Cheesecake Brownies

Talk about baking on a scorching day. 97 degrees.. Really, southern California?! We skipped spring and jumped right into summer. Don’t get me wrong, I love southern California weather… just not when I’m at my apartment with no AC and the sun beams down through our window all day. Total bust. While on my way back to my little sauna of an apartment today, I was stuck in horrible Westwood/LA traffic (isn’t LA the worst?!?) and watched beautiful baller cars pass me by. Then I got to thinking… what are my top 3 dream cars? All from different price ranges? After long deliberation, I compiled my list:

1.) Price Range $25,000-$35,000: Mazda RX-8; I’ve loved this car for basically as long as I can remember.. since about 9th grade when it made its first debut.
2.) Price Range $35,000-$45,000: Audi TT Roadster; no words needed.
3.) Price Range $45,000+: Nissan GTR; alright so maybe that’s a little more than 45K.. but hey, we can all dream, right?

What’s your list of top 3 cars that you long for?

Alright enough dreaming & wishing and back to reality.. When I make brownies, I always use my go-to recipe. I’ve used this one for about a year now and haven’t bothered finding a new one. Why change something that’s perfect? I use the same brownie base for all my brownies, and tweak it as necessary. Sometimes I add nuts, sometimes I add some mint extract and Andes chunks, sometimes I add chocolate chips, and sometimes I swirl it with a cheesecake batter. This time, I baked it in a glass 8″x8″ pan because I wanted my brownies to be fudge-like rather than crispy. When baking in a glass pan, you have to let them bake for about ten minutes longer, depending on your oven.

The brownie recipe that I used can be found at my previous post HERE, but I’ll repost it here with the modifications for cheesecake brownies.

  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup AP flour
  • ½ cup cocoa
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 8″x8″ pan. Melt butter in saucepan over low heat. Once melted remove from heat and add sugar, vanilla, and eggs. Blend together. In separate bowl, mix together flour, cocoa, and salt. Add dry mixture to the wet and mix well. Pour into greased pan.

For the cheesecake swirl:

  • 8 oz (1 package) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar (you can use 1/3 cup if you want it sweeter)
  • 1 egg

Beat the cream cheese and sugar mixture together. Mix in the egg until creamy. Drop by dollups on top of the brownie batter and then swirl using a knife. Bake for 50-60 minutes (mine took about 65 minutes before being completely done).




  1. says

    Isn’t this So Ca heat something! I’m a little further down from you, and it was 103′ Monday! Crazy.

    My top 3 vehicles would be: 1. to have my Hinda CRX back (sold it to make room for our first born) 2. Ford Expedition (the older models, not the new boxy ones) 3. a classic Chevy Truck. Black, with pink pin striping and etched glass windows.

    These brownies look like trouble! =P

  2. says

    I can not believe it is so hot there. Hopefully it will not last too long and you will get a spring before summer hits full time. I think your brownies look delicious!

  3. says

    If i had to pick three cars they would be:

    Price Range $25,000-$35,000 Ford F-150 super crew

    Price range 35,000-$45,000
    Acura TL

    Price range 45,000+
    Audi A8

    Your brownies look great I have some extra cream cheese I need to use up i think we may have dessert tonight!

  4. says

    I’m not crazy about brownies but an added cheesecake swirl changes everything! I just saw some brownies with a raspberry cheesecake swirl on another blog.

  5. says

    I can feel you on the 97 degree situation. I live in Phoenix and the high temp today was 101! Miserable.

    Those brownies look delicious! I love brownies, and I love cheesecake. What could be better? Saving this recipe :)

  6. says

    I made these brownies (per your recipe) last night and they turned out great! My pan was a bit bigger so the brownies weren’t quite as thick (and cooked faster… only 40 minutes). I will definitely make these again, but I might add chocolate chips for texture. Yum.

  7. says

    tracy c- thanks!

    rachelle- yeah the weather drastically changes day by day! i don’t even know what’s going on anymore. haha

    baobobs- you must definitely give them a try! cream cheese and brownies are one of my favorite combinations.

    risa- thanks!

    debbie- awesome, hope they turned out well!

    danielle- i think we have the same taste in cars. i LOVE the acura TL (actually i love all the acuras.. RL, TSX, even the SUV’s! MDX) and you can never go wrong with an audi. :)

    ingrid- a raspberry cheesecake brownie sounds simply divine!

    tessa- 101?!? goodness, i don’t know how you bear it. i’m already dying in 92 degrees.

    tramie- thank you so much!

    sarah- great choices!

    dangrrous- brownies are great because you can always add things to them. thanks for the feedback and letting me know how your experience went!

  8. says

    Price Range $25,000-$35,000 Ford
    Mini Cooper S

    Price range 35,000-$45,000
    Late Model E92 M3

    Price range 45,000+
    Zonda F

    The R35 (Nissan GTR) is one of my dream cars too. It would be quite an upgrade from my G37S Coupe

  9. says

    hello! This is Femke, all the way from Amsterdam. I’d like you to claerify something. As I understand it this brownie is made in a pan on the stoof and not in an oven. If this is correct I wonder: do I have to use a baking or a cooking pan? And also how do you remove the brownie once it is ready?
    Hope someone might help me out!

  10. Aradhana says


    I tried these over the weekend.. And they turned out AMAZINGLY well.. and so simple!! By far the best brownie recipe EVER

    Ive been reading your blog for the last couple of weeks but this had to be the best first thing to have tried!!


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