Are you stuck at home looking for a rich, fudgy, chocolatey dessert to make your Tuesday a little more bearable? Then you’re exactly where you should be, my friend. Because today we’re sharing the best cheesecake brownies recipe. And I think you’re going to like them.
What are cheesecake brownies?
You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out that cheesecake brownies = cheesecake + brownies. These fudgy cheesecake brownies are made with our favorite chewy brownie recipe, topped with a luxurious layer of cheesecake swirled with some reserved brownie batter. They’re chocolatey, chewy, decadent, and pretty enough to serve at a dinner party. Even if that dinner party is just for you!
What ingredients you need for cream cheese brownies?
Cheesecake brownies are made with minimal ingredients, but the quality of them is particularly important, especially when it comes to the cream cheese, chocolate and cocoa!
Tips for the best cheesecake brownies
Cream cheese brownies take regular ol’ brownies to the next level with a just a few tweaks! The recipe is pretty straight forward, but if you follow these three tips you’re guaranteed perfect cheesecake brownies!
Use high quality cocoa powder and chocolate: The quality of your chocolate will make or break your brownies. Now is the time to splurge on the good stuff in the name of good brownies!
Make sure all the ingredients for the cheesecake are at room temperature: The number one rule of making cheesecake is that ALL INGREDIENTS MUST BE AT ROOM TEMPERATURE. Pardon my yelling, but it’s just so important. If your cream cheese and eggs aren’t at true room temperature the batter will not mix together and you will end up with clumpy cheesecake.
Don’t over bake the cheesecake brownies: Over baked cheesecake brownies can get rubbery and dry real fast. Two words I definitely don’t want my cream cheese brownies being described as. Take out the brownies when the cheesecake is still a little wobbly and you’ll be in the clear!
How do you cut perfect brownies?
Ahh brownies. They’re pretty easy to make, but notoriously messy to serve. You know what I’m talking about. Brownies are so moist and fudgy that a lot of the time if you take a regular oil knife to them the crumb sticks to the sides of the knife and creates brownies with a ragged, messy edge. We have two solutions for this to cut perfectly:
Use a warm knife: Run a thin, sharp knife under hot water between each cut, wiping it clean to prevent any sticking!
Use a plastic knife: Plastic knives have a brownie repelling finish. If any cheesecake or brownie does stick to the knife, wipe it clean between cuts!
So go ahead, my loves, eat the brownies and the cheesecake today!
Preheat oven to 350°F and line a 9 x 9 pan with parchment paper on all sides. Set aside.
Make the cheesecake layer first. In a stand mixer fit with the paddle attachment beat all the cheesecake ingredients together until combined, about 2 minutes. Do not over beat. Set aside.
Now make the brownie layer. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter. Remove from microwave, stir in sugar. Microwave the mixture for 30 more seconds. Stir again and melt for 60 seconds more. You want the sugar and butter to bubble up slightly, but not burn. This amount of time should do the trick.
Remove mixture from the microwave and stir the bittersweet chocolate into the hot mixture to melt it completely. If the chocolate doesn’t melt completely, put it in the microwave for another 15 seconds.
Add eggs and egg yolk and the vanilla extract, beating until combined. Add the flour, cocoa powder and salt and mix until combined.
Remove a 1/2 cup of the brownie batter and place it in a separate bowl. Add two tablespoons of water to the 1/2 cup of batter and whisk together to thin it out. This will create the brownie swirl on top.
Pour the remaining brownie batter into the prepared pan, spreading it into an even layer. Pour the cheesecake batter over the brownie layer. Drop the remaining thinned out brownie batter onto the cheesecake and use a knife to create a few big swirls. Do not over swirl. You want big separate swirls of cheesecake and brownie.
Bake for 30 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center of the brownies comes out mostly clean. Allow to cool completely and place in the fridge for an hour for the cheesecake to set. When ready to serve, cut into 9 large squares or 16 smaller brownies!