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


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

  1. Preheat the oven to 325F degrees.

  2. Line a 9x13 inch baking pan with aluminium foil and lightly grease. 

  3. In a large bowl mix together the melted butter, sugar, cocoa powder and salt. 

  4. Stir in the vanilla extract and eggs. 

  5. Gently fold in the flour. 

  6. 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

  1. As the brownie is baking, make the cheesecake layer. 

  2. Beat together the cream cheese and sugar until soft. 

  3. Mix in the sour cream, vanilla & cornstarch. Turn off the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl. 

  4. With the mixer on low, carefully beat in the eggs until just combined. 

  5. Spoon the batter overtop of the baked brownie layer, and spread evenly. Be careful, the pan will be hot. 

  6. 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.

  7. Turn off the oven, open the oven door and cool in the oven for 30 minutes. 

  8. 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. 

  9. Cut into slices and top with pie filling or fresh fruit to serve. 

Recipe Notes

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