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Cheesecake brownies, cut in small squares, laying on a parchment paper.
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Cheesecake Brownies Recipe

These delicious marble Cheesecake Brownies recipe have the best of both desserts, rich fudgy brownies and light creamy cheesecake layers! It will be a great homemade recipe that you can easily make from scratch!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 squares
Calories: 304kcal

Ingredients

Brownie Layer

  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • ½ cup bittersweet chocolate chips or bar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

Cheesecake Layer

  • 8 oz cream cheese room temperature
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9x9-inch baking pan and line with parchment paper, then set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, put together ½ cup chocolate chips (or a chopped chocolate bar) and ½ cup cubed butter. Melt in 30 second increments in the microwave, stirring in between.
  • When done, mix it well and add 1 cup granulated sugar. You want to whisk it very well, so the sugar dissolves. Then add 2 eggs and 1 tsp vanilla extract and whisk again.
  • Add ¾ cup all-purpose flour and sift ¼ cup coco powder, fold it in.
  • Scoop out about ¼ cup of the mixture in a separate small bowl and set aside.
  • In another mixing bowl, using a hand mixer, beat together 8 oz cream cheese and ¼ cup sugar, until light and fluffy. Add an egg and 1 tsp vanilla extract and beat again.
  • Pour the brownie layer in a pre-greased baking pan, and using a spatula, spread evenly, trying to keep the same thickness on all sides.
  • Pour the cheesecake layer on top and spread it evenly as well.
  • In a small bowl with the remaining brownie mixture, pour 1 tablespoon of water and mix very well until smooth.
  • Dollop the brownie batter over the cheesecake layer. Using a toothpick or a tip of a knife, make the swirls. (You can watch the video tutorial for visual details).
  • Bake at 350°F for about 30 minutes.
  • When done, take it out of the oven and let cool completely, then cut in 12 squares.

Video

Notes

  1. I like to use bittersweet chocolate bar in this recipe for richer flavor. You also can use semi-sweet variety.
  2. Also, it’s important to use a high-quality ingredients, like chocolate and cream cheese. These are the stars of the show.
  3. Make sure that you use room temperature ingredients (especially for cheesecake layer), so they mix well and don’t separate.
  4. When you add cocoa powder, it’s better if you sift it, so you don’t end up with clumps.
  5. To make the perfect swirls, use a wooden toothpick or the tip of a knife.
How to store? You can refrigerate it in an air-tight container for up to a week.
How to freeze? If you want to freeze them, it better if you wrap each piece individually with plastic wrap and place them in a reusable bag, then put in the freezer. They will stay fresh for up to 2 months. You can thaw them overnight in the fridge or on the counter at the room temperature.

Nutrition

Serving: 1square | Calories: 304kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 86mg | Potassium: 124mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 550IU | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 1mg