Sinful Cheesecake Brownies

READY IN: 50mins
Recipe by minnie chef

This is my favorite brownie recipe, period. Super-chocolatey brownie swirled with twice the cream cheese of other marbled brownies. Chocolate chips are optional, but give the brownie more texture. I use the Ghirardelli bittersweet chocolate bar and Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate chips. From David Lebovitz (check his website for more fantastic recipes!)

Top Review by Glimmer

This was a mixed result in our house. I thought the texture was strange and the whole thing not sweet enough but the DBF liked them. I did make a change that could have affected the outcome but it shouldn't have. I didn't have any semi sweet chocolate so I did the conversion with bakers chocolate so it should have been alright but who knows when you are baking. I definitely think you have to like dark chocolate (he loves it....I don't) to love these. They are easy to make and made him happy so thanks!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Line a 9-inch (23cm) square pan with foil, making sure it goes up all four sides. Use two sheets if necessary. Mist with non-stick spray or grease lightly.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (180C).
  3. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter and chocolate over low heat, stirring until smooth. Remove from heat and beat in the 2/3 cup (130g) sugar, then the eggs.
  4. Mix in the flour, cocoa powder and salt, then the vanilla and chocolate chips. Spread evenly in the prepared pan.
  5. In a separate bowl, beat together the cream cheese, the yolk, 5 tablespoons (75g) of sugar, and vanilla until smooth.
  6. Distribute the cream cheese mixture in eight dollops across the top of the brownie mixture, then take a dull knife or spatula and swirl the cream cheese mixture with the chocolate batter.
  7. Bake for 35 minutes, or until the batter in the center of the pan feels just set.
  8. Let cool, then lift out the foil and peel it away. Cut the brownies into squares.
  9. Storage: These will keep in an airtight container for a couple of days. They also freeze well, too.

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