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Brownie Cheesecake Recipe

Velvety chocolate cheesecake blankets a rich and fudgy brownie crust, in this absolutely show-stopping chocolate brownie cheesecake recipe.

Chocolate Brownie Cheesecake Recipe

This brownie cheesecake is YOUR cheesecake.

If your two favorite desserts in the world happen to be brownies and cheesecake like mine are, this decadently dark chocolate brownie cheesecake recipe is pretty much the best dessert you could ever make, because it solves the problem of being forced to choose one over the other.

Now there is no need to choose at all – you can have both.

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Basic Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe

This chocolate cheesecake looks fancy, but it’s deceptively simple to make.

And if you’re short on time, you can easily skip the brownie crust for a plain chocolate cheesecake that comes together in just minutes.

I used my go-to vegan brownie recipe for the base, but if you have a favorite brownie recipe, feel free to use it instead.

Just remember to undercook the brownie layer, because you’ll be baking it a second time when you bake the cheesecake.

I bet my Black Bean Brownies recipe would be amazing here.

Easy Vegan Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe

The flax or cornstarch in the recipe is optional because I accidentally forgot it the second time I made the cheesecake (yes, I make baking mistakes too!), and surprisingly I didn’t notice a difference.

The brownie bottom still held together as if I hadn’t forgotten the binder ingredient – so I marked it as optional.

Also try this popular Keto Cheesecake Recipe

Above – watch the video how to make brownie cheesecake!

Because I really love you, I made you a video.

Or maybe I made the video because I wanted an excuse to make this cheesecake again.

I’ll never tell.

The Ultimate Creamy Chocolate Brownie Cheesecake Recipe

Adapted from my Healthy Cheesecake Of Dreams

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Brownie Cheesecake Recipe

This rich and smooth chocolate brownie cheesecake recipe is the perfect show-stopping party dessert!
5/5 (12)
Total Time 1 hour
Yield 1 cheesecake


  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp milk of choice
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup spelt or white flour, or packed 3/4 cup Bob’s gf
  • 1 cup cocoa powder (I used mostly regular, plus 2 tbsp dutch, to make 1 cup)
  • 1/4 tsp + 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar or packed coconut sugar
  • 1/3 cup unrefined sugar OR stevia baking blend
  • 2 tbsp flaxmeal or cornstarch, optional
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips, optional


  • Whisk together the first 3 ingredients, then set aside. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 9-inch springform pan, and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, thoroughly combine all remaining ingredients. Pour wet into dry, stir to combine, and pour into prepared pan. Smooth down. Bake 12 minutes.
    For The Cheesecake:
    24 oz cream cheese (such as tj nondairy), 2 cups plain yogurt (such as coconutmilk yogurt), 2 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract, 3/4 cup sugar or maple syrup, honey, or xylitol for sugar-free, 3/4 cup cocoa powder (I used mostly regular, plus 2 tbsp dutch, to make up the full amount)
    Preheat oven to 350 F. Fill a 9×13 pan about halfway with water and place it on your oven’s lower rack. Bring cream cheese to room temperature. In a blender or food processor, beat all cheesecake ingredients just until smooth. (Don’t overbeat, as this would introduce air bubbles that could burst in the oven and thus cause cracking.) Smooth into the 9-inch springform pan with the baked brownies. Place on the middle rack above the other pan. Bake 30 minutes, and do not open the oven during this time. When the time is up, leave oven door closed and turn off heat. Leave in the closed oven an additional 5 minutes. Then remove—it will look underdone—and let cool 20 minutes before placing the still-underdone cheesecake in the fridge. Chill at least 6 hours, during which time it will firm up. Leftovers covered in the fridge will last around 3-4 days.
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For a flourless version, try this Keto Chocolate Cheesecake.

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Published on February 5, 2018

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  1. Victoria says

    It is a good cheesecake. The following are just some things I discovered making it; The crust takes longer than 12 minutes. Mine ended up being in about the 20 minute range. The cheesecake took waaaay longer than 20. I ended up doing mine around 45-50 minutes like a traditional cheesecake before it was cooked. The crust was not dry at all. We cut into ours at the 6 hour mark, and the cheesecake top was a little bitter, but fine with whipped cream and making sure you had a bite of the crust. Had some more today and it has sweetned up more overnight as the flavors have had a chance to meld. Once again, it’s a good cheesecake, but I would personally add more sugar just due to personal taste

  2. Ailene says

    The hubby and I enjoyed it! Low sugar taste but rich and fudgy so you don’t miss the uber sweetness. A much healthier version of my favorite gluten free chocolate cheesecake from a popular restaurant.

    • Jason Sanford says

      We unfortunately haven’t tried, but it sounds like a fun experiment! Be sure to report back if you try 🙂
      Jason (media relations)

  3. Molly says

    Katie this recipe is outstanding! I have successfully tried so many of your recipes and this was delicious. The brownie layer baked perfectly. I’ll admit I was worried after baking the cheesecake layer because it was not firm, but I had faith and refrigerated it over night. Perfection! I used soy yogurt, Daiya cream cheese and Dutch cocoa. Tangy from the yogurt and silky texture. I think all cheesecake should have a brownie crust now! Thank you!

  4. Jeff says

    I can’t justify spending money for THREE packages of cream cheese right now. I live overseas, and while Philadelphia original has finally arrived in some grocery stores, it is super-expensive. Would it be possible to scale the recipe down and make only one-third of a batch, with one 8-ozpackage of cream cheese? I don’t have much experience with cheesecakes, so am concerned this would ruin it. If you think it would work okay.

  5. Scott Callum says

    I just baked these last night. Amazing recipe! Delicious and easy. With all that cocoa powder and butter, it’s hardly economical, but its totally worth it. If you don’t like a fudgy brownie, you can add a few tablespoons of water to the batter. I added 1/4 cup of and they turned out fine. 5 stars!

      • Mary says

        Yes, but why aren’t they listed in the ingredients list? What’s the point of having a list of ingredients, if it only includes half the recipe?

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