Cheesecake Swirl Brownies

21 Jun 2017

Something that won't come as a surprise to you is that I have the urge to bake all the time, and when I say all the time, I mean all the time. But there are some days where this urge is much stronger than others and if I don't do something about it, I may just explode. That's exactly what these brownies were a product of. I'd been scrolling through Pinterest when I saw a picture of the most delicious-looking cheesecake brownies, which sent my baking cravings into a right old tizzy. I just had to recreate and taste them, otherwise I was never going to settle, and I'm very pleased to say that they worked out ridiculously well.

I've got a bit of a habit when it comes to brownies of sticking to my favourite base recipe (which you can find here), but wanting to jazz it up a little with extra toppings or other flavours, and the way that I go about doing that is going through with it and hoping for the best. These brownies are no different and I'll admit, things don't often work out to plan, but these guys are pretty darn good, if I do say so myself. The only thing that may be a little off-putting about them is that they're so naughty. You've got the fudgy, sticky brownie base with two kinds of chocolate chips, and the whole thing is topped off with baked cheesecake swirls. They're definitely not for people that are avoiding sugar or any kind of sweet treats, but for the rest of us, we can go all in on them!

 You will need:
225g plain chocolate
225g softened, unsalted butter
4 eggs
300g caster sugar
30ml/2 tablespoons black coffee
100g self-raising flour
A pinch of salt
100g milk chocolate chips
100g white chocolate chips
5ml/a teaspoon of vanilla extract
200g cream cheese

  1. Preheat your oven to 180c/gas mark 5. Grease and line a 18 x 28cm/7 x 11" tin with greaseproof paper. I recommend using a tin as close to these measurements as possible, otherwise it may take a longer or shorter amount of time for your brownies to bake.
  2. Break the chocolate into squares and place in a heatproof bowl with the butter. Using the microwave, melt them down, stirring at intervals until they are completely combined. You can also melt them by setting the bowl over a pan of simmering water if you prefer! Remove the bowl and leave the mixture to cool for 5 minutes.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat 3 of the eggs, 225g of the sugar and coffee together until smooth, then gradually beat in the cooled melted chocolate mixture.
  4. Fold in the flour and salt, then mix in the vanilla extract. Before adding the chocolate chips, scoop out a few tablespoons of the mixture into a separate bowl. We'll use this to help swirl the cheesecake! Fold both the chocolate chips into the main bowl of brownies mix - your mixture should still be fairly runny.
  5. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin, spreading it out evenly, and then bake for about 15 minutes. Whilst they're in the oven, you can make your cheesecake topping. Do this by beating the cream cheese in a large bowl to soften it, then beat in the remaining 75g of caster sugar and 1 egg.
  6. Remove the brownies from the oven and allow them to cool for a couple of minutes before pouring your cheesecake mixture over the top. Use the back of a tablespoon to gently spread it out, then add dollops of your reserved brownie mixture and use a butter knife to gently swirly the two together, being careful not to disturb the base layer.
  7. Pop the tin back into the oven for around 20-25 minutes. Remove them from the oven and allow the brownies to cool for about an hour in the tin, then pop it into the fridge to help firm everything up. Leave them in there for at least 2 hours, then you can slice them up and enjoy!
If you're looking for decadence, these brownies are certainly the way to go. The baked cheesecake flavour contrasted against the gooey brownie is something special, and they went down a real hit with everyone that tried them. They're definitely worth a go if you're looking for something a bit different to a traditional brownie!

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  1. I'm not sure if I've ever mentioned this, but, brownies are one of my favourite desserts to eat. When I was younger, I called them my favourite, however, since then, they've become 'one of'.

    These look delightful! I have no doubt they taste just as brilliant!

    You're really creative, Olivia!


    1. Oh yes, you have said that before! You'll definitely have to try these out then!
      Thank you so much, Steph x

  2. These look so lovely - I haven't made brownies in ages! I need to get on it x

    1. Ooooh yes, you're gonna have to make a batch. I'd imagine that they'd go down really well with kids x

  3. OMG how have I not tried these before? They sound (and look) absolutely incredible, they're like my 2 favourite things mixed together!! Thanks so much for the recipe, I can't wait to give them a go!!

    JosieVictoriaa // Fashion, Travel & Lifestyle

    1. Oh if they're two of your fave desserts mixed together then you've definitely got to try them out! x

  4. OMG this looks so delicious and I'm actually fasting right now :P I need to get it a try *_*

    The Mysterious Emirati

    1. Oh noooo! I have a lot of respect to you for fasting - you'll have to whip a batch of these up once Ramadan's done! x