Cheesecake Brownies

In my younger years, I was a big fan of those little cookie shops in the mall. While others went for the giant cookies and even those double doozies, I was much more likely to go for the cheesecake brownies. It’s hard to say no to a combination of cheesecake and chocolate.

The title of this recipe from Martha Stewart brought back memories of those brownies. However, I feel certain that those brownies of my youth were not made with mascarpone cheese. That one ingredient turned the recipe into a must-bake.

Not surprisingly, these brownies were delicious. While you can certainly substitute cream cheese, I recommend using mascarpone if possible. And, of course, use good chocolate. If any of you make these using cream cheese, please let me know how they are.

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We liked these brownies very much. The mascarpone makes them just a bit different than the usual cheesecake brownies. The brownie is delicious on its own, but topping it off with that cheesecake layer is very nearly perfect. Definitely better than any I’ve ever had in a mall.

Cheesecake Brownies

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Cheesecake Brownies


  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 5 large eggs, divided into 3 eggs and 2 eggs
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 & 1/3 cups granulated sugar, divided into 1 cup and 1/3 cup
  • 1 & 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 pound mascarpone cheese (or cream cheese)


Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 9″x 13″baking pan and line with parchment paper.

Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

Melt chocolate and butter together in the top of a barely simmering double boiler. Remove from heat.

Using the whisk attachment of an electric mixer, beat 3 eggs and 1 cup sugar on high speed for about 5 minutes, or until thick and fluffy. Reduce speed to low and add chocolate mixture and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Mix well. Add flour mixture, stirring until just combined. Spread into prepared pan and set aside.

Using an electric mixer, beat mascarpone cheese, 2 eggs, egg yolks, 1/3 cup sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Mix until smooth. Pour over chocolate mixture.

Bake about 35 minutes, or until cheese mixture is golden and set. Cool completely on a wire rack.


Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart.

As an alternative to the double boiler method, you can melt the chocolate and butter in the microwave. Heat at half power in 30-second increments until the chocolate melts when stirred.

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  1. Amy July 17, 2008 Reply

    Yum! Two of my favorite things rolled into one.. cheesecake and brownies!

    They look really moist and fudgy! Yum. I’m definitely printing this recipe out… but I think I’ll try it with the cream cheese.

  2. gingela5 July 17, 2008 Reply

    They look good enough to eat! I love cheesecake and chocolate!

  3. grace July 17, 2008 Reply

    if they offered something like this at my local mall, i’d never leave. perfection.

  4. cindy July 17, 2008 Reply

    These look yummy! Not too many things make chcolate better but cream cheese comes close! Should you ever need a taster please remember me!! :)

  5. Elle July 17, 2008 Reply

    So, do you ship? I sure could use some chocolate right about now. :)

  6. Nicole July 17, 2008 Reply

    These do look so good and better yet it has chocolate and cream cheese in it.YUM!

  7. giz July 17, 2008 Reply

    This is the kind of square that would have caught my attention in a flash too. The only problem is that when you eat it, it’s gone and then you want more.

  8. Kat July 17, 2008 Reply

    Every time your blog pops up in my Google Reader, I get homesick. Your photos are hunger pang inducing and the recipes are right there with them!

  9. Kevin July 17, 2008 Reply

    Brownies and cheesecake…mmm…

  10. jennifer July 17, 2008 Reply

    Amy, let me know how the cream cheese version works.

    gingela5, so do I!

    grace, me and you both. 😉

    Cindy, you’re on the list! :-)

    Elle, I wish I could send you some of these. Yum!

    Thanks, Nicole!

    giz, luckily it makes a great big pan full. 😉

    Thanks, Kat! How very sweet!

    Kevin, that “mmm” sums it all up. That could have been my entire post. :-)

  11. SarahHub July 18, 2008 Reply

    Those look like Heaven in a pan…

  12. Nan (and Jim) July 19, 2008 Reply

    Way better than the “mall cookie!” This would be your grown-up, sophisticated brownie. Thanks for making these for us!!

  13. Courtney Rhudy July 19, 2008 Reply

    Too bad you didn’t work yesterday, those look WONDERFUL! I think I might just try to make some myself this weekend :)

  14. Constance July 19, 2008 Reply

    You’re my hero for baking in the summer. How can you bear turning on the oven in July? My flour and sugar containers collect dust from June to August and I can only be persuaded to bake if it’s a special occasion or birthday.

  15. Tartelette July 19, 2008 Reply

    Mascarpone must really put these over the top! They look absolutely wonderful!

  16. Nick July 20, 2008 Reply

    I’ve only once had a cheesecake brownie and loved it. I’ve never got around to making them although I really should! Perhaps a peanut butter cheesecake brownie…

    The mascarpone cheese gives it a very different look, almost like more of a custard on top. I would probably try it with cream cheese, I’ll let you know if I do!

  17. JEP July 20, 2008 Reply

    Save one..or two…for me!

  18. Patti July 20, 2008 Reply

    Whoaaa these look great! Maybe make them a little more Italian (because there’s mascarpone in them :) and stir in a little bit of espresso into the brownie batter. I might try this if I make them….

  19. Emily July 21, 2008 Reply

    Oooh these look interesting! I’ve only ever made chocolate cheesecake brownies with cream-cheese before, so this certainly looks like something I’d try – is the top layer just cheese or is there somehting mixed in with it? The brownie layer underneath looks heavenly, I’m really craving a piece!!!

  20. jennifer July 21, 2008 Reply

    Thanks, SarahHub

    Glad y’all liked them, Nan.

    Courtney, hope you like them!

    Constance, I am a big fan of air conditioning. That’s how things get baked in my house.

    Thanks, Helen!

    Nick, how did I know you’d want some peanut butter in these? 😉

    JEP, I’m sorry to say that they’re all gone!

    Patti, I’m not a huge coffee flavor fan but I think you’re on to something. Let me know how that works if you try it.

    Emily, click the recipe link. There’s sugar, eggs, and vanilla mixed with the mascarpone. Yum!

  21. Elle July 25, 2008 Reply

    I will always go for the cheesecake brownies when given a choice. It’s like the best of both worlds, isn’t it? Fudgy brownie plus cheesecake–you can’t go wrong!

  22. jennifer July 25, 2008 Reply

    Elle, I agree! :-)

  23. kimberleyblue July 25, 2008 Reply

    I love cheesecake brownies – this sounds like a perfect recipe!

  24. Sara July 26, 2008 Reply

    Wow…just wow.

  25. jennifer July 26, 2008 Reply

    kimberleyblue, you should give them a try!

    Sara, I couldn’t have said it better myself. So very good.

  26. Dragon July 27, 2008 Reply

    Martha rocks! These brownies look amazing.

  27. RecipeGirl July 28, 2008 Reply

    I’m a fan of cheesecake layers on top of anything. Yet another brownie recipe I must try!

  28. jennifer July 28, 2008 Reply

    Dragon, Martha does indeed rock! 😉

    RecipeGirl, let me know what you think if you try them.

  29. snooky doodle July 28, 2008 Reply

    these look yummy. I m a chocoholic so anything with chocolate is great :-) great photos too.

  30. Indigo July 29, 2008 Reply


    *nothing else to say*

  31. jennifer July 29, 2008 Reply

    Thanks, snooky doodle!

    Indigo, I get your message! 😉

  32. Haley July 30, 2008 Reply

    YUM! These look great! I tend to get bored with brownies, but this is a great way to make them exciting!

  33. papouz12 July 30, 2008 Reply

    Brownies are always good.
    This recepie makes them move up a few notches

  34. Meryl July 31, 2008 Reply

    Those look scrumptious! I’d make some, but boy, would I be in so much trouble. I think I’ll wait till September, and then make them and bring them in to school first thing in the morning so the other teachers can pack it on too!

    You’re photos are so beautiful, by the way.

  35. The City Sage July 31, 2008 Reply

    Oh my goodness. I’m salivating just looking at these pics! I especially love how the mascarpone turned a little golden on top…beautiful!

    thanks for a great post, as usual!

  36. jennifer August 2, 2008 Reply

    Haley, I tend to gravitate toward dressed-up brownies. These definitely qualify.

    papouz12, I agree.

    Thanks, Meryl! These are certainly good for sharing.

    Thanks, City Sage! That browning is inevitable, I suppose, but it adds some character. 😉

  37. the caked crusader August 4, 2008 Reply

    oh my! This recipe combines the two most delicious things on earth! Looks amazing….so hungry…..

  38. jennifer August 4, 2008 Reply

    Thanks, caked crusader!

  39. Sylvia August 6, 2008 Reply

    Looks great, great combination .Mascarpone is a wonderful cheese for baking and also savory dishes, but I prefer in desserts. ha..never mind is my sweet tooth talking

  40. jennifer August 6, 2008 Reply

    Sylvia, I think all my teeth have turned into sweet ones. 😉

  41. Sam Sotiropoulos August 11, 2008 Reply

    Uh oh… When I saw these puppies I knew I was in trouble… now having read your recipe and printed it off, I cannot escape making them! wow


  42. jennifer August 12, 2008 Reply

    Sam, let me know how you like them!

  43. Leah in Georgia December 7, 2008 Reply

    I just stumbled upon your site. My hips dislike you greatly. But my eyes and soon to be my belly are in love with you!
    My very first job was at THAT cookie store in the mall! Those were good days! (17 or so years ago). The cheesecake brownie- YUMMIE!

  44. Heather September 15, 2010 Reply

    oh wow that looks so good… the diet wants to go down the toilet!!!

  45. gerry January 2, 2012 Reply

    How do you try a recipe if there aren’t any listed? Thanks.

    • jennifer January 2, 2012 Reply

      gerry, the recipe link is above the top picture. Happy baking!

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