Cheesecake Swirled Brownies

Brownies? My jam. Cheesecake? Really my jam. Should I have to choose between the two? Absolutely not and I don’t think you should have to either! Have no fear, my sweet friends, because I have the remedy: Cheesecake Swirled Brownies.

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These brownies are thick and fudgy. You’re going to have messy hands after grabbing one of these, but that’s the best kind of brownie, right? The cheesecake swirl is smooth and adds the perfect tang. Brownies are always a great choice in my book, but the cheesecake swirl really elevates them.

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Also, is anyone surprised that I threw some chocolate ganache on top? You shouldn’t be. I could eat chocolate ganache with every meal. It’s never a bad choice.

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This brownie recipe was adapted from this recipe at Bigger Bolder Baking.

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Cheesecake Swirled Brownies

Fudgy brownies swirled with cheesecake
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Dessert
Keyword: brownies, cheesecake, Chocolate
Servings: 16

Ingredients

For Cheesecake:

  • 1 block (227 grams) cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 cup (50 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For Brownies:

  • 2 sticks (226 grams) butter melted and cooled
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (240 grams) brown sugar
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (222 grams) granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/3 cups (160 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup (63 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (170 grams) chocolate chips

For Chocolate Ganache:

  • 1/4 cup (42 grams) chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream

Instructions

For Cheesecake:

  • In a medium bowl, add the softened cream cheese and sugar and whisk until smooth.
  • Add the egg and vanilla extract and whisk until fully combined. Set aside.

For Brownies:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (F). Spray an 8×9 metal pan with non-stick spray. Make a cross shape with two long strips of parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, combine the melted and cooled butter, oil, and both types of sugar. Whisk until well combined.
  • Add the eggs, vanilla, and salt and whisk for about a minute or until fully combined and light in color.
  • Sift in the flour and cocoa powder. Gently fold together and be sure not to overmix.
  • Fold in the chocolate chips.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan and pour the cheesecake mixture on top. Use a butter knife to swirl the cheesecake batter into the brownie batter.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with only a few moist crumbs.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before lifting out of the pan.

For Chocolate Ganache:

  • Add the chocolate chips and heavy cream to a small saucepan over medium heat and stir until fully melted. Drizzle the ganache over cooled brownies.

Cheesecake

  1. In a medium bowl, add the softened cream cheese and sugar and whisk until smooth. Make sure that the cream cheese is very soft so that it doesn’t get chunky.
  2. Add the egg and vanilla extract and whisk until fully combined. Set aside.

Brownies

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (F). Spray an 8×9 pan with non-stick spray. Make a cross shape with two long strips of parchment paper in the bottom of the pan.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the melted and cooled butter, oil, and both types of sugar. Whisk until well combined.
  3. Add the eggs, vanilla, and salt and whisk until fully combined and light in color.
  4. Sift in the flour and cocoa powder and gently fold together. Only fold until just combined, you do not want to overmix.
  5. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and pour the cheesecake batter on top. Use a butter knife to swirl the two mixtures together. You want to make sure that you swirl enough so that the brownie batter peeks through the cheesecake batter.
  7. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs.
  8. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before lifting out of the pan.

Chocolate Ganache

  1. Combine the chocolate chips and heavy cream in a small saucepan over medium heat and stir until the chocolate is fully melted.
  2. Drizzle over cooled brownies.

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