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Chocolate Chip Cheesecake with Brownie Crust

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake with Brownie Crust begins with a fudge brownie and then tops off with a simple, delicious no-bake cheesecake with lots of chocolate chips.

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Sometimes you want two desserts. We’ve all been there. You’re asked if you’d like the brownies or the cheesecake. And it feels a bit awkward just to say “yes” and grab both. If you can identify with that, then this cheesecake is for you.

It all starts with a fudgy brownie that will serve as the crust of the cheesecake. Then, that’s topped off with a simple no-bake cheesecake packed with plenty of chocolate chips. See? You get brownies AND cheesecake! Win-win!

Two desserts in one is always a win! Chocolate Chip Cheesecake with Brownie Crust combines brownies and cheesecake for a delightful dessert experience. - Bake or Break

You can use any brownie you like for the crust. For a shortcut to an already simple dessert, I used a brownie mix, Krusteaz Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Brownie Mix. It’s one of my favorite brownie mixes, and you’d never guess that it’s gluten free.

If you want a from-scratch option, use your favorite recipe for an 8-inch square pan of brownies. My Favorite Fudgy Brownies would work wonderfully.

This is one of my favorite quick-to-make desserts. It’s so simple to put together. And with that bit of chill time, it’s a great make-ahead dessert, too. And when it’s ready to serve, you can enjoy a slice of this delicious two-in-one dessert!

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Chocolate Chip Cheesecake with Brownie Crust

Yield 10 to 12 servings
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes

Fudgy brownies and an easy no-bake cheesecake combine for a simple, delicious dessert.

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake with Brownie Crust begins with a fudge brownie and then tops off with a simple, delicious no-bake cheesecake with lots of chocolate chips.

Ingredients

  • 1 package Krusteaz Gluten Free Double Chocolate Brownie Mix*
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 16 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Lightly grease a 9-inch round springform pan.
  2. Stir together the brownie mix, water, oil, and egg until moistened and thoroughly combined. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and spread evenly.
  3. Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until a pick inserted into the center comes out with moist crumbs.
  4. Cool completely in pan.
  5. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the cream cheese and sugar until blended and smooth. Mix in the vanilla.
  6. Using an electric mixer with a whisk attachment, beat the cream at medium-high speed until soft peaks form.
  7. Fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture. Gently stir in the chocolate chips.
  8. Transfer the filling to cooled crust and spread evenly. Refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving.

Notes

*You can use any brownie recipe or mix that uses an 8-inch square pan.

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    76 Comments on “Chocolate Chip Cheesecake with Brownie Crust”

  1. The brownie crust looks great with this. Simple and delicious!

  2. What a gorgeous dessert! This would be a perfect dessert for the holidays.

  3. Two desserts is always better! This looks in an incredible dessert!

  4. This chocolate chip cheesecake looks amazing! πŸ™‚

  5. This looks FANTASTIC! Wow. Such a treat!

  6. I am going to eat this whole dessert myself, it looks so good!

  7. It is 11.06 in the morning, and I’m drooling over cheesecake. Life is grand!

  8. What a fantastic dessert. Totally drooling over the crust.

  9. The only brownie bottom cheesecakes I have made are baked together. Loving this version with a no bake cheesecake on top! Especially because the chocolate chips did not sink they way they do when I bake it.

  10. Oh yum! I would so love a bite of that! Pinned!

  11. Why choose one desert when you can have two πŸ™‚

  12. This is awesome!! Brownie and cheesecake, best of both worlds!!!

    Katie xoxo

  13. Brownies + anything is an automatic winner for me. THIS looks incredible!

  14. Oh my god – I thought that was just me. I can NEVER decide what dessert to have.
    This cheesecake looks incredible. Im gathering ideas for the dessert I want to make for Christmas and this is definitely going on the list!! L x

  15. I am loving the dual layers of this cake. It looks amazing!

  16. Brownies and chocolate chips and cheesecake, oh my! This looks delightfully decadent and delicious! I can’t wait for a special occasion to try out for myself.

  17. What kind of batter would you recommend to replace the mix (I don’t buy those)? Any good brownie recipe, a slightly dry one? Looks absolutely delicious πŸ™‚

  18. I can never choose between one or another dessert…so yes, I’m the girl who has BOTH. Always. But I love this two-in-one deal!

  19. I am making this for thanksgiving, but instead of chocolate chips i am adding oreos!

  20. I’m making this for thanksgiving too. How long would it keep in the fridge?

  21. The only thing that would make this more festive would be to crush the red and white peppermint candies and sprinkle in tip! Omg can’t wait to try it!!! Maybe for Thanksgiving I’ll break up some snickers bars! Oh boy, this is gonna be bad!!!!

  22. I made this tonight. I will let everyone know how it turns out. I have never made a cheese cake that did not need to be baked. The brownies smelled so good baking πŸ™‚

  23. Great… yet another recipe that contains some component that is an American brand name item not sold anywhere else in the world, at least not anywhere near where I live. Well, nonetheless, I used my own brownie mix for this and it turned out extremely well.

  24. Milk chocolate or semi sweet for the chips?

  25. Looks so good! When you say “Fold whipped cream into cream cheese mixture.” Do you mean the heavy cream or actual whipped cream? Just want to make sure!

  26. Do you make the brownie mix as you would on the package or just mix in with the water, oil and egg?

  27. Is the heavy cream this calls for the liquid kind? Not actual cool whip? Hoping I did this correct..

  28. Made this for a company dinner tonite and it was a hit! Such a good duo of desserts in one! Want to make one again and keep. Can this be frozen?

  29. Hey there! This looks lovely! But in my town they don’t sell brownie mix! Do you know anything else I can do?

  30. Hi Jennifer. This Cheesecake looks delicious. Can I know if I can substitute the heavy cream with whipping cream. It’s kind of difficult to get heavy cream here. Thank you.

  31. Hi krusteaz package mention in ingredients but not in the recipe plz if I miss it can you let me know how and when I use krusteaz pack.

  32. Do you make it in an 8″ square pan or a round pan?

  33. The picture of this cheesecake brownie had me drooling for weeks. I finally decided to try it and when I looked at the recipe and saw that the cheesecake was a no bake recipe I was very skeptical. Because I like firm cheesecakes. But I decided to give it a try since it looks so good. I do bake pretty regularly, so I know I didn’t mess up the recipe. But it was such a disappointment. I feel like I wasted all those ingredients, I’m sorry. I actually used the brownie recipe from scratch that she has here,The fudge brownie recipe. And it was exactly THAT, very fudge like not flaky like a brownie. I was not a fan of that. But also, my fear of the cheesecake being too mushy was correct. It doesn’t taste BAD. it has a good flavor, just not the texture I wanted. I will be making my own version of this using a brownie recipe that is more like a brownie less like fudge, and a cheesecake that needs to be baked. I see a good number of people liked it, it’s just not for me. But I’m glad I tried it since I was obsessing over it thanks!

  34. I made this and cannot get it to set! It’s been in the fridge for over 12 hours…
    I need it for a party tonight. Any suggestions?

  35. Can this desert be make up a few days ahead of time and frozen?

  36. I plan on making this dessert for Thanksgiving. It looks fantastic and I hope it turns out good! I just have a quick question. For the heavy whipping cream, could I just use “cool whip” from the freezer section? Or do you really recommend that I stick to the heavy cream? Thank you!

  37. I have made this using the Candy Bar Icing on top of my brownie and it was delicious!
    CANDY BAR ICING
    1 – 8 oz bar Cream Cheese (I am going to try with 2 bars next time)
    1 cup Confectioners Sugar
    8 – 12 oz Cool Whip
    1 cup chopped Hershey’s Chocolate Bar or Chips

  38. This sounds so delicious! Love this idea!

  39. UNBelievable!!this is absolutely perfect, thanks very much for the recipe and the idea of combining brownies and cheesecake! πŸ‘

  40. So I made it and it was awesome! But it wasn’t very cohesive.. Like the cheesecake didn’t stick to the brownie.. It chilled for over 24 hours as well… Any suggestions on what I did wrong?

  41. This cheesecake was good however the brownie crust stuck to the pan and was difficult to cut. Need to lightly grease the pan

  42. Do I release it from the spring form after it sets or before I put the cheese/cream topping on the brownie?

  43. I made this and it’s better the 2nd & 3rd day. Your pistachio cranberry cookies recipe is great, too! Both were a hit.

  44. i am confused with step #5 & 6 ???

  45. Best thing ever. So delicious. Made for my own birthday in July and just made again for my mother’s birthday. You won’t be disappointed with this recipe! Thank you!

  46. Epic failire. I used all the correct ingredients and a spring form pan. I baked the brownie for 45 minutes and it became a slab of concrete. Cheesecake did not set at all and it was in the fridge for hours. Don’t waste your time or money on this.Β 

  47. I’m gaining weight just looking and reading about this! Sounds awesome!!!

  48. If you can’t find the brownie mix suggested do you just follow the recipe on the mix purchased for Water Oil and Egg or do you follow the suggested amounts in this recipe?

  49. Tried this recipe for a trial run before making it for a baby shower for my niece, who is gluten intolerant. Used a King Arthur’s Gluten Free Brownie mix. This cheesecake was perfect! Husband loved it, and I will definitely be using this recipe for the shower! Thanks for sharing!!!!

  50. The recipe looks fantastic. Just wondering though… How did nobody else notice this line, “…simple no-bake cheesecake packed with plenty of chocolate chips and drugs.”??

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