Cheesecake Brownies

by Katie on October 10, 2011

Brownies are quite the dividing dessert. Ever noticed that?

There are THREE categories of people out there…

1.  Those fiercely loyal to the plain brownie. 

2.  Those who love a good brownie, but like to be creative and make it better by adding things to it!

3.  The oddballs.  They are the ones who don’t like chocolate?!?  They usually stick to the non chocolate brownie cousin…the blondie. 

I fall into the second category.  For sure.  Not doubt about it.   Unfortunately, my husband falls into the first.   While he will flatter me and eat various types of brownies, he prefers a simple plain brownie.  I don’t get it. 

I must have done a great job with these because even my plain brownie loving husband loved them. They are the perfect mix of cheesecake and chocolate.  I love peanut butter, s’mores, and mint brownies…but I think cheesecake brownies are my over all favorite.  If you fall into the second group of brownie lovers…this is the recipe for you :)

What kind of brownie lover are you?

Brownie Batter
3 1/2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
12 Tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 large eggs
3/4 cup plus 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour

Cheesecake Batter
8 ounces cream cheese, chilled
1 1/2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
5 Tablespoons sugar
1 large egg
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Lightly grease an 8 inch square pan with butter or vegetable oil.

Melt the chocolate and butter in the top of a double boiler place over simmering water. Cool the mixture for 5 minutes.

Place the sugar in a medium mixing bowl and pour in the chocolate mixture. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, mix until blended, about 25 seconds. Scrape the bowl with a rubber spatula.

Add the vanilla. With the mixer on a med-low sped, add the eggs one at ta time, blending after each addition until the yolk is broken and dispersed, about 10 seconds. Scrape the bowl after the last egg and blend until velvety, about 15 more seconds.

Add the flour on low speed and mix for 20 seconds; finish the mixing by hand.

Cream cheese filling:
Place all the ingredients in a food processor and process until blended. Set aside.

Spread about two-thirds of the brownie batter in the prepared pan. Spread the cream cheese filling over the brownie batter. Using a spoon, scoop the remaining brownie batter over the filling in nine equal mounds arranged in rows of threes so that there is some space between them.

Run the a knife back and forth through the brownies to swirl the batters. Bake the bars until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean or with moist crumbs, about 45 minutes (Mine took about 55 minutes). Allow the brownies to cool for 1 hour before cutting.

Makes 9-12 brownies

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Wanda Eichler October 11, 2011 at 2:09 am

The picture of that brownie is good enough to eat! This is a must try. Thanks.


Katie October 11, 2011 at 11:26 am

Wanda, yes…these are a must try for sure!


Cherie October 11, 2011 at 8:19 am

OOOOOO….I used to make the “box” version of these back when the boys were little…I could eat half the pan all by myself!!!!!

As you know…I am TOO lazy to do the “from scratch” thing…I just used a box of brownies….made the cheese filling and they were actually pretty good!!!!

Man…I only had a granola bar for breakfast (which NEVER fills me up…..and now I WANT a brownie………and a BIG OL’ glass of milk!!!!



Katie October 11, 2011 at 11:27 am

Cherie, as much as I love homemade brownies…I still make the box kind sometimes too. You have to try them sometime though…they don’t take much time at all ;)


Daniel October 11, 2011 at 9:40 am

Now hold on a second! While I do like your (from scratch) plain brownies, I clearly also fall into the “oddball” category as well. Don’t sell me short and just call me plain, I’m odd too!

But seriously these were awesome, you can make them anytime, so I can feel like you “normal” folks and be in category #2 with all the cool kids. hahaha


Katie October 11, 2011 at 11:29 am

I’m sorry Daniel :( I know you will eat whatever I make, but you always vote for plain when I ask.


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