Cherry Cheesecake Brownies

Amazing Cheesecake Brownies topped with Cherry Filling. These festive-looking bars have Christmas written all over them.

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It was just a matter of time. Baking a pan of bars that are perfect to serve during the days leading up to Christmas (and beyond) was on the very top of my list. Every time I looked at it, I kept thinking that today was the day. But inspiration hadn’t struck, so I waited patiently until I had just the right idea.

And then it happened. While strolling the isles of the grocery store and spotting Cherry Pie Filling, I instantly knew that I wanted to use it for my future bars.

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Having been a bit obsessed with all things red and white this year, these bars turned out just the way I was hoping for. A generous layer of cheesecake baked on top of brownies and topped with those beautiful cherries.

Did I mention how much I love Christmas?

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I was also quite fond of the idea of using fruit in a dessert. Finally. Don’t get me wrong, I am all over fudge, gingerbread anything and thick & chewy cookies this time of year, but getting to indulge with some fruit on top definitely did the trick for me. It adds just the right amount tartness and fruity deliciousness to the ultra creamy cheesecake and indulgent brownie layers.

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So yes, if you’ve been wanting to sink your teeth into something beyond scrumptious, you need to give this a go. And even though the cheesecake and brownies were made completely from scratch, you will be surprised how fast these bars come together.

Simple, easy and downright delicious – that pretty much describes all I’ve been craving lately. And these brownies are no exception.

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If you can’t have them during the holidays then when?! Don’t mind me for diving right in.

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Happy, happy Hump Day to you!

Cherry Cheesecake Brownies
Yields 12
Brownies that have Christmas written all over them. One bite and you will agree that these are amazing!
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For the Brownie Layer
  1. 1 cup granulated sugar
  2. 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  3. 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  4. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  5. 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  6. 2 large eggs
  7. 1/2 cup canola oil
  8. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  9. 1 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
For the Cheesecake Layer
  1. 8 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese, at room temperature
  2. 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  3. pinch of salt
  4. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  5. 1 large egg, at room temperature
  6. 1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling
Instructions
  1. Line an 8x8 inch baking pan with aluminum foil and spray with nonstick spray. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. 1. In a large bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients. Add the eggs, oil, and vanilla and stir until well incorporated. In a heatproof bowl, melt 1/4 cup of the chocolate chips and incorporate into the batter. Finally, add the remaining cup of the chocolate chips and stir in. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Set aside.
  3. 2. In another bowl, whisk cream cheese (with a hand mixer) until smooth, about 30 seconds. Add sugar, salt and vanilla and continue whisking until smooth and no lumps remain, about 1-2 minutes. Pour cream cheese mixture on top of the brownie layer and place in the oven. Bake for 45 minutes or until cheesecake layers appears to be set. Remove pan from the oven and let cool completely on wire racks.
  4. 3. Spoon cherry pie filling evenly over the cheesecake layer and place in the fridge for at least 1 hour or until ready to serve.
Notes
  1. Cherry Cheesecake Brownies will keep up to 3 days stored in the fridge.
  2. Cheesecake layer adapted from foodnetwork.com.
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Comments

  1. I love Christmas too and these bars look amazing!

  2. Oh my gosh, yes please! I have a thing for cherry pie filling. I love it. I’ve been known to eat it by the spoonfuls…I have no shame. I’d love to have some of these bars!

  3. Disappointed says:

    I would not recommend this to anyone who is thinking of making it. This recipe was an absolute disaster for me. In the instructions, it doesn’t tell what to do with the egg in the cheesecake layer. I assumed it was mixed in with the rest of the other ingredients and proceeded. As instructed, I took this out of the oven because the cheesecake appeared to be set and beginning to seriously brown. After it cooled and it was time to cut, I discovered to my dismay that the brownies were still raw in the center. Should there be a step to bake the brownies in the middle of the recipe? If so, it’s not in the instructions. Very disappointing for me and for my guests because I couldn’t possibly feed them something that contains raw eggs.

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