Ultimate Brownie Cheesecake

slice of brownie cheesecake with whipped cream topping

Our last recipe for Chocolate Chip Brookies was such a hit, I used it as inspiration for the direction to go in for this recipe. We are entering our cheesecake phase, with many new cheesecake recipes to come. To tie this particular cheesecake recipe with the brookies, I added a brownie crust. This time, instead of a brownie/cookie combination, we’ll have a brownie/cheesecake combination. Spoiler alert, it turned out to be a match made in heaven!

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Ultimate Brownie Cheesecake Recipe

To make this recipe easier, I will first list the ingredients for the brownie crust, then the cheesecake portion. The recipe instructions will follow that same order. The brownie layer will be completed first, followed by the cheesecake layer, then the final steps are listed.

While this recipe does have many detailed steps listed below, it is a straightforward and easy recipe.

Brownie Ingredients

brownie crust layer for brownie cheesecake
  • ½ cup (1 stick) Unsalted Butter
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • ½ cup All-Purpose Flour
  • ¼ cup Cocoa Powder
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • ¼ cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

Cheesecake Ingredients

cheesecake filling in stand mixer
  • 3 (8 oz) Packages of Cream Cheese, softened
  • ¾ cup Granulated Sugar
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • ¼ cup of Sour Cream
  • ¼ cup of Heavy Cream
  • Whipped Cream (optional)

Instructions – Brownie Layer

brownie crust in springform pan beside cheesecake filling
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and prepare 9 inch springform pan with cooking spray
  2. Melt the stick of butter in a microwave safe bowl or glass in 30 second increments until the butter is fully melted. In my experience, it took (2) 30 second intervals to melt the butter, stirring in between. Pour the melted butter into a medium mixing bowl. Next, stir in the granulated sugar and mix for 2-3 minutes by using an electric or stand mixer. Mix until the butter and sugar are fully combined.
  3. Slowly mix in the eggs, one at a time. Make sure each egg is fully incorporated before moving on to the next one. Then mix in the vanilla extract and salt.
  4. Add in the flour and cocoa powder and mix until well-combined. Make sure the batter has a smooth consistency without any lumps. Carefully fold in the chocolate chips and make sure they are spread evenly throughout the batter.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared 9″ springform pan and ensure it is spread evenly along the bottom.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes at 350°F or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  7. Allow the brownie layer to cool while you are making the cheesecake layer.

Instructions – Cheesecake Layer

  1. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and sugar with an electric or stand mixer until smooth and creamy.
  2. Add in the eggs, one at a time. Make sure each egg is fully incorporated before adding in the next.
  3. Stir in the vanilla extract, sour cream, and heavy cream. Mix until well combined.

Instructions – Combining & Finishing the Brownie Cheesecake

  1. Pour the cheesecake batter over the brownie layer. Use a spatula to make sure that the top is smooth and level.
  2. Bake at 350°F for 40-45 minutes or until the cheesecake is set, but the center is still slightly jiggly.
  3. Turn off the oven and leave the cheesecake inside with the oven door slightly open (around 2″) for around 15 minutes.
  4. Remove the cheesecake from the oven and run a knife around the edge of the springform pan to loosen it.
  5. Allow the cheesecake to cool for another 10 minutes, then cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. I recommend leaving in the fridge overnight.
  6. Remove the cheesecake from the fridge and remove the springform ring.
  7. Slice the cheesecake into pieces and add the optional whipped cream topping.

Now your Ultimate Brownie Cheesecake is ready to enjoy!

slice of brownie cheesecake with whipped cream topping

Ultimate Brownie Cheesecake

This Ultimate Brownie Cheesecake Recipe uses a delicious brownie crust as a base for the rich creamy cheesecake. It's a fun & easy recipe!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Fridge Time 4 hours
Total Time 5 hours 15 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 Slices

Equipment

  • 1 Oven
  • 1 9" Springform Pan – or circular baking pan
  • 1 Microwave Safe Bowl or Glass
  • 1 Electric or Stand Mixer
  • 1 Medium Mixing Bowl
  • 1 Large Mixing Bowl
  • 1 Spatula
  • Mixing Spoons
  • Knife – for slicing
  • Toothpicks

Ingredients
  

Brownie Ingredients

  • ½ cup Unsalted Butter
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • ½ cup All-Purpose Flour
  • ¼ cup Cocoa Powder
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • ¼ cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

Cheesecake Ingredients

  • 3 Packages Cream Cheese (3 x 8 oz Pkg) – softened
  • ¾ cup Granulated Sugar
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • ¼ cup Sour Cream
  • ¼ cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 can Whipped Cream Topping – optional

Instructions
 

Brownie Crust

  • Preheat oven to 350°F and prepare 9 inch springform pan with cooking spray
  • Melt the stick of butter in a microwave safe bowl or glass in 30 second increments until the butter is fully melted. In my experience, it took (2) 30 second intervals to melt the butter, stirring in between. Pour the melted butter into a medium mixing bowl. Next, stir in the granulated sugar and mix for 2-3 minutes by using an electric or stand mixer. Mix until the butter and sugar are fully combined.
  • Slowly mix in the eggs, one at a time. Make sure each egg is fully incorporated before moving on to the next one. Then mix in the vanilla extract and salt
  • Add in the flour and cocoa powder and mix until well-combined. Make sure the batter has a smooth consistency without any lumps. Carefully fold in the chocolate chips and make sure they are spread evenly throughout the batter.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared 9″ springform pan and ensure it is spread evenly along the bottom.
  • Bake for 20 minutes at 350°F or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Allow the brownie layer to cool while you are making the cheesecake layer.

Cheesecake Filling

  • In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and sugar with an electric or stand mixer until smooth and creamy.
  • Add in the eggs, one at a time. Make sure each egg is fully incorporated before adding in the next.
  • Stir in the vanilla extract, sour cream, and heavy cream. Mix until well combined.

Combining & Finishing the Brownie Cheesecake

  • Pour the cheesecake batter over the brownie layer. Use a spatula to make sure that the top is smooth and level.
  • Bake at 350°F for 40-45 minutes or until the cheesecake is set, but the center is still slightly jiggly.
  • Turn off the oven and leave the cheesecake inside with the oven door slightly open (around 2″) for around 15 minutes.
  • Remove the cheesecake from the oven and run a knife around the edge of the springform pan to loosen it.
  • Allow the cheesecake to cool for another 10 minutes, then cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. I recommend leaving in the fridge overnight.
  • Remove the cheesecake from the fridge and remove the springform ring.
  • Slice the cheesecake into pieces and add the optional whipped cream topping.

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Keyword Brownies, Cheesecake

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