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Easy Fudgy Cream Cheese Brownies

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Cream cheese brownies, every cheesecake and brownie lover’s dream. This recipe combines two classics to bring you the best dessert ever. The bottom has a dense brownie layer topped with a creamy cheesecake later. Top it all with extra brownie batter to make the prettiest swirls ever.

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Stack of perfectly chewy cream cheese brownies

Let’s talk brownies! I love them, you probably love them, everyone pretty much has some sort of an affinity for brownies because they’re the ultimate chocolate treat.

Today, I wanted to take my simple Easy chewy Brownies With Cocoa Powder and take it up a notch by transforming into a cheesecake brownies recipe.

This is the best cheesecake brownie recipe ver!

Since I wanted to end the year with a bang, I decided to share this decadent and rich dessert with you guys. My favorite part is the moment that thick layer of brownies meets that soft cream cheese layer.

I honestly think that that’s what dreams are made of. Plus with my undeniable love of cheesecake and brownies I knew this was gonna be a huge hit!

Easy mount of cream cheese brownies

What’s so special about this homemade cheesecake brownie recipe?

Many things are extra special about this brownie recipe:

  • First off, it’s homemade! You can make it at your house with a few simple ingredients anytime really.
  • It has a cheesecake layer on top! Best of both worlds, you get a brownie with cheesecake!
  • So so simple to make.
  • It i made in an 8×8 pan.
  • It comes out fudgy and super chocolatey for all the chocolate lovers!

Ingredients for cream cheese brownies

Here are the ingredients you will need to make these fudgy cream cheese brownies:

  • Butter- You will need melted butter that cooled a little bit for this recipe.
  • Brown sugar and granulated sugar– This brownie recipe uses two types of sugar to create that perfectly fudgy brownie texture.
  • Egg– You will need some eggs for the brownie layer as well as the cream cheese layer.
  • Salt– A little salt to balance out the sweetness and the chocolate of this recipe.
  • Dutch cocoa powder I love using dutch processed cocoa powder because it has a deeper chocolate flavor. It makes my brownies extra special!
  • Flour– All purpose flour works great for this cheesecake brownie recipe.
  • Cream cheese– You will need to use cream cheese that is at room temperature to be able to incorporate everything in.
  • Vanilla extract– The vanilla extract is added to the cream cheese layer. I have used vanilla bean paste before and the result was amazing!

As always when making homemade brownies you have to make sure that you are using top notch ingredients because the recipe itself doesn’t require too much. So whatever ingredient you use will shine and we want to allow it to be as good as possible.

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How to make brownies with cream cheese from scratch?

For the full measurements of the ingredients and the detailed recipe scroll down for the full thing! You will seriously love it πŸ™‚

  • First start by preheating the oven to 350F and line your 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk the melted butter, the brown sugar, and the granulated sugar together for about 1 minute. Add the eggs and the vanilla and beat until the colors becomes lighter. (about another minutes or two)
  • Sift in the flour, cocoa powder and salt and gently fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients just until combined. DO NO OVER MIX to keep your brownie layer light and chewy.
  • Pour the cocoa powder brownie batter in the prepared baking pan leaving 1/4 cup of brownie batter aside then spread the brownie batter evenly in the prepared pan.

Make the cream cheese layer

  • Now lets make the cream cheese layer. Place all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and using a paddle attachement, beat everything for about 2 minutes until everything is well incorporated. Do no over mix.
  • Pour the cream cheese layer over the brownie layer and gently spread. Add 1 tbsp of water to the 1/4 cup of brownie batter and gently mix it to thin it out. scoop out spoonfuls of the thinned out brownie batter and place it over the cheesecake layer. Repeat this process until you run out of the thinned out brownie batter. Gently swirl it using a knife of a wooden skewer.
  • Bake the brownie for 30 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out mostly clean. Let the brownies cool completely before slicing into them. I like to place my brownie in the fridge for at least two hours before slicing into them to get those perfect brownie squares.

How long are cream cheese brownies good for?And how to store them?

These cream cheeses brownies can be made ahead of time and stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.

You can also store them in the freezer for up to 2-3 months. Make sure to thaw them overnight in the fridge before serving them .

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Tips for chewier brownies

We love chewy brownies at my house. We don’t like the cakey ones because that to us is a cake. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with a chocolate cake, I’m all about that. But if I’m going for a brownie, I want that crazy ooey gooey brownie center and this is what you’ll get wit this recipe.

Here is how to ensure that your homemade brownies are chewy:

  • Brown sugar is a must- The moisture that is the brown sugar is amazing to keep these chocolate brownies soft and chewy. So in addition to the granulated sugar for that crackly top we use some brown sugar to get the right soft texture.
  • Don’t over bake the brownies– Over baking the brownies will result in a harder brownie so when you are baking yours, watch it closely. Pull it out of the oven when a knife or a wooden skewer inserted in the center comes out somewhat clean. It will continue baking as it cool and it will set once you will it before slicing.
  • Less eggs and less flour– This chewy cheesecake brownie recipe requires less eggs and less flour to let that butter and cacao shine while still staying soft and chewy. Make sure to measure out your flour correctly to get the exact same result as we did!
How to keep cheesecake brownies soft and chewy

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Stack of perfectly chewy cream cheese brownies

Chewy brownies with cream cheese

These brownies are so decadent! They are made with a fudgy and chewy brownie layer and topped with the best creamy cheesecake layer. Add some swirls to that for a super aesthetic dessert.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 16 servings
Calories 173 kcal

Equipment

  • 8×8 inch baking pan

Ingredients
  

Brownie layer

Cheesecake layer

Instructions
 

  • First start by preheating the oven to 350F and line your 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk the melted butter, the brown sugar, and the granulated sugar together for about 1 minute. Add the eggs and the vanilla and beat until the colors becomes lighter. (about another minutes or two)
  • Sift in the flour, cocoa powder and salt and gently fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients just until combined. DO NO OVER MIX to keep your brownie layer light and chewy.
  • Pour the cocoa powder brownie batter in the prepared baking pan leaving 1/4 cup of brownie batter aside then spread the brownie batter evenly in the prepared pan.

Make the cheesecake layer

  • Now lets make the cream cheese layer. Place all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and using a paddle attachement, beat everything for about 2 minutes until everything is well incorporated. Do no over mix.
  • Pour the cream cheese layer over the brownie layer and gently spread. Add 1 tbsp of water to the 1/4 cup of brownie batter and gently mix it to thin it out. scoop out spoonfuls of the thinned out brownie batter and place it over the cheesecake layer. Repeat this process until you run out of the thinned out brownie batter. Gently swirl it using a knife of a wooden skewer.
  • Bake the brownie for 30 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out mostly clean. Let the brownies cool completely before slicing into them. I like to place my brownie in the fridge for at least two hours before slicing into them to get those perfect brownie squares.

Nutrition

Calories: 173kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 3gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 43mgSodium: 177mgPotassium: 89mgFiber: 1gSugar: 16gVitamin A: 398IUCalcium: 22mgIron: 1mg
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6 Comments

  1. I have the regular brownie on my weekly food deliverlyy menu, and for good reason. Apart from being so very very tasty, they can be dressed upin so many ways.

    Look forward to trying these in a few weeks

    • We love to hear this! Thank you for sharing that you’ve been making these brownies for your fod delivery business, Vince!
      Have a great monday,
      Chahinez

  2. Who says you need to choose between cheesecake and chocolate… you can definitely have both!

    • Absolutely! Hope you give it a try Raquel πŸ™‚
      Happy Monday,
      Chahinez

  3. Cheesecake brownies are my favorite treat! These were easy to make and all my friends loved them!

    • Thank you so much for trying out these brownies, Addison!
      Have a great day,
      Chahinez

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