makes such a great addition to chocolate cake.

It’s not just the flavors that work well together here. The consistency of the creamy soft cheesecake paired with the dense, chewy brownie is out-of-this-world glorious!

If you love our dark chocolate brownies, you can add the cheesecake swirls on top of that recipe instead!

Ingredient Notes

Ingredients needed to make cheesecake brownies.
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder – A high quality cocoa like Ghirardelli or Guittard will yield the best brownie flavor.
  • Chocolate chips – These get melted with butter and sugar to make the brownies thick and fudgy.
  • Cream cheese – Make sure to use the full fat cream cheese that comes in blocks, not spreadable tubs.
  • Vanilla extract – Choose a pure extract to give a creamy, aromatic dimension of flavor to both the cream cheese layer and the brownies. Our homemade vanilla extract is perfect.

Tips and Tricks

Step by step photos showing how to make cream cheese swirled brownies.

Making Cheesecake Brownies may sound like twice the work, but it’s actually not much more effort than making a try of plain brownies.

  1. First, make the brownie batter. Use a large spoon to combine the ingredients using large strokes, being careful not to overmix when adding the dry ingredients.
  2. Spoon three quarters of the brownie batter into a square baking dish.
  3. Now beat together all the ingredients for the cheesecake filling.
  4. Pour cheesecake filling over the batter.
  5. Spoon the remaining brownie batter on top.
  6. Gently swirl the two layers with a knife to create a marbled pattern.

Bake, let cool and enjoy!

Cream cheese swirled brownies cut into squares.

Recipe FAQs

How do you keep cheesecake from over browning?

The biggest hurdle to making cheesecake brownies is that the top of the cream cheese layer has a tendency to burn before the brownies have completely baked. We solve that issue by covering the cheesecake brownies with foil during the last 10 minutes of baking. This shields the delicate cheesecake from direct heat to prevent burning.

How do I store Cheesecake Brownies?

These brownies are best enjoyed chilled. At room temperature, they tend to become gooey and difficult to eat. Store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator to keep them looking and tasting extraordinary!

Can I freeze cheesecake brownies?

Both cheesecake and brownies are freezer friendly so it follows that these cheesecake brownies would freeze well too!
Transfer sliced brownies to a freezer safe container for up to three months. Thaw and enjoy.

Brownie swirled with cream cheese.

More Brownie Recipes

Yield: 16 brownies

Cheesecake Brownies

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

When you can't decide between cheesecake and brownies: make both! Fudgy chocolate brownies are topped with a sweet cream cheese layer in this easy recipe for Cheesecake Brownies.

Ingredients

For the Brownies

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

For the cream cheese layer

  • 8 ounce cream cheese, room temperature
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 9-inch square baking dish with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a medium-sized saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Remove from heat and add in chocolate chips and sugar.
  3. Stir until chocolate is completely melted. Add in eggs, one at a time, stirring completely after each addition. Stir in vanilla.
  4. Add the cocoa powder, flour, salt, and baking powder. Using big strokes, stir in JUST until mixed and no longer see dry ingredients. DO NOT BEAT OR OVER STIR.
  5. Pour about ¾ths of the brownie batter into the dish. Set aside.
  6. In a medium mixing bowl, combine cream cheese and sugar with an electric mixer until smooth and completely combined.
  7. Add egg and vanilla extract and beat for 30 seconds.
  8. Pour cheesecake over the brownie layer.
  9. Add dollops of the remaining brownie batter on top of the cheesecake layer and swirl the two layers with a knife.
  10. Bake for 40 minutes. The center will still be a little jiggly. Cover with foil to prevent the cheesecake layer from browning, and bake for an additional 10 minutes.
  11. Remove from oven and cool completely before cutting.

Notes

  • Make sure not to swirl the two layers together too much. The more you swirl, the contrast between the two will be less distinct.
  • These are best served chilled. As the brownies come to room temperature, they get gooier.
  • Storing. Transfer cooled brownies to an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to one week.
  • Freezing. Freeze brownies for up to 3 months in an airtight container.
  • See blog post for more recipe tips and tricks.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1 brownie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 354Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 103mgSodium: 124mgCarbohydrates: 41gFiber: 1gSugar: 32gProtein: 5g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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Cheesecake Brownies bring together two decadent desserts in one simple, jaw-droppingly delicious recipe!

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Posted on July 15, 2022

Comments & Reviews

  1. I made these last night. I substituted monk fruit and oat flour due to diabetics in our family. They were so good!! I am not a chocolate lover, but with the cheesecake layer, it really toned down the chocolate flavor. I definitely ate more than I should have, but I couldn’t stop, because they were so delicious!! Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe!! 😋😋😋

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