Nov 26, 2012

Brownie Cheesecake

I am so happy Madison is home from college for the winter break! Not only does she empty the dishwasher for me and bring in the groceries, she also bakes wonderful things! 

Emptying the dishwasher is one of my least favorite things to do in the kitchen. Why is that? I don't have a problem putting the dishes INTO the dishwasher! As a matter of fact I really enjoy getting the dirty dishes out of sight, but I have no idea why I have an aversion to taking the beautifully clean dishes out and putting them away. Madison has always done it for me until she had to get all ambitious and go to college (sheesh - kids).  I've been stuck doing it all the time now. Every once in a while I can sweet talk the hubs into taking care of it for me, but that ends up being more trouble than it's worth! He doesn't know where anything goes! How is that?? He has lived in this house as long as everyone else... (sheesh - men!)

Anyhoo, back to baking...Just the other day Madison made a batch of brownies and turned them into this delicious cheesecake! I am a big fan of cheesecake on any given day, but I can't believe how wonderful this cheesecake is! It is so creamy and flavorful! Not too rich either - it is just right! She is amazing!

Brownie Cheesecake

Brownie Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder

Brownie Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour an 8" square pan. In a large saucepan, melt 1/2 cup butter. Remove from heat and stir in 1 cup sugar, 2 eggs, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Stir in 1/3 cup cocoa, 1/2 cup flour, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon baking powder. Spread batter in prepared pan and cook for 25 to 30 minutes. Brownie recipe from

Crust Ingredients
3 cups ground Chocolate Teddy Grahams.
10 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt

Crust Directions
Stir together crust ingredients and press into bottom and 1 inch up side of a greased 9" or 10" spring-form pan. Use right away or chill until ready to use.

Cheesecake Ingredients
3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
4 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup sugar
2 cups brownie cubes (from recipe above)

Cheesecake Directions
Beat cream cheese until fluffy. Add 4 large eggs one at a time. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1 cup sugar and beat on low speed until incorporated. Scrape down between additions. Gently fold brownie cubes into mixture and pour into spring-form pan. Place the pan onto a shallow baking pan such as a cookie sheet to catch any drippings if necessary (I like to line the pan with foil for easier clean up). Bake in the center of a preheated 350 degree oven for 45 minutes or until cake set around edges but center is still slightly jiggly.

Recipe inspired by Brownie Mosaic Cheesecake


  1. Madison did a beautiful job with that cheesecake! I totally am on the same page with you with the Dishwasher. I'm the same about folding clothes. I'll put my own away, but refuse to put Grumpy's away - and as far as him and a dishwasher? I'd rather he leave that totally alone. Like your hubby, he doesn't know where anything goes, and when it comes to putting dishes in it - he doesn't use the space efficiently and I end up rearranging anyway. ha ha.

    1. Shelby, I am so glad to know I am not alone! I am the same about folding clothes too - I have to be in laundry mode to do it. Don't you just love it when someone "helps" with the laundry and then plops a bunch of dried clothes somewhere for you to put away?? That is not helping!

  2. This looks amazing and sounds delicious. If only cream cheese wasn't so expensive here.

    1. Watch for it to go on sale, Mercy. Our store had it on sale this past week 4 for $5!! and that was the Philly cream cheese!

  3. 2 favorite desserts in one...awesome. Please bring this dessert by foodie friday today. I think everyone will love it.

    1. Thanks, Diane! I did post this one there, and I'm excited to be a part of my first linky party with foodie friends!

  4. I was looking at your tenderloin recipe and saw this one on your side bar. Yum! I am off to pin it right now. I love brownies and cheesecake!

    I am following you on Google + and look forward to what else you are cooking!

    Cynthia at

  5. This looks so good. I love cheesecake! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday. Please come back Sunday to vote.

    1. I look forward to voting, and I found you on Facebook!


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