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Cherry Cheesecake Brownies

Cherry Cheesecake Brownies. An outstanding soft chewy brownie with a cheesecake centre that gets sweet glacé cherries baked into it. Another great freezer friendly cookie bar recipe.

Cherry Cheesecake Brownies

Cherry Cheesecake Brownies

I hadn’t made these cherry cheesecake brownies in a few years. But, I found them listed on an old “recipes to do” list just a couple of weeks ago.

I have a box of old exercise books, spiral bound planners and just scraps of paper that I’ve scribbled down ideas and notes for recipes over the years.

My mind always invents things that I don’t have time to do but I always say I’ll get back to. In this case I did.

Cherry Cheesecake Brownies

Cherry Cheesecake Brownies

More Chocolate!

My note said to make the recipe “more chocolate-y” and thats exactly what I did. I modified the original brownie recipe while still keeping it simple and I also made the cheesecake centre a bit thicker.

I’ve seen these in some local bakeries and always thought that the centre was too thin. The white of the cheesecake contrasts so well with the dark brownie.

The red also pops right out for a very festive look at this time of year, so I wanted to make the most of that too.

Red Glacé Cherries for Cherry Vanilla Cheesecake Bars, pictured in a glass bowl.

Red Glacé Cherries are used in this recipe but you could use well drained maraschino cherries instead.

Chocolate chips get added to the cherry cheesecake brownies recipe which really upped the chocolate factor in the brownie. I use 50% cocoa chocolate chips almost exclusively in my baking.

So that, and using good quality cocoa really will satisfy any chocolate craving.

Dark Chocolate Chips, to melt and dip the biscotti

Chocolate chips are used to make this quick and easy hot fudge sauce.

I served this renovated recipe up to a my mom and sisters at lunch recently and they were a huge hit. This recipe was such a success, I might just turn it into a trend of “make this better” recipes!

Cherry Cheesecake Brownies

Cherry Cheesecake Brownies

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Originally published December 2016. Updated November 2019 to include nutritional information and a new printable recipe page.

Cherry Cheesecake Brownies
Yield: 36 cookie bars

Cherry Cheesecake Brownies

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Cherry Cheesecake Brownies - an outstanding soft chewy brownie with a cheesecake centre that gets sweet glacé cherries baked into it. Another great freezer friendly cookie bar recipe.


For the cheesecake centre

  • 1 cup cream cheese (80z, 250g)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped glacé cherries

For the brownie batter

  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips


To prepare the cheesecake centre

  1. Cream together the sugar, vanilla and cream cheese.
  2. Beat in the egg, then add the flour and mix until smooth.
  3. Fold in the glacé cherries and set the mixture aside while you prepare the brownie batter.

To prepare the brownie batter

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Lightly grease a 9x13 baking pan and line with parchment paper.
  2. Sift together the flour, cocoa and baking soda. Set aside.
  3. Melt the butter and mix together with the brown sugar, white sugar and vanilla in an electric mixer on low speed.
  4. When combined add the eggs all at once. Note: at this stage you want the sugars to dissolve as completely as possible into the eggs butter and vanilla. I use my stand mixer on the lowest setting and leave it for 10 minutes or longer until no sugar crystals remain in the mixture. To test for this you can spoon a little of the mixture from the bottom of the bowl onto your thumb and then rub together your thumb and forefinger. You shouldn't be able to feel any grains in the sugary syrup mixture.
  5. Fold in the sifted dry ingredients and then the chocolate chips until the batter is smooth. Don't overmix the batter; I prefer to do this sep by hand.
  6. Pour about 1/2 or a little more of this batter into the prepared pan.
  7. Begin to carefully spoon the cheesecake mixture over the brownie batter. Take your time and spoon it on gently, a tablespoon at a time. I use an offset spatula to smooth it at the end but this is not completely necessary.
  8. Spoon the rest of the brownie batter on top of the cheesecake batter in the same careful manner and smooth the top with an offset spatula or the back of the spoon.
  9. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until the top is well crackled and dry looking and the brownies are starting to shrink back from the sides of the pan. A toothpick inserted into the centre can still have a few wet crumbs left on it when withdrawn but not gooey in the centre. These are pretty thick cookie bars so they may take a little longer in your oven, depending upon the pans you use. I use all aluminum bakeware and they took the full 50 minutes.
  10. Cool completely before cutting into cookie bars. Store in an airtight container. Freezes quite well too.

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Nutrition Information



Serving Size

36 cookie bars

Amount Per Serving Calories 180Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 46mgSodium 81mgCarbohydrates 23gFiber 1gSugar 16gProtein 2g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

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Thursday 24th of December 2020

I have mine in the oven now. I sprayed the off set spatula with a little cooking spray, and it made it much easier to spread. Can't wait to try them.


Wednesday 2nd of December 2020

I made this and it was GREAT! I used maraschino cherries. The juice that was left on the cherries after draining them caused the center to turn pink. That's not necessarily bad depending on your outlook. Next time (and there will be a next time ) I'll set the cherries on a paper towel to absorb that juice. Thank you for the recipe.


Friday 27th of December 2019

Brownies are good but I had minimal filling. Should have doubled it. Misleading.


Monday 9th of December 2019

Going to try these this year. They look like a wonderful addition to my Christmas sweet trays. Given that they have a cream cheese layer should they be refrigerated?


Sunday 8th of December 2019

These were amazing... I used the well drained Maraschino. cherries and I just let the top swirl. Perfect for the Holidays... These Brownies will put you on the Naughty List for sure !

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