Cheesecake Brownies

by Amy on 22 June 2014

Cheesecake Brownies | FearlessHomemaker.comToday, I’m participating in a fun blogger event — the Secret Recipe Club. How does it work? Every blogger is secretly assigned another blog + chooses a recipe from that blog to make. On reveal day (today!), all of our posts go up at the same time, + everyone gets to see who was assigned to their blog, which recipe they chose, + how it turned out. Fun, huh?

I was thrilled to be assigned Our Table For Seven this month. Erin’s blog is full of fab homestyle, family-friendly meals and desserts – we have very similar taste in food/recipes, so there was lots of comfort food, crock-pot dishes, and simple sweets for me to choose from. I knew I wanted to make a dessert this month + when I saw her Cheesecake Brownies, I had to try ’em! And y’all, they turned out SO good – they were all gobbled up by our family + friends in record time. Rich, fudgy brownies topped and swirled with a creamy, sweet, smooth cheesecake layer. If you have the time, making the brownie layer from scratch (as described below) is ideal. However, there’s no shame in using a boxed brownie mix to shave off some time/ingredients, and I bet they’d still be amazing!

Thank you to Erin for introducing me to these incredibly tasty brownies + to the Secret Recipe Club for connecting me, yet again, with fantastic bloggers + amazing recipes! For all my previous Secret Recipe Club recipes, click here – there are TONS of awesome ones!

Cheesecake Brownies |

Cheesecake Brownies

Makes 16 brownies, inspired by Our Table for Seven, brownie recipe adapted from Cookie & Kate


For the brownies: (or you can shortcut it and use a boxed mix for the brownies!)
10 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into ½-inch slices
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
2 cold large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
2 ounces dark or semi-sweet chocolate, roughly chopped (or ⅓ cup chocolate chips)

For the cheesecake layer:
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg


Position the rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

Line an 8 by 8-inch baking pan with foil or parchment paper so it hangs over the edges by about 1-inch. Grease, or spray with cooking spray.

Make the cheesecake layer: In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer at medium speed, beat the cream cheese until smooth and creamy, about 1 minute. Beat in the sugar and the vanilla until very smooth, 1 to 2 minutes. Beat in the egg until well blended. Set aside.

Make the brownies: Brown the butter: Melt the butter in a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat. Continue to cook the butter, whisking constantly, until it’s pale golden brown and the particles suspended in it are reddish brown, about 10 minutes. Remove the pan from heat and stir in the sugar. Then add the cocoa powder, sea salt, and baking powder. Stir until the ingredients are thoroughly incorporated. Let the mixture cool for 5 minutes.

Add the eggs one at a time, beating vigorously with a wooden spoon or silicone spatula after each one. When the mixture looks thick, shiny and well blended, add the vanilla extract and the flour. Stir until you no longer see streaks of flour. Then beat vigorously (put those arm muscles to work!) for 50 strokes with the wooden spoon or spatula. At this point, the mixture should be no more than slightly warm (if not, let it cool for a few more minutes). Fold in the chocolate chunks or chips.

Reserve 1/2 cup brownie batter and set aside. Scrape the remaining brownie batter into the prepared pan. Pour the cheesecake mixture evenly over top. Drop the reserved brownie batter in 8 large dollops over the topping. Draw the handle of a wooden spoon through the two batters to create a swirled effect.

Bake until the top is just set, about 35-40 minutes and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out almost clean. Let cool completely in the pan on a wire rack. Lift brownies out of the pan by the foil/parchment and transfer to a cutting board. Spray a knife with cooking spray and cut into 16 squares.

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{ 46 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Anna (Hidden Ponies) June 23, 2014 at 1:05 am

Who could resist these?! Love them!

2 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar June 23, 2014 at 5:36 am

Mmm these brownies look so yummy!! Such a nice flavour!

3 Leah | So, How's It Taste? June 23, 2014 at 6:39 am

Yes, please, I’ll take a dozen! I’m enjoying my coffee right now and one (or five) of these would be perfect with it!

4 Beth June 23, 2014 at 6:47 am

What a great recipe! I’ll be sure to check out Erin’s blog, too.

5 Caitlin @ teaspoon June 23, 2014 at 7:05 am

I love cheesecake and I love brownies. Winner in my book.

6 Karen (Back Road Journal) June 23, 2014 at 7:13 am

Brownies and cheesecake…what an irresistible combination.

7 Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice June 23, 2014 at 7:18 am

How fun to participate in a blogging event like this! And these brownies look amazing! I wish I had one for breakfast. Pinned!

8 Luv What You Do June 23, 2014 at 8:09 am

Secret Recipe Club is the best. I always love to see what you guys come up with!
I’m not a huge cheesecake fan but for some reason with brownies I find it delish!!!

9 Lauren Everson June 23, 2014 at 8:10 am

These look delectable. I am pinning this recipe immediately. Being 9mo pregnant means I probably won’t get around to making them as soon as I’d like but this will be happening! Great choice this month.

10 EA-The Spicy RD June 23, 2014 at 9:02 am

Now that summers started and I have more time with the kids, I’ve been in a baking mood. Would love to make a gluten-free version of these yummy treats! Only problem? My ovens broken!! Hopefully getting it fixed though this week :-)

11 SallyBR June 23, 2014 at 10:50 am

I would NOT be surprised if your recipe gets to be the most popular this month, cheesecake and brownies… WOW!

hard to beat this combination, plus it looks amazing!

Happy Reveal Day!

12 amy June 23, 2014 at 10:55 am

Awww, thank you Sally! It would be amazing if I was the most popular this month – we’ll see! =D

13 alexandra June 23, 2014 at 11:15 am

Beautiful swirly brownies! I’m always a fan of a cheesecake + brownie combo. My parents and I used to have a Sunday routine when I was growing up in NJ back in the day that involved a stop at a bakery after church for MUFFINS. There was this chocolate based muffin stuffed with cheesecake that I ALWAYS ordered. These brownies remind me of them. Yum!

LOVE that cake stand (plate?) too. Beautiful color!

14 amy June 23, 2014 at 11:24 am

Alex, I used to eat a similar chocolate/cheesecake muffin growing up in Boston – we called them Black Bottom Muffins, and these brownies totally remind me of them! And the little cake/sweet stand came from a local craft fair here in East Nashville a couple years ago – I love the color, too. =)

15 Erin @ Table for 7 June 23, 2014 at 11:33 am

Ooh..I haven’t made these in such a long time…I need to bake them again :) They look beautiful Amy, so glad you enjoyed them! Thanks for the kind words :)

16 susan @ the wimpy vegetarian June 23, 2014 at 11:43 am

Saving, stumbling, pinning!!! I love this so much. Cheesecake and brownies are a perfect combination. I was on a kick a few years ago of making chocolate cake with cheesecake added in a swirl, so I know I’d love these. Fabulous pick!

17 sarah k @ the pajama chef June 23, 2014 at 11:55 am

these look absolutely addictive, amy! great src choice :)

18 Melissa June 23, 2014 at 12:33 pm

Oh, yum! How delicious! I wouldn’t be able to stop at just one! Awesome pick this month :)

19 Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel June 23, 2014 at 12:51 pm

LOVE your top photo on the cutting board– so gorgeous and so delicious. These bars are perfection!!

20 Lesley Eats June 23, 2014 at 1:05 pm

Oh, yum! Someday (maybe) I’ll make brownies from scratch. :)

21 Rebekah @ Making Miracles June 23, 2014 at 2:07 pm

I love Erin’s blog!!! :) This is a WONDERFUL choice this month – I definitely need to give these a try!!

22 Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie June 23, 2014 at 2:17 pm

Whenever I make brownies with stuff mixed into them I so rarely make the brownie layer from scratch. You may have convinced me to try it though.

23 Cailee June 23, 2014 at 2:25 pm

Cheesecake AND brownies?!! In one?! YUM!! What a great combo of delicious desserty flavors! :)

24 Shannon @ Bake.Frost.Repeat June 23, 2014 at 2:50 pm

Cheesecake brownies are in my top 5 favorite desserts of all time. They look fantastic!!!!!!

25 Wendy, A Day in the Life on the Farm June 23, 2014 at 3:27 pm

I am discovering a problem with reveal day…..I sit here and read delicious recipe after delicious recipe and I am starving to death….I am going to go eat now LOL>

26 amy June 23, 2014 at 3:42 pm

Agree! I can only check out the reveal posts on a full stomach or I’m starving + craving everything! Go get yourself a snack. =)

27 Karen @ Karen's Kitchen Stories June 23, 2014 at 4:30 pm

I love cheesecake brownies and yours are stunning!

28 Avril June 23, 2014 at 5:30 pm

One can NEVER go wrong in baking up a batch of brownies! Cheesecake brownies is just double the YUM!
Happy Reveal Day to you!

29 Renee - Kudos Kitchen June 23, 2014 at 5:42 pm

I think these must be the perfect brownies! SO delicious!

30 Emily @ Life on Food June 23, 2014 at 6:42 pm

Desserts that are two in one are always a winner in my book. These cheesecake brownies look fantastic. Happy Reveal Day!!

31 Asiya @ Chocolate & Chillies June 23, 2014 at 8:58 pm

I really enjoyed going through your blog this month! Tough to pick just one recipe but I’ve pinned some others to try soon!

Your SRC pick this month looks absolutely decadent! As always, gorgeous picture!

32 amy June 24, 2014 at 1:17 am

Thank you so much, Asiya! So thrilled you enjoyed having my blog. =)

33 Couscous & Consciousness June 24, 2014 at 1:52 am

I can literally feel my thighs expanding just looking at these. That’s not going to deter me from giving these a try though. Brownies are one of my favourite treats, and I’m loving the idea of the cheesecake topping.

34 amy June 24, 2014 at 5:18 am

Bahaha, you are too funny, Sue! These are definitely a decadent once-in-a-while-only treat in my book. =)

35 Amy (Savory Moments) June 24, 2014 at 5:33 am

These look + sound amazing. The perfect combination of two of my favorite desserts!

36 Traci June 24, 2014 at 7:10 am

What a great pick this month! I love your photo. Beautiful picture and recipe.

37 Jess @ whatjessicabakednext June 24, 2014 at 7:27 am

Love cheesecake brownies! They look super moorish and delicious!

38 Tara June 24, 2014 at 7:53 am

Beautiful brownies! I love the swirls. Great pick!

39 danielle June 24, 2014 at 9:31 am

Umm yes please! Definitely a winning combination.

40 dina June 24, 2014 at 10:22 am

they look great!

41 Stephanie @ Macaroni and Cheesecake June 25, 2014 at 4:37 pm

These look so decadent and delicious! And your photos are gorgeous too!

42 Jennie @themessybakerblog June 27, 2014 at 9:17 am

Look at those gorgeous swirls–nom!

43 Choc Chip Uru July 1, 2014 at 6:35 pm

These swirls are keeping me very hypnotised 😛

Choc Chip Uru

44 Meghan July 3, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Who can resist a cheesecake brownie?! These look amazing!

45 Kelly July 7, 2014 at 3:09 pm

Oh my gosh, cheesecake and brownies? I would not be able to resist these – love the swirl, they look amazing!

46 Adri July 10, 2014 at 10:17 am

I adore cheesecake brownies. These look wonderful. They are always so moist and so packed with chocolate flavor. Plus I love the swirly tops. I used to make some espresso ones… I will have to dig out that recipe!

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