Cheesecake Brownies

 

Cheesecake Brownies take your traditional brownies to the next level. Enjoy the indulgent combination of a brownie with a cheesecake topping.
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Table of Contents
  1. Cheesecake Brownies Ingredients
  2. Substitutions and Additions
  3. How to Make Cheesecake Brownies
  4. How to Serve Cheesecake Brownies
  5. Storage
  6. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
  7. MORE RECIPES YOU’LL LOVE
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Cheesecake brownies are warm, fudgy brownies with a tangy cheesecake topping swirled with chocolate on top. The slight zest of the cream cheese compliments the gooey chocolate, making each bite perfectly delicious. 

If you want other desserts with a unique cheesecake twist, you have to try Carrot Cake Cheesecake, Cherry Cheesecake Lush, or Pecan Pie Cheesecake

Cheesecake Brownies Ingredients

You will need:

  • 1 box brownie mix and ingredients typically vegetable oil, water, and eggs
  • 8 ounces package cream cheese softened
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 egg

Substitutions and Additions

BROWNIES: If you have a tried and true homemade brownie recipe, you could directly substitute it for the box mix. Don’t forget to reserve ½ cup for the brownie swirl. 

MIX-INS: Add ½ cup walnuts, white chocolate chips, or milk chocolate chips to take this cheesecake recipe to the next level. 

How to Make Cheesecake Brownies

STEP ONE: Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line an 8×8 square baking dish with parchment paper and set it aside.

STEP TWO: Mix up brownie mix according to package instructions. Reserve ½ cup brownie mix and pour the remaining batter into the prepared baking dish.

STEP THREE: Beat together cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla extract until smooth.

PRO TIP: Make sure your cream cheese is at room temperature so that you don’t end up with lumps in your cheesecake mixture.

STEP FOUR: Beat in egg gently.

STEP FIVE: Drop scoops of cream cheese mixture onto the brownie batter.

STEP SIX: Mix a tablespoon of water into the reserved brownie batter to thin it out just a bit. Drop this remaining brownie batter over the top of the batter in the baking dish, between the scoops of cream cheese mixture.

STEP SEVEN: Use a knife or spatula to gently swirl the cream cheese mixture and brownie batter.

PRO TIP: A wooden skewer also works really well when swirling the batter together.

STEP EIGHT: Bake until a toothpick inserted into the brownies comes out with just a few crumbs on it (approximately 50 to 55 minutes).

STEP NINE: Allow brownies to cool completely before cutting into them.

PRO TIP: If you try to cut your brownies before they are cooled enough, you won’t get clean cuts. Try to resist sampling until they are cool.

How to Serve Cheesecake Brownies

Cheesecake Brownies are the perfect homemade snack for every occasion. Try serving these delectable Cheesecake Brownies with a cold glass of milk or a Slow Cooker Pumpkin Spice Latte. Entertaining just adults? Then add some Spiked Hot Chocolate for some extra indulgence.

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: Store your homemade cheesecake brownies in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Because of the cream cheese, we’d recommend keeping them in the refrigerator. 

IN THE FREEZER: This cheesecake brownie recipe can be stored in the freezer for up to two months.

Cheesecake Brownies combine two classic desserts, brownies and cheesecake, into one undeniably sublime dessert. With just 5 ingredients these brownies are simple enough to make any time, but sweet enough to make for guests for the holidays. No more choosing, if you love both cheesecake and brownies now you can have both in one dessert. 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I freeze these brownies? 

This easy recipe will freeze for up to two months in an airtight container.

Can I use homemade brownies instead of a boxed brownie mix? 

If you have a favorite brownie recipe, you can use it instead of a boxed brownie mix. Just remember to reserve ½ cup for the chocolate swirl.

Do cheesecake swirl brownies need to be refrigerated? 

It is best to refrigerate these brownie cheesecake bars since they contain cream cheese. They will keep in the fridge for up to four days.

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Cheesecake Brownies

Cheesecake Brownies take your traditional brownies to the next level. Enjoy the indulgent combination of a brownie with a cheesecake topping.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 9

Ingredients
  

  • 1 box brownie mix and ingredients typically vegetable oil water, and eggs
  • 8 ounces package cream cheese softened
  • cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 egg

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line an 8×8 square baking dish with parchment paper and set it aside.
  • Mix up brownie mix according to package instructions. Reserve ½ cup brownie mix and pour the remaining batter into the prepared baking dish.
  • Beat together cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla extract until smooth.
  • Beat in egg gently.
  • Drop scoops of cream cheese mixture onto the brownie batter.
  • Mix a tablespoon of water into the reserved brownie batter to thin it out just a bit. Drop this remaining brownie batter over the top of the batter in the baking dish, between the scoops of cream cheese mixture.
  • Use a knife or spatula to gently swirl the cream cheese mixture and brownie batter.
  • Bake until a toothpick inserted into the brownies comes out with just a few crumbs on it (approximately 50 to 55 minutes).
  • Allow brownies to cool completely before cutting into them.

Notes

PRO TIP: Make sure your cream cheese is at room temperature so that you don’t end up with lumps in your cheesecake mixture.
PRO TIP: A wooden skewer also works really well when swirling the batter together.
PRO TIP: If you try to cut your brownies before they are cooled enough, you won’t get clean cuts. Try to resist sampling until they are cool.

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