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Swirled Vanilla Cheesecake and Chocolate Brownie Bars

Swirled Vanilla Cheesecake and Chocolate Brownie Bars with toasted pecans are oh so satisfying and save you the hassle of deciding which dessert to make.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cheescake brownies, easy chocolate brownies, vanilla cheescake brownies
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 20
Calories 194kcal
Author Plating Pixels


  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 ¼ cups granulated sugar plus 2/3 cups
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla divided
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour plus 2 tablespoons
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ cup chopped toasted pecans see cooking tips section above
  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  • Preheat oven to 350º F. In a medium saucepan cook chocolate chips and butter over low heat, stirring often, until melted. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
  • Brownie mixture: In a large mixing bowl or with hand mixer, beat 2 of the eggs on medium speed until foamy, 3-5 minutes. Add 1 ¼ cups sugar, water, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat on medium speed, about 5 minutes until slightly thickened and light-yellow color. Beat in melted chocolate mixture until combined. Hand stir in 1 cup of flour, salt and baking powder, then stir in toasted pecans. Set aside.
  • Cheesecake mixture: In a separate medium bowl, beat the remaining 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 2/3 cups sugar, 2 tablespoons flour, cream cheese, and lemon juice until smooth.
  • Prepare a 13x9x2-inch baking pan by lining bottom and up the sides with foil, grease foil. Pour half of the brownie mixture into the pan and spread evenly. Carefully spread all of the cheesecake mixture evenly over the brownie mixture. Spoon small amounts of the remaining brownie batter over the cheesecake layer (see photos above in post). Then using a butter knife, gentle swirl just until marble pattern forms.
  • Bake for 45 minutes at 350º, or until knife or toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool slightly, then remove brownies by lifting edges of foil. Cut into squares.


Calories: 194kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 58mg | Potassium: 120mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 105IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1.3mg