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Cheesecake Brownies

Vera Stewart
This delicious cheesecake brownie recipe comes to us courtesy of entertaining pro Vera Stewart.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 30 2-inch squares



  • 4 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 ⁄3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 1 ⁄2 tablespoons self-rising flour
  • 1 tablespoon almond extract*


  • Floured baking spray
  • 10 large eggs
  • 5 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 1 ⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 3 ⁄4 cups Hershey’s® cocoa powder
  • 1 1 ⁄4 teaspoons salt
  • 2 1 ⁄2 cups unsalted butter melted
  • 2 1 ⁄2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract


  • Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  • With a mixer on medium speed, beat the cream cheese, butter, and sugar until creamy,
  • about 3 minutes.
  • Add the egg and beat well.
  • Scrape the sides of the bowl and continue to beat until well blended.
  • Add in the flour and almond extract and beat until well blended. Set aside.
  • To start on brownie mixture, grease a half sheet pan (13 x 18 inches), with edges, with
  • floured baking spray.
  • In a clean bowl, beat the eggs with a mixer on medium speed, until creamy, about 3
  • minutes.
  • Add the sugar slowly, beating thoroughly after each addition. Beat for about 3 minutes.
  • Scrape the sides of the bowl very well.
  • Add the flour, cocoa, and salt and beat well.
  • Add the melted butter and vanilla extract.
  • Beat just until well blended, but don't overmix the batter.
  • Pour the brownie batter into the bottom of the prepared pan.
  • Dollop the cream cheese mixture on top of the brownie batter.
  • Using a knife or metal spatula, swirl the brownie batter and the cream cheese mixture.
  • Bake for 35 minutes or until the cream cheese mixture starts to brown slightly.
  • Cool completely before cutting into 2-inch squares.

Note: Don’t be surprised at the proportion of almond extract in the cream cheese mixture. The concentration is distributed throughout the entire pan.

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