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Hot Fudge Cheesecake Brownies

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This recipe is why I have so much trouble eating healthy. Lord help me, these Hot Fudge Cheesecake Brownies are a chocoholics dream!

Hot Fudge Cheesecake Brownies - a decadent brownie filled with hot fudge cheesecake. This easy recipe is perfect for chocolate lovers!

Last weekend I attended my 20 year High School Reunion. (Just typing that makes me feel really, really old, BTW.)

It was fun to go and see some of my friends I haven’t seen in over 10 years. We had dinner with my oldest friend and her husband, which was nice. We hardly ever get to see them but it’s the kind of relationship that you just fall back into, even after a year of not talking.

I don’t know what I was expecting, but really the reunion was just like high school except everyone was older, overdressed for the bar it was held in, and alcohol was served. (Although that last one happened often in high school, if I’m being totally honest…) I hung out with my handful of friends, watched the popular crowd make the rounds, not knowing who I was. Really, in 20 years, nothing changed except the women dye their hair and look pretty much the same and the men are mostly bald.

The hard part about the reunion for me came after it was over. I got a little melancholy thinking about all the friendships I had back then and where they are today. I really did not enjoy high school; my main memories of it are torturous. But my friends were my lifeline, my existence, my soul. And it’s kind of sad to see that, in most cases, neither side thought to keep them in tact. Really lets you know that all teenage angst and drama really doesn’t translate to the “real” world.

Easy Hot Fudge Cheesecake Brownies Recipe from Brownies Blondies and Bars. The most decadent brownies you'll ever eat!

As an adult, it’s very hard for me to retain good friendships. I’m an introvert at heart and a homebody and Mel and I pretty much keep to ourselves. I’m horrible keeping up with the mom friends down the street, let alone people who live hours away that I knew 20 years ago.

The one batch of friends these days that’s easiest to keep up with? The ladies I’ve met through blogging. I value all of my friendships, but the blogging ones are sometimes the easiest. We live similar lives, chained to our computers and iPhones and kitchens, living this frantic owning-your-own-business existence. Plus, we’re on social media 24/7, so at any time of day I’m in the middle of 3 Facebook messenger conversations that turn into 3-day long chat sessions.

These “blogging” friendships make me especially happy when one of us has exciting things happening: new homes, new loves, new babies, new cookbooks. Which leads me to this recipe today: Hot Fudge Cheesecake Brownies.

This amazing, decadent, rich chocolate brownie recipe that’s filled with hot fudge cheesecake comes from my favorite new cookbook Brownies Blondies and Bars by my friend Stephanie Brubaker from Back for Seconds.

You guys. This cookbook is SO gorgeous. The recipes? Holy cow. All my favorite things (blondies and brownies!) in one place.

Brownies Blondies and Bars Cookbook

This book is full of every kind of blondie or brownie recipe you can think of. Chocolate, vanilla, lemon, caramel, peanut butter, you name it, it’s there. When I saw the recipe for the Hot Fudge Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake Brownies I knew I had to make them. I decided to leave off the peanut butter cups (why? I don’t know) and make them a truly chocolate lovers delight.

This recipe couldn’t be easier to make, even though you have to use two bowls to make it (one for the brownies and one for the cheesecake). But you guys, the extra bowl is SO WORTH IT. I mean, LOOK:

Hot Fudge Cheesecake Brownies - a decadent brownie filled with hot fudge cheesecake. This easy recipe is perfect for chocolate lovers!

The rich from scratch brownie is super fudgy and dense. It’s made with two kinds of chocolate (chips and cocoa) and it’s so thick. I love me a thick brownie batter because you just know it’ll be fudgy and perfect.

You spread half the brownie batter in the pan and then you top it with a hot fudge cheesecake mixture. It’s just a jar of hot fudge sauce and a brick of cream cheese mixed together and spread over the brownie batter. Top the cheesecake with the remaining brownie batter and some chocolate chips and you have one of the best brownies I’ve ever eaten.

I’m being serious here – this recipe goes in the BEST BROWNIE category. I give it 5 stars and a blue ribbon. I know you will too, and you must make them ASAP.

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Servings: 1 - 9x13 pan

Hot Fudge Cheesecake Brownies

These Hot Fudge Cheesecake Brownies are a decadent easy brownie recipe filled with hot fudge cheesecake. These are for chocoholics only!


For the Brownies:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4 cups semisweet chocolate chips — or milk chocolate
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar — packed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups mini chocolate chips or additional chocolate chips — or chopped peanut butter cups, for topping

For the Cheesecake:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese — softened
  • 1 jar — about 12-16 ounces hot fudge topping


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9x13" pan with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Make the brownies: Place the butter and 1 1/4 cups chocolate chips in a large microwave safe mixing bowl and heat on high power in 30-second increments, stirring between each, until melted and smooth. Stir in cocoa powder until completely incorporated. Add both sugars, vanilla, and salt, stirring to combine. Stir in eggs, one at a time, until completely mixed through. Gently stir in flour until incorporated and no more flour is visible. The batter will be thick.
  3. Spread 2/3 of the brownie batter in the prepared pan and set the rest aside.
  4. Make the hot fudge cheesecake: beat together the cream cheese and hot fudge until smooth and no lumps remain. It's best to do this with a hand mixer. Gently spread over the bottom brownie layer. (It's best to drop spoon the batter evenly over the top and then spread to avoid mixing the layers together.)
  5. Carefully layer the rest of the brownie batter on top of the cheesecake layer. (It's best to drop spoon the batter evenly over the top and then spread to avoid mixing the layers together.) Sprinkle with mini chocolate chips, regular sized chocolate chips, or chopped peanut butter cups.
  6. Bake for 30-38 minutes until the brownies are set with just a little wiggle in the center and they are starting to pull away slightly from the edges of the pan. Cool completely then chill at least 2 hours before cutting. Store in refrigerator in sealed container.

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  1. I know exactly how you feel about our wonderful blogging community – a totally unexpected and amazing benefit of doing what we do!  (And I’m not even going to TELL you how many years MY next reunion is!)  These brownies looks deliciously decadent and perfect for celebrating both of these things.  🙂

  2. Sometimes when you write, I think, yep, that’s me. I’ve kept in touch with nobody from HS (I live halfway across the country from there now), and I feel as though a whole segment of my life just sort of evaporated. And those moms down the street? Yep, no idea what to do with them. We’re not simpatico.
    Bloggy friends? Those are marvelous. Especially ones who write fantastic books on bar cookies. These are spectacular!

  3. My husband has just commanded me to make these brownies. Unfortunately, we live in Seoul, and hot fudge topping is hard to come by. Any suggestions for how to make our own? I will do a google search, of course, but if you have any ideas, I would appreciate them!

    Thanks for another fabulous looking recipe!

    • You could probably substitute a thick ganache. About 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream and 3/4 cup or 1 cup of chocolate chips, heat then whisk until smooth and let chill until thick. Hopefully that’ll work okay!

  4. Wow do these look good! Hot fudge and cheesecake definitely belong in brownies, Dorothy! And I feel the same as you when it comes to blogging friends, I don’t know what I would do without them! 🙂

  5. These cheesecake brownies look INSANE! I feel the same way about you with high school. I went to my 10 year reunion (also about 10 years ago) and it was a disappointment. The popular kids were still the same and ignored me, and my so-called friends from high school hadn’t changed or kept up with people. Blogging friends are truly the best!

  6. Oh dear Lord – these can’t be real. I must be dreaming. WOW! They look delectable!

    I am right along with you with high school. I was miserable, no one understood me, and I spent all of my time in the Chorus room. I had a small group of friends then but we don’t talk much now. It’s sad but I do not miss high school at all! I don’t know if I will even bother going to reunions. 

  7. These brownie look irresistible! So yummy!

  8. I totally get what you’re saying about high school. I was friendly with a lot of people back then, but I’m only actually good friends with a handful of them (maybe 3-4). College was where I made more friends who ‘got me’. I love blogging friends because they actually understand what we’re doing! P.S. these brownies look sinfully delicious, I love hot fudge in anything but have never had it in a brownie! 

  9. Heaven help me, I have a jar of hot fudge topping in the fridge that I forgot about but just noticed yesterday. That book looks amazing! I would love to get that for Christmas! Also, I know what you mean about the whole high school thing. My high school wouldn’t have even had a 20 year reunion if it weren’t for me posting on Facebook, “Hey, are we going to have a reunion?” The class officers really dropped the ball on that one. So somebody picked a bar in Seattle and had a lame reunion that I wasn’t even able to attend. It’s probably for the best. I would have felt just as uncomfortable and unpopular as I was in high school. It’s crazy how those old insecurities come back, even though we are older and wiser!

  10. No one can eat healthy when these treats are around! I have hard time staying in touch with old high school friends too.

  11. All of these brownies look absolutely delicious! You could come and bake for me anytime xx

    Sam // Samantha Betteridge

  12. The hot fudge cheesecake mixture filling…now THAT is awesome and no chance of a dry brownie here! And the mini chips, love!

    Everything you said about h.s., friends, the women now dying their hair and the men mostly bald (lol!) and the popular people not knowing who you were or are, yep. Could have written that myself. 

    And let’s face it, we’re in our kitchens ALONE and at our desks ALONE for days and weeks on end. This job isn’t like other jobs where you go to an office and interact with other people. And so it makes sense that our online blogging friends become our best friends in life 🙂 

  13. I am no longer in touch with my HS friends either.  It just sorta faded after we all graduated.  I never really felt like they were genuine friends anyway and there was always waaaay too much drama!  Now I am starting to make some REAL friends through blogging!  So much more fun and I can’t wait to someday meet you and others in person!  Now these brownies had me at the title but when I saw the pics, OMG!!!!!

  14. Hot fudge, cheesecake, and brownies are three of my favorite desserts- and combined? To die for. Pinning!

  15. I give you so much credit for even attending your reunion, I probably wouldn’t have even bothered! High school is such a hard time, I would never want to go back. Good thing we have these brownies to cheer us up 🙂

  16. For the love of baking, this looks to die for! 
    I’m actually resisting the urge to start melting the chocolate and butter for these brownies even though we already have a couple cakes on the bench at the moment. 
    On to the menu planner it goes! 
    Thanks Dorothy

  17. you are brave for even going to your reunion! I am very shy and would have a hard time going for sure! 
    Can I tell you how much it means to me to read all of your kind words about my book? I am honored that you are helping share about Brownies, Blondies, and Bars and you did such a fabulous job with these brownies! Thank you thank you! Wish I could hug your neck 🙂

    • Well, obviously, this recipe is a hit. And so is your book! It’s amazing my friend!!

    • This recipe was fantastic! I made them the day it posted, and my husband ate a quarter of the pan right away! I froze half of them for Thanksgiving, and then tried unsuccessfully to keep from eating the other quarter.

      Your book looks great, and it was fun to try a different type of brownie! No more letting my husband look at food blogs over my shoulder, though. My waistline can’t afford it!

  18. I’m totally a chocoholic!!! I really like to try your hot fudge cheesecake brownies but can get the jar of hot fudge. What can I replace it with? Do you have a recipe for home made hot fudge? Thanks a lot!

    • I don’t have a hot fudge recipe, but you could try using a thick ganache? 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream and about 1 cup of chocolate chips, heat and whisk until smooth, then chill until it’s nice and thick. I’m not sure how that’ll work, but it might!

    • I added a hot fudge recipe below 🙂

  19. Wowzers!  These look amazing, and I see them in my future very soon!  I’m totally the same way when it comes to friendships and being a homebody.  I do love how with blogging I’ve made friends from all over the place.  
    P.S.  Your email links to this post did not work 🙁

  20. These brownies look amazingly rich – just the way I like my brownies!! I, too, am introverted and a homebody. No place else I would rather be. Guess I should start a blog so I can make some friends – lol

  21. oh my lawd, these brownies look AMAZING!!!!!!!! I’ve got to check out Stephanie’s book!!

  22. I never went to my 20th…or my 25th. But I sort of wish I went. I think it would be fun to see everyone. Especially, since my BF from the 5th grade is still my BF. How many people can say that? Maybe my 30th… anyway! LOVE these brownies and the book!

  23. OMG, this cheesecake looks amazing. I want to make them NOW!!

  24. I had my ten year reunion this summer. I was amazed how so may of my classmates had changed-into people I actually LIKE now?! I am a introvert as well, and I went alone, which was HARD!! Had I had one of these basicallymydreamdessert brownies I might have felt a little better!

  25. Will make these VERY soon. Chocolate mega muffintop feed for the hubby! H. S. Reunions, hahaha… Am getting far too close to the #40 reunion. Yikes! Was close with 1 bud until a few years ago.Was very ill, and, well one finds out whom really cares. When chips are down. So… was a skinny, “goody-goody”,(translated as,waiting until married, try anything I punch you).Was a cheerleader, in clubs, musicals, blablabla. Felt like a totally awkward geek.An all girl college prep high school. Yuk! My bud told me I apparently was “popular”.Who knew?Also a sahm, do not even know anyneighbors names, after 2+years.LOVE my new bloggy buds! All so talented, hard working, intelligent, funny, and ever SO beautiful! As a newbie to this family, I 1,000 percent appreciate every blog! XO

  26. I skipped my 10 year last year, and I’m not sure if I’m glad I skipped it now, or sad I did. But either way – 10 years? That was crazy. And these brownies, um, kinda crazy amazing!!

  27. Made these brownies for my office potluck today and they were the first dessert to disappear! SO good. Next I’m going to attempt a cake roll – thanks for the video!

  28. This sounds amazing. Gonna have to try making this. Thanks so much for sharing.


  29. Made these today. HUGE HIT. I even eliminated 1 cup of the white sugar and they were perfectly sweet enough!!

  30. Hi, I’ve seen that a couple people have asked what to do instead of hot fudge sauce. I have a homemade recipe that is amazing 🙂
    1 1/2 cubes butter
    6 tablespoons cocoa
    One and a half cup sugar
    Pinch of salt
    One and a half cups or 1 can evaporated milk
    2 teaspoons vanilla
    Melt butter and stir in Cocoa until smooth. Add the rest of the ingredients and combine well. Bring to a boil while stirring constantly. Boil 7 minutes, cool and serve 🙂

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