Cheesecake Brownie Bites

Cheesecake Brownie Bites Recipe

I have the fondest memories of brownie bites as a child. Pulling apart the velcro on my turquoise lunchbox, I’d search for the white and blue Hostess bag before tearing it apart with my teeth. And by “teeth,” I mean “some combination of the braces and/or twin-clock retainers” (remember those?) I wore for seven sexy years. I’d then fish out brownie after brownie until reaching the last bite, at which point I’d reach back into the bag and touch disappointment with my finger tips. Emptiness.

To this day, I still wonder how anyone could’ve rationalized so few brownie bites constituted a single serving. They’re miniature to begin with, why minimize the amount in the bag? My culinary angst finally ended a few weekends ago when I decided it was high time I ditched the single servings and take matters into my own hands.

Cream cheese, much like pancetta and Parmesan and sour cream, makes any dish better, so it was a natural addition. Best of all, you can leave disappointment in the dust because this recipe yields 30 of the two-bite treats. Thirty. That’s like two whole servings.

Cheesecake Brownie Bites

Cheesecake Brownie Bites

Cheesecake Brownie Bites

Cheesecake Brownie Bites

Cheesecake Brownie Bites

Cheesecake Brownie Bites

Cheesecake Brownie Bites

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Cheesecake Brownie Bites

Yield: About 30 brownie bites

Prep Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 12 min

Ingredients:

For the brownie batter:
4 large eggs
1¼ cups baking cocoa
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 Tablespoon instant espresso powder, mixed with 2 teaspoons water
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2¼ cups sugar
1 cup unsalted butter, melted
1½ cups all-purpose flour

For the cheesecake filling:
1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened
3 Tablespoons sugar
1 large egg yolk

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350ºF.

In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, baking cocoa, salt, baking powder, espresso mixed with water, and vanilla until well combined.

Stir in the sugar and melted butter until well combined, then stir in the flour. (A firm rubber spatula works best.) Set brownie batter aside.

In a separate bowl, prepare the cheesecake filling by stirring together the cream cheese, sugar and egg yolk until well combined. Transfer the mixture to a pastry bag or plastic bag.

Grease a non-stick mini-muffin pan with cooking spray or butter and then spoon a tablespoon of brownie batter into the greased cups. Pipe a generous amount of cheesecake filling atop the brownie batter, and then top off each cup with an additional teaspoon of brownie batter.

Bake for about 12 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Let the brownie bites cool for 10 minutes in the pan and then transfer them to a cooling rack to continue cooling, or enjoy warm.

Kelly's Notes:

When measuring flour, never scoop the cup into the flour, as it condenses the flour and causes you to use more than the recipe intends. Instead, spoon the flour into your measuring cup and level it with a knife. The same technique applies for cocoa powder.

A mini-ice cream scoop is an easy and efficient way to scoop the brownie batter into the prepared cups.

Feel free to swirl the cheesecake mixture with the brownie mixture once scooped into the muffin cups to create a marbled effect.

If the brownie bites aren't easily releasing from the pan, use a sharp knife to cut around the edges to release them.

Brownie batter recipe adapted from King Arthur Flour.


Comments

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    says

    Oh goodness, this is my husband’s dream come true. His two favorite desserts are brownies and cheesecake. I can’t wait to surprise him with these!

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    Oscar Delgadillo says

    What exactly is espresso powder? Is there a specific brand you used? These look very yummy!

    • Kelly Senyei replied: — April 19th, 2012 @ 10:03 am

      Hi Oscar! Espresso powder is a very finely ground coffee that easily dissolves into water. You can find it in all major grocery stores, but you can also just substitute instant coffee, which is a little bit less intense in flavor. Hope this helps!

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    says

    I saw this photo on Pinterest and said “I MUST MAKE THESE!” Sorry to shout but they look delicious and who doesn’t love brownies…and cheesecake? I also seem to mess up both of them when I bake full size ones, but these look like they can’t go wrong. All I need to do is buy myself a mini muffin pan. Yum.

    • Kelly Senyei (Just a Taste) replied: — April 19th, 2012 @ 11:42 am

      Haha! Thank you, Claire! Please do shout all you want. I was shouting while shoving the 19th one into my mouth. Yes, they are that good :)

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    Kathy says

    These look wonderful! Two questions: I have never used unsalted butter. Why do you use this instead of regular salted butter? Also, do you think these would work in a cupcake tin or would it just be too much? Thanks for the recipe.

    • Kelly Senyei replied: — April 19th, 2012 @ 6:25 pm

      Thank you, Kathy! You should always bake with unsalted butter because it allows you to control the amount of salt in the recipe. Otherwise, the result could end up overly salty. I haven’t tested this recipe in regular-sized cupcake tins, so I’m not 100 percent positive, but I think it would still work! Just make sure to adjust the baking time as necessary. Please let me know how they turn out!

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    says

    Wow, these are perfect and the contrast is beautiful. I’m so impressed with how these turned out, no real bleed between the colors… I am featuring this post in today’s Friday Food Fetish roundup (with a link-back and attribution), but please let me know if you have any objections. It’s a pleasure to be following your creations…

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    says

    These are cooling as I typing this!! They smell so rich and good. Can’t wait to try one. And who would have thought that I use to never be a big fan of cream cheese anything? What was I thinking right?

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    says

    hey, those look delicious. I assume the espresso you used is the instant one? As I don’t tend to use the instant one, do you think I could make some espresso coffee and use it instead?

    • Kelly Senyei replied: — April 20th, 2012 @ 7:59 am

      hanks so much, Tanja! Yes, it’s instant espresso, and I’ve added a note to the recipe to clarify. You could definitely use already brewed espresso as well. Hope this helps!

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    Kathy says

    I found this recipe delicious! I ended up with 48 mini brownies. One question…there was no way I could wisk 4 eggs with 1 1/4 cup cocoa. I had to add the butter just to stir the mixture. Should I have gradually added the chocolate? I also had to bake them an extra three minutes. I had never used expresso powder before. It really kicked up the chocolate. Thanks for posting this recipe.

    • Kelly Senyei replied: — April 25th, 2012 @ 4:01 pm

      Thanks so much, Kathy! You can gradually add in the chocolate, but four large eggs should provide enough liquid for stirring. It’s also entirely possible you had to bake them an additional 3 minutes, as every oven can vary in temperature (if not using a free-standing oven thermometer!). So glad you enjoyed the recipe!

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    joy says

    haha just tried it and forgot to add brownie butter on top. they are just freaking out and making very very big bubbles like you put cheese in the oven.

    but anyway it’s very tasty! thanks xxx

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    Samantha Y. says

    Should I omit the espresso or do you have a substitution since I cannot have coffee of any kind?

    • Kelly Senyei replied: — May 1st, 2012 @ 8:43 pm

      Hi Samantha! You can just omit the espresso (no need for substitutes). Enjoy!

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    Ann says

    I can not wait to make these for a party. I was wondering if I could make them a week ahead and freeze them until the day before the party. Also, Have you ever made them in paper liners?

    • Kelly Senyei replied: — May 6th, 2012 @ 9:04 pm

      Thanks, Ann! I’ve never tried freezing them, but I wouldn’t recommend it, only because the texture will change. If you can find mini-muffin paper cups, absolutely go for it!

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    Jennifer says

    Can you cheat and use box brownie batter? These look like the perfect addition to a shower I’m hosting but have so many time consuming things already…trying to take shortcuts some places….

    Thanks!

    • Kelly Senyei replied: — May 9th, 2012 @ 9:01 pm

      Hi Jennifer! Absolutely :) You can use box brownie batter and follow the rest of the recipe the exact same. Enjoy!

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    Ellen says

    Just made these for a party – they are fabulous! Used instant coffee in place of espresso for a more subtle taste.

    • Kelly Senyei replied: — May 23rd, 2012 @ 4:57 pm

      Thanks so much for your comment, Ellen! So glad you enjoyed the recipe :)

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    Lynne says

    I make a very similar brownie…but I add a chocolate chips to the cream cheese mixture…double delicious for the chocolate lovers!!

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    Heather says

    My family loves these! Ok…So, I made a recipe much simpler inspired by these. I used Pilsbury Milk Chocolate Brownie Mix as directed and Filled the Muffin tins almost full with alittle space for Cheesecake Topping. Also, I made Full size Muffin/Brownies instead of minis…then put the Cheesecake Filling as directed and Bake! So, much easier…Everyone will love! Thanks*

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    says

    i made a cheesecake brownie recently too, but it didn’t come out as pretty as yours. smart idea at using a small ice cream scoop to layer the brownie and cheesecake batter!

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    Lu Ann says

    Clearly, I must make these for my daughter’s lunch next school year! And, if I double the batch and freeze some… yeah, right, I’ma gonna have brownie and cheesecake on my nose from licking the bowl! schllluuuurrrrp!

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    says

    I just wanted to say I stumbled upon your site via pinterest and I cannot wait to make these! Great site, I will definitely be checking back

    • Kelly Senyei replied: — June 9th, 2012 @ 2:02 pm

      Thanks so much, Megan!

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    Chelsea says

    These taste wonderful (I substituted instant coffee granules for the espresso since I keep it on hand for my favorite cookie)! However, I found that the amount of brownie batter called for made my brownie bites flat on top making it very difficult to get them out whole (the tops extended so far over the edges of the mini muffin cups that getting a knife in there caused them to break). I’ll definitely make these again, but using less batter per cup — which turns out okay, since I’ll get more out of the recipe. As it was, I got 36 with a little batter left over.

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    Rachera says

    These look AMAZING and I plan to make them for a bake sale fundraiser in a few weeks. I was wondering, could I also use a red velvet cake mix and make red velvet cheesecake bites? This would help to give me some variety for my bake sale treats. Thanks and keep sending great recipes our way! lol

    • Kelly Senyei replied: — June 13th, 2012 @ 7:43 am

      Thanks so much, Rachera! You could definitely sub in red velvet cake mix for the brownie batter (love that idea). Let me know how they turn out!

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    Michele says

    Hi. I’m making these this morning for a party tonight. How do I store them for the day, on the counter, in the fridge? Thanks!

    • Kelly Senyei replied: — June 23rd, 2012 @ 9:28 am

      Hi Michele! After the brownie bites have cooled completely, store them in an airtight container on the counter (in the shade). Enjoy!

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    Michele says

    They came out really good! the only thing is that they really stuck to the mini pan, even after spraying the pan. The knife didn’t help enough so now I have little saucer like brownies. They’re still good, don’t look too bad, still serving them! :)

    • Kelly Senyei replied: — June 23rd, 2012 @ 11:19 am

      Did you use a non-stick mini-muffin tin? If it wasn’t non-stick they would’ve stuck more, but hopefully they’re still delicious nonetheless!

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    Meg says

    I made these for a cookout and they were fabulous. Everyone loved them! I was told these are a must now at every cookout. As info I made some in mini muffin pans and some in regular muffin pans filled halfway due to being short on time and both turned out great. Yummy recipe!

    • Kelly Senyei replied: — June 25th, 2012 @ 4:09 pm

      So happy to hear it, Meg! And thanks so much for the sweet comment. Enjoy!

  24. 35
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    says

    First of all, these look amazing! Second, Im going to make these tomorrow but I don’t have a mini muffin pan, only a regular size. How long do you think I should leave them in the oven for since they will be slightly bigger than the recipe calls for?

    • Kelly Senyei replied: — June 29th, 2012 @ 11:05 am

      Thanks, Merv! I unfortunately can’t recommend a specific baking time, as ovens/pans/amount of batter are too many variables to control! My best advice is to just continue checking them (using the toothpick method). Keep in mind that larger brownies in this shape will be much more dense. Enjoy!

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    says

    I made these and they turned out great! The first batch didn’t look very attractive but the second one looked better and I think I just used too much batter in each tin and needed to use something different to add the cheesecake part. Still…I got rave reviews, zero complaints, and many thank yous from those who ate them. Great recipe!

    I blogged it here: Cheesecake Brownie Bites

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    Marta says

    Hi!!! These look amezing!! I’m very eager to prove it but I have a doubt, the baking cocoa… what is it? I’m from Spain and don’t understand it, it’s cocoa powder? cocoa without sugar? I need your help! Thank you!!!

  27. 38
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    says

    Too cute! I’ve been making cheesecake cups for years, but I always make them normal size. Not sure why because the minis make much more sense. I’m going to have to try your version.

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    Penelope says

    I loved these growing up! We called them Black Bottom Cupcakes. The mini bite size portions were always my favorite!!!

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    Viya says

    Hey dear it luks so delicious …. i dont have oven….. i have a convection microwave oven….. can i make these lovly bites in my convection microwave???

  30. 41
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    Tanya says

    Do you put these in the fridge when done b/c they have the cream cheese in them or do you store them on the counter like any other cupcake/brownie/muffin?

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    Amanda W says

    Just stumbled onto this recipe via pintrest! Made these and they were FANTASTIC! However, they didn’t seem to have quite the cheesecake to brownie ratio that yours do in the picture, much more brownie than cheesecake…do you have some brownie batter left over? And any tips on where to find the espresso powder?

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    martha says

    Can I ship to my marine in Afghanistan? How should I package? He LOVES brownies and espresso!

    • Kelly Senyei replied: — October 16th, 2012 @ 9:23 pm

      Absolutely YES! Just make sure to wrap them very securely in an air-tight container with plastic wrap. I’d estimate they will be fresh for about a week. I hope that’s enough time!

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    Patricia says

    To avoid chocolate cake from sticking to a greased cake pan I quite often dust the inside of the pan with unsweetened cocoa powder just as one might dust with flour. Using cocoa instead of the flour prevents that white snowy look on the sides of the cake. I haven’t made the cheesecake bites yet, but it seems to me that it might work with them as well. Just a suggestion. The bites look absolutely amazing!!! Will be trying them soon.

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    Danielle says

    do you think I could bake these in a cake pop maker?

    • Kelly Senyei replied: — November 12th, 2012 @ 8:53 am

      I’ve never used a cake pop-maker, but I would think that as long as you adjust the baking time, it should work out great. Enjoy!

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    Nicole says

    hi. these look amazing. im planning on making these for my work on Christmas. can i omit the espresso powder?

    • Kelly Senyei replied: — December 17th, 2012 @ 2:07 pm

      Absolutely! You can leave it out and don’t have to make any other changes to the recipe. Enjoy!

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    Rachael says

    Hi, great recipes. I’m thinking of making these to give as a Christmas gift to my cousin. Do you know about how long they’ll stay good at room temperature in an air-tight container?

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    Erica says

    Just made these for our New Years Eve party. They’re scrumptious! I wasn’t sure about the brownie batter as it is very thick but they’re very rich and choclatey. It makes more than 30 too. Which is a good thing. I keep “testing” them! Thanks for a great recipe :)

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    ali says

    i had this pinned for ages for finally decided to give this recipe a try when i realized i totally forgot to wish my manager a happy birthday.
    recipe & steps worked like a charm – i ate two to make sure it was at least edible, & can i say i had to try really really hard to stop at two! absolutely yummy!
    only “downfall” is how guilty i felt when adding the 2¼ cups of sugar into the brownie batter lol

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    Carolyn says

    Just made these in normal cupcake pans! The cheesecake part tastes kind of strange but I haven’t had cheese in a while. The brownie mixture baked fine, but was hard to scoop.

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    Cristina says

    Hello Kelly, Can I skip the espresso powder? I am really not crazy about the coffee flavor on my desserts. Thanks,

    • Kelly Senyei replied: — May 5th, 2014 @ 4:45 pm

      Absolutely, Cristina!

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    Tina says

    Hi, these are sooo good! I made them, the first time with espresso and the 2nd time without so my baby can eat them. She loves it. Both times i used regular size muffin tin and i just added an extra 10 minutes baking time! They were perfect!

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