Layers of fudgy brownies, vanilla cheesecake, and cherry pie filling swirls make these Cherry Cheesecake Brownies a pretty and delicious dessert for celebrating any event. These cheesecake brownies are a simple but decadent dessert for parties.
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.
Cherry Cheesecake Bars
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. Of course, you can't go wrong with the Ultimate Reese's Cheesecake Brownies either!
I have been wanting to make another full-sized cheesecake for dessert, but time has gotten away from me. We were gone all day shopping at Ikea for bedroom furniture for a bedroom redo, so I didn't have time to make one.
Then 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 works 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 9x13 dish.
I like to line the pan with foil or parchment paper 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 packaging, and microwave it for about 20-30 seconds.
Beat the cream cheese with the butter before you add any other ingredients because this will help it be creamier. Slowly pour in the rest of the ingredients and beat again.
Slowly pour 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 Simple Cheesecake Recipes
- Chocolate Cheesecake Pie
- Snickers Cheesecake Brownie Cake
- Rainbow Cheesecake
- Coconut Cream Cheesecake Brownies
- Strawberry Cheesecake Lasagna
- Apple Pie Cheesecake
- Reese's Cheesecake Brownies
- Vanilla Bean Cheesecake Recipe
*The post and recipe for the Cherry Cheesecake Brownies was originally published on July 30, 2014. The pictures and post has been updated and republished on November 26, 2018.
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I was going to ask if I may use a Fudge Brownie Mix which I do have when I read Cathryn's comments. I have to watch my pennies; may I attempt to use the Fudge Brownie Mix, or as Cathryn commented, would that make the outcome too gooey?
Secondly, there is a combination of oil, shortening and flour called "goop" which is advised to use to easily remove cakes from pans.
In your expert opinion would a "cake release" be allowed in making this recipe.
I would greatly appreciate any advice you might share.
I usually use a nonstick baking spray if I am not lining my pans with foil or parchment paper. The "goop" should work fine too. If you are concerned with the brownie mix being too gooey, you can always bake the brownie layer for 20 minutes, then remove and pour the cheesecake batter on top, then bake an additional 40-45 minutes. I hope this helps and you enjoy the brownies.
Thank you for your timely response. I have made many of your recipes; I shall take your advice (I read you gave similar/same advice to Kathy who had a related issue; i.e., baking the brownie layer first). I should have read Kathy's concerns and your answer more carefully. Again, Thank You.
I am not as talented or as innovative as you, so I may only hope it will work out. I want to make it for my Veterinarians and staff, the local Sheriff's Department and two animal shelters' workers. Gad, I hope it turns out. Then again, it is I, I am writing about--- the aforementioned---my lack of talent.
Made this using King Arthur Gluten free Brownie mix in 9x9 square pan. Saved a little of the cheesecake batter and cherry topping. It was a very rich tasty dessert—best of both desserts—brownies and cherry cheesecake! Put the extra cheesecake batter in a custard cup then baked and topped with the extra cherry pie filling for an extra treat.
Yay! I am so happy to hear you loved the cheesecake brownies.
I baked this for 45 minutes. The brownie stuck to the foil something awful. It fell apart trying to get a piece out if the pan. The brownie layer was very runny, like it was not baked at all. It tasted great, but very disappointing trying to get it off the foil.
I am so sorry to hear that this didn't bake very well for you. My brownie layer always tends to be slightly gooey but never runny when I make these. One thing you can do is bake the brownie layer first for about 15-18 minutes, then pour the cheesecake and filling on top and bake another 30 minutes. That will help with the under-baked brownie. As for the foil, it is an optional thing. You can skip that step and just grease or spray your pan really well. I hope those tips help and you try it again.
Followed this for a dinner we were invited to... they looked great, but when I cut into them the middle wasn’t done. Not sure what I did wrong. I let them cook for a full 40 min. The outside was perfect, but can’t say the same for the middle. Super sad
Is there anything better than cherries and chocolate together? Can't wait to make this!
One of the best brownies ever! I love the cherry cheesecake layer!
Such a wonderful dessert!!
These brownies are to die for. So delicious and so easy, always a hit!
I love EVERYTHING about this recipe! All of my favorite things baked into one!
I’ve been baking a long time and Holidays are my thing; so I thought these bars would be a perfect dessert. Everything went wonderfully and the pan of chherry cheesecake brownies looked exactly like your picture when they came out of the oven! After they cooled down I began cutting them into bars...the foil was stuck even though I sprayed it with Pam and the brownie layer was mostly under-cooked. ???? Since I’ve been Christmas baking the last two days and everything else I baked cake out wonderfully, I was more than disappointed. Any clue what could have happened? Maybe the brownie layer needed to be half cooked, or the fudge brownie mix I used was too gooey for this recipe? I’m really at a loss. Help!
I wonder if they just needed to go a little bit longer in the oven. Mine are always slightly gooey and under-baked when I use a boxed brownie mix, but it never stops everyone from devouring the entire pan! Since you usually serve them from the fridge, the cool seems to help them stay firmer. I'm sorry to hear the recipe disappointed you.
Thanks Jocelyn for getting back to me. I had baked this an extra 10 minutes until the cream cheese layer was beginning to brown on the outer edge and the cream cheeses was still loose in the middle (just as a regular cheam cheese cheese cake is baked). It was a disappointment since the cream cheese and cherry layers looked Beautiful as well as tasted good. And I tested an oven thermometer to make sure my oven was working correctly, which it is. It’s just one of those things I guess.
melanie E Bassett
I made it for a Christmas party and it was delicious . The only thing I will omit next time is the foil lining the pan.. the brownie stuck to it, even with the cooking spray and was vey annoying because the foil was coming off in pieces on the bottom of the brownie making it very hard to cut without it falling apart, but it was delicious. I will make this again without the foil lining the pan and spray cooking oil directly on the pan. Thank you for great recipe. 🙂
Was the brownie art gooey too? That’s what happened to my batch...foil stuck like glue and difficult to get off and th Brownies were under-cooked. Yet...they sure Tasted delicious! ????
melanie E Bassett
yes it was a little gooey and stuck.. It was good, but a little rich for me.. I will try it again without foil and see if brownie will cook better. The cheesecake was delicious... I did use betty crocker brownie.. maybe I will try some other brand.
Can I make this into a cheesecake instead of bars?
I have not baked this particular recipe as a regular cheesecake. You would probably need to bake the brownie layer first, then add the cheesecake batter and pie filling and continue baking it. I don't have times to tell you though since I haven't tried it.
I have been baking for twentysome years and this is the best thing I’ve ever made!! They don’t sell pie filling here in Finland so I made some myself. Thank you for this recipe!
Satta King Gali
These brownies are so pretty! My mouth is watering now. I wish I could grab them through the screen! Pinned!
Omg Omg! I'm salivating already!! I am surely gonna make these brownies.
This is not my first time on Insidebrucrewlife.
The above tips are going to help while making cherry cheesecake brownies, and the recipe ingredients are good too. We will try this tasty cheesecake soon. Thanks for sharing it.
You take these cheesecakes to the next level, Jocelyn! I am so impressed!
Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel
I sure do love chocolate and cherry together -- such a delicious and underrated combination. So glad you're bringing it back into style with these fab cheesecake bars! They look so decadent and scrumptious!