Brownie bottom cheesecake

Brownie Bottom Cheesecake – a creamy cheesecake baked on top of a rich, chocolate-y, fudgy brownie.  The best of both worlds in one irresistible dessert! 

Brownie Bottom Cheesecake from A creamy cheesecake baked on top of a rich, chocolate-y, fudgy brownie.

Chocolate Cheesecake is the best dessert ever!

When I came to US years ago I wasn’t familiar with cheesecake, pies or even steakhouse bread.

I knew the Romanian desserts (which I should share some with you in the future) and French Pastries, that was good enough for me.

But not for my sweet tooth.

I was drooling every time I’d pass by the  bakery corner at the grocery store pushed by an invisible force to just grab something and give it a try.

It took me a while but when I did i was unstoppable.

Every weekend was another treat until one day when I picked a chocolate cheesecake.

Brownie Bottom Cheesecake from A creamy cheesecake baked on top of a rich, chocolate-y, fudgy brownie.

The whole world changed. It was the cake I’ve been looking for all my life!

Since then I learned to bake and made my own chocolate cheesecake.

 I was the happiest of all.

That until I saw the recipe for brownie bottom cheesecake in the latest Chocolate Cookbook I bought.

Brownie Bottom Cheesecake from A creamy cheesecake baked on top of a rich, chocolate-y, fudgy brownie.

This brownie bottom cheesecake is the best of all words.

A luxurious creamy cheesecake is baked on top of a rich, chocolate-y fudgy brownie.

I was afraid the cheesecake filling would blend into the brownie batter and make it a swirled brownie cheesecake, similar with the Tiramisu Brownies.

But I was wrong, even if  the brownie layer is not completely baked by the time is topped with the creamy cheesecake filling.

If you’re using a stand-up mixer your filling will be even creamier than mine since I had to mix it with a hand-held whisk, my stand-up mixer bowl was in the fridge cooling some chocolate whipped frosting for a cake I’ll share on Thursday.

Brownie Bottom Cheesecake from A creamy cheesecake baked on top of a rich, chocolate-y, fudgy brownie.

Brownie bottom cheesecake

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

6 hours

Yield: 1X9 inch springform pan

Brownie bottom cheesecake

Brownie Bottom Cheesecake - a creamy cheesecake baked on top of a rich, chocolate-y, fudgy brownie.


    Brownie Layer
  • 1/2 cup (113 grams) butter room temperature
  • 4 oz (113 grams) (Baker's or Ghirardelli) Bittersweet Chocolate Broken Into Pieces
  • 1 cup (200 grams) Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) Milk
  • 1 cup (120 grams) All-purpose Flour
  • Cheesecake Layer
  • 2 1/4 cups ( 504 grams) (Philadelphia) Cream Cheese room temperature
  • 2/3 cup (140 grams) Sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) (Stonyfield) Greek Yogurt


  1. Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease and flour a 9 inch springform pan or line with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Melt butter and chocolate in pan over low heat, stirring frequently, until smooth. Remove form heat and beat in sugar. Leave to cool 5 minutes stir constantly.
  3. Add eggs and milk to the chocolate mixture, beating on medium speed for mixers or as fast as you can if done by hand to prevent the eggs from cooking.
  4. Stir in the flour, mixing just until blended. Spoon into the prepared pan, spreading evenly. Bake for 25 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven while preparing the cheesecake layer.
  6. Reduce oven temperature to 325.
  7. In a mixing bow beat together all the ingredient, making sure there are no cheese lumps then pour over brownie base.
  8. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes or until center is almost set.
  9. Run a knife around edge of cake to loosen from pan.
  10. Let cool before removing form pan.
  11. Chill in refrigerator for 4 hours or overnight before cutting into slices.

Brownie Bottom Cheesecake from A creamy cheesecake baked on top of a rich, chocolate-y, fudgy brownie.

If you liked this Brownie Bottom Cheesecake recipe, you might like

Brownie cheesecake 

brownie cheesecake

Tiramisu brownies

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Chocolate cheesecake bars 

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Cheesecake brownie bites at Just a Taste

Brownie cherry cheesecake at Tidy Mom

Brownie cheesecake bars at Becky Bakes

Sending this post to Cheryl aka TidyMom I’m loving it party and to Jenn’s of Jenn’s Cuisine Monthly Mingle, an event started by Meeta of What’s for Lunch, Honey?

Sending love your way,


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  1. says

    Oh, snap! This is delightful, divine, delicious! I WANT this NOW. Can I say it again? I want this now!!! Argh! I’m really craving this beautiful cheesecake. Gotta find some tomorrow (it’s 1 a.m. here).

  2. says

    Your cheesecake is gawwwwwdgeous!!
    When I came to the States I was also amazed by this thing called a Cheesecake! At first I didn’t want to try it because it was made of cheese… but once I tried it, oh my word, I never stopped eating it!

  3. Cassie says

    Oh my goodness, Roxanna, you have me drooling over here. My husband adores cheesecake but he wants it plain as can be. But he also loves brownies. He will flip for this!

  4. says

    I can say I don’t think I’ve ever had a brownie crusted cheesecake and now all I want to do is try yours! How cute to hear about how you felt when you saw desserts here. I want to see some of your Romanian desserts:)

  5. says

    Two of my favorite desserts in one! Life can’t get better than that 😉
    I am glad to see the bottom is not a boring old graham cracker crust…i like change and this change is terrific!

  6. Alina says

    Gorgeous! I made your cheesecake for my daughter’s birthday and everyone loved it! I also decorated it with some fresh raspberries and blueberries for a more festive look. Thank you for such a wonderful recipe Roxana!

  7. says

    This cheesecake truly is the best of both worlds, I love the brownie bottom – thanks so much for participating in the Monthly Mingle!

  8. Simone says

    What a fantastic looking cheesecake!! I never manage to make mine look so gorgeous and great idea for the bottom… Love it!

  9. says

    Hai roxane…
    i saw the pic on the facebook, in the morning when i turn on my computer and yes… the chessecake “rob” my heart!
    actually yesterday is my youngest son bday and i planning to make a homemade bday cake to bring at church this sunday … but since i rarely make a cake – especially a bday cake, its hesitate me to make one…
    but this cheese cake just blow my mind away!
    and brownie is our fav “cake” and i often made it!
    so its like ut 2 wishes granted!
    tq for sharing Roxane, i’ll share with u what my friend at church and the bday boy 😀 think about this mouthwatering and good looking cheese cake 😉

  10. Linda says

    Oh my! This Brownie bottom cheesecake looks amazing. I just saw this posted on Huffington post! I am definitely looking forward to making it.

  11. Rocio flores says

    Do you line the pan with parchment paper and cook the brownie and cheesecake using the paper? Or simply grease the pan? I got a little confused sorry, which one works better?

    • says

      Hi Rocio,
      I try most of the time to line parchment paper on all my pans, if I’m out of paper I simply grease the pans with baking spray. My recommendation is using parchment paper, especially on the bottom. I find it easier to peel the paper than peel the baking pan.
      Let me know if you have more questions,


  12. says

    Oh, doamne, ce minunatie de cheesecake! Abia astept sa-l incerc. Nu-mi place deloc crusta cu biscuiti din alte retete. Iar crema cu iaurt e tocmai ce-mi place. Tocmai am descoperit blogul tau. Faci niste deserturi incredibile. Abia astept sa cotrobaiesc mai amanuntit in casuta ta. Iti doresc An Nou fericit, cu multe bucurii, satisfactii si multa sanatate. Sa fii inconjurata de dragostea familiei tale si a prietenilor tai. Te imbratisez cu drag.

  13. Cara says

    This looks so good! I was just wondering what you drizzled on top? was it just melted chocolate or syrup or something you made yourself?

  14. Camille says

    Would LOVE to try this out as a congratulatory gift for my sister’s graduation :) I’m super EXCITED 😀 ! Thanks so much for posting this. Will book mark it.

  15. Rebecca W says

    I have this recipe in the oven right now, baking the cheesecake layer. My daughter’s birthday is today and I thought I would surprise her with two of her favorite desserts in one dish! It is incredibly simple compared to several recipes I looked at, and I had most of the ingredients on hand, including the greek yogurt. A tiny taste of both batters gave me a little glimpse of what’s to come.. YUMMY!! My daughter will love this!

  16. Nancy says

    Hi Roxana,
    Simply love your website. I want to make this cheesecake, Only problem is my family is vegeterian. Can i make this cheescake with egg replacer instead of eggs?

  17. dina says

    hi Roxana

    the cheesecake looks amazing but i was wondering if the brownie bottom will be dry since its baked two times, or will it still be soft and gooey.

  18. dina says

    hi, the cheesecake is on the oven can’t wait to try it, but is the brownie layer supposed to be runny, mine was quite runny and i had to leave it a bit longer in the oven , it this right?,

  19. bita says

    I made it last night,but there were deep cracks on top of my cheesecake;what should I’ve done to prevent it?
    and the brownie layer was tough….
    does it relate to the cooking time?
    by the way ,it was so delicious,thank you
    hope you can help me for the next time i make it…

    • says

      Hi Bita,

      When a cheesecake cracks on top two factors may have caused that: either you over baked it or the your oven is heating up higher that it shows.
      Normally a cheesecake should be baked just until the center settles (it’s not too jiggly anymore) and let it cool either in the oven with the door open or at room temperature. Speeding this process by placing the cheesecake in the fridge may also cause a crack.
      To test your oven I would suggest an oven thermometer. This way you know it’s not running low or higher.

      Hope I answered your questions,

  20. Taylor Z says

    Could you make this with boxed brownies or even with cocoa instead of baking squares. What are your thoughts on these two options?

    • says

      Hi Taylor,
      you can use a boxed brownie if that’s what you prefer. I would not recommend using cocoa powder instead of chocolate


  21. Jackie says

    Hi Roxana,

    I’m making this cheesecake tonight with my husband for our anniversary. We love cheesecake! Do you think we can do a graham cracker crust with the brownie bottom? I love both!

    • says

      Hi Jackie,
      You mean a graham cracker crust, the brownie layer and the cheesecake? Yes, of course it will work! Just make sure you allow plenty of time for the cheesecake to cool down before slicing it.
      Happy anniversary!

      • Jackie says

        Thank you! It definitely tasted delicious, but the graham cracker crust was not very successful. Thanks for the reply!

  22. Aida says

    I made this cake yesterday for my archery mates and it was a hit! Everybody loved it (including me) and it was pretty easy and quick to make. The only thing that I “didn’t like” was that the cheescake was somewhat sticky, but otherwise the flavor was delicious! My grandma had a piece and was the only who said that it was kind of cloying, but as I’ve said everybody else loved it!!!

  23. Jenny Savill says

    Hi, I baked the brownie bottom cheesecake, OMG, so yummy. Thank you so much for sharing your recipe. Much appreciated. Loved all your recipe xxxxxx

  24. English Country Pub says

    Ohh my god…words can not even express the amount of mouth-watering going on right now. This looks absolutely so much delicious and DIVINE!

  25. says

    WOW! I love every Cheesecake because I’m a fan of cheese in cakes, but this connection cheesecake and brownie is totally perfection, easy to make and so delicious…you must try.

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