Gluten-Free Cheesecake Brownies

The most amazing chewy, fudgy chocolate brownie topped with a luscious creamy cheesecake and finished with some chocolate swirl. Each bite of this gluten-free dessert is a perfectly balanced, decadent tasting and so delicious! A total crowd-pleaser, these cheesecake brownies are impressive looking but super easy to make!

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Gluten-Free Cheesecake Brownies

Fudgy, Creamy and YUMMY! Easy Recipe!

These Gluten-Free Cheesecake Brownies are a real treat!

Each bite is a perfectly balanced taste of fudgy chocolate brownie + luscious creamy cheesecake and the result is decadent-tasting and out of this world!

With a chocolate swirl topping the brownies are super pretty and festive making them perfect for any occasion, but…. they are super EASY to make!

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Making them requires 3 simple steps and then they bake to perfection!

  1. Make the brownie layer and spread it into the pan reserving some for the chocolate swirl
  2. Whip together the cheesecake layer
  3. Then add the chocolate swirl and bake!

So let’s make them!

Before we get to the ingredients and each step, I want to point out that there is a cooking video on this page so you can see how easy it is to make these Gluten-Free Cheesecake Brownies!

And as with all our recipes, there is a printable recipe with exact measurements and directions at the bottom of the page.

First you’ll make the brownie layer, reserving some for the chocolate swirl.

For the brownie layer you’ll need 10 ingredients you probably already have in your pantry:

butter or dairy free butter

semi-sweet chocolate chips

eggs

cane sugar

brown sugar

vanilla extract

gluten-free all purpose flour with xanthan gum (we use GFJules, affiliate link)

baking powder

salt

cocoa powder (100% cacao)

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There is not a lot of flour in these because the brownies are chewy and fudgy versus cakey, but there is a little and  you may have noticed that we are affiliate for GFJules To learn more about why we love GFJules flour and why we have used it for 10 years, click here.

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Back to the Gluten-Free Cheesecake Brownies…

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The brownie layer comes together quickly and in 5 simple steps:

First, slowly melt the butter and chocolate on low heat. Let me melt naturally and don’t rush the process so that the result is a silky smooth rich looking chocolate mixture.

Meanwhile,

  • beat the egg until like and fluffy.
  • add in both sugars and mix until well combined.
  • then add in the eggs, melted chocolate mix and vanilla
  • lastly, mix in the the dry ingredients.

That’s it!

Reserve 1/2 cup of the brownie mix to be used for the chocolate swirl and spread the remaining batter into a baking pan and set aside.

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Now let’s make the Cheesecake layer…

For the Cheesecake Layer, you’ll need just 5 ingredients

cream cheese or dairy-free cream cheese

cane sugar

egg

milk or dairy-free milk (we’ve used 1%, 2% and whole milk)

vanilla extract

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The cheesecake layer comes together in 2 simple steps:

  • Mix the cream cheese and sugar.
  • Add in the remaining ingredients and mix until smooth and creamy.

Then pour the cheesecake right onto the uncooked brownie batter in the pan.

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All that’s left is to make the swirl!

The chocolate swirl is simply the reserved brownie batter mixed with water to thin it out.

Then you use a spoon to drop some batter in dollops or swirls (it doesn’t matter) and use toothpicks to gently swirling the chocolate into the top of the cheesecake. The toothpick should just barely grab the cheesecake filling.

There is no right or wrong here, and it looks different every time, so have fun with it!

Then bake!

After baking the key is to really let the brownies cool and chill in the refrigerator before cutting into squares.

They will cut beautifully and you will have perfect layers!

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Not only will they look impressive and gorgeous, but they will taste amazing!

A perfect bite of fudgy chocolate brownie + luscious tangy cheesecake, it’s melt in your mouth yummy!

Super decadent tasting and a real treat!

Hope you love them as much as we do!

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Gluten-Free Cheesecake Brownies

The most amazing chewy, fudgy chocolate brownie topped with a luscious creamy cheesecake and finished with some chocolate swirl. Each bite of this gluten-free dessert is a perfectly balanced, decadent tasting and so delicious! A total crowd-pleaser, these cheesecake brownies are impressive looking but super easy to make!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Course: Dessert, Cookies and Bars, Game Day, Valentine's Day
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Optional, Nut-Free
Keyword: gluten free, cheesecake brownie, easy dessert
Servings: 16 brownies
Author: Healthy Gluten-free Family

Ingredients

Chocolate Brownie Layer (including Brownie Swirl)

  • 10 tablespoons butter or dairy free butter
  • ½ cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup cane sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup gluten free all purpose flour with xanthan gum we used GFJules (affiliate link)
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder (100% cacao)

Cheesecake Layer

  • 1 8 oz bar cream cheese or dairy free cream cheese room temperature
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tablespoons milk or dairy-free milk we've used 1%, 2% and whole milk
  • ¾ teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

Chocolate Brownie Layer

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a 8x8 metal pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Melt butter and chocolate chips together over very low heat, stirring occasionally. Set aside and cool slightly.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs until light and fluffy.
  • Add in both sugars and mix to combine well.
  • Add chocolate mixture and vanilla. Mix to combine.
  • Add flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Mix to combine.
  • Reserve 1/2 cup brownie batter and set aside.
  • Pour remaining brownie batter into prepared baking pan and spread evenly. Set aside.

Cheesecake Layer

  • Place cream cheese and sugar in a large mixing bowl and using an electric mixer, blend until very smooth.
  • Add eggs, milk and vanilla. Mix until well combined and smooth, about 1-2 minutes.
  • Pour mixture onto uncooked brownie layer. Use a spatula to smooth the top or gently rock the pan from side to side.

Chocolate Brownie Swirl

  • In a small bowl, mix the reserved brownie batter + 2 tablespoons warm/hot water with a spoon to combine well and thin out the batter.
  • Using a spoon, drizzle chocolate brownie batter in swirls or dollops over cheesecake layer a little at a time. Then using a toothpick, gently swirl the chocolate into the top of the cheesecake. The toothpick should just barely grab the cheesecake filling. There is no right or wrong here, have fun with it and repeat until you've either used all or most of the chocolate.

Bake

  • Bake 30 minutes, then cover with foil and bake an additional 10 minutes or until set (filling should jiggle only slightly when pan is gently shaken).
  • Cool completely in pan. Cover pan loosely with wax paper and chill until firm --about 2 hours (I often chill overnight based on my timing).
  • Gently lift the parchment paper and squares from the pan. Gently pull parchment paper away from sides. Cut into 16 squares. Enjoy!
  • Store in the refrigerator for several days.
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