A slice of brownie cheesecake bars topped with cherry pie filling. They have a fudgy brownie bottom and a layer of creamy cheesecake on top.

Brownie Cheesecake

These brownie cheesecake bars are the best of both worlds. The base is a chocolate brownie - either made form scratch or you can use a box mix. Then there's a layer of smooth, creamy cheesecake. 
Course Dessert
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 5 hours
Servings 18 pieces
Author Fiona Dowling


Brownie Layer*

  • 1 cup unsalted butter , melted
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs , room temperature
  • 1 cup flour

Cheesecake Layer

  • 24 oz cream cheese , softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 4 large eggs


Make the Brownie

  • Preheat the oven to 325F degrees.
  • Line a 9x13 inch baking pan with aluminium foil and lightly grease. 
  • In a large bowl mix together the melted butter, sugar, cocoa powder and salt. 
  • Stir in the vanilla extract and eggs. 
  • Gently fold in the flour. 
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the top is just set, but still shiny. (It will still be wobbly). Remove from the oven.

Make the Cheesecake

  • As the brownie is baking, make the cheesecake layer. 
  • Beat together the cream cheese and sugar until soft. 
  • Mix in the sour cream, vanilla & cornstarch. Turn off the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl. 
  • With the mixer on low, carefully beat in the eggs until just combined. 
  • Spoon the batter overtop of the baked brownie layer, and spread evenly. Be careful, the pan will be hot. 
  • Place in the preheated oven and bake for 30-35 minutes or until the top is just set and has a slight wobble when you nudge the pan.
  • Turn off the oven, open the oven door and cool in the oven for 30 minutes. 
  • Take the cheesecake out of the oven and cool until it reaches room temperature. Wrap the pan with clingfilm or aluminium foil and chill in the fridge for at least 4 hours or overnight. 
  • Cut into slices and top with pie filling or fresh fruit to serve. 


*If using boxed brownie mix, prepare the brownie according to package instructions and then continue with step 6.