Cheesecake Brownies


brownie layer:
2 eggs, at room temperature
4 oz unsweetened baking chocolate
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt

cheesecake layer:
1 egg, at room temperature
8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour or using baking spray with flour one 8×8 inch pan. In a medium pot, melt chocolate and butter, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Whisk in sugar, flour, eggs and vanilla. Pour into prepared pan, smoothing the surface with a spatula as needed. In a separate bowl, beat together cream cheese, egg, sugar, flour and vanilla until fluffy. Carefully pour over brown layer. Bake for 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack then slice and serve. The cooler the brownie, the easier it will be to cut.

My thoughts:

I have been wanting to make cheesecake brownies for what seems like years but could never find the perfect recipe. I’ve been thinking about making them a lot lately and decided to finally come up with my own recipe. Tonight is the Gilmore Girls premiere which I have been looking forward to all summer, even though I was sorely disappointed in Season 6. What better way to usher it in then with cheesecake brownies? I wanted a recipe that created 2 distinct levels of cheesecake and brownie (no swirling), was very chocolate-y without overpowering the cream cheese and which created a minimum of dishes. These brownies are darn near perfect. They are very chocolate-y while still maintaining the tang of cream cheese. Not to mention that by making the brownies in one pot, it minimized the dishes to my Kitchenaid, a pot, a measuring cup and a spoon. Rory and Lorelei would be proud.


  1. Yummus. I want one! (I want a whole pan, actually.)

  2. My husband would love those. I might have to surprise him with them. It’s kind of like cheesecake with a brownie crust! Yum.

  3. I think I’m going to break my solemn vow — no baking until I get my new kitchen — and make these tomorrow. They look fantastic!

  4. I love, love, love cheesecake brownies. Yours look especially delicious! I, too, love those things you can mix up all in one bowl. Cleaning up is the worst part.

  5. Brownies AND cheesecake? Oh my…

  6. have i died and gone to heaven?!! I’ve never heard of cheesecake brownies, but these look really great!

  7. These look amazing – they are low fat, right?

  8. Oh, cheesecake brownies are one of my extreme weaknesses and yours look sooo good! I love how you made such a big cheesecake topping, rather than swirling it. I wish you were my neighbor so you could share! 🙂

  9. cheesecake brownies – that sound like it’s going to kill you and send you to pleasure land at the same time! wow. thanks for sharing the recipe – i’ll be making these (all too) soon 🙂

  10. I love brownies, i love cheesecake. So can there be a better combination than this?! This is a definite must try. Thanks!

  11. These look really, really yummy! I’m going to have to try them.

  12. Cheesecake and brownies in one? Brilliant!

    Ari (Baking and Books)

  13. I want it.
    Sounds like a great idea to me!

  14. ok, i caved. i am making these this evening after work. i hope they freeze well or i can see myself sticking my face in such a concoction & eating the whole thing. give away or share? never! they look/sound too good. great combo.

  15. omg….you just HAD to post a picture of these, huh? LUST!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Okay I just served these after our meal breaking the Yom Kippur fast. They are SO GOOD!! I even mistakenly added an extra egg to the brownie layer (because I had three out and forgot that one needed to go in the white layer) and they were still outstanding. Thank you!

  17. I LOVE this recipe!! I made them for my boyfriend last year for Valentines day in heart shaped pans and he loved them! They tasted amazing! I did make them a second time and used a box brownie mix and they were just as good! I definitely reccomend!

  18. Do you think adding fresh raspberries would work in this and if so when would be the right time in the baking process to add them?

  19. Darcey

    I think it would be worth a shot. Fold them in at the end.