Cheesecake Brownies

Oh, Internet. I’ve missed you. My blog sorta blew up last week, but I think it’s all been pieced back together again. Let’s all keep our fingers crossed that nothing like that ever happens again. Ever.

But, I’m back and I come bearing (baring? Which “bear/bare” would I use here?) the most decadent brownie recipe yet. These bad boys are rich! They’re also topped with one of my favorite foods…cheesecake. Not to mention, this recipe is from the fabulous David Lebovitz, so you know it’s a good one!

This recipe was super simple and I had all the ingredients in my kitchen which is always a plus. My only complaint about these delicious little bites of chocolate and cheesecake is that I like my brownies warm and my cheesecake icy cold. I ended up keeping these in the fridge, because I’m sorry, warm cheesecake is just not right.

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Cheesecake Brownies
Recipe from David Lebovitz

  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter, cut into pieces (I used salted)
  • 4 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 5 tbsp sugar
  • 1/8 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9×9 pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.

Melt the butter and chocolate in a double boiler (or use the microwave like I did, but be careful not to burn the chocolate!), stirring until smooth. Remove from heat and beat in the 2/3 cup sugar and 2 eggs. Sift in the flour, cocoa powder, and salt (I never sift anything, though). Stir in the vanilla and chocolate chips. Spread in the prepared pan.

In your mixer, beat together the cream cheese, egg yolk, 5 tbsp of sugar, and vanilla extract until smooth. Drop large spoonfuls of the cream cheese mixture over the brownie batter. Use a knife or offset spatula to swirl the cheesecake through the brownie mixture.

Bake for 35 minutes or until the batter in the center of the pan is just set. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Lift out the brownies using the foil and cut into squares.