Do you love brownies? Do you love cheesecake? Well, today I have combined the two to create these delicious Cheesecake Brownies! A thick and fudgy brownie layer topped with a creamy, swirled layer of cheesecake... Absolutely divine! I never get good photos of my brownies. I don't know why. But I also don't make brownies very often.
I made these brownies on Saturday before finding out that my step-dad Mike had died. I was hoping to surprise him with them because he always loved when I baked, and even though he hadn't been eating much, he still ate whatever I gave him. The last thing he ate from me was a bowl of chocolate and peanut butter oats. I'll share that recipe the next time I make it. So I'd like to dedicate this recipe to him.
I know you're super busy this holiday season. So this recipe is another quick and easy one to throw together. Simply make the brownie batter in one bowl,using your favourite store brownie mix, and the cheesecake batter in another, bake the brownies until almost done, top with the cheesecake, swirl some brownie batter into it, and bake again. Cool to room temperature, and then serve. Done!
- Betty Crocker Brownie Mix
- 1/2 cup mini marshmallows
FOR THE CHEESECAKE
- 1 cup full fat cream cheese 500g, softened
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar 100g
- 1 large egg room temperature
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
FOR THE BROWNIES
Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Line the bottom and sides of an 8x8" baking pan with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on two opposite sides. Set aside.
Whisk together the ingredients for the brownie mix. I make mine healthier by using applesauce instead of oil. I also substituted coffee for the 2 tablespoons of water recommended for a caffeine boost. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Place the marshmallows into the brownie mix.
FOR THE CHEESECAKE
Using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese and sugar until combined. Beat in the egg, then fold in the vanilla extract.
Pour the mixture over the brownie layer and spread out evenly. Using a toothpick or knife, create swirls.
Bake for 20 - 30 minutes or until a knife inserted in the centre comes out clean. Allow to cool to room temperature. Cut into bars, and serve.