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Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies

Rich. Sinful. Chocolate and cheesecake, a match made in chocolate lover’s Heaven. How can you not want to sink your teeth into that?? This combination of chocolate infused cheesecake and a rich decadent brownie is the perfect ending to a dinner party or just a marvelous sweet treat for you and your family. Either way, you must try these today.

I found these beauties on the blog dlyn, run by Donalyn, also the owner of Dessert Stalking. Her results appear a bit different than mine due to the size of the pan and the type of chocolate used. I can almost guarantee that the ending results are matched in their delectability. Oh my!

my adaptations: Donalyn uses a 10×10 pan, I used 9×9. She also uses bittersweet chocolate. While that certainly would have been my top choice, I didn’t have any. So instead, I used 2 ounces of unsweetened chocolate and 2.5 ounces of semisweet and hoped for the best. The results were terrific! I also use a food processor to achieve a silky smooth cheesecake.

Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies
adapted from dlyn

printable version

Brownie layer:
1/2 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup baking cocoa
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Cheesecake layer:
2 oz unsweetened chocolate
2.5 oz semisweet chocolate
8 ounces very soft cream cheese
1 egg
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350 F. Butter or spray a 9×9 baking pan.

Melt the butter and using a wooden spoon, mix in the brown sugar and cocoa. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well. Add vanilla and mix to combine.

In another bowl, whisk together flour, salt and baking powder. Combine with butter mixture, and spread evenly in the baking dish. Set aside.

Melt the chocolate in the microwave. NOTE: Make sure the cream cheese is very soft. Place cream cheese, egg, sugar, vanilla and salt in a food processor and process until smooth. Add melted chocolate and process to combine.

Spread cheesecake mixture evenly over the brownie layer. Bake in preheated oven for about 40-45 minutes. Test with a toothpick – at most you should only get a few moist crumbs. Cool completely before cutting.

Store in a sealed container, preferably in the refrigerator. Excellent cold or at room temperature!

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45 Responses to Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies

  1. 1
    Fallon says:

    Those look so heavenly. I'm a huge fan of rich and fudgy brownies. The cheesecake is a nice twist, something I wouldn't expect.

  2. 2
    Katrina says:

    I'm going to have to make these, because my "picky" husband loves brownies and loves cheesecake and I made him some chocolate cheesecake squares once (with just an Oreo crust) and he loved it. Yum yum, Amanda!

  3. 3
    Katrina says:

    Oh also, just a little tidbit, though yours looks super creamy and smooth, my chef friend told us in a class once that once you add eggs to a cream cheese mixture, even in a food processor, that you can't get all the lumps out if there are lumps in the cream cheese. Not sure how really true that is, but in the culinary world, I take everything she says as Bible. ;) I think the key is just to make sure your cream cheese is really softened/room temp so the lumps disappear. Gonna make this one!

  4. 4
    Amanda says:

    Good to know Katrina! My cream cheese was very soft, so that may be why I didn't have a problem. Mine was silky smooth! :)

  5. 5
    Lana @ Never Enough Thyme says:

    Oh, my word! Talk about something making you want to lick the computer screen – this one does!

  6. 6
    Cookin' Canuck says:

    I HAVE to try these. They look too good for words.

  7. 7
    Cooking Gallery says:

    This is really bad…..!! You make me crave for some brownies now, they look so delicious!!

  8. 8
    Nutmeg Nanny says:

    Rich chocolaty heaven!

  9. 9
    Jennifurla says:

    WOW, I love the first picture. The texture is great since you really blended. LOVE

  10. 10
    Kristen says:

    These are going to the top of my to make list!!

  11. 11
    briarrose says:

    Want….them…..this is definitely on my need to try list. :)

  12. 12
    Darlene's Quilts and Stuff says:

    I will definitely try this one.
    Thanks for sharing again!

  13. 13
    Tammy says:

    why oh why do I have a weakness for food blogging? I come across recipes such as this one and I can't say no, my jeans are not going to fit me anymore if I keep doing this! thanks for sharing, I can't wait to fix my chocolate craving with this one! wow!

  14. 14
    Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] says:

    Ooh Amanda!! Those look amazing :) I love cheesecake brownies, but I've never tried adding chocolate to them [I know!!!] Can't wait to try them.

  15. 15
    Megan says:

    I would love these scrumptious bars! Another great recipe! :)

  16. 16
    MaryBeth says:

    OMG…can you say diabetic comma? This is over the top delish looking. I would so have to control myself around these.

  17. 17
    Ginette says:

    I just made some for the firt time and they are in the oven right now!! Cream cheese mixture came out very smooth – stiff – but maybe that's the way it's supposed to look? I will let everyone know how they turned out later.

  18. 18
    Amanda says:

    Would love to hear what you think Ginette. Not sure why your cheesecake mixture was stiff. Was the cream cheese cold? Or the melted chocolate still pretty hot?

  19. 19
    Katrina says:

    The brownies are good, I made them today. I think mine are overbaked just a bit, but they are still a hit. Thanks!

  20. 20
    thecompletecookbook says:

    Oh boy oh boy oh boy – talk about a perfect sweet treat!
    :-) Mandy

  21. 21
    Cindy at Some Really Neat Stuff says:

    Stopping by from BNOTP. This recipe sounds really great. I'll have to try it on my kids over spring break.

  22. 22
    marla says:

    These chocolate cheesecake brownies are beauties & a very good thing they are not near me right now ;) They would be devoured!

  23. 23
    Prairie Patch says:

    Oh YUM!! I love chocolate and cheesecake, so I can imagine this is an amazing combination. Thanks for sharing the recipe; I'll be trying it soon.

  24. 24
    shamanaccount says:

    What a delicious treat to start March. Glad to bookmark this one for my Spring tea parties.

  25. 25
    XingyMingy says:

    I think I just drooled on my keyboard :P

  26. 26
    Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys says:

    YUMMINESS! I'm definitely bookmarking this page!

    Yanet of 3 SKBs

  27. 27
    Peabody says:

    Yes, Yes, and Yes!

  28. 28
    Lauren at Keep It Sweet says:

    I've never had cheesecake brownies made with chocolate cheesecake… these look outstanding!

  29. 29
    Brian + Cheryl B. says:

    Cream cheese is such a tasty wonderful product – and blending it with Chocolate…. WONDROUS!!!

  30. 30
    Miz Helen says:

    Your Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies look so moist, I just know how delicious these would be. Thank you so much for bringing your wonderful Brownies to Full Plate Thursday and please come back!

  31. 31
    Rachel {BubblyNatureCreations.com} says:

    I want these now!!!! :P

  32. 32
    all american says:

    I love this combination with cheesecake because they add moisture to the chocolate. I will make this recipe this weekend because I have guests. Hope I will nail it!

  33. 33
    bettyl says:

    I was looking for this recipe yesterday! Glad I found it here.

  34. 34
    Sue says:

    Amanda, These look "out of this world" fantastic!

  35. 35
    raggygirlvintage says:

    Mmmm, sounds so yummy, will have to give them a try for sure!
    Tracey

  36. 36
    Theresa says:

    These look so wonderful…I facebook shared!

  37. 37
    Amanda says:

    Thanks so much for the share Theresa!

  38. 38
    Donalyn says:

    Hey Amanda – so glad that you enjoyed them. After looking at yours, I may nee to make them again asap!

  39. 39
    Rene' says:

    I don't know how I found these, but I'm hoping you'll link one of your amazing delishes to my new Eats and Treats party!!

    http://bargainhoot.com/2011/03/24/join-my-first-link-up-party-share-your-eats-treats/

  40. 40
    sara says:

    omg!!! i am SOOO glad i stumbled upon this website!! nice thing you have going on here!! i'm a CHOCOLIC and i LOVE CHEESECAKE TOO!! :)

  41. 41
    Amanda says:

    Thanks Sara! They are most definitely decadent!

  42. 42

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  43. 43
    Cassi says:

    I don’t have a food processor. Do you think I could make these in my stand mixer?

  44. 44

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