Cheesecake Brownies

I was really craving some chocolate last Friday night. My usual standby is brownies, because they are simple to whip up, but plain old brownies sounded so boring. I went and searched for brownies at one of my favorite recipe sites and as soon as I saw the name of these cheesecake brownies I was already drooling.

They did not disappoint at all. Simple to make and they turned out so rich and fudgy. I’ve made a ton of brownie recipes and this is definitely one of the best. The recipe has chocolate chips in it, but I don’t think they were even necessary. They made the brownies almost too rich, so I don’t think I’ll be adding them next time.

My boyfriend is usually not a fan of brownies (which I can’t even fathom), but he loves cheesecake, so he liked these. He’s so picky about desserts (which is probably a good thing or I’d make them a lot more often), it’s great finding something he’ll actually eat!

Cheesecake Brownies

Cheesecake Brownies

adapted from David Lebovitz

Dessert | Servings: 9 servings
Prep time: 25 min | Cook time: 35 min | Total time: 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 6 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 4 oz. bittersweet chocolate or semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)

Cream Cheese Mixture

  • 8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 5 tbsp. sugar
  • 1/8 tsp. vanilla

Process

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F). Grease a 8 or 9-inch square pan or line it with foil, making sure it goes up all four sides and grease lightly.
  2. In a saucepan, melt the butter and chocolate over low heat, stirring until smooth. Remove from heat and beat in the sugar, then the eggs.
  3. In a bowl, mix flour, cocoa powder and salt.
  4. Stir in chocolate mixture, then add 1 tsp. vanilla and chocolate chips. Spread evenly in the pan.
  5. In a separate bowl, beat together the cream cheese, the yolk, 5 tbsp. of sugar, and 1/8 tsp. vanilla until smooth.
  6. Distribute the cream cheese mixture in eight or nine dollops across the top of the brownie mixture, then take a dull knife or spatula and gently swirl the cream cheese mixture with the chocolate batter.
  7. Bake for 35 minutes, or until the batter in the center of the pan feels just set. Let cool and cut into squares.