Cheesecake brownies

Prep 20 min
Total 55 min
Makes 16 servings



250-g block
cream cheese, at room temperature
1 1/4 cups
2 tsp
1/2 cup
unsalted butter
2/3 cup
all-purpose flour
1/2 cup
unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp
1/4 tsp
4 tbsp
1/2 cup


  • Preheat oven to 325F (160C). Lightly coat an 8-inch (2-L) square baking dish with oil. Cut cream cheese into cubes. Whirl in a food processor until smooth, scraping down side as necessary. Add 1/4 cup (50 mL) sugar, 1 egg and 1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla. Whirl until smooth, scraping down side.
  • Place butter in a small bowl. Microwave on medium until melted, 45 to 75 seconds. In a large bowl, using a fork, stir remaining cup (250 mL) sugar with flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. In a medium-size bowl, whisk remaining 2 eggs with butter, 3 tbsp (45 mL) milk and remaining tsp (5 mL) vanilla until evenly blended. Stir egg mixture into flour mixture until evenly mixed. Remove 1/2 cup (125 mL) batter to a small bowl and stir in remaining 1 tbsp (15 mL) milk. Set aside. Stir chocolate chips into batter in large bowl.
  • Turn chocolate-chip batter into baking dish and smooth surface. Turn cream cheese mixture overtop and smooth surface. Spoon large dollops of reserved chocolate batter overtop. Using a knife tip, swirl brownie mixture through cheesecake a few times, creating a wavy pattern.
  • Bake in centre of oven until edges pull away from sides of pan and moist crumbs cling to a toothpick when inserted into centre, 35 to 40 minutes. Brownies will keep well, covered and refrigerated, up to 3 days or freeze up to 2 months.

Know Your Cocoa

* Cocoa has the lowest fat and calories of any chocolate product. * In chocolate sauces, you can use 3 tbsp (45 mL) cocoa and 1 tbsp (15 mL) butter in place of the 1 square (1 oz/28 g) unsweetened baking chocolate that’s called for. * Cocoa will keep almost indefinitely in a covered container. * Cocoa has less caffeine than coffee, tea or cola. * When making brownies using baking chocolate, add a light sprinkling of cocoa to the batter to intensify the chocolate flavour.


Calories 234, Protein 3.8 g, Carbohydrates 25.2 g, Fat 14 g, Fibre 1.3 g, Sodium 105 mg.
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