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Cheesecake Brownies

Cheesecake Brownies – Scrumptiously rich and fudgy brownies topped with a creamy cheesecake layer with a brownie swirl. A perfect cheesecake brownie combination!

Cheesecake Brownies cut into slices on brown parchment paper.

Do you love brownies? What about cheesecake? Well, today I have combined the two to create these delicious Cheesecake Brownies!

A thick and fudgy brownie layer topped with a creamy, thick layer of cheesecake. And I’ve topped it off by swirling some more brownie into the cheesecake layer.

Absolutely divine!

Overhead shot of Cheesecake Brownies cut into slices.

Ingredients for Cheesecake Brownies:

For the brownies

  • unsalted butter
  • caster/granulated sugar
  • cocoa powder
  • salt
  • vanilla extract
  • eggs
  • plain/all-purpose flour

For the cheesecake layer

  • cream cheese
  • caster/granulated sugar
  • egg
  • vanilla extract
  • plain/all-purpose flour

This recipe is another quick and easy one to throw together. Simply make the brownie batter in one bowl, and the cheesecake batter in another, bake the brownies until almost done, top with the cheesecake, swirl some brownie batter into it, and bake again.

Cool to room temperature, and then refrigerate. Done!

These Cheesecake Brownies are:

  • deliciously thick and fudgy
  • creamy from the cheesecake layer
  • so quick and easy to make
  • perfectly pretty!

Serve these brownies at your next party, and everyone will be going back for seconds – be sure to make two batches! πŸ˜‰

Cheesecake Brownies on brown parchment paper with fork taking a piece from a brownie.

Cheesecake Brownies - Scrumptiously rich and fudgy brownies topped with a creamy cheesecake layer with a brownie swirl. A perfect cheesecake brownie combination! #cheesecake #brownies #recipe

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5 from 2 votes
Cheesecake Brownies
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 45 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 5 mins
Yields: 16 bars
Calories: 329 kcal
Scrumptiously rich and fudgy brownies topped with a creamy cheesecake layer with a brownie swirl. A perfect cheesecake brownie combination!
For the Brownies
  • 1 and 1/4 sticks unsalted butter 140g
  • 1 and 1/2 cups caster/granulated sugar 300g
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder 75g
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs cold
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup plain/all-purpose flour 60g
For the Cheesecake
  • 2 and 1/4 cups full fat cream cheese 500g, softened
  • 1/2 cup caster/granulated sugar 100g
  • 1 large egg room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup plain/all-purpose flour 30g
For the Brownies
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Line an 8x8-inch square baking pan with foil or parchment paper, and set aside.
  2. Place the butter, sugar, cocoa powder, and salt into a microwave-safe bowl, and heat for 1 minute. Stir well, then microwave for another minute. The mixture should very warm to the touch.

  3. Add the eggs and vanilla, and mix well until combined. Fold in the flour until fully combined.

  4. Reserve 1/4 cup of the batter, and set aside. Pour the remaining batter into the prepared pan, and spread out evenly. Bake for 15 - 20 minutes, or until the centre of the brownies is mostly set. Allow to cool in the pan on a wire rack whilst preparing the cheesecake.
For the Cheesecake
  1. Using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese and sugar until combined. Beat in the egg, then mix in the vanilla extract, and flour.

  2. Pour the mixture over the brownie layer and spread out evenly. Spoon the reserved brownie batter on top, and using a toothpick, create a swirl effect.

  3. Bake for 20 - 30 minutes or until the cheesecake centre is almost set, but still a little jiggly. Allow to cool to room temperature, then refrigerate for 4 - 5 hours. Cut into bars, and serve.

You can store the brownies in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week, or freeze them for up to 2 – 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge before serving.

The calories are an estimate only.

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  • Reply
    16th May 2016 at 10:07 am

    This looks absolutely decadent and delicious!! Going to surprise my hubby with this when he gets back from Paris!

    • Reply
      16th May 2016 at 10:18 am

      Thanks, Hanady! I hope you give these a try!

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    Gloria @ Homemade & Yummy
    16th May 2016 at 11:54 am

    Those look like divine little bites of goodness. I love cheesecake, and eating it in square form is even better.

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    Jenn @ Peas and Crayons
    16th May 2016 at 12:06 pm

    Gosh girl you have a way with dessert! These cheesecake brownies look positively delicious! Also – I mean to ask – what FB sharing slider thingie do you use? It’s super cute!

    • Reply
      16th May 2016 at 12:37 pm

      Thanks, Jenn! I use the Shareaholic sharing buttons πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Just Jo
    16th May 2016 at 12:16 pm

    Ooo now that’s a cheesecake brownie! Finally a recipe with a proper cheesecake:brownie ratio. Love the look of these, deffo trying them πŸ˜€

    • Reply
      16th May 2016 at 12:38 pm

      Thanks, Jo! πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    16th May 2016 at 12:43 pm

    I love the layers and swirl on top. What a great dessert to bring to a potluck. They would be gone in seconds.

    • Reply
      16th May 2016 at 3:06 pm

      Thanks, Christie!

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    Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
    16th May 2016 at 6:57 pm

    Cheesecake and brownies together in one?! Yes please! Those swirls are so pretty, Marsha! Cheers, girl!

    • Reply
      16th May 2016 at 7:00 pm

      Thanks, Cheyanne!

  • Reply
    16th May 2016 at 8:24 pm

    I am a hardcore brownie and cheesecake fan so these look like heaven. And the swirl is so pretty!

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    Lindsey @ Butter & Type
    16th May 2016 at 9:08 pm

    This recipe is right up my alley. I wish we lived closer so I could get some from you, haha! Also, that swirl is so on point. Love it.

    • Reply
      17th May 2016 at 8:16 am

      Thanks, Lindsey! πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    17th May 2016 at 3:58 am

    I’ve been planning on making something like this for a long time, so I’m very glad I stumbled upon your recipe. Definitely pinning for later.

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    Shelby @ Go Eat and Repeat
    17th May 2016 at 9:17 am

    Yummy! This brownies look gorgeous! I am LOVING the cheesecake in it =)

    • Reply
      17th May 2016 at 10:53 am

      Thanks, Shelby! πŸ™‚

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    Linda @ Today She Loves
    17th May 2016 at 2:52 pm

    These are absolutely divine! I love how pretty the swirls are and can imagine these as a perfect Christmas gift, wrapped individually.

    Marsha, I’m too lazy to blog/bake. How do you find your inspiration? I feel like I need someone to supervise me to get things done, lol.

    • Reply
      17th May 2016 at 3:11 pm

      Thanks, Linda! Haha, I just love to bake! I always look forward to doing a new recipe post πŸ™‚

      • Reply
        17th May 2016 at 10:34 pm

        Oh okay. I’m going to make this though and bring to work. πŸ™‚ I’ve never made cheesecake before and find it intimidating.

        • Reply
          19th May 2016 at 5:52 pm

          I hope you enjoy, Linda! πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry
    17th May 2016 at 3:51 pm

    Talk about decadent! These brownies are made for a tall glass of milk.

  • Reply
    AiPing | Curious Nut
    18th May 2016 at 8:43 am

    Cheesecake and brownie in one? I’m totally sold. Love them both.

  • Reply
    18th May 2016 at 7:53 pm

    These look so delicious! I love cheesecake and brownies!

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    Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures
    19th May 2016 at 11:53 am

    What a great combination! I really like the thick layer of cheesecake in the middle! Yum!

  • Reply
    Tara | Deliciously Declassified
    20th May 2016 at 12:57 pm

    These look like absolute perfection! And totally decadent and delicious. Yum!

  • Reply
    20th May 2016 at 1:53 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous! I made some cheesecake brownies recently, they were totally delicious but not as pretty as yours.

  • Reply
    22nd July 2016 at 12:44 am

    Hi Marsha,
    These look fantastic. Can the finished slice be frozen so it can be made ahead of time?

    • Reply
      22nd July 2016 at 9:38 am

      Thanks, Vicki! You can store the brownies in a airtight container in the fridge for up to a week, or freeze them for up to 2 – 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge before serving. Enjoy!

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    Nina Bielawski
    9th September 2016 at 3:04 am

    These are amazing!!! This was my first time ever making anything like cheesecake, so it seemed like a challenge. But, the recipe was easy to follow and they turned out delicious! I’m in love <3 I'm going to start making these very often, I can't get over how delectable they are. Thank you! πŸ˜€

    • Reply
      9th September 2016 at 5:24 pm

      Thank you, Nina! I’m so glad you loved them! πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    29th December 2016 at 6:22 am

    Can baking paper be used instead of alluminium foil?

    • Reply
      29th December 2016 at 2:30 pm

      Yes it can πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    24th January 2017 at 11:28 am

    Do you use 2 8 oz bars of cream cheese?

    • Reply
      24th January 2017 at 11:36 am

      Two 8 oz bars plus 2 oz.

      • Reply
        Elizabeth Hildebrandt
        13th March 2018 at 3:07 pm

        Thank you for the clarification. I am glad I read the comments first. My family will love these brownies with cheesecake! I have become the official cheesecake maker in the family, so I’m glad to find this recipe!

        • Reply
          13th March 2018 at 5:13 pm

          You’re welcome, Elizabeth! Enjoy! πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    12th May 2017 at 8:53 pm

    Thank you very much for this recipe! I baked this as a dessert once, every one loved it! I’m going to make them again for my birthday party this weekend πŸ™‚

    • Reply
      13th May 2017 at 12:57 am

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Nathalie! πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Boyan Minchev
    4th July 2017 at 12:27 pm

    OMG!!! Cheesecake brownies, such a delight. I wish I have them right now, anyway I will cook this recipe this weekend. Thank you for sharing this amazing dessert.

    • Reply
      4th July 2017 at 2:01 pm

      I hope you enjoy!

  • Reply
    Julie Raymond
    10th February 2018 at 4:20 pm

    I have a potluck coming up and was looking for a unique recipe for the die heart dessert lovers in the group. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe I am definitely going to try it.

    • Reply
      10th February 2018 at 7:34 pm

      Enjoy! πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    23rd February 2018 at 8:09 pm

    You don’t seem to say when you add the melted butter…

    • Reply
      23rd February 2018 at 8:28 pm

      See step 2 of the instructions πŸ™‚

      • Reply
        23rd February 2018 at 11:02 pm

        I read that three times and still didn’t see it! Haha.
        I also found that reserving 1/4 cup of the brownie batter wasn’t enough to get a good marble, I was super bummed.

        • Reply
          24th February 2018 at 9:26 am

          Haha, that happens to me too!
          I’m so sorry about that! I hope you enjoy anyway. πŸ™‚

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