Cherry Cheesecake Brownies Recipes – Two Favorites In One

Cherry cheesecake brownies are the perfect dessert because they combine two of our favorite flavors into one – brownies and cheesecake. When I’m short of time and out of cherry pie filling, I turn to this simple go-to family favorite time and time again.

cherry cheesecake brownies

Cherry Cheesecake Brownies Recipes – Two Favorites In One

There are plenty of ways to make this cherry dessert, but we like to keep things easy and kick it off with box brownie mix. You could make your own brownies from scratch, but as a mom of three, that’s not always my M.O.

This recipe will help you spruce up your brownie box mix and turn it into a decadent and rich dessert with just a few simple steps. I hope you enjoy!

cherry brownies with chocolate chips

Ingredients For Cherry Cheesecake Brownies

  • 1 box, 19.9 oz, brownie mix and ingredients to make brownies
  • 1 brick, 8 oz, cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2/3 cup (about a 10 oz jar) maraschino cherries, drained and quartered
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

How To Make Cherry Cheesecake Brownies

Preheat oven to 350 and grease an 8×8 baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.

cherry dessert

Prepare brownie mix according to package directions. Pour batter into prepared pan. Set aside.

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In a mixing bowl, add cream cheese and beat well until smooth. Add vanilla, egg and sugar and beat well until smooth and creamy.

chocolate cherry brownies

Fold in cherries and chocolate chips. Spoon onto top of brownies. Use a knife to swirl the cream cheese mixture together with the bottom layer.

chocolate cherry cheesecake brownies

Bake the brownie mixture for 45 minutes (up to 50 minutes) or until the center comes out clean when a toothpick is inserted in the center. Let the cherry cheesecake brownies cool completely before cutting them into 16 bars.

This chocolate cherry cheesecake brownies recipe makes 16 servings.

cherry cheesecake bars

Related: How To Make 3 Ingredient Nutella Cake

Baking Tips

I always like to grease my pans before baking, but you could also line your pan with parchment paper. This will make it easier to lift up your brownies once they are done baking.

Make sure your cream cheese is softened before you get started.  I am someone that never remembers to take ingredients out beforehand… ever. So, I usually just throw what I need in the microwave for about 20 seconds. That is good enough. Just as a heads up, this goes for melted butter as well.

swirl brownies

When you are swirling the brownie layer, make sure that you don’t overdo it. You want to combine but not to the point that you don’t see the layers.

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If you want more cherry desserts, please consider:

brownies with cherries in them

I hope you enjoy this recipe! It’s something my kids truly enjoy! Top with homemade whipped cream or ice cream and really go out with a bang! This is the perfect cherry dessert to bring to holiday functions as they travel well and are a bit different than what you normally see at family gatherings.

If you are looking for another brownie recipe, I have the Best Brownie Recipe For The Holidays – White Chocolate Pretzel Brownies! You should check that one out as well!

And if you want another cheesecake bar idea, check out this Cookie Cheesecake Bars Recipe. Yum and yum!

cherry brownies

Cherry Cheesecake Brownies Recipe

Yield: 16
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Cherry cheesecake brownies are the perfect dessert because they combine two of our favorite flavors into one - brownies and cheesecake. When I'm short of time and out of pie filling, I turn to this simple go-to family favorite time and time again.

Ingredients

  • 1 box, 19.9 oz, brownie mix, and ingredients to make brownies
  • 1 brick, 8 oz, cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2/3 cup (about a 10 oz jar) maraschino cherries, drained and quartered
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 and grease an 8x8 baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Prepare brownie mix according to package directions. Pour batter into prepared pan. Set aside.
  3. In a mixing bowl, add cream cheese and beat well until smooth. Add vanilla, egg, and sugar and beat well until smooth and creamy. Fold in cherries and chocolate chips. Spoon onto top of brownies. Use a knife to swirl the mixture together.
  4. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until the center comes out clean when a toothpick is inserted in the center. Let cool completely before cutting into 16 bars.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 273Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 167mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 0gSugar: 10gProtein: 3g

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Vera Sweeney – mom, blogger, and New York resident – is the founder of Lady and the Blog. Her main focus is to help busy women stay on top of the latest style, culinary, and parenting trends.

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