This decadent and surprisingly easy dessert features a layer of fudgy brownie, topped with a layer of pumpkin chocolate chip cheesecake!
True to form, I have several pumpkin cheesecake recipes forthcoming… because I never know when to stop. I have to continue to repeat flavor profiles over and over until I feel that I have thoroughly exhausted them. At least I know what I like, and that often includes pumpkin, brown butter (more on that soon), and pecan pies (of which, I also have two more variations forthcoming, so prepare yourselves!). Oh, and scones. Let’s not forget that obsession. A few versions of scones are on tap too. Sooooooo sorry.
Hey, you guys usually like this stuff too. I’m only a repeat offender with ingredients because y’all also seem into the recipes.
Let’s get one of the pumpkin cheesecake recipes out of the way though, shall we? This way you might not feel beaten over the head with pumpkin cheesecake recipes when I share at least two more over the course of fall.
I posted a sneak peek of this cheesecake on Instagram, and a few minutes after I posted it, my friend Nicole invited me over for brunch. I knew she was after the cheesecake. Shockingly, we still had some left in the fridge, which is pretty rare since cheesecake rapidly disappears in my house, but it’s probably because there were two other kinds of cheesecakes in the fridge as well. So there you go!
For a long time, I thought I didn’t like chocolate and pumpkin together. I fought that combo because I didn’t really see the two flavors meshing all that well, and I thought it was just forced and gimmicky. I was wrong. Wrong, wrong, wrong. So very wrong.
Chocolate and pumpkin DO belong together, and while I might prefer pumpkin a little better with other flavors, it is AMAZING with chocolate too. I see the error of my ways.
This Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Brownie Cheesecake starts with a thick layer of fudgy brownies. With mini chocolate chips thrown in the batter, the brownie layer is extra ooey-gooey. Next up is a thick layer of creamy and rich, perfectly-spiced pumpkin cheesecake. And more chocolate chips, for good measure. Topped with chocolate whipped cream, chocolate syrup, and a smattering of more chocolate chips, there is no shortage of chocolate and pumpkin flavors in this impressive fall dessert.
It doesn’t hurt that it’s also surprisingly easy to make. I’m not just saying that – it really is. It takes some solid baking time, but the prep work is super simple.
You’ll love it, I’m certain, but if nothing else, it’ll get you brunch invitations, and who doesn’t like to be popular, even if it’s because of your cheesecake skills?
- 1 box brownie mix (I love the Betty Crocker Original Supreme w/ Hershey's syrup)
- ¼ c. water
- ½ c. oil
- 1 egg
- ½ c. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 2 - 8 oz. packages reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
- ¾ c. sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 c. canned pumpkin puree
- 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
- ½ tsp. cinnamon
- ½ c. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 c. regular-sized semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 - 8 oz. container whipped topping, thawed
- 1 tsp. cocoa powder
- ½ c. chocolate syrup
- 1 - 2 tbsp. chocolate chips
- Prepare brownie mix according to box instructions. For me, this meant combining the brownie mix, water, oil, and egg.
- Fold in the ½ c. mini chocolate chips.
- Pour the batter into a greased 8-inch springform pan.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted two inches from the edge comes out with moist crumbs.
- Cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth.
- Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
- Add the pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, and cinnamon.
- Fold in the ½ c. mini chocolate chips and 1 c. regular-sized chocolate chips.
- Spread evenly over brownie layer.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes or until cheesecake is still slightly jiggly in the center when shaken.
- Cool on a wire rack.
- In a small bowl, combine whipped topping and cocoa powder until blended.
- Pipe or spoon the chocolate whipped cream around the edges of the cheesecake, fill the center with chocolate syrup, and sprinkle with chocolate chips.
- Cut and serve!