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Strawberry Cheesecake Brownies

Strawberry Cheesecake Brownies are a delectable combination of fudgy brownies and strawberry swirled cheesecake. Two fabulous desserts in every bite!

These decadent Strawberry Brownies get a pop of color and flavor from the strawberry jam swirled into the cheesecake batter.  You’ll love this multifaceted dessert recipe.

Strawberry Cheesecake Brownies on a rectangular white tray

Strawberry Cheesecake Brownies

Instead of making a full blown standard cheesecake recipe, it was easy to get my fix with these terrific strawberry brownies! Plus the chocoholics also got their needs met with the rich brownie base.

Since they’re made with a swirl of strawberry jam, they can be made any time of year. No need to wait on ripe seasonal berries to indulge. I had also made some more traditional sheet pan brownies, which were dense and rich as well (recipe to come soon!), so I attempted to tuck these in the freezer for later.

When I told the hubby of my plans, he revealed he had been eating one of each for dessert! So they stayed parked in the fridge for the after dinner brownie extravaganza each night.

A strawberry brownie on a square white plate with fresh strawberries

Tips for Making These Strawberry Brownies

Since this strawberry cheesecake brownie recipe is a combination of two different types of desserts, there are two sets of mixing guidelines. Each type of batter comes with a specific technique.

While the brownies should be rich, dense and fudgy, the cheesecake should be luscious and creamy. Popping each set of ingredients into a mixer and blending is not the best plan.

  • Lining the baking pan with non-stick foil helps has a dual purpose. First, it replaces greasing the pan. Second, it allows you to remove the cooled brownies to a cutting board by using the foil as a sling.
  • Typically, all baking ingredients should be at room temperature. But in this brownie recipe, the butter is melted. So just get the eggs out of the refrigerator for about an hour to get the chill off.
  • A whisk is used to do much of the mixing. But the flour is folded into the wet ingredients. Folding is a gentle mixing technique using a rubber spatula to lift and flip over the batter again and again until the flour is incorporated.
  • Folding, compared with whisking, does not add any extra air to the batter or compress an aerated batter. With brownies, folding in the flour helps keep the brownies fudgy and prevents activating the gluten.
  • PRO-Tip: With a cheesecake, the cream cheese and eggs must be at room temperature for the best results. The cream cheese will not get smooth if it’s still cold. In fact, you’ll see little bits of cream cheese in the batter.
  • Typically, using the paddle attachment of a stand mixer is the best route for mixing a cheesecake batter. But in this case, the amount of cheesecake batter is pretty small to haul out this small appliance.
  • If you use a hand mixer, don’t over mix. Too much mixing will incorporate air into the batter and the baked topping won’t have the denseness of a traditional cheesecake recipe.
  • To make the strawberry swirl in the cheesecake, first stir the jam to loosen it, then dollop it across the surface of the cheesecake batter. Use a toothpick or wooden skewer to swirl through the jam without going deep enough to hit the brownie batter.
  • PRO-Tip: Bake in an oven with a pan of water on the bottom rack. This will add moisture to the baking environment and keep the brownies moist and minimize any cracking of the cheesecake.
  • It’s preferable to chill overnight or at least a few hours before cutting these strawberry cheesecake brownies into bars.
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Two Sweetie Pies

Thanks again to my lovely friend, Danielle, for another magnificent recipe! She is my go-to blogger for decadent treats. I promise you will love whatever you try from her blog!!! We share a recipe from each other’s sites every second Monday of the month.

Check out Danielle’s take on these strawberry brownies as well as her social media sites! Make sure to check out which of my recipes she made this month, too.

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List of Ingredients Needed for Cheesecake Brownies

Check your pantry for:

  • sugar
  • brown sugar
  • flour
  • unsweetened cocoa powder
  • table salt 
  • vanilla extract (use real not imitation)

Check  your fridge for:

  • butter
  • eggs
  • cream cheese

Add to your shopping list:

  • unsweetened chocolate 
  • seedless strawberry jam
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Strawberry Cheesecake Brownies

Two delicious desserts in every bite!

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 55 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 16 brownies 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Melting, Mixing, Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

Brownies
  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
Cheesecake
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup seedless strawberry jam

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line 8 inch pan with nonstick foil and set aside.

In saucepan on low, melt the butter with the chocolate until smooth. Whisk in the cocoa powder.

Remove heat and whisk in sugars. Keep whisking while you add eggs. Fold in the flour and salt.

Spread in pan and set aside.

Make cheesecake layer. Beat cream cheese smooth. Add sugar and vanilla. Add the egg and mix well.

Carefully pour this over the brownies and spread with offset spatula.

Stir jam so it is spreadable. Drop in dollops over cheesecake and swirl with toothpick just through the cheesecake-not the brownie layer.

Place another baking dish with hot water in oven on bottom rack to add moisture.

Place brownies on middle rack and bake 45 minutes.

Turn off oven and leave brownies in another 10 minutes. Remove and cool.

Chill in pan overnight or several hours. Cut into bars to serve.

Notes

Adapted from Pioneer Woman via Hugs and Cookies XOXO.

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18 comments on “Strawberry Cheesecake Brownies”

  1. Two great desserts in one! You make the best bars and baked goods!

  2. Very nice! I’ll bet this was a great combo, especially with a nice strong cuppa:@)

  3. Yum! A great pick this month! Xo

  4. this look amazing Lizzy and delicious indeed !! hugs!

  5. Two of my favorite desserts in one. I can’t resist these pretty bars!

  6. Who can resist cheesecake and brownie? Perfect at any time…great dessert Liz. Have a great week!

  7. It has been so long since I baked brownies and this strawberry one is sounding fabulous 😍

  8. The brownie by itself is fabulous. The cheesecake alone is delicious. Together?? BRILLIANT!

  9. Dear Liz, who could resist this decadent treat?! Two wonderful, delicious treats in one and such a lovely presentation!
    Wishing you a lovely week, my friend!

  10. Just when I think I can’t love brownies more…. you go and add cheesecake! I can’t wait!

  11. Wow what a great combination of two classic desserts, such a wonderful idea.

  12. Oh hellooo! How wonderful are these brownies! The strawberry cheesecake layer with the chocolate is so decadent and delicious!

  13. Golly! Brownie AND cheesecake? Heaven! This is wonderful — thanks.

  14.  Liz, I love how you combine two of my favorite desserts in one! 

  15. Thank you for another amazingly decadent, beautiful treat to try. I must make them before strawberry season ends. 🙂 ~Valentina

  16. Another delicious chocolate treat from you, Liz!  I just returned from Iowa for the third time this summer and finished teaching 3 months of summer school.  So although I have been absent in commenting, I read each and every one of your posts!  I’ll need to look up Danielle’s blog for more yummy ideas too!
    xo
    Roz

  17. This is such an amazing treat!

  18. Waiting overnight to cut these would be the hardest part.

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