Cheesecake Brownies

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Cheesecake Brownies are a rich, chocolate filled brownie topped with a creamy cheesecake layer to create a dessert combination that is simply divine.

Have you ever heard of anything better than a brownie mixed with cheesecake?! This dessert will knock you off your feet. It is simple to whip up and uses ingredients that you most likely have in your kitchen right now. 

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Cheesecake Brownies

Brownie cheesecake bars are a showstopper. They look fancy but are so easy to make. These bars always receive rave reviews whenever I make them. Brownie cheesecake bars are sturdy enough to be cut into shapes making them perfect for sharing with friends. 

This recipe uses dark cocoa powder, such as Hersey’s Special Dark. It is amazingly chocolaty without being bitter. It’s a great thing to have on hand and I now use it in 90% of recipes that call for cocoa.

cheesecake brownies stacked on a plate

Can the brownies be stored in the freezer?

Of course! The frozen bars can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months. The cheesecake layer can feel slightly more sticky after it comes out of the freezer, but it is still tasty.

Do Cheesecake Brownies have to be refrigerated?

These brownies can be kept at room temperature for 1 or 2 days, but if you want the bars to last longer, you can store them in the fridge for up to one week.

slices of cheesecake brownies stacked on a plate

How can I tell when cheesecake brownies are done baking?

You will know when the bars are done baking because the center will be set. You don’t want to over bake them. Allow the bars to cool in the pan for about 20 minutes before cutting.

top view of a pan of cheesecake brownies

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5 from 1 vote

Cheesecake Brownies

Brownie Cheesecake Bars are a rich chocolatey brownie topped with a creamy cheesecake layer to create a beautiful and divine dessert.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
Servings: 24 brownies


Brownie Layer:

  • 3 1/4 cups flour
  • 2 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup milk, plus 2 tablespoons, (divided)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Cheesecake Layer:

  • 2 8- ounce packages cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
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  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease with butter or cooking spray a 13×18 jelly roll pan and set aside.
  • In a large bowl or the bowl of your stand mixer, add the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, salt, and baking powder. Stir to combine.
  • In a small bowl add the eggs, oil, 1/4 cup milk, and vanilla. Whisk the wet ingredient to combine.
  • Make a well in the center of the dry ingredient and pour the wet ingredients into the center. Mix until well combined or with the cookie paddle attached of a stand mixer, mix on medium-low speed until well combined. The batter will be very thick.
  • Remove about 3/4 cup of the batter and put it in a small bowl (or the bowl the wet ingredients just came out of) and set aside. Spread the rest of the batter in the bottom of the greased jelly roll pan.
  • To make the cheesecake layer, combine the cream cheese and sugar in the bowl of your stand mixer and beat on medium speed until well combined and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  • Add the eggs and vanilla and beat another minute until well combined. Spread the cheesecake layer evenly on top of the brownie layer in the pan.
  • Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of milk to the batter that you saved in the small bowl. Use a fork to whisk and combine it well. Drop the now thinned batter by small spoonfuls over the cheesecake layer and then use a toothpick to marble the cheesecake and thinned batter together. You just pull the toothpick across the top of the dessert with a bit of swirling motion. Do this until it is marbled as much as you like.
  • Bake the bars for 28-30 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through baking.
  • Let the bars cool in the pan for 20 minutes before cutting.


  • Dark cocoa powder, such as Hersey’s Special Dark, is amazingly chocolaty without being bitter. It’s a great thing to have on hand and I now use it in 90% of recipes that call for cocoa.


Serving: 1 of 24 brownies, Calories: 301kcal, Carbohydrates: 40g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 0.1g, Cholesterol: 46mg, Sodium: 158mg, Potassium: 79mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 26g, Vitamin A: 212IU, Calcium: 30mg, Iron: 1mg
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Make Brownie Cheesecake Bars recipe for an easy to please dessert, with a dark chocolatey fudgy layer topped with creamy marbled cheesecake. The best of both worlds.

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  1. Laura says:

    I made these brownies Sunday night for a game night. They were good. I thought they really just tasted like a brownie with sweet cream cheese on top. Not bad AT ALL but not the cheesecake flavor I’d hoped for. BUT THEN I left them in the fridge and 2 days later they taste like a brownie cheesecake and are SO good. I think they really needed the time to settle and become cheesecakey. A great option for a dessert anytime-but even better if you need to make ahead!

  2. bloominghomestead says:

    I made some cheesecake brownies last month and they were such a hit! Super yum!

    1. Melissa says:

      Was it similar to this recipe?! I wouldn’t mind a thicker brownie layer… do share!

  3. Rachel says:

    Also I really want to pin this but can’t figure out how. What am I missing?

    1. Melissa says:

      Are you on a mobile device or a PC? I have no idea how to do it from a device, but if you are on a PC or laptop you should be able to hold your mouse over any picture and then a little “Pin It” picture will pop up in the corner then you can click on it and it works. I totally want to be pin-able, it’s great for me, so you let me know if it isn’t working because it is worth my time to fix and figure out for sure! I’m so glad you like them… we are making them for company on Sunday and I’m counting down the days!!!

  4. Rachel says:

    So I immediately made the red velvet ones when you posted those. I remembered that I had made them before and that they were pretty good, but mostly cute. I thought I’d give them to my VTs. Well the VT appointments fell through and I’m so glad because that meant I needed to make another treat, and then you posted these. Perfect timing. And it turns out…these are to die for! SOOOO good! You are my favorite.

    And PS, at the VT appointment today, she mentioned how much she loved the gingerbread blondies I brought at Christmas–also one of your recipes. Keep up the good work fattening me up.

  5. Laraine says:

    Okay these look amazing!!!! I NEED to make these. We need to come see your house.

  6. Amy D says:

    Hmm… brownie and cheesecake? Say no more , I’ll take one! 😉 Found your blog from the cards we drew facebook fanfare link…. Might have to add these to my To BAKE list! thanks for sharing!!

    1. Barb says:

      I have a box of brownies that is scrumptious for a quick fix. Can I incorporate that with the cheesecake part to make these squares?

  7. Steph @ Crafting in the Rain says:

    Yeah, a couple of my favorite things…these look great 🙂 And hey, congrats on your newest contributor spots!!

    1. Melissa says:

      Thank you so much (and these are SO good!) I hope you make them…