Black Forest Brownie Cheesecake

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A brownie-bottomed cheesecake, swirled with cherry jam, and loaded with chocolate chips! It’s topped with cherry pie filling, whipped cream, and chocolate curls!

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I come back to my Brownie Cheesecake recipe again and again because that basic recipe has never failed me, no matter how I tweak it, and because it’s simply SO GOOD.

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A full, thick layer of fudgy, gooey brownies topped with a rich cheesecake.

In the past, I’ve adjusted the basic recipe to make this Mint Chocolate Chip Brownie Cheesecake, and this Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Brownie Cheesecake. Both those versions are out-of-this-world!

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The latest version, this Black Forest Brownie Cheesecake, is no exception.

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I love that it looks fancy and elaborate, and it kinda is, but it’s easier to make than its appearance might suggest. Deceptive desserts are the best kind! Super easy, but you wouldn’t know to look at it.

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And the flavors, no one would argue that a Black Forest Brownie Cheesecake shouldn’t be a thing. Chocolate + cherry + cheesecake = yes.

A thick layer of rich, chewy, and chocolate-y brownie packed with melty chocolate chips, topped with a layer of creamy chocolate chip cheesecake, and swirled with a generous amount of cherry preserves.

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Baked to perfection, and then topped with cherry pie filling, chocolate curls, and whipped topping.

It’s decadent, romantic, and it looks like you slaved over it! Exactly what you want for celebrating Valentine’s Day!

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4.8 from 5 reviews
Black Forest Brownie Cheesecake
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Recipe type: Dessert - cheesecake
Serves: 10 servings
For Brownie Layer:
  • 1 box brownie mix (I love the Betty Crocker Original Supreme w/ Hershey's Syrup)
  • ½ c. vegetable oil
  • ¼ c. water
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. cherry extract (optional)
  • ½ c. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
For Cheesecake Layer:
  • 2 - 8 oz. packages reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
  • ¾ c. sugar
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp. almond extract
  • ½ c. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ c. cherry preserves
For Topping:
  • 1 - 8 oz. container whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 - 21 oz. can cherry pie filling
  • chocolate curls, for garnish
For Brownie Layer:
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine brownie mix, oil, water, egg, and cherry extract.
  2. Fold in chocolate chips.
  3. Spread batter into the bottom of a well-greased 8-inch springform pan.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted 2 inches from the side comes out with moist crumbs.
  5. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, prepare cheesecake layer.
For Cheesecake Layer:
  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth.
  2. Add sugar, and beat until combined.
  3. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  4. Beat in vanilla and almond extracts.
  5. Fold in chocolate chips.
  6. Pour batter evenly over brownie layer.
  7. In a small microwave-safe bowl, heat the cherry preserves for 45 seconds, or until thin and runny.
  8. Spoon over the cheesecake batter, swirling lightly with a knife.
  9. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until the edges of cheesecake are golden brown and slightly puffy, and the center is still slightly jiggly.
  10. Cool in the pan on a wire rack.
  11. Run a knife around the edge, and release the sides of the pan to remove cheesecake.
For Topping:
  1. Pipe or spoon a border of whipped topping around the edge of the cheesecake.
  2. Spoon the cherry pie filling into the center of the cheesecake.
  3. Sprinkle with chocolate curls. Cut and serve.

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  1. says

    Brownies, cheesecake, cherries and MORE chocolate?! Oh my! Just pass me the fork already. Thanks for sharing on the Creative K Kids Tasty Tuesdays Linky Party. I hope you will join us again next week.

  2. says

    I found your Black Forest Brownie Cheesecake on Craft Frenzy Friday. Just printed out the recipe and plan on making a lovely weekend dessert! Thanks for sharing.

  3. says

    Oh. My. Goodness. This looks amazing!! My hubby has a weakness for cheesecake… and this would definitely make him happy. I’ve got to check out the Mint Chocolate Chip version also!!

    Thank you so much for sharing this!! I’m definitely pinning this to make very soon!!


  4. says

    How delicious does that look? Black Forest is always one of my dad’s favorite flavor combos, so I’ll have to make one of these for him (and of course eat some myself!) Thanks for stopping by Throwback Thursday, we are so glad you partied with us!

  5. says

    Thank you Sarah for linking up this delicious Black Forest Brownie Cheesecake at the Creative Muster Party! It looks absolutely amazing and your pictures are fantastic too! We hope you’ll stop by Tuesday night at 6 pm EST to party with us again. Your post is one of my #FavoritePosts this week, so it’s been shared on Instagram @MySweetMission. :) ~Heather

  6. says

    I have been thinking about Cherries, probably because of Presidents Day, and here they are! This is one looker of a dessert! I wouldn’t say no to a slice, or two!! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Throwback Thursday!


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