Sinful Cheesecake Brownies

"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!)"
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9 large brownies




  • 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.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees (180C).
  • 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.
  • Mix in the flour, cocoa powder and salt, then the vanilla and chocolate chips. Spread evenly in the prepared pan.
  • In a separate bowl, beat together the cream cheese, the yolk, 5 tablespoons (75g) of sugar, and vanilla until smooth.
  • 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.
  • Bake for 35 minutes, or until the batter in the center of the pan feels just set.
  • Let cool, then lift out the foil and peel it away. Cut the brownies into squares.
  • Storage: These will keep in an airtight container for a couple of days. They also freeze well, too.

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  1. 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!
  2. This recipe was easy to throw together and delicious! I had modified the size of the brownie recipe to 12 servings thinking to use a 9x13 pan, but ended up still using a 8x8. I'm glad I did, the suggested amount of batter would have made too thin of a brownie for my liking! The adjusted 12 serving recipe called for 2 2/3 eggs so I used 2 whole and a white with the yolk leftover for the cheesecake (which I left unadjusted). This was just what I was craving and a huge hit at the picnic I took them to!
  3. Delicious brownies! Very sinful. Next time I will have the cream cheese mixture ready before the brownie mixture as my brownie mixture got thick very fast as it cooled while i was mixing up the cheesecake. This made it almost impossible to swirl the 2 together. I will definatly make these again!
  4. Excelent brownies. I like my brownies a bit sweeter so I added more sugar to the cheesecake mix. Overall easy to make and taste good!! kirt


I am a college student studying History at a University here in Portland. I live with my fiance and our adorable Rottweiler, Minnie. My oldest favorite cookbook is my moms ragged old copy of The Joy of Cooking; For its amusing illustrations and thoroughness. I especially like Mark Bittman's new revised How to Cook Everything as it is much less intimidating and more practical than Joy of Cooking. My very favorite cookbook of all is Pie by Ken Haedrich. While I adore baking, cooking is still a bit difficult for me. I have the worse time getting several dishes on the table at once while still hot. I'm known for my baked goods like brownies cakes and pies, and for my fantastic burritos which I have never written down a recipe for.
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