These cheesecake brownies are so delicious! They’re full of chocolate, fudgy goodness with the rich, creamy zing of cheesecake. Grab a brownie buddy because these are too good to keep to yourself!
Best Cheesecake Brownies are easy enough to make and enjoy at home but pack an impressive punch at a party or casual gathering. Taking a traditional homemade brownie and adding a cheesecake topping makes these an elegant, rich upgrade and a must-try. You can leave them layered or marble them for a fancier look.
What kind of Cocoa Powder should I use?
Cocoa has become a popular cooking item and more cocoa powders are popping up in stores all the time. This is because cocoa, in and of itself, is a healthy food. Any of these options will work as long they are pure, unsweetened, cocoa powder. A dutch process cocoa powder will also work. Sweetened cocoa not only has sugar in it, but usually some flavoring and sometimes dry milk solids. This recipe calls for just the right amount of sugar—using sweetened cocoa will disrupt the flavor, texture and sweetness of these brownies.
Should I make them in advance?
Many people enjoy a warm brownie. These will serve up nicely warm, but to give the topping a chance to set, they are best made in advance enough to cool completely.
Will the cream cheese make the brownies too gooey?
Just like cheesecake, the cream cheese in this recipe will solidify when baked. However, if you like your brownies a little more cakey than fudgy, you can add an extra egg to the brownie batter.
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Best Cheesecake Brownies
- 1/2 cup salted butter melted + 2 tablespoons
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup melted milk chocolate chips
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a metal 9×9 pan with parchment paper.
- Pour melted butter into a large mixing bowl. Whisk in sugar by hand until smooth, 30 seconds.
- Add in eggs and vanilla extract. Whisk 1 minute. Whisk in melted chocolate until combined and smooth.
- Use a rubber spatula to stir in flour, cocoa powder, and salt until just combined. Pour into prepared pan and smooth out.
- Make the cheesecake batter: use a hand mixer to whip together cream cheese and sugar until smooth, about 90 seconds. Add in egg and vanilla extract . Mix until combined, about 30 seconds.
- Drizzle cheesecake batter on top of brownie batter in 9×9 pan. Use a knife or a toothpick to swirl designs, if desired.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 35-40 minutes. Let cool completely before slicing.