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Cheesecake Brownies
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Cheesecake Brownies

There's nothing quite like brownies when a chocolate craving hits, and these Homemade Cheesecake Brownies are just the best. Perfect fudgy brownies filled with chocolate chips then topped with a layer of creamy cheesecake--a super decadent treat, but so simple to make! 
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Course: Brownies, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 9
Author: Jill



  • 12 ounce bag plus 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips divided
  • 6 tablespoons butter cubed
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • 8 ounce package cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease a 9-inch square baking pan with non-stick cooking spray. Line the pan with parchment paper, leaving an overhang for easy removal. Set the pan aside.
  • In a small microwave-safe bowl, combine 12 ounces of the semi-sweet chocolate chips and the butter. Melt in the microwave in 30-second cooking intervals on high heat in the, stirring in between each interval.
  • In a large bowl, combine the melted butter and chocolate mixture, ¾ cup sugar, and 1 teaspoon vanilla; mix until well combined.
  • Add the eggs one a time, stirring well until combined.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the cocoa powder, cornstarch, and salt. Add the dry mixture to wet mixture and stir vigorously until the mixture is smooth, 1-2 minutes.
  • Fold in the 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips.
  • Pour two-thirds of the brownie batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top with a spatula; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add in the ½ cup sugar and beat until combined.
  • Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat until smooth.
  • Spoon the cheesecake mixture over the top of the brownie batter and carefully spread into a thin layer.
  • Spoon the remaining brownie batter over the top of the cheesecake layer.
  • Bake the brownies for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out mostly clean (you’ll see some melted chocolate from the chocolate chips, but you should not see raw brownie batter on the toothpick).
  • Cool the brownies completely in pan. Use the parchment paper overhang to lift the brownies out of the pan and cut into squares.