Brownie Bottom Cheesecake Bars

The easiest brownie bottom cheesecake bar recipe! Who doesn’t love brownies and cheesecake?!
The easiest brownie bottom cheesecake bar recipe! Who doesn’t love brownies and cheesecake?!When I was younger, I didn’t like cheesecake.

I am SO glad I grew up and realized what good food is, haha :)

Cheesecake is one of my favorite things to make because I know it will turn out great every single time! But I know there are some of you who might be afraid of cheesecake because sometimes they require a water bath and you don’t want them to crack and all of these other concerns.

The easiest brownie bottom cheesecake bar recipe! Who doesn’t love brownies and cheesecake?!So I want to take away all of your concerns with this recipe! No water bath is needed, no changing the oven temperature and guaranteed no cracking! It’s the perfect recipe to start with if you’re new to cheesecake but still want to make a stand out dessert!

Plus the cheesecake is paired with BROWNIES – winner all around right here, am I right?!

The easiest brownie bottom cheesecake bar recipe! Who doesn’t love brownies and cheesecake?!These brownie bottom cheesecake bars need to be refrigerated for at least 4 hours or overnight, if that’s easier, before slicing and serving them. You’ll prep the brownie batter then bake it until a slight crust forms on it, then add the cheesecake filling, back for 30ish more minute and ta da! Be sure to let the cheesecake bars cool to room temperature before covering them in plastic wrap and placing them in the fridge.

This recipe features 3 of my favorite baking ingredients from Rodelle! Vanilla extract, vanilla paste (this one is my all time FAV!) and cocoa powder!

The easiest brownie bottom cheesecake bar recipe! Who doesn’t love brownies and cheesecake?!

The easiest brownie bottom cheesecake bar recipe! Who doesn’t love brownies and cheesecake?!

I created this recipe in partnership with Rodelle as one of their brand ambassadors!

The easiest brownie bottom cheesecake bar recipe! Who doesn’t love brownies and cheesecake?!

Brownie Bottom Cheesecake Bars



  • 4 oz unsweetened chocolate
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 & 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 & 1/2 tsp Rodelle vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup Rodelle cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  • 3 packages cream cheese, 8oz each, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp Rodelle vanilla paste or vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs, added one at time


  1. Preheat the oven to 350º F.
  2. Butter or spray a 9x13 inch pan - or line with parchment paper and grease that.
  3. In a pot over medium-low heat combine the chocolate and butter, stir occasionally until the chocolate is melted and smooth.
  4. Pour the melted chocolate into a mixing bowl and add the sugar, stir to combine.
  5. Add in the eggs and vanilla, stir well to combine.
  6. Add in the flour, cocoa powder,  baking powder and salt. Gently fold the batter to combine.
  7. Transfer the batter into the pan, spreading it evenly with a spatula.
  8. Bake for 12-17 minutes or until a crust just begins to form on the brownies.
  9. While the brownies are baking, prepare the cheesecake.
  10. Add the 3 packages of cream cheese to a mixing bowl. Beat using an electric mixer until smooth, 3-5 minutes.
  11. Add the sugar and vanilla paste/extract and beat for 1-2 minutes.
  12. Add in the eggs, one at a time, lightly beating after each until the cheesecake is smooth and combined.
  13. Once the timer for the brownies goes off, spread the cheesecake on top of the brownies return to the oven and bake for 27-37 minutes or until the center of the cheesecake no longer jiggles.
  14. Allow the cheesecake brownies to cool before covering and refrigerating them for at least 4 hour or overnight.
The easiest brownie bottom cheesecake bar recipe! Who doesn’t love brownies and cheesecake?!
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  1. Cheesecake paired with BROWNIES IS an all around winner indeed! These not only sound delicious – they look so professional – so gorgeous – perfect for VDAY or anyday -right? :)

  2. I’m really glad you grew out of that not liking cheesecake phase too, otherwise I wouldn’t be staring at these bars wishing I had one! They look amazing Beth!

  3. OMG…they look so amazing, I have no words.  Wow!

  4. Even though I don’t drink beer, desserts made with it is something I’d love to see in the future!

  5. I would love to see more chocolate dessert recipes – and pies! Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.
    ErinLoves2Run at gmail dot com

  6. Love cheesecake anything… Yumm. Thanks for this giveaway!

  7. Dutch-processed cocoa powder is the best! What a great giveaway. :) And these bars look magical! Love how they’re practically foolproof. 

  8. I am interested in making more with meringue!

  9. I would love to see more healthy snacks

  10. You didn’t like cheesecake?! What’s the matter with you?!?? haha ;-) Thank GOD you got over it. :-D
    Brownie bottom cheesecakes are so good and yours looks better than perfect! 

  11. These look amazing!! I would love to see more mash-ups like this one. Brownies? Good. Cheesecake? Good. Both in one bite? Fabulous!

  12. I never liked cheesecake either – in theory, I should, b/c I love all the ingredients but it’s still just not my favorite. =) These are gorgeous though & I love brownie anything. 

    I love Rodelle products. I like seeing all your fun holiday themed recipes. I’m sure you have some cute things coming for Valentine’s Day.

  13. These bars look delicious- brownies and cheesecake in one? Yes, please- pinning :)

  14. These look so delicious! And I love rich, delicious recipes like these, so just keep it up! 

  15. These look so yummy, Beth! I love cheesecake brownies. Feel free to send some to me!

  16. More cheesecake recipes, please! One can never have enough :) 

  17. Chocolate recipes are always a good bet.

  18. Brownies and cheesecake together…yum! Those are two of my most favorite desserts! This is a MUST MAKE! Thanks for the recipe! :) 

  19. I am a huge cheesecake fan!  And cheesecake paired with brownies is always a good idea!  

  20. I love Rodelle products and use their Vanilla Extract all the time.  You made some beautiful brownies here!

  21. I would like cream puff or eclair recipes.

  22. I love the brownie cheesecake combination!

  23. These look absolutely perfect. The contrast of colors between the two layers is stunning!

  24. I would love to have some great detailed recipes how to manipulate all kinds of pie crusts. Hot water, cheddar, crusts for savory and sweet. Thanks!

  25. Anything with chocolate. Love your recipes, thanks for sharing.

  26. I just love your blog and recipes! I love chocolate cheesecake so I know these brownies will blow the roof off the house! I have been wanting to try vanilla bean paste. Is it as good as I heard?

  27. These not only look great, but the taste is marvlelous!

  28. The result is better than the sum of its parts! I’m going to drizzle the top with raspberry sauce and tiny heart sprinkles for a Valentine’s luncheon next weekend. Thank you for another great party treat!

  29. I’d like some real showstopper recipes. I’ve raised the bar too high and my friends are no longer impressed with my mad baking skills. It has just become expected. Sigh. :-/

  30. I love anything chocolate and cheesecake so I can’t wait to try this recipe. Thx!

  31. They look so delicious! I would like to see granola bars. 

  32. I love The First Year and your recipes! Keep ’em coming!

  33. I was wanting to find a recipe that included cream cheese to my brownies and happened on your recipe, I am making them as I type only I’m adding chocolate chips to the cream cheese.  I hope it  turns out as good as it sounds????.

  34. Does the brownie layer need to be completely cooked through before adding the cheesecake layer? I’m a bit nervous because mine wasn’t and I don’t want them to be a complete flop.

  35. Where do I add in the coco powder?

    • Thanks for catching that!! When you add the flour, add the cocoa powder too! I’ll fix that.

  36. Could I use a store bought brownie mix instead? I would love to serve these cheesecake brownies at my birthday next week. 

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