Strawberry Cheesecake Brownies

These Strawberry Cheesecake Brownies are one of my favorites brownies to bring to a party.

Strawberry Cheesecake Brownies from www.insidebrucrewlife.com - brownies topped with a strawberry swirl cheesecake
 
Do you have a go to dessert?
You know the one that you make when time is short.
The one you make when you are craving something sweet.
Or the one you make when life is rough.
The one that you think of first.
The dessert that makes you the happiest.

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I have a serious weakness for brownies.
Chocolate brownies, mint brownies, blonde brownies, fudge brownies,
cheesecake brownies, candy brownies…
You get the point right.
I love me some brownies:-)
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So of course when asked to make dessert for lunch yesterday,
my mind went right to cheesecake brownies.
I make them all the time
but usually with a different version each time.
With summer right around the corner,
(I still can’t believe the kids only have 2 weeks left of school)
I wanted a summery blend that said beach.

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Strawberry says summer.
Coconut says beach.
Adding coconut to any dessert is my quick fix for “summer like” desserts.
For some reason it screams “tropics” to me.
Just try closing your eyes when eating a coconut dessert,
and you can almost imagine yourself on the beach
with the wind blowing through your hair.
I ate so many coconut desserts last summer in St. Maarten…
it’s definitely a tropical favorite.
Chocolate, rum, strawberry, and coconut…
these are definitely beach worthy.
Or Monday worthy…
or anytime of the week worthy:-)
Go ahead and make these,
and sit outside with a huge slice.
You will hear waves crashing in no time!
Strawberry Cheesecake Brownies

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 24 squares

Strawberry Cheesecake Brownies

Brownies topped with a strawberry swirl cheesecake

Ingredients

Strawberry Pie Filling
2 cups strawberries, coarsely diced
3 3/4 cups water, divided
1/2 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons corn syrup
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
3 Tablespoons dry Strawberry Jell-o mix
For the Brownies and Cheesecake
1 brownie mix and ingredients from back of box (for a 9x13 pan)
1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
2 Tablespoons butter, softened
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
1 Tablespoon cornstarch
1 egg
1 teaspoon rum extract
1 cup shredded coconut (optional)

Instructions

  1. Bring 3 cups water to boil in a saucepan. Add diced strawberries and bring back to a boil. Boil for 1 minute. Drain and set aside.
  2. In another saucepan mix sugar and cornstarch. Stir in syrup, lemon juice, and 3/4 c. water. Bring to a boil on high. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 6 minutes stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in jello until combined, then add cooked strawberries. Set aside.
  3. Prepare brownie mix according to the back of the package (use the 2 egg directions). Pour into a greased 9×13 pan. Set aside.
  4. In a mixing bowl, cream the butter, cream cheese, and cornstarch. Stir in the milk, egg and extract and beat until creamy. Stir in coconut by hand if you like. Gently spoon on top of the brownie layer and spread out.
  5. Drop spoonfuls of the pie filling on top of the cheesecake and swirl with a knife. Bake at 350* for 40 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving.

Notes

If you don't like coconut, feel free to leave out the shredded coconut.

http://insidebrucrewlife.com/2012/05/strawberry-coconut-cheesecake-brownies/
More brownies and cheesecake ideas:
Reeses Cheesecake Brownies
Mint Cheesecake Brownies 2
Coconut Cream Cheesecake Brownies 3
 

Comments

  1. says

    You are too much for me this morning! All of a sudden the coconut milk on my cereal isn’t exactly satisfying that tropical urge you’re talking about :) When I saw your Instagram pic the other day, I thought ‘yum, strawberry cheesecake’ I should have known that you’d have another delicious layer underneath!

    Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos

  2. says

    I’m a brownies girl too. Whenever I’ve had a really bad day and crave chocolate? It’s a gooey brownie I want. Especially one like this, with a topping so the brownies are even gooier. The strawberry cheesecake looks heavenly, and coconut? Come on, you had me at that.

  3. says

    Just one quick question — when do you add the egg? I put it in with the milk and rum extract, and it looks like it’s going to be fantastic! It’s in the oven, and I can hardly wait!!

  4. says

    Boy, you’re fast! I went back to the recipe to see how long to cool it, and thought I’d gone crazy! It looks heavenly, the ‘cool-down’ time is waaay too long, though – I may have to cheat a bit :)

  5. says

    Absolutely scrumptious! I’ll be featuring your recipe on FB tomorrow. In the meantime, I wanted to thank you for your golden oreo brownie recipe (with the Reese’s Pieces). I made them for my daughter’s year-end Girl Scout celebration and they were a huge hit!

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