Cheesecake Brownie Bites

Cheesecake Brownie BitesThis dessert is the best of both worlds, especially when you’re at the dessert counter and can’t deicide between cheesecake and brownies!

I am sure you will love these cheesecake brownies bites as much as I do. And the best part? These can easily be frozen and thawed whenever you want a sweet treat.

Cheesecake Brownie BitesSo what’s in these amazing bites?

Homemade brownie batter + homemade cheesecake filling + plus a whole lot of love since everything is homemade.

But, if you are pressed for time, you could try swapping boxed brownies and still prep the homemade cheesecake filling, which is only 3 ingredients!

Cheesecake Brownie BitesAfter preparing the brownie mix, add that to a greased mini muffin pan, then pipe in the cheesecake filling.

Cheesecake Brownie BitesNow practice your swirling technique, I used a knife to create “swirls” which look more like a yummy mess.

Cheesecake Brownie Bites

Cheesecake Brownie Bites


For the brownie batter

  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 & 1/4 cups cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp instant espresso powder, mixed with 2 tsp water
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 & 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 & 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

For the cheesecake filling

  • 1 (8oz) package cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 egg yolk, large


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder, espresso mixed with water, and vanilla until well combined.
  3. Stir in the sugar and melted butter until well combined.
  4. Stir in the flour and combine.
  5. Set the brownie batter aside.
  6. In a separate bowl, prepare the cheesecake filling by stirring together the cream cheese, sugar and egg yolk until well combined. Transfer this mixture to a pastry bag or plastic bag.
  7. Grease a mini muffin pan with cooking spray then spoon a tablespoon of brownie batter into the greased cups.
  8. Pipe a generous amount of cheesecake filling atop the brownie batter, and swirl with a knife.
  9. Bake for about 12 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  10. Let the brownie bites cool for 10 minutes in the pan and then transfer them to a cooling rack.
Recipe adapted from Just A Taste.
Cheesecake Brownie Bites
Now you can have your cheesecake and eat a brownie too!

73 Responses to “Cheesecake Brownie Bites”

  1. Nici ~ Posed Perfection — October 18, 2013 at 10:23 am

    These look amazing, Beth! I’ve pinned to try later! I hope you’ll link them up to our All Things Thursday Blog Hop!

    • The First Year Blog — October 18, 2013 at 2:30 pm

      Hey Nici, I will next thursday!

  2. Ash-foodfashionparty — October 18, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Looks pretty darn good and sure tastes equally great.

  3. Shana Norris (@ShanaNorrisBlog) — October 18, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Cheesecake + chocolate = perfect combination.

    Clickin’ in from the What’s Shakin’ link up.

    • The First Year Blog — October 18, 2013 at 2:32 pm

      Thanks for letting me know where you are coming from Shana!

  4. Julia@Happy House and Home — October 18, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Pinning! They look amazing!!! I want one NOW!!! :) Julia

    • The First Year Blog — October 18, 2013 at 9:42 pm

      Haha it’s on its way!

  5. shamene@sayitwithcake — October 19, 2013 at 9:50 am

    I pinned these so i can try them this week! have a great day!

    • The First Year Blog — October 19, 2013 at 11:25 am

      Thank you so much Shamene!

  6. Debbie — October 19, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Oh. My. Word. These look deee-lish! Would love to have you share at our Super Saturday Link Party!


    • The First Year Blog — October 19, 2013 at 6:22 pm

      I did this morning! Thanks for coming by Deb!

  7. Erin {Delightful E Made} — October 19, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    Hi Beth! Stopping by from Best of the Weekend. Had to come check out these yummy brownie bites. Look amazing and have pinned!

    • The First Year Blog — October 19, 2013 at 6:22 pm

      Thanks so much Erin, I hope you enjoy them!

  8. realcoake — October 19, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    Oh my goodness! These look so yummy! My mom used to make a whole pan like this. I love the idea of the individual bites. Yummy and not too many calories.

    • The First Year Blog — October 19, 2013 at 10:26 pm

      But a whole pan sounds amazing!!

  9. Vicky @ Very Vic — October 20, 2013 at 7:56 am

    I love the cheesecake brownie mix that Pilsbury sells. I bet homemade cheesecake brownies are 100 times better though! Can’t wait to try these.

    • The First Year Blog — October 20, 2013 at 8:43 am

      Oh, I bet the Pillsbury mix would be great too!

  10. Teresa — October 20, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    These look marvelous. I’ve pinned them. Thanks for sharing on Marvelous Mondays

    • The First Year Blog — October 20, 2013 at 8:10 pm

      I appreciate you pinning this recipe Teresa!

  11. Heidi — October 20, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    Definitely pinning this for later! Found you on the craft o maniac link up.Thanks for sharing.

    • The First Year Blog — October 20, 2013 at 8:11 pm

      Hi Heidi! Thanks for letting me know where you are coming from!

  12. Kiki “Caseperlatesta” Illy — October 21, 2013 at 3:20 am

    Great recipe! I’ve to try, it looks really yummy!

    • The First Year Blog — October 21, 2013 at 5:55 pm

      They are amazing, enjoy your week!

  13. Chelsea — October 21, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    They can be frozen and thawed?? Oh my goodness I think I need to stock up!

    • The First Year Blog — October 21, 2013 at 8:27 pm

      Haha, yeah, day made :-)

  14. Erin — October 22, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Seriously. These look amazing. I think I am going to try them using my gluten free brownie recipe!

    • The First Year Blog — October 22, 2013 at 5:50 pm

      Yeah girl! I have a gluten sensitivity too!

  15. Lydia — October 22, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    These look amazingly yummy! And I love that you can freeze them…that’s perfect for us as I don’t like to have dessert too handy. :)

    Just curious where you find espresso powder? I looked at our local grocery store which has all kinds of specialty things but couldn’t find it. I looked with the coffees and also with the baking supplies like cocoa powder. Any tips? I keep seeing recipes that use it and would love to get some!

    (BTW, found you via Clean and Scentsible)

    • The First Year Blog — October 22, 2013 at 8:24 pm

      Hi Lydia! I guess the espresso is more like ground espresso beans and not so much like a powder. I actually found mine at Aldi. Instant coffee grounds work great too!

  16. Juliana Michaels — October 22, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    Oh yum! These look so good!

    • The First Year Blog — October 22, 2013 at 8:24 pm

      Thanks so much Juliana!

  17. Rachel Rockwell (@BubblyNature) — October 22, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    mmm… I think this dessert is equal to my “love language” looks so good!!!

    • The First Year Blog — October 22, 2013 at 8:25 pm

      Haha, I love that!

  18. Meghan Early Swint — October 22, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    I can’t think of a better match — cheesecake and brownies!! YUM!!

  19. Ginnie — October 22, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    Mmm … Cheesecake and brownies – the perfect combination. I can’t wait to try these!

    • The First Year Blog — October 23, 2013 at 7:33 am

      It really is the best of both worlds!

  20. Beverly — October 23, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    Hi Beth,
    These look yummy! I especially like the fact that they are made in small muffin tins. You can have a sweet treat and not eat too many calories.
    Have a wonderful week,
    @ Eclectic Red Barn

    • The First Year Blog — October 23, 2013 at 4:36 pm

      My kind of dessert!

  21. Ila Pilon — October 24, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    My two favorite desserts combined together! Love these mini brownies!

  22. Brenda @ Chatting Over Chocolate — October 24, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    These look SoOo GOOD!

  23. Gloria Phillips (@simplygloria1) — October 24, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    I’m loving the fact everything about this is homemade!

    • The First Year Blog — October 24, 2013 at 6:44 pm

      Me too Gloria! Happy (almost) Friday!

  24. Meghan Early Swint — October 29, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    I love these brownies! I think your method of piping the cheesecake on top is genius and can be done with so many other treats! I picked this recipe as one of my features at Wake Up Wednesdays!! Check it out!!

    • The First Year Blog — October 29, 2013 at 8:26 pm

      You are the best, thanks Meghan!

  25. Mrs Kelly — November 4, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    These look amazing! Looking for something sweet to take to a party and this will certainly fit the bill. My question may have already been answered, but I haven’t read all of the comments. Can you please tell me how many this recipe makes. It seems like it would make more than one batch, but I don’t see where you’ve said. Thanks so much!

    • The First Year Blog — November 4, 2013 at 6:02 pm

      If I remember correctly, I think this made 24 mini muffins.

  26. Andi @ The Weary Chef — January 5, 2014 at 11:47 am

    These look so incredibly good, Beth! Thanks for the detailed photos to make it easy to follow your recipe. I hope you will share these at Saturday Night Fever too :)

    • The First Year Blog — January 5, 2014 at 1:52 pm

      Thanks Andi! I am glad the photos helped!

  27. Marlys (This and That) — February 10, 2014 at 11:28 am

    You had me at cheesecake and then you said brownies and I was in heaven.

    • The First Year Blog — February 10, 2014 at 5:29 pm

      hahaha, I totally understand Marlys!

  28. Stephie — February 13, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    I made these and they were a hit! Thanks for the recipe! I found it took quite a bit longer than 12 minutes (closer to 18-20), but they were tasty in the end.

    • The First Year Blog — February 14, 2014 at 7:49 am

      I suppose every oven is different! Glad you enjoyed them!

  29. Kelly — December 8, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Do you remember how long these took you to prep? I’m trying to plan some holiday baking and don’t want to take on too much!

    • Beth @ The First Year — December 9, 2014 at 9:57 am

      less than 30 minutes!

  30. Janell — February 25, 2015 at 9:53 am

    SO VERY GOOD! And easy!

    • Beth @ The First Year — February 26, 2015 at 4:22 pm

      Yay!! I’m glad you liked them Janell!

  31. ZP — June 5, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    Would it be ok to use Duncan Hines box mix for the brownie part? Or would that affect the way they turn out?

    • Beth @ The First Year — June 5, 2015 at 5:07 pm

      I think that would work out fine!

  32. Katie — December 31, 2015 at 8:46 am

    Just wondering if we substitute the box brownie mix how many boxes do we need? Only 1 or 2? Thanks! Can’t wait to make these for New Years!!

  33. Ro L — December 31, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    Are you supposed to use unsweetened cocoa?  I did and mine were not sweet enough.  

  34. Dawn — May 16, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    Question – how many bites does this recipe make?
    also if you freeze them do you let them thaw before serving or do you reheat them in the oven, if so on what temp and for how long?


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