February 14, 2012

Treat Bag Tuesday - Cheesecake Brownies

This is a recipe that I discovered when I was a teenager, in some long-ago forgotten cookbook or magazine.  I fell in love with it, and have been carrying this recipe with me since then, from apartment to apartment, from roommate to roommate, and now to my own little family.  

It's a recipe that is delicious, simple, and impressive looking... in fact, it is my go-to treat for any kind of gathering or potluck where I'm required (or offer) to bring something to eat.  I never bring leftovers home, and I can't even guess the amount of times I've been asked for the recipe. 

So instead of writing it out over and over and over again... here it is to share! 

This recipe is for a 7x7" pan, but can easily be doubled for a 9x13" pan.

Cheesecake Brownies

Brownie Layer:

1/4 cup butter, soft
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
3 Tbs dark cocoa powder
pinch salt

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Prepare a 7x7" baking pan by lining it with foil.  -See here for my tips on how to do this neatly!
Grease your pan with butter or non-stick spray.  Set aside.

In a medium mixing bowl, cream together your butter and sugar.  Mix in your oil and vanilla extract, and then add your eggs, beating thoroughly. 

In a small bowl, sift together your flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking powder.  Slowly add your flour mixture to your wet mixture, stirring well, until it is completely mixed together.  Set aside.

Cheesecake Layer:

1 250g block cream cheese, soft
2 Tbs butter, soft
1 egg
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract

In a mixing bowl, cream together your cream cheese and butter.  When thoroughly mixed, cream in your sugar.  Now add your egg and vanilla, and beat until completely worked in and your mixture is very smooth. 

Pour your brownie batter into your prepared pan, reserving a couple of tablespoons of batter in the bottom of the bowl.  Set the reserved batter aside.  Evenly smooth out the batter in the pan.

With a large spoon, scoop out a spoonful of the cheese mixture and place a dollop in each corner of your pan on top of the brownie batter. 

Now do the same all around the outside edge, then work your way into the middle.  Smooth out the mixture as evenly as possible with the back of your spoon, reaching all the sides and the corners. 

<Because the cheese mixture is fairly thick, I find adding it this way
helps to keep it uniformly even.  If you add it to the centre first,  it tends to
pool in the middle and then the brownie ends up rising up higher at the
edges, becoming REALLY uneven.>

Pick up your bowl with the small amount of reserved brownie batter.  Add about a tablespoon of milk and stir it into your batter, to thin it out a little.

Using a spoon, drizzle the mixture in a zig-zag across the surface of the cream cheese. 

Lightly drag a butterknife across the surface, left to right, in lines about 2 inches apart.

Now, between the lines you just made, drag your knife the opposite way.

Pretty, isn't it??

Pop that baby into your preheated oven, and bake until the cream cheese mixture is just set, and the edges are lightly golden, about 30-35 minutes.  Allow to cool completely.

When your brownies have cooled, simply unwrap the edges of the foil from your pan, and lift the whole thing out of the pan onto a cutting board.  Trim off the edges if you'd like (though it isn't necessary... it just looks nicer if you're presenting them), and cut into large pieces. 

Because honestly... small pieces just aren't gonna cut it.

And even then, you're probably going to eat more than one.


Linking up to:


  1. I'd love for you to come link this up at my Tuesday Time Out Party!



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  2. Beautiful brownies! Would love for you to stop by and link up to the Tuesday To Do Party if you haven't already!


  3. These look so good! And I love the swirls you made on top of the brownies!

  4. These are not just pretty, these are beautiful look delicious.
    Love your decoration

  5. This looks like a great recipe! I would love for you to link it up to my Recipe Party at The Sweet Spot.

  6. These look delicious! Love cheesecake brownies!!! They look very pretty too :o)


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