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Cherry Cheesecake Brownies Recipe

Cherry Cheesecake Brownies Recipe
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Cherry Cheesecake Brownies are a delightful culinary creation that marries the richness of brownies, the creamy texture of cheesecake, and the sweet tang of cherries. This dessert has gained popularity for its ability to blend these distinct flavors into a harmonious and indulgent treat. Each layer contributes its unique taste and texture, making it a favorite among dessert enthusiasts. The recipe’s uniqueness lies in its combination of these classic desserts, offering a decadent experience that appeals to a wide range of palates. It’s a perfect choice for special occasions or as a comforting treat to enjoy any day.

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Ingredients: The Foundation of Flavor

To create this layered dessert masterpiece, you will need the following ingredients:

For the Brownie Base:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted (consider using Premium Butter for Baking for a richer taste)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder

For the Cheesecake Layer:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Cherry Topping:

  • 1 can (14 ounces) cherry pie filling or equivalent fresh cherry compote

Step-by-Step Recipe Instructions

Preparing the Brownie Layer:

The foundation of our Cherry Cheesecake Brownies is a rich, fudgy brownie. To ensure the best results, use high-quality ingredients like Danish Creamery European Style Butter. Here’s how to prepare it:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and grease a 9-inch square baking pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together melted butter and sugar. Stir in eggs and vanilla extract.
  3. Combine cocoa powder, flour, salt, and baking powder. Gradually add to the butter mixture until well blended.
  4. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared baking pan.

Creating the Cheesecake Mixture:

  1. In a separate bowl, beat the cream cheese with sugar until smooth.
  2. Blend in the egg and vanilla extract, ensuring the mixture is creamy and lump-free.
  3. Carefully spread the cheesecake mixture over the brownie base in the pan.

Adding the Cherry Topping:

  1. Spoon the cherry pie filling or cherry compote evenly over the cheesecake layer.

Baking and Cooling Tips:

  1. Bake in the preheated oven for 35-40 minutes, or until the cheesecake layer is set and the edges are lightly browned.
  2. Allow the brownies to cool in the pan on a wire rack before slicing.
  3. For cleaner slices, chill the brownies in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour before serving.

This recipe offers a delightful blend of textures and flavors, making the Cherry Cheesecake Brownies a must-try for any dessert lover.

Recipe Variations and Tips

For those with dietary restrictions, this recipe can be adapted to suit gluten-free and vegan preferences. Substitute the all-purpose flour with a gluten-free blend and use vegan butter and egg replacements for the brownie and cheesecake layers. To achieve the perfect fudgy brownie texture, avoid overmixing the batter and don’t overbake. For the cherry topping, feel free to use fresh cherries, canned cherry pie filling, or even cherry preserves for a twist. Each option offers a different texture and sweetness level, allowing you to customize the dessert to your taste.

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Nutritional Information

A single serving of Cherry Cheesecake Brownies contains approximately 250-300 calories. This includes carbohydrates from sugar and flour, protein from eggs and cream cheese, and fats from butter and cream cheese. It’s a rich dessert, so it’s best enjoyed in moderation as part of a balanced diet.

Pairing and Serving Suggestions

Cherry Cheesecake Brownies pair wonderfully with a range of beverages. For a comforting experience, serve them with a warm cup of coffee or a glass of cold milk. If you’re feeling indulgent, a sweet dessert wine complements the rich flavors beautifully. When presenting these brownies, consider a dollop of whipped cream or a sprinkle of chocolate shavings for an elegant touch. Garnishing with a fresh cherry on top adds a burst of color and ties in the cherry theme delightfully. These serving suggestions elevate the brownies from a simple baked good to an elegant dessert.

Storage and Make-Ahead Tips

Cherry Cheesecake Brownies can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. For reheating, simply bring them to room temperature or warm them slightly in the microwave. These brownies also freeze well. Wrap individual slices in plastic wrap and place them in a freezer-safe bag or container. They can be frozen for up to 3 months. To thaw, leave them in the refrigerator overnight or on the countertop for a few hours.

FAQs

Can I make Cherry Cheesecake Brownies in advance?

  • Yes, you can prepare these brownies a day ahead. Just store them in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Are there any nut-free options for this recipe?

  • This recipe is naturally nut-free, making it suitable for those with nut allergies.

Can I use boxed brownie mix for this recipe?

  • Absolutely. For convenience, a boxed brownie mix can be used as a base. Just follow the mixing and baking instructions on the package.

How do I know when the brownies are done baking?

  • The cheesecake layer should be set, and the edges should be slightly browned. A toothpick inserted in the center should come out mostly clean.

Can I use frozen cherries for the topping?

  • Yes, frozen cherries work well. Thaw and drain them before use to prevent excess moisture.
Cherry Cheesecake Brownies

Cherry Cheesecake Brownies Recipe

Indulge in the delightful fusion of fudgy brownies, creamy cheesecake, and tangy cherry topping with this Cherry Cheesecake Brownies recipe. Perfect for dessert lovers and ideal for any gathering, these brownies offer a mouthwatering combination of flavors and textures that are sure to impress.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 brownies
Calories 350 kcal

Equipment

  • 9-inch square baking pan
  • Mixing bowls
  • Electric mixer (optional)
  • Spatula
  • Measuring cups and spoons

Ingredients
  

For the Brownie Layer:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder

For the Cheesecake Layer:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Cherry Topping:

  • 1 can 14 ounces cherry pie filling or equivalent fresh cherry compote

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the Oven: Begin by preheating your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9-inch square baking pan or line it with parchment paper.
  • Prepare the Brownie Layer: In a medium bowl, mix together the melted butter and sugar. Stir in the eggs and vanilla extract. In a separate bowl, combine the cocoa powder, flour, salt, and baking powder. Gradually add this to the butter mixture until well blended. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared baking pan.
  • Make the Cheesecake Mixture: In a different bowl, beat the cream cheese with sugar until smooth. Blend in the egg and vanilla extract, ensuring the mixture is creamy and lump-free. Carefully spread the cheesecake mixture over the brownie base in the pan.
  • Add the Cherry Topping: Spoon the cherry pie filling or cherry compote evenly over the cheesecake layer.
  • Bake: Place the pan in the preheated oven and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until the cheesecake layer is set and the edges are lightly browned.
  • Cool and Serve: Allow the brownies to cool in the pan on a wire rack. For cleaner slices, chill the brownies in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour before serving.
  • Enjoy: Cut into squares and serve. These Cherry Cheesecake Brownies are perfect as a dessert for gatherings or as a special treat for yourself.

Notes

  • For a gluten-free version, substitute all-purpose flour with a gluten-free blend.
  • Vegan alternatives: Use vegan butter, egg substitutes, and vegan cream cheese.
  • If using fresh cherries, ensure they are pitted and possibly sweetened to taste.
  • Brownies can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or frozen for up to 3 months.
Keyword Baking, Cherry Cheesecake Brownies, Cherry Topping, Dessert

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