Brownie Cheesecake Bars

I’m pretty tight with cream cheese right now. First I put cream cheese in cookies. Then I put those cookies in the best darn cookie dough cheesecake bars you’ll ever eat. Then, as if all that weren’t enough, I made these. Brownie Cheesecake Bars. The evil cousin of the cookie dough cheesecake bars. Evil, because once you eat one it is nearly impossible to stop yourself from eating another. Then again, I’m not long on self-control. But look at them….this is decadence, my friends.

You might be able to tell that I under-baked these just a tad. I tend to under-bake rather than over-bake. I sorta love ooey-gooey. The brownie component of these was part brownie/part molten lava. The cheesecake filling was as dreamy and creamy as ever. If you want them to be fully brownie, sans molten lava, make sure to bake them completely. Friends don’t let friends under-bake. Or maybe they do?

4.0 from 2 reviews
Brownie Cheesecake Bars
  • 2 pkg. brownie mix, prepared according to package directions.
  • 3 - 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • ¾ cup sour cream
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Grease a 9x13 baking pan.
  3. Using a mixer, beat together the cream cheese and sugar.
  4. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each one.
  5. Mix in vanilla and sour cream. Set aside.
  6. Prepare brownie mixes according to package directions.
  7. Pour and spread slightly more than half of the brownie mixture into the greased pan. Carefully spread the cream cheese mixture over the brownie batter.
  8. Dot the remaining brownie batter evenly over the pan.
  9. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until cheesecake appears set when jiggled.
  10. Cool. Chill for several hours or overnight.
  11. Enjoy!
I used boxed brownie mix this time but you could certainly make your own favorite brownie recipe from scratch!


Under-bake or over-bake? What’s worse?  Am I the only one who would pick gooey every time?!


  1. says

    Friends DEFINITELY let friends underbake. That looks like something I’d eat all by myself directly out of the pan and not even regret it. YUM.

  2. alcuin says

    Hi! Absolutely love how gorgeous they look! Just a quick question, is that 3 – 8 oz cream cheese or 3 (8oz) cream cheese?

  3. Becky says

    Emiglia – oh, I’m pretty sure that these would be delicious right out of the pan. Not, that I’ve EVER done that;-)

  4. Brian says

    These are in the oven. I did notice that when pouring in the cheesecake mixture on top of the brownie batter that it pushed up the brownie batter so I hope I don’t have a thin layer of brownie in the center where the cheesecake plopped in. Maybe a good tip is to add the cheesecake by the spoonful? I also had a lot of batter left over, probably 1/4 of it. I just ate a few spoonfuls and dumped the rest. Can’t wait to see how this turns out!

  5. Becky says

    Hmmm, I’ve made these a couple of times and didn’t have any trouble with the brownie mixture staying put. I just poured the cheesecake filling evenly over the top. Maybe my brownie mixture was a little thicker? Also, the second time I made these I put about 2/3 of the brownie batter in the bottom of the pan, and used the remaining 1/3 to dot the top. Hopefully that helps! Thank you for the feedback:-)

  6. Becky says

    Hi Mary Jane! I’m all about walnuts in brownies but I think I would prefer these just as is. They are so decadent and creamy I would hate to mess with the texture:-) Really though, it all comes down to personal preference! Let me know what you think if you try it!

  7. Mary Jane says

    Hi Becky,
    Now that i think about it I might not put in the walnuts. You are right about the texture…it might not be the best thing to do.
    Another question for you…When Im making brownies I use three eggs for cake like brownies. Can I use that for this recipe or should I stick with just the two eggs.

  8. Miriam says

    What size store bought brownie mix do you use. Some are for a 9×9 pan and some are for a 9×13 pan?
    They look delicious!

  9. Mrs T says

    Didn’t have much luck with these. Despite copious greasing, the brownie base fused itself to the tin- but not to the cheesecake! To get it out of the tin I had to dig each individual slice out piece by piece. I now have a box full of cheese mess. It’s very tasty, just not presentable :(

  10. says

    WOW!! Greetings Becky :))
    You have “GREAT RECIPES” my friends, family, and etc….love all the recipes I
    cook or bake from your site. The (Number 1) recipe they Love is the Brownie Cheesecake Bars.
    Your recipes are “Priceless” need to put them in a Recipe book. Tried to rate all your recipes (5 star)
    and it only let’s me click 4 star. Something must be wrong with the fifth star. Your recipes are all 5 STAR.
    Sandy D.


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