8 Brownie Recipes Using Cheesecake and Other Fantastic Flavors

Brownies make everything better. Bad days, ice cream sundaes, and long work days are all instantly elevated when brownies enter into the equation. Plus, you can bake virtually any version of the brownie that you want, adding your favorite chocolates, nuts, and even other desserts to the baked bar. Get inspired by, and then bake, one of these 8 recipes.

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1. Deep Dark Fudge Brownies

Decadent is the best way to describe King Arthur Flour’s brownies. Generously flavored with dark chocolate, espresso powder, and coffee, once baked you’ll have seriously rich brownies to indulge in.

Ingredients:

  • ⅔ cup Double-Dutch Dark Cocoa
  • 1½ cups granulated sugar
  • ½ cup confectioners’ sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon espresso powder
  • 1 cup toasted pecans or walnuts, diced (optional)
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips (optional)
  • 3 large eggs
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons water or brewed coffee

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the cocoa, sugars, salt, flour, espresso powder, nuts, and chips. Add the eggs, oil, and water or coffee, mixing just until smooth. Spoon the mixture into a lightly greased 8 x 8-inch or 9 x 9-inch square pan, smoothing the top.

Bake the brownies for about 35 minutes (for the 9-inch pan), or 45 minutes (for the 8-inch pan.) To see if the brownies are done, remove the pan from the oven, and stick the tip of a sharp knife or toothpick into the center of the brownies — it should come out mostly clean.

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2. Chewy Butterscotch Brownies

Take a break from chocolate by making Very Best Baking’s blonde brownies with butterscotch chips. Walnuts can also be added to the batter, or pecans if you want to include chopped nuts, an option in the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
  • 1¾ cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1⅔ cups (11-ounce package) butterscotch morsels, divided
  • 1 cup chopped nuts, optional

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Beat butter, sugar, and vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl until creamy. Beat in eggs. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in 1 cup morsels and nuts. Spread into ungreased 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Sprinkle with remaining morsels. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack.

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3. Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Brownies

This is hardly your average brownie, it isn’t even your average peanut butter brownie. Two irresistible desserts – peanut butter cookie dough and brownies — were combined on Food Network’s Ultimate Recipe Showdown to create this dessert that you need to bake.

Ingredients:

Brownie layer

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 2 (1-ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup, plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup semisweet chocolate chunks

Peanut butter cookie dough layer

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup, plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Ganache layer

  • ¾ cup dark chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ cup coarsely chopped salted peanuts

Directions: Heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray the bottom and sides of an 8 x 8-inch pan with cooking spray. For the brownies, microwave the butter and unsweetened chocolate in a microwavable bowl at high power until the butter is melted, about 2 minutes. Stir until combined, then mix in the vanilla extract. Meanwhile, beat the sugar and eggs in a large bowl and add in the chocolate mixture. Stir in the flour, baking powder, salt, and chocolate chunks. Spread the brownie mixture evenly into the prepared pan. Bake until the brownies are set and a toothpick inserted in the center of the brownies comes out clean, about 22 to 28 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for 30 minutes.

For the peanut butter cookie dough, add the butter and brown sugar to a large bowl and mix until creamy. Mix in the milk and the peanut butter, then stir in the flour and salt. Spread the peanut butter cookie dough evenly over the cooled brownies.

To make the ganache, in a small microwavable bowl, microwave the dark chocolate chips and heavy whipping cream, uncovered, on high for 1 minute, stirring after 30 seconds. Continue stirring until the chips are melted and the mixture is smooth. Spread the ganache over the peanut butter layer and sprinkle with the chopped peanuts. Refrigerate until the dough and ganache are set, about 1 hour. Cut into 16 squares and arrange on a serving platter to serve.

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4. Milk Chocolate Malt Brownies

Lovers of malted milkshakes will appreciate Betty Crocker’s way of making brownies. The classic shake lends its flavors to the baked good, and the chopped malted milk balls provide a bit of texture too.

Ingredients:

  • 1 package (11.5 ounces) milk chocolate chips
  • ½ cup butter or margarine
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 eggs
  • 1¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup instant malted milk powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup malted milk balls, coarsely chopped

Directions: Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease bottom and sides of rectangular pan, 13-by-9-by-2 inches. Melt milk chocolate and butter in 3-quart saucepan over low heat, stirring frequently; remove from heat. Cool slightly. Mix in sugar, vanilla, and eggs. Stir in remaining ingredients except malted milk balls. Spread batter in pan. Sprinkle with malted milk balls. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean; cool. For 48 brownies, cut into 8 rows by 6 rows.

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5. Basic Brownies

When you’re ditching the box and want a basic brownie recipe, turn to Food.com. This top rated, no fuss recipe will only take up about 40 minutes of your time, with 20 minutes of those hands-on work.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ⅓ cup cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup flour

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix oil and sugar until well blended. Add eggs and vanilla; stir just until blended. Mix all dry ingredients in a separate bowl.

Stir dry ingredients into the oil-sugar mixture. Pour into greased 9 x 9-inch square pan. Bake for 20 minutes or until sides just start to pull away from the pan. Cool completely before cutting.

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6. Caramel Brownies

When you’re craving a gooey, sweet brownie follow Taste of Home‘s recipe for caramel brownies. For a dark chocolate twist, substitute semisweet chips for dark, and use dark chocolate baking cocoa.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • ¾ cup baking cocoa
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 4 eggs
  • ¼ cup 2% milk
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts, divided
  • 14 ounces caramels
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large bowl, beat the sugar, cocoa, oil, eggs and milk. Combine the flour, salt and baking powder; gradually add to egg mixture until well blended. Fold in chocolate chips and ½ cup walnuts. Spoon two-thirds of the batter into a greased 13-by-9-inch baking pan. Bake for 12 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, heat the caramels and condensed milk over low heat until caramels are melted. Pour over baked brownie layer. Sprinkle with remaining walnuts. Drop remaining batter by teaspoonfuls over caramel layer; carefully swirl brownie batter with a knife. Bake 35-40 minutes longer or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out with moist crumbs. Cool on a wire rack.

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7. Toffee Banana Brownies

Make the boxed brownies even better by mixing in extra ingredients to the batter, like Pillsbury did. Your boxed brownie mix may call for different quantities of oil, water, or eggs for preparing the mix. It may also have a longer or shorter baking time. Add the extras, however follow your box’s instructions if they differ from what is listed below.

Ingredients:

  • 1 box (18.4 ounces) chocolate fudge brownie mix
  • ⅔ cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup water
  • 3 eggs
  • 1½ cups toffee bits
  • 1 cup macadamia nuts, chopped
  • 2 firm ripe medium bananas, cut into 1/4-inch pieces (2 cups)
  • ⅓ cup caramel ice cream topping

Directions: Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Generously grease 13 x 9-inch pan. In medium bowl, stir brownie mix, oil, water, and eggs 50 strokes with spoon. Add 1 cup of the toffee bits, the nuts and bananas; stir just until well blended. Pour into pan. Sprinkle remaining ½ cup toffee bits over top.

Bake 38 to 48 minutes or until center is set when lightly touched, top is slightly dry, and edges just start to pull away from sides of pan. Cool completely, about 2 hours. For brownies, cut into 6 rows by 4 rows. To serve, drizzle each brownie with caramel topping. Cover and refrigerate any remaining brownies.

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8. Cheesecake Brownies

AllRecipes.com has another way to put your own spin on the box of brownies in your cupboard. It won’t be exactly like combining a cheesecake and brownies, but the creamy cheesy taste will be a delicious part of every bite.

Ingredients:

  • 1 (19.8 ounce) package brownie mix
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
  • 1 egg
  • ⅓ cup white sugar

Directions: Prepare the brownie mix as directed by manufacturer. Preheat oven to temperature indicated on box. Grease a 9 x 13-inch pan. Spread the brownie batter evenly into the prepared pan. Using an electric mixer, beat together the cream cheese, egg, and sugar until smooth. Dollop the cream cheese mixture on top of the brownie batter. Swirl together using a knife or skewer. Bake according to instructions on the box. Brownies will be done when a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool in the pan, then cut into bars and serve.

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