Good Eats and Sweet Treats from My Small Boston Kitchen

Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies

How I start a blog post is largely dictated by my mood when I sit down to write it, and today that mood is decidedly cranky. I have my first cold of the season, and generally I only get one a season, so when it arrives I tend to be a bit of a grouch. I apologize in advance! The good news is I’m writing about something I love, chocolate! Double chocolate. And it’s goooood.

I was assigned Manuela’s blog, Manu’s Menu, for the November edition of the Secret Recipe Club. She has a really interesting and diverse set of recipes, which I would chalk up to her interesting and diverse history. She was born in Italy, and now lives in Australia, two completely different places with completely different food perspectives. I had a lot of fun looking through her recipes, and was really happy with my recipe pick.

Originally I was looking for a recipe on Manuela’s blog for basic brownies, so that I’d have a canvas for using up lots of leftover Halloween candy. She has this recreation of a Jamie Oliver recipe on her blog, which I knew would be delicious, but when I came across this recipe for Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies, I couldn’t say no. It was one of those times when the photos won me over, and I was completely sold.

Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies

I baked these brownies with the help of an old, dear friend who I hadn’t seen in a while. What a treat it was to be spending time with her AND baking! Admittedly she did a lot of the brownie construction for this recipe, I just watched and guided (probably for too much for her liking), and then did a great job tasting them at the end.

These brownies are very sweet, with a pleasing contrast between the layers. The creamy top later meets the rich, dense bottom layer, and they are really tasty! They also set up beautifully, which makes them easy to slice and serve, and they have very little by way of crumbs. We’ve had leftovers in the fridge for a few days, and I will be very sad when they’re all gone.

Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies

**Just a quick note – I made my recipe in a 9 x 9 pan, which is why they are so thin. Manuela suggested an 8 x 8 pan, which I would definitely recommend, I just don’t have one at the moment! Both work, but if you’re looking for height, stick with the smaller size.

Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies


    Brownie Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅔ cup flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Cheesecake Ingredients
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Line an 8-inch square pan with baking paper and set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Brownies: In a microwave-safe bowl, or in a double boiler, melt the chocolate and butter until smooth. (If microwaving, keep a careful eye on it!) Once melted and smooth, add in cocoa powder and continue mixing until smooth. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk the sugar, eggs and vanilla. Add the chocolate mixture, and continue whisking until completely incorporated. Sift the flour and salt into the same bowl, and mix just until incorporated.
  4. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan, and set it aside while you make the cheesecake layer.
  5. Cheesecake: In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar, cocoa powder, egg and vanilla until smooth.
  6. Pour cheesecake mixture over the brownie batter and smooth the top.
  7. Bake in a preheated oven for 35-40 minutes, or until the brownies are set. Let the brownies cool completely in the pan before cutting and serving.
  8. Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container.


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