The ultimate brownie recipe baked with swirls of cheesecake and cherry pie filling. An ultra decadent dessert for chocolate cherry lovers!

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About Cherry Cheesecake Brownies

It’s not very often that I get to make a recipe just for “the fun of it” (because usually, my goal is that that whole “eating to survive” business) but last Friday I asked the crew of our weekly game night what type of dessert they would like me to bring.

Their answer?

Cheery pie, brownies, and cheesecake.

In that order.

A first I was sold on making a cherry pie – because believe it or not, I’ve actually never made one before – but then I got to thinking about who I was dealing with here. This is a group I play competitive games with every week, from Dungeons and Dragons to Catan to Shadows Over Camelot, and not only did they snap back with their dessert requests, but they made it a tall order to fill. So could I really answer them with just a

So could I really answer them with just a single dish? Or a dish that only met one of the requirements? That’d be too easy, especially when the current challenge laid out before me.

That’d be too easy, especially when the current challenge laid out before me.

Now, don’t get me wrong – I’m rarely competitive, but when the opportunity arises, I will do everything I can to dominate.

I’m sure all my fellow gamers out there understand where I’m coming from.

So when I showed up on Friday, this is what I had with me: ultimate brownies laced with cheesecake and cherry pie filling. I got all three of their requests wrapped up in one. single. dessert.

And yeah, I totally nailed it.

And I won the game that night.

Cherry Cheesecake Brownies! The ultimate brownie recipe baked with swirls of cheesecake and cherry pie filling. An ultra decadent dessert for chocolate cherry lovers! | HomemadeHooplah.com

To make these bars of deliciousness I used my absolute favorite brownie recipe, which bakes with a ever-so-slightly crispy shell and a soft center.

Add in the soft cheesecake and gooey cherry pie filling and it amplified the soft center effect tenfold (and in all the best ways). The end result was also very rich and sweet, making it easy to feed a house full of people and still leave me a bit to take home with me.

Because really, that’s what I’m hoping for when I offer to bring dessert: I want to bake it, bring it, then have you eat just a teeny tiny bit of it so I still have plenty to take home with me because then I have something to snack on while I binge watch Netflix.

…  Which is exactly how I spent my Saturday, basking in the glow of my Friday night win.

It’s also why recipe will probably always remind me of season 3 of Parenthood.

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Cherry Cheesecake Brownies! The ultimate brownie recipe baked with swirls of cheesecake and cherry pie filling. An ultra decadent dessert for chocolate cherry lovers! | HomemadeHooplah.com

Recipe Details

Cherry Cheesecake Brownies! The ultimate brownie recipe baked with swirls of cheesecake and cherry pie filling. An ultra decadent dessert for chocolate cherry lovers! | HomemadeHooplah.com
3.75 from 4 votes

Cherry Cheesecake Brownies

20 mins prep + 1 hr cook
486 kcal
Yields: 12 brownies
The ultimate brownie recipe baked with swirls of cheesecake and cherry pie filling. An ultra decadent dessert for chocolate cherry lovers!

Ingredients 

Ultimate Brownies
Cherry Cheesecake
  • 8 oz cream cheese, (1 package) room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 can cherry pie filling

Instructions

For the Ultimate Brownies
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9x13 baking dish with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray, then set aside.
  • Add the unsweetened chocolate, semi sweet chocolate, and butter to a microwave safe bowl. Heat bowl in the microwave for 1 minute, then stir generously (30 seconds - 1 minute). Continue to heat for 30 second increments until chocolate is smooth. Be careful not to burn chocolate.
  • Set chocolate aside and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
  • Using a stand mixer (or a hand mixer + large bowl), add in 3 eggs, 1 egg yolk, and sugar. Beat on medium high speed for 3 minutes, until ingredients are light and thick (like runny frosting). Add the vanilla and beat for another 30 seconds.
  • Dropping mixer speed to low, slowly pour cooled chocolate in with egg mixture and blend until combined.
  • Finish by slowly blending in flour and salt. Careful not to overmix - stop as soon as there is no longer any visible white or large clumps in the batter.
  • Set bowl aside while preparing the cream cheese.
For the Cheesecake
  • Using a stand mixer (or a hand mixer + large bowl), beat together cream cheese, egg, vanilla, and sugar on medium high speed until combined, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Set bowl aside until ready to add to baking dish.
Putting it All Together
  • Pour 1/2 of the brownie mix along the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Use a spatula to spread evenly to the corners.
  • Pour the cheesecake mix on top of the brownie layer. Use a spatula or the back of a spoon so the cheesecake completely covers the chocolate.
  • Spoon cheery pie filling on top of cream cheese. There won't be enough to completely cover, so just add evenly.
  • Using large spoonfuls, add the remaining brownie batter on top of the cherries and cheesecake. The brownie mix won't fully cover the top layer - that is okay. I focused on filling in the sides and the center, then gently pulled the sections of brownie mix toward each other as best as I could. Once finished, you can also run a knife or spatula through the mix to create more decoration on the surface.
  • Bake in the oven for 50-60 minutes or until a tester inserted in the middle comes out completely clean.
  • Let brownies cool completely, then store in the refrigerator until ready to eat.

Nutrition

Serving: 1brownie | Calories: 486kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 123mg | Sodium: 137mg | Potassium: 225mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 717IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 3mg

I do my best to provide nutrition information, but please keep in mind that I'm not a certified nutritionist. Any nutritional information discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates of the correct values.

Author: Chrisy

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55 comments

    • Mari

    Chrisy this looks amazing thank you for sharing over at Turn it Up Tuesday! 🙂

    • Heather Aguayo

    Ooooo that sounds delicious! I’m not a big fan of cherry pie filling though. How do you think it would taste if I substituted it for bing cherries? Thanks for sharing the recipe with us at #OMHGWW. 🙂
    -Milk Mama Heather

    • You could probably use bing cherries, but the cook time would have to change, probably somewhere between 30-35 minutes. A toothpick inserted in the center should let you know when it’s ready to eat 😀

    • Joanie @ Zagleft

    Three of my favorite desserts in one bite! I love this idea – pinned!

    • Chloe

    These are dangerous! I think they will have to be the first treat I try after my wedding!!!

    • Kathy | MomWifeWoman

    These look like quite the indulgence. Such a fabulous combination of flavors! Can’t wait to try them.

    • Thanks Kathy! I hope you like them 😀

    • Thalia @ butter and brioche

    I bet these were so delicious. You can never go wrong with chocolate and cherries together – and the cheesecake addition is just so yummy. I love how soft and fudgy these are too.

    • annabelt @ geeks diet

    It’s like the 3 best desserts in one! Looks fabulous 🙂

    • Ashley

    I’ve only had cheesecake brownies one time, but I LOVED them. It’s the best dessert combination. And these look delicious!

    • Totally agree, cheesecake brownies are where it’s at. Thanks Ashley!

    • jenna @ butter loves company

    These look and sound amazing! My boyfriend would go crazy over these, he loves chocolate and cherry!

    • Thanks Jenna! If you make them, I hope he likes them 😀

    • Ana Fernandez

    Oh my gosh I LOVE brownies, and cheesecakes and this is like the best of both worlds, bu together in the best possible combination ever

    Ana | Carmela Pop
    http://carmelapop.com

    • Chrissa – Physical Kitchness

    UMMM excuse me. I’m just drooling all over my keyboard. Like legit. I have all these ingredients and company coming to town in a few hours. NEED TO MAKE (but afraid I will eat the whole pan before anyone else does)….

    • Too funny Chrissa! If you made them, I really hope your guests liked them as much as mine did!

    • Neli @ Delicious Meets Healthy

    Your pictures are beautiful! These cherry cheesecake brownies look stunning! I want to have a piece!! 🙂 Love the idea of combining brownies & cherry cheesecake!

    • Florian @ContentednessCooking

    Your pictures are simple gorgeous, stunning presentation! I love cherries looks so vibrant and colorful, beautiful!

    • Jillian @ The Anastasia Co.

    These look amazing, thanks for sharing Chrisy!

    • Alisa Fleming

    Oh yes, you seriously nailed it. These brownies are over the top!

    • Ilona @ Ilona’s Passion

    Cheesecake brownies with cherries sounds tasty already. YummY! and pinning:)

    • Mary

    These look amazing! I now know what i’m having for dessert tonight! Thanks.

    • Sara

    These brownies look insanely good, what an amazing flavor combination. Pinned!

    • Cynthia @craftoflaughter

    I think I just gained 5lbs looking at the pictures. Definitely pinning!

    • lol Cynthia, can you imagine having these things in your house?! Good thing I’ve got foodie friends 😀

    • Des @ Life’s Ambrosia

    Cherry cheesecake is one of my favorite flavors of cheesecake and brownies are my favorite dessert. I LOVE that you combined both. yum!!

    • Thanks Des! They’re as great together as you’d imagine 😀