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Halloween Cheesecake Brownies

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Halloween is approaching and it’s the perfect time to start making plans to make all of those yummy desserts. One of the desserts that always seems to be a hit is cheesecake. So, why not combine two favorites and make Halloween cheesecake brownies?

plate with brownie squares.
Fun, spooky Halloween cheesecake brownies

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These brownies are super easy to make and only require a few ingredients. Plus, they’re perfect for satisfying that sweet tooth without being too heavy. Whether you have a big family or just want to share this delicious dessert with friends, this is the ideal sweet treat to make.

Halloween Cheesecake Brownies are the perfect blend of two classic desserts – brownies and cheesecake. These delicious brownies are easy to make and can be customized to your liking. Be sure to try them this Halloween!

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Easy orange cheesecake brownies

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

There are a few reasons why this recipe is a winner.

  • These brownies can be easily customized to your liking. If you’re not a fan of cheesecake, you can simply leave it out. Or, if you want a little more of a chocolatey flavor, add some cocoa powder to the batter.
  • They’re perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth without being too heavy.
  • These brownies are rich and chocolatey, but the addition of cheesecake makes them lighter and fluffier.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Box of fudge brownie mix + ingredients on the back (water, oil, eggs) – You’ll need all of these ingredients to make the brownies.
  • Cream Cheese – To make the cheesecake with this recipe, you’ll need cream cheese!
  • Sugar – A little sugar can go a long way in this recipe!
  • Egg – To help create a delicious cream cheese filling, don’t forget the egg.
  • Vanilla – Cheesecake is known for being super sweet, but the vanilla helps bring all the sweet flavors together.
  • Orange Gel Food Coloring – To make this cheesecake Halloween themed, a little bit of food coloring goes a long way.

How to Make This Recipe

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Halloween cheesecake brownies process

Step 1:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9×13 inch pan with non-stick spray and set aside.

Step 2:

In a large mixing bowl, combine brownie mix, eggs, oil, and water.

Step 3:

Use a hand mixer to mix to combine, according to the box directions.

Step 4:

Pour into the prepared 9×13 inch pan. Set aside.

Step 5:

In another large mixing bowl, cream together cream cheese and sugar, until light and fluffy.

Step 6:

Add egg and vanilla, and mix to incorporate.

Step 7:

Add 9-10 drops of orange gel food coloring, and mix until color is evenly distributed. If desired, add more food coloring, until darker orange color is reached.

Step 8:

Drop the orange cheesecake mixture by spoonfuls over the brownie mix.

Step 9:

Use a toothpick or skewer to swirl the brownie batter and cheesecake mixture together.

Step 10:

Bake for 50-55 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Step 11:

Allow the brownies to cool, and enjoy!

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Delicious Halloween cheesecake swirl brownies

Recipe Tips

  • Be sure to use a hand mixer to cream together the cream cheese and sugar. This will help make the mixture light and fluffy.
  • To get that perfect orange color, start with 9-10 drops of orange gel food coloring. If you want it darker, add more food coloring until desired shade is reached.
  • For an extra chocolatey treat, try adding some chopped up chocolate bars or candy to the brownie batter before swirling in the cheesecake mixture.
  • It’s a great way to use up leftover Halloween candy. Simply chop up your favorite chocolate bars or candies and add them to the brownie batter.
  • Make sure you cream the cream cheese and sugar together until light and fluffy. This step is important for ensuring a smooth cheesecake layer.
  • Be careful not to overmix the batter once the eggs are added. Overmixing can result in tough brownies.
  • Make sure you don’t over bake the brownies. They should be cooked through but still moist.

Variation Options

  • As mentioned before, these brownies are very versatile and can be customized to your liking. If you’re not a fan of cheesecake, simply leave it out. The brownies will still be delicious!
  • If you want more of a chocolate flavor, try adding some cocoa powder to the brownie batter.
  • For a fun twist, try using different food coloring gel to change up the color of the cheesecake mixture. Green would be perfect for St. Patrick’s Day, pink for Valentine’s Day, etc.
  • Change up the type of brownies you use. The most popular types of brownies are Ghirardelli Chocolate Supreme Brownie Mix and Betty Crocker Fudge Brownie Mix.

How to Store

Storing: Store brownies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.

Freezing: To freeze, wrap the brownies individually in plastic wrap, and then place them in a freezer safe container or bag. Freeze for up to 3 months. When ready to enjoy, thaw overnight in the fridge.

FAQ

Can I make these ahead of time?

Yes! These brownies can be made up to two days in advance. Simply store them in an airtight container at room temperature and enjoy whenever you’re ready.

Do I need to use a special pan?

No, you can use a regular 8×8 inch baking pan for these brownies. However, if you want thinner brownies, we recommend using a 9×13 inch pan.

What can I top the brownies with?

Some of our favorite toppings for these brownies include chocolate frosting, sprinkles, and chopped nuts. Get creative and have fun with it!

I have a nut allergy. Can I still make these brownies?

Yes! You don’t have to add nuts. If you plan on adding chocolate chips as extra flavor, we recommend using nut-free chocolate chips such as the Enjoy Life brand.

Yield: 15 Servings

Halloween Cheesecake Brownies

halloween cheesecake brownies thumbnail picture.

Halloween is approaching and it's the perfect time to start making plans to make all of those yummy desserts.  One of the desserts that always seems to be a hit is cheesecake. So, why not combine two favorites and make Halloween cheesecake brownies?

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 18.3 ounce box of fudge brownie mix + ingredients on the back (water, oil, eggs)
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • Orange gel food coloring

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Spray a 9x13 inch pan with non-stick spray and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine brownie mix, eggs, oil, and water.
  3. Use a hand mixer to mix to combine, according to the box directions.
  4. Pour into the prepared 9x13 inch pan. Set aside.
  5. In another large mixing bowl, cream together cream cheese and sugar, until light and fluffy.
  6. Add egg, and vanilla, and mix to incorporate.
  7. Add 9-10 drops of orange gel food coloring, and mix until color is evenly distributed. If desired, add more food coloring, until darker orange color is reached.
  8. Drop the orange cheesecake mixture by spoonfuls over the brownie mix.
  9. Use a toothpick or skewer to swirl the brownie batter and cheesecake mixture together.
  10. Bake for 50-55 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  11. Allow the brownies to cool, and enjoy!

Notes

  • Be sure to use a hand mixer to cream together the cream cheese and sugar. This will help make the mixture light and fluffy.
  • To get that perfect orange color, start with 9-10 drops of orange gel food coloring. If you want it darker, add more food coloring until desired shade is reached.
  • For an extra chocolatey treat, try adding some chopped up chocolate bars or candy to the brownie batter before swirling in the cheesecake mixture.
  • It's a great way to use up leftover Halloween candy. Simply chop up your favorite chocolate bars or candies and add them to the brownie batter.
  • Make sure you cream the cream cheese and sugar together until light and fluffy. This step is important for ensuring a smooth cheesecake layer.
  • Be careful not to overmix the batter once the eggs are added. Overmixing can result in tough brownies.
  • Make sure you don’t over bake the brownies. They should be cooked through but still moist.
  • Storing: Store brownies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.
  • Freezing: To freeze, wrap the brownies individually in plastic wrap, and then place them in a freezer safe container or bag. Freeze for up to 3 months. When ready to enjoy, thaw overnight in the fridge.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

15

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 376Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 52mgSodium: 175mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 1gSugar: 27gProtein: 1g

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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