Having exhausted both desirable avenues of brownie baking, viz. an average brownie and gluten-free brownies, it seemed a good idea to combine two of my favourite desserts into one delicious amalgam. There are various methods by which one may achieve a cheesecake brownie, but this seems to be the best. I personally prefer making my own cheese using the cheesemaker homemade cheese press kit as I like my cheese to be unprocessed, but you can choose the cheese you want to use as per your liking. For instance, some recipes call for a layer of cheesecake to be spread between two layers of brownie, in the same way as a sandwich is made. However, although this ensures that every bite contains an equal amount of cheesecake mixture, the flavour doesn’t achieve uniformity in any way at all, something which I desire in a cheesecake brownie. The other benefit of following this particular method is that one easily achieves a certain aesthetic pleasantness.
The ideal brownie has been discussed in a previous post, but we ought really to re-cap. The perfect brownie must be, at once, delicious, moist and dense and I can happily report that these achieve all three to an extremely pleasing degree. Out of the three brownie recipes I have now posted, I think these must be my favourite. One wonders whether they would benefit from a buttery biscuit base…
Cheesecake Swirled Brownies
• 100g salted butter
• 40g cocoa powder, as dark as possible
• 50g dark chocolate
• 2 medium eggs
• 225g light muscovado sugar
• 50g self-raising flour
• 200g cream cheese
• 1 egg yolk
1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C and grease a suitable baking tray. Melt the butter gently in a pan on the stove, to this whisk in the cocoa powder. Once added, combine this with the chocolate in small chunks until it has all melted together. In a mixing bowl, while the chocolate is melting, whisk together the eggs and sugar using a hand mixer.
2. Add the egg mixture to the chocolate in the saucepan and mix thoroughly. Gently fold in the flour and pour the brownie batter into the lined baking tray.
3. Beat together the cream cheese and egg yolk. Dot this mixture around the brownie mixture and swirl in with a thin knife. Bake for 25 minutes and not a moment longer, they need to have a hard shell on the outside and be very gooey on the inside.
4. Leave the brownies to cool a little before turning them out. Pop them in the freezer for a little while before chopping.
Cost: This particular batch of brownies set me back a very reasonable £2.30. Since this makes 10-16 brownies I’d say it is a very good deal, since brownies have been known to set one back an outrageous amount.
135 replies on “Cheesecake Swirled Chocolate Brownies”
Nice swirl job!
I do a great swirl job and always have…
Those look amazing. Wish I could have one with a cup of tea right now!!
But, you could, Kay.
yummy! and i luv the fork/knife thing.
Thanks! It’s a little strange isn’t it?
looks great and sounds like something my husband would enjoy A LOT 🙂
I bet he would :). I think most people would 🙂
you do not know my husband 😉 the most picky eater I have even known… seriously… so if I find a recipe and he says : “yeah, that might work. lets try it”, it makes me happy 😉
the thing is I do not have the kitchen scale so I won’t be able to try your recipe for a while… 🙁
Really? That’s a shame – well, he would love these I’m sure. It would work if you got the ratios right! you needn’t weigh them out.
Yeah, that’s the problem. When I first came to US I really didn’t like the whole cups and tablespoons measurements and I really wanted to get a scale, but time flew by and I’ve gotten used to American way of measuring and I haven’t bought a scale… But I’m planning 🙂
Till then I am going to try to re-make your recipe to work with cups and tablespoons 🙂
I have done that before and those recipes worked great. thanks
I REALLY don’t like the American way of measuring, it’s so inaccurate! I hope you manage to traverse my recipe by using ratios – you’ll enjoy it!
you’re right! it is inaccurate but easier at the same time.
i’ll let you know if i made that cake. have a great day!
Well, yes – it must be! I hope you do 🙂
ok, made it… with a little bit more cheesecake. it came out awesome!!!
Fantastic! I’m so glad you enjoyed them.
looks great and sounds like something my husband would enjoy A LOT 🙂 !
Thanks! Well,I certainly did.
These are a work of art! Lovely 🙂
Thanks! They are the prettiest I’ve ever made.
Hellooooo big brownie boy! Get in my belly, noooow! 😀
Haha! I second this comment!
You wish 😀
haha! Hello there. Me, or the brownies?
lol your girlfriend and my hubby might have a thing to say about the former matie! 😀
Well, yes, they might… hmm.
I agree with Sens on the swirls.
As do I, Sharyn.
These looks incredible! I agree with you, I prefer swirling the cheesecake in instead of layering it… I bet these were yummy!
Thanks! Yes, it’s much better – it just seems to work. They were.
I feel that I MUST do this. Soon.
I also feel that you MUST.
No fair!… Looks TOO good!
Oh no… I’m dreadfully sorry!
Very pretty and delicious looking! Mmmmm….
Thanks! They are wonderful, there are still a few left :D.
Oh, wow, I want to eat one of these right now. Look delicious! In fact I think I will make some tonight. Thanks very much for the recipe!
You’d better make them then :D.
When you make the perfect brownie, life is good!
I totally agree! Life is good.
Oh yum, these look sooooo good!
These brownies look, as usual for your posts, absolutely beautiful and the combination of rich chocolate brownie and baked cheesecake swirled together sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing the wonderful recipe
Thanks! They were wonderful.
Nice job!! the result looks super tasty 🙂
Thanks! They are super tasty.
My mouth is watering. Mail me one?
Haha, would probably be easier and quicker to make them 😀
Excellent inventiveness. I will have to hide this from both my brownie baking offspring. I would add a fourth ‘must’ for brownies. They must have a thin crust.
Thanks, Conor! Perhaps, though I have had some delicious ones without.
Nick, beautiful swirly brownies! And what a cute fork! Is there a story behind it? 🙂
Thanks, Celia! There is, but I don’t know it… they appeared in our drawer one day.
It looks like we where on the same page this week! haha
Yes, it seems that we were 😀
Beautiful brownies and I agree with everyone…great swirling!
Thanks! I have been swirling for years.
I was just thinking it was time for dessert and look what you are serving us! This looks absolutely wonderful my fine english friend!! What a gorgeous creation to look upon…YUM! 🙂
Haha – best brownies ever, Shira. Thanks! I’m glad you like.
I die! pinning this!!!
Oh no! Don’t die!
Can’t think of many desserts that would be hurt by a “buttery biscuit base,” but these look mighty fine just the way they are!
Me neither, but I think I agree, that would be a little much 😀
Usually, I am nothing but thrilled for my fellow bloggers successes. And don’t get me wrong these are brilliant. But I can just hear Katherine saying, how’d he get those swirls so perfect? I better keep this one to myself!
Haha! thanks, Greg. I was very much pleased with them.
I agree with all of it – the three things a brownie must have, the method for swirling the cheesecake, the balance of asthetitics and taste – these sound amazing!
Awesome. Thanks, Willow! We seem to agree a lot 😀
The last time I tried to make this was in the UK and it was a disaster. I think the reason was that the only cream cheese I could find at the time was the “spreadable” version from the corner shop! I’m not sure if that was the problem; maybe it was just me– did occasionally have trouble using US recipes in the UK but I guess I can’t blame it on the UK this time 😉 I did have a terrible time finding unsweetened chocolate though. I assume your chocolate and cocoa powder are sweetened?
Oh no! This stuff was spreadable… isn’t it all spreadable? did you add the egg? That helps it set and work better. I don’t know, they were plain – which usually means bitter. they didn’t taste particularly sweet. The powder certainly isn’t.
OK, again, must have just been me. I remember never being able to find unsweetened though (I checked the ingredients) but perhaps I was just at shops that were too small. It is all spreadable but the stuff in a tub I think is “whipped” or something to make it more spreadable (kind of like “spreadable butter” maybe)? My sister makes them a lot and they come out well….ah well, it happens. Thanks for rekindling the idea!
hmm – maybe I’m the wrong one. anyway, it doesn’t matter too much – use less sugar? hmm, well I always use the stuff in tubs and it’s fine. I whip it for this anyway 😀
That is a great swirl of cream cheese in the chocolate batter! So pretty.
Thanks, Daisy 😀
I’m experiencing lusty brownie palpitations! I’ll have to have words with my gluten/dairy intolerance and call some kind of temporary ceasefire…
Haha! Then you must banish them, Catie. Such a shame you can’t 🙁
Chocolate and cream cheese in one delicious package– one of the ultimate indulgences methinks! :g
Exactly. I adore both so much. It was a bit of an indulgence though…
I really like the sound (and look) of these brownies.
I’m going to have a go at making a vegan version for afternoon tea today. I will keep you posted on how they turn out. Thanks for the inspiration. 🙂
Yay! A success. The children loved this. My husband literally groaned as he ate his slice last night.
I will definitely make this again. Thank you.
Fantastic! so glad you made them. I groaned too.
Thanks! They were very yum indeed. I saw the post, glad you liked.
These look decadent! I love brownies and these look extra delicious swirled with another favorite… Cheesecake. I think you’ve just perfected the brownie. 🙂
Thanks, Karista! My mum said they were the best she’d ever tasted.
I’ve made these before, they’re great. That looks like an excellent ratio of cheese to brownie!
Awesome! Yes it was perfect. I nearly didn’t put all the cheese in, but I’m glad that I did.
oh wow these look so delicious! I think brownies (and chocolate chip muffins) are my weakness when it comes to sweets. I’ve never seen a mix between cheesecake and brownie before but it definitely makes a lot of sense 🙂
Thanks! They certainly are my weakness. It work very well 🙂
Two of my favorite treats in one bite!
That’s exactly how I feel. Cheesecake is my favourite.
Oh gosh, my sister LOVES cream cheese, and she absolutely ADORES brownies — I know she would DEVOUR these. 😉
That was exactly my thinking :D. We certainly devoured them.
yes. mmhmmm. yum.
cream cheese is such a nice contrast to a perfectly deep and dark brownie. i, too, wonder about a biscuit base…over the top? hard to say.
Exactly. I do like contrast. I don’t think they really need it. Besides, it wouldn’t be a base if you put it on the top 😀
badumpbump ching (punchline drumroll/cymbal sound) 😉
Haha! That’s a good way of writing it 🙂
Oh my oh my, I’m salivating whilst simultaneously wondering what cocoa powder you use. I’ve not had much luck with bourneville or G&B but will try the latter again with this recipe.
My oh my!
I used bourneville, it’s delicious. Give it another go. I prefer it to G&B.
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Thanks, Nina! I shall check it out.
I love love love brownies and I love cheesecake so I can only imagine I’d double love these! Looks very yummy (and pretty with the swirls!).
Exactly my thinking… Thanks, Colleen!
I think I would want to bake this simply because of the technique required.. I could see myself loving the “swirling” part of the recipe:)
You do seem like a fellow swirler…
Hahaha.. at first I thought you said “swill”:D
that sounds a little more gross… I think.
Mm, they look so amazing/yummy/delicious….I’m running out of different ways to express my appreciation of your recipes. Cheesecake and brownies in a combination sound scrumptious!
Are they very sweet? I have a sweet tooth but tend to cut down on sugar content in any sweet recipe that I make.
they were very, very delicious :D. Keep expressing in any way you like – I like comments :D. No, they aren’t particularly sweet.
Holy cow these look amazing. Now I really want to add some chocolate to my breakfast…
Thanks! You should, Nothing wrong with a bit of chocolate.
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Thanks so much! I do enjoy being given these awards 😀
Ewww, goo yum and a pretty little swirl! Beautiful, Nick.
thanks, I was very pretty with the way these looked. My mum said they were the best she’s ever tasted.
Wow these look sooooo good!
Thanks! They were.
mmmmmm, yes please! I could quite happily inhale a few of those right now.
Blimey! I’ll get the vapouriser.
LOL I just came in from a spinning class and was feeling ravenous. The sight of those brownies was nearly too much for me to bear! 😉
Oh no, very sorry. I’m going spinning for the first time next week.
Good luck 🙂 I’m not going to lie, it was pretty hard going! But after the first ten minutes I started getting into it and I started to enjoy it. You really feel like you’ve had a great workout. Take a sweat towel and plenty of water! I’m going again on Monday night so it can’t be that bad 😉
Thanks! I’ve still not had time, but I really do want to go.
I survived my second class today..actually starting to enjoy it now!
Awesome! You’ll love it before long! I think I shall go on my day off next week.
I love the look of these – the swirls are really pretty. I love brownies and look forward to trying this out.
Thanks! Yes, I was so happy with them :D.
Nice recipe. I love a simple brownie recipe which is easy for the kids 🙂
I also like the below brownie recipe.
Thanks for sharing,
Thanks, Jane! I shall check it out!
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so what’s the base? no biscuits or smth? That dark layer, that seems a part of a brownie is a consequence of baking?
sorry for the previous question … I am bad in baking … but I think I managed to make this browcheesecake 😀
It is in the oven right now, yammiiii
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it turned out amazing! Thanks a lot for the recipe!
I’m really glad 😀