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Brownie Batter Cheesecake Bars

Brownie Batter Cheesecake Bars
  • Prep 20 min
  • Total 5 hr 55 min
  • Servings 24
This genius brownie-mix hack is a chocolate lover’s dream dessert: creamy cheesecake with a chocolatey crust and a topping of silky chocolate ganache.
Updated June 14, 2021

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 box (18.3 oz) Betty Crocker™ fudge brownie mix
  • Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on box for cakelike brownies

Filling

  • 2 packages (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs

Topping

  • 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt, if desired

Steps

  • 1
    Heat oven to 325°F. Spray bottom of 13x9-inch pan with cooking spray.
  • 2
    Make brownie batter as directed on box for cakelike brownies. Measure out 1/2 cup batter; cover and refrigerate for later use. Spread remaining batter in bottom of pan. Bake 22 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted 2 inches from side of pan comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes.
  • 3
    In large bowl, beat cream cheese with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Add sugar; beat until smooth. Add reserved 1/2 cup batter, 2 tablespoons whipping cream and the vanilla; beat until smooth. Add 2 eggs; beat just until blended. Spread evenly over cooled crust.
  • 4
    Bake 26 to 30 minutes or until center is set. Cool 30 minutes.
  • 5
    In medium microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips and 3/4 cup whipping cream uncovered on High 1 minute; stir. Microwave 30 seconds; stir until smooth. Spread mixture on top of cheesecake layer. Refrigerate about 4 hours or until cooled completely. Cut into 6 rows by 4 rows. Sprinkle sea salt on top of chocolate layer before serving, if desired.

  • To make cutting your cheesecake easier, dip a sharp straight-edge knife in warm water, and dry it each time you slice.
  • Get creative with your topping! Sprinkle with chopped candy, or top with shaved chocolate for extra indulgence.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Bar
Calories
310
Calories from Fat
170
Total Fat
19g
29%
Saturated Fat
8g
41%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
70mg
23%
Sodium
150mg
6%
Potassium
140mg
4%
Total Carbohydrate
30g
10%
Dietary Fiber
1g
4%
Sugars
24g
Protein
3g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
8%
8%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
4%
4%
Iron
8%
8%
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 3 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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