Ricotta Cheesecake Brownies #SundaySupper

Ricotta cheesecake brownies are a combination of two of my favorite treats, fudgy brownies and homemade cheesecake. These swirled Ricotta Cheesecake Brownies will thrill your whole family! This post is sponsored by the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board. See below for details.

Ricotta Cheesecake Brownies | Fudgy Brownies with a delectable cheesecake swirl

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Taking Brownies to the Next Level

By now, most of my loyal readers know about my family’s love of chocolate. It’s almost guaranteed that a batch of homemade brownies will be a hit. The fudgier, the better. But sometimes a little twist makes for an unforgettable dessert.  I am a huge fan of ricotta cheesecake, so I incorporated a cheesecake swirl into one of my favorite brownie recipes. Finding a Wisconsin made ricotta was key; Wisconsin cheese equals quality. The results were beyond incredible. These brownies did not last long!

Wisconsin Cheese

My father-in-law’s dad was a dairy farmer in the small northern town of Bloomer, Wisconsin. We are, of course, fans of the Green Bay Packers (our first puppy was named Lambeau after the famed stadium and football player, Curly Lambeau), but Wisconsin cheese is close to our hearts, too. The northlands are the ideal locale for dairy cattle with its lush pastures. The state has  a long history of cheese making and today Wisconsin produces over 600 marvelous varieties and is known for winning more awards than any other state or country. Pretty remarkable statistics.

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Ricotta Cheesecake Brownies

These decadent gems were created with two separate batters. About two thirds of the brownie batter was spread across the bottom of a baking pan, then alternating dollops of cheesecake batter and the remaining brownie batter were placed across the surface, and simply swirled with the tip of a table knife. After baking and cooling, just cut into bars and brace yourself for rave reviews!

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Ricotta Cheesecake Brownies

Serves 16 brownies     adjust servings

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 55 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins

Fudgy brownies with a decadent cheesecake swirl!


Brownie batter

  • 1 stick butter
  • 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Ricotta cheesecake batter

  • 4 ounces (approximately 1/2 cup) whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 scant teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1⁄4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • pinch of salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Line an 8 x 8 pan with nonstick foil (or regular foil sprayed with non-stick cooking spray). Set aside. Place butter and chocolate in microwave safe bowl and microwave gently until butter and chocolate are melted (30 seconds x 3, stirring in between sessions). Let cool to room temperature.
  2. Stir sugar into chocolate till combined. Whisk in eggs one at a time, then vanilla. Fold in flour and salt. Pour about ⅔ of the batter into prepared pan and smooth with an offset spatula.
  3. Make cheesecake mixture by mixing ricotta, cream cheese and sugar till smooth. Mix in egg, then the rest of the ingredients.
  4. With a medium (2 tablespoon capacity) cookie disher or a tablespoon, dot the surface of the brownie batter with cheesecake mixture, allowing space between dollops (my pattern was 3 across by 3 down for a total of 9 dollops).
  5. With the rest of the brownie batter, using a medium cookie disher, drop dollops of brownie batter between dollops of cheesecake batter. Tap the pan a couple times on the counter to allow the batters to settle. Using a table knife, swirl the batters by inserting the knife into the top layer of the batter and drawing it through in a subtle "S" pattern.
  6. Bake until cake tester comes out of center with just a few moist crumbs, 50-55 minutes. Cool completely on rack. Run knife around perimeter of pan and lift brownies out of pan using parchment. Cut into 2 inch squares.

Note: For easier slicing, place pan in freezer for one hour before cutting.


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 280kcal Calories from fat 130
% Daily Value
Total Fat 14g 22%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 78mg 26%
Sodium 103mg 4%
Carbohydrate 36g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 30g
Protein 4g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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The group grew and flourished and Isabel continued her mission. Never scared of a challenge, she created a conference where bloggers could gather, share a meal and learn from each other. The Food and Wine Conference was born. Folks from across the land will meet for the 3rd annual #FWCon from July 17-19 in Orlando at the elegant Rosen Shingle Creek resort. I attended last year and can attest that it’s loads of fun but educational as well. I hope you will consider joining me and lots of terrific bloggers at one of my favorite food blogger conferences! Details can be found on the Food and Wine Conference website.  Use this discount code(FWC15bergE) for a $50 discount on your ticket! I hope to see you there.

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  1. I love cheesecake brownies, that swirl is gorgeous!

  2. Absolutely wonderful Lizzy!
    I love cheescake !!

  3. Lynn@Happier Than A Pig In Mud says:

    Wish I had these for dessert today:@)

  4. Looks beautiful! Cream cheese and ricotta brownies have to be delicious 😀

  5. Looks fantastic! There’s nothing as yummy as home made brownies!

  6. Perfect swirl you have in those brownies.

  7. OMG – these brownies look WONDERFUL !!
    I love chocolate and cheese, but never tried with ricotta

  8. These brownies look soo good! Pinning 🙂

  9. Pretty perfect swirl! I love a good cheesecake brownie!

  10. I knew I could count on you to come up with a cheesy dessert!

  11. Yum Liz! Your brownies look amazing! Such a different spin to brownies!

  12. My two favourite desserts in one..perfect!

  13. I am totally trying this with my fave gluten free brownie recipe! Love the ricotta swirl!

  14. I love the addition of ricotta, Liz! Great idea and I can’t wait to give these a try!

  15. Cheesecake brownies are my favorite….and I love that these use ricotta cheese. Yum!

  16. Oh Liz, these are just gorgeous! You did a fantastic job with the swirl, and the texture looks perfect – so moist, but not too much so. I tried to make cheesecake brownies a few years ago, but my swirl looked horrible. I really appreciate your explanation of how you did it. I’ll try it your way next time for sure. Too bad Izzy can’t have any – so I’ll take her share….

  17. Oh these brownies look beautiful! Like works of art. Having grown up across the river from Wisconsin I remember many cheese-scoring trips for Wisconsin cheeses and cheese curds! 🙂

  18. Next level is right! These look like I need them in my life asap! Love how you totally up-ed your brownie game with the ricotta cheesecake swirl! Beautiful, Liz!

  19. Lizzy,
    I’m a fan of brownies and cheesecake. I’m sure these were delicious!
    I wish I could participate in the blog conferences – maybe sometime in the next few years.

  20. Beautiful Brownies, Liz! No frosting needed on these babies!!

  21. Liz, you most definitely took these brownies to the next level with the ricotta cheese!!! love!!! and I wish I could go to the F&W conference . . 🙁 but I’ll see you at EWR!

  22. These brownies look AMAZING!!!

  23. Absoulutely wonderful Liz ! Love this ricotta brownie, looks extra and I know my whole family will love it !!
    You look so chic in the coference ! I wish you had a lot of fun !

  24. I so admire you, Liz. Just when you would think you’d exhausted the brownie with the most amazing recipes, you come up with another one swirling in cheesecake! Looks fabulous – oh and so do you at the conference. What great photos – and I recognise Jamie! Cheers. Wish I could be there – sounds so much fun!

  25. These look so amazing!

  26. These look so beautiful! So fudgy and delicious 🙂

  27. These are the ultimate brownies! I love that you used ricotta and that swirl is gorgeous!

  28. two of my favorite things all in one delicious dessert!!

  29. I just baked with ricotta the other day – I forget how fabulous it is. I haven’t tried it yet in a brownie, and now I must!

  30. These brownies are so insanely beautiful – I would NOT want to share!!!

  31. These look amazing!! I love the swirl action of the cheesecake topping!

  32. These are beautiful with that perfect swirl! LOVE the ricotta inside 🙂

  33. You had me at cheesecake…and then you just went and added brownies, and KILLED ME. These look amazing Liz! Pinned!

  34. These look fantastic! Ricotta cheesecake is the only kind of cheesecake I like, the traditional just being way too heavy for my taste so I can only imagine how awesome it is paired with brownies!

  35. I have never had ricotta cheese in m brownies, but one look at yours and I know I have been seriously missing out!!

  36. Don’t know why I never paired ricotta with chocolate…But it is perfect! Thank you for the inspiration =)

    P.s. Sweet lesson about the origins of the beloved Lambeau <3

  37. These looks delicious, thinking a great bar to take to our family reunion!

  38. Lizzy,
    These brownies look so decadent and delicious.
    I haven’t had a chance to go to any blogger conferences yet. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to go to one in the future.

  39. Dear Lizzy, you look wonderful! What an exciting event…these brownies look absolutely delightful. I love the swirls…what a perfect treat. xoxo, Catherine


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