Layers of brownie, cheesecake, and cherry pie filling make these Cherry Cheesecake Brownies a pretty dessert for celebrating any event. Or just make them for an unexpected after dinner dessert and make everyone smile.
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(photos updated December 2017)
Cheesecake is one of my absolute favorite desserts to make. I love making this Banana Split Cheesecake when I need a big full-size cheesecake to take to special dinners or to a fundraiser at church. It is a jaw dropper for sure!
When I’m short on time and need a fancy dessert, these No Bake Peanut Butter Fudge Cheesecake Parfaits are perfect. Quick and easy desserts are great because they can be made in a hurry.
Baking layers in desserts is probably my all time favorite way to do cheesecake. These Take 5 Cheesecake Brownies are definitely one of the best ways to put as many layers as you can into one dessert.
I knew cheesecake day was coming up, and I had every intention of making a full-sized cheesecake to share with you because it has been way too long since I have made a big one.
But then we were gone all day shopping at Ikea for bedroom furniture for our kids bedroom redo’s, so I didn’t have time to make one. My husband was going to visit some friends at his old job, so he asked for a dessert to take with him.
It was the perfect reason to make an easy cherry cheesecake with a brownie crust.
How to make Cherry Cheesecake Brownies:
When there is no time to wait for a big cheesecake to cool, I almost always make cheesecake brownies. They really are so easy to make, and they cool in just a few short hours.
Sometimes I like to use a box brownie mix because it’s so easy. A double batch of these Homemade Chocolate Chip Brownies work just as well too.
For these particular cheesecake brownies, I started with a box mix because I had a few in the pantry to use up. Make it according to the package directions and spread it into a 9×13 dish. I like to line the pan with foil because it is easier to lift the brownies out and cut them into squares. Make sure to spray it with nonstick spray very well. The foil is an optional step though.
Make sure your cream cheese is softened before you get started. If you forget to get it out, you can always unwrap it, remove the foil package, and microwave it for about 20-30 seconds.
Beat the cream cheese with the sugar before you add any other ingredients because this will help remove lumps. Slowly pour in the rest of the ingredients and beat again.
Spoon the cheesecake batter very carefully on top of the brownie batter because you want this to bake in distinct layers. Then very carefully spoon the cherry pie filling on top.
Use a knife to swirl just the two top layers. Do not put the knife all the way in because you want the fudgy brownie stay at the bottom.
After this bakes, give it time to cool. I usually leave the finished cheesecake bars on the counter for an hour, then place it in the refrigerator. Within 3-4 hours it is completely chilled and ready for you to dive into.
Cool Whip swirls and cherries with stems make these Cherry Cheesecake Brownies look so pretty.
My husband didn’t want a fancy over the top dessert for his friends though, so he took the pan of plain cheesecake brownies.
Which way would you prefer to eat these Cherry Cheesecake Brownies? Plain or pretty??? Either way these are going to be the best brownies you ever make.
More easy cheesecake desserts that you may enjoy:
- Cheesecake Dessert Tacos from Spend with Pennies
- Coconut Cream Cheesecake Brownies from Inside BruCrew Life
- Strawberry Cheesecake Lasagna from Dinners, Dishes, & Desserts
- No Bake Caramel Cheesecake Mousse from Barefeet in the Kitchen
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