New York cheesecake is rich and thick and dense, often topped with a fruit sauce made with strawberries or raspberries. For these brownies, we used a dark, moist brownie mix to make the base and then topped the brownie batter with New York cheesecake batter. Since the brownie batter comes from a mix and the cheesecake batter is only five ingredients, the recipe is relatively simple.

We’ve topped these both with raspberries and strawberries tossed in a touch of red current jelly for sweetness and added flavor.

New York Cheesecake Brownies Recipe

Preheat the oven 350 degrees.

For the crust:

1 moist brownie mix to fit in a 9 x 9-inch pan, Uncle Bob’s Extra Moist Brownies or equal

Line a 9 x 9-inch baking pan with parchment paper with paper extending above the sides of the pan. (This allows you to grasp the edges of the paper and lift the dessert from the pan to a rack to cool and later to a cutting board for cutting nice, neat squares.)

Mix the brownie batter according to package directions. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan. Set aside until the cheesecake batter is mixed.

For the filling:

2 8-ounce packages of cream cheese
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon New York vanilla or other good quality vanilla
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

Directions

  1. With the paddle attachment of your stand-type mixer and using the slow speed, beat the cream cheese, flour, and sugar together until smooth but not whipped. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until smooth. Pour the batter onto the prepared brownie batter.
  2. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until the cake is done. The cake should be set with only the center jiggly. A knife inserted one inch from the center should come out clean when done. Let cool on a wire rack. Refrigerate the cheesecake to cool completely.

For the topping:

Trim and slice strawberries or wash raspberries. Place a couple tablespoons red currant jelly in a microwave safe bowl. Heat the jelly until it starts to melt, about 20 seconds. Stir in the berries.

To serve, cut the brownies into squares. Place each on a dessert plate. Top with berries and a dollop of whipped cream.

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