Brownie Chocolate Chip Cheesecake for #SundaySupper

by Renee on March 2, 2014

Brownie Chocolate Chip Cheesecake | Magnolia Days

Chocolate and butter are melting over a simmering pot of water. The oven is on and a pan awaits batter. Cocoa, sugar, vanilla, and flour are on the counter by the pot. Across the kitchen on another counter are cream cheese and eggs warming up from their chill in the fridge. A mixer is positioned by a big bowl. Everything is ready for making a decadent dessert. A few spills and splatters later, it goes in the oven for a final bake. Next comes cooling and chilling. The hardest part is waiting to enjoy an incredible Brownie Chocolate Chip Cheesecake.

Everyone needs a little decadence from time to time. It’s something to look forward to and makes for a special celebration. It can also mark the start of a time of doing without. Such is the case with Fat Tuesday, a cherished day of indulgence before the Lenten season. Mardi Gras happens the day before Ash Wednesday. New Orleans throws the biggest celebration of it in America. Sunday Supper had to join in the fun with a Fat Sunday showcasing decadent, Mardi Gras, or New Orleans inspired food.

Brownie Chocolate Chip Cheesecake | Magnolia Days

What to make for Fat Sunday? I had to go for the decadent option. First was deciding which decadence to feature. I considered something battered and deep fried for a split second. Butter-laden came to mind next. That took me to cream cheese and the possibilities with it. My thoughts went to cheesecake because of a recent discussion with my friend Terry and so I decided to go for the most indulgent one I’ve ever made.

Brownie Chocolate Chip Cheesecake has layers of richness. The original recipe is one I saved years ago and I believe it is by Eagle Brand®. Only thing is it calls for boxed brownie mix and I wanted it all homemade. I used the recipe for my Just-Right Brownie and it worked out just right. The brownie layer is fudgy and dense. The next layer is a creamy cheesecake filled with mini chocolate chips. The crowning decadence is real whipped cream which conveniently covered up a major crack in the top. (Oops. Shhh! don’t tell anyone).

Brownie Chocolate Chip Cheesecake | Magnolia Days

Do you celebrate Mardi Gras? I do only in the sense of using it as an excuse to eat something indulgent. Scroll down to find the list of Fat Sunday recipes by Sunday Supper contributors. Big thanks to Leslie of La Cocina de Leslie for hosting this fun event.

Brownie Chocolate Chip Cheesecake

2 hours

Makes 12 to 16 servings

Brownie Chocolate Chip Cheesecake

    For the brownie layer:
  • 3/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • For the cheesecake layer:
  • 3 8-ounce packages cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • For the topping
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
For the brownie layer:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease the bottom only of a 9-inch springform pan.

Stir together the chocolate chips and 1 tablespoon of the flour in a small bowl.

Whisk together remaining flour and salt in a separate small bowl.

Melt the chocolate and butter in a large non-reactive bowl over a pan of simmering water. When the chocolate and butter has melted, remove it from the heat and stir in sugar and cocoa powder.

Whisk in the vanilla and eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.

Stir in flour until just moistened. Stir in chocolate chips.

Spread batter evenly in prepared pan. Bake for 25 minutes, or until set.

For the cheesecake layer:

Beat cream cheese until fluffy. Add condensed milk and beat until smooth.

Add eggs and vanilla and beat until just combined. Do not over beat.

Stir in chocolate chips.

Pour over brownie layer.

Reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees F.

Bake 50 minutes or until center is set. Cool to room temperature. Chill thoroughly overnight.

Remove side of springform pan.

For the topping:

Beat whipping cream using a mixer on medium speed until frothy.

Gradually add sugar while increasing mixer speed to high.

Beat until stiff peaks form.

Spread whipped cream over top of cheesecake.

Sprinkle chocolate chips on top.

Refrigerate leftovers.

Notes

Time stated does not include chilling cheesecake overnight.

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Manu March 2, 2014 at 6:41 am

This cheesecake looks to good not to devour it!!! Ohhhh I wish I could have at least one slice!

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Renee March 3, 2014 at 11:28 am

And I wish I could send you a slice to enjoy.

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Marjory @ Dinner-Mom March 2, 2014 at 7:29 am

I loooove cheesecake and brownies. This is exactly the decadent dessert I would pick on Fat Tuesday.

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Renee March 3, 2014 at 11:28 am

Thank Marjory and it is the dessert for brownie and cheesecake fans.

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Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips March 2, 2014 at 8:33 am

Wow! I’m not even a huge cheesecake fan, and I could totally go for a big slice. Somehow I bet the brownie and whipped cream not only add to the decadence, but also balance the dense, rich cheesecake.

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Renee March 3, 2014 at 11:27 am

Yes they do!

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Betsy @ Desserts Required March 2, 2014 at 9:17 am

This is a deliciously decadent way to celebrate Mardi Gras!

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Renee March 3, 2014 at 11:25 am

Thanks Betsy

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Alice // Hip Foodie Mom March 2, 2014 at 9:19 am

Renee!!! your brownie chocolate chip cheesecake has my name written all over it! it looks PERFECT! that inside shot is making me drool! As I wrote on Liz’s post, if I’m going to indulge, give me something sweet and delicious. . just like this! love it!

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Renee March 3, 2014 at 11:25 am

You are so very kind Alice. I wish I could send you a slice right now.

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Renee - Kudos Kitchen March 2, 2014 at 10:00 am

Goodness gracious that looks delicious!

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Renee March 3, 2014 at 11:24 am

Thanks Renee and it is as delicious as it looks.

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Courtney @ Neighborfood March 2, 2014 at 10:57 am

Oh Renee, this looks so fabulously sinful. Gorgeous photos. I’m salivating over here!

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Renee March 3, 2014 at 11:24 am

Thanks Courtney and thinking sinful is appropriate since it is for Mardi Gras. Great description.

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Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers March 2, 2014 at 11:33 am

OH MY GOSH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Your cheesecake looks beautiful, just beautiful!! I love the recipe and I so need this cheesecake in my life!

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Renee March 3, 2014 at 11:23 am

Oh Jennifer, your comment made me smile so big. Thank you very much!

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Liz March 2, 2014 at 12:05 pm

What a spectacular cheesecake, Renee! We were both on the same wavelength today…I’d love to follow up one of my brownies with a slice of your amazing cheesecake!

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Renee March 3, 2014 at 11:22 am

And I’d love to follow up my cheesecake with your amazing brownies.

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Heather // girlichef March 2, 2014 at 12:14 pm

This is so beautiful, Renee! Perfectly and wonderfully decadent.

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Renee March 3, 2014 at 11:22 am

Thanks Heather. It’s very decadent and I have to enjoy it one small slice at a time.

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Tara March 2, 2014 at 12:51 pm

You make the most gorgeous of desserts Renee and this one is another show stopper!!

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Renee March 3, 2014 at 11:21 am

Thanks Tara. It is such a great cheesecake to photograph. It came out so nicely.

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Shaina March 2, 2014 at 1:15 pm

I always love your ‘opening scene’ paragraphs to your post. You set the mood so perfectly.

And yes, you definitely did go decadent with this dessert. Brownies…chocolate chips…cheesecake…what’s not to love?!

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Renee March 3, 2014 at 11:20 am

Thanks Shaina and your compliment of my writing totally made my day.

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Family Foodie March 2, 2014 at 1:24 pm

Forget the milk…. I need this with a great big mug of coffee.

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Renee March 3, 2014 at 11:19 am

Yes it would be great with coffee. And coffee with cream because you have to make sure to continue with the decadence.

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Cindys Recipes and Writings March 2, 2014 at 3:44 pm

2 great desserts in one! Genius, Renee!

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Renee March 3, 2014 at 11:18 am

Oh yes, the best of two dessert worlds together in one.

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Shannon R March 2, 2014 at 3:53 pm

If this cheesecake doesn’t please a mardi gras crowd I’m out of here. It looks fantastic! Great job.

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Renee March 3, 2014 at 11:18 am

Thanks a bunch Shannon and I think it is a crowd pleaser too.

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Leslie @ La Cocina de Leslie March 2, 2014 at 5:53 pm

You had me drooling just from that first paragraph! The hardest part for me isn’t the waiting, it’s not being able to enjoy a slice of this decadent cheesecake. Divine!

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Renee March 3, 2014 at 11:17 am

Thanks Leslie. You can enjoy a slice or as much as you want when you make it.

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Jennifer March 2, 2014 at 6:06 pm

Beautiful! My 5 year old is sitting next to me and she wants me to make this… RIGHT NOW! Sounds yummy!

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Renee March 3, 2014 at 11:17 am

Thanks Jennifer and I’m sure you 5 year old would enjoy the time in the kitchen with you making this cheesecake.

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Lane @ Supper for a Steal March 2, 2014 at 6:42 pm

Oh my gosh, I think I could eat this whole cheesecake in one sitting. Now that would be fat Sunday… but it just looks so delicious.

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Renee March 3, 2014 at 11:16 am

Thanks Lane. Eating this whole cheesecake would certainly be a Fat Sunday for sure.

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Susan March 2, 2014 at 10:02 pm

You’re so mean. Teasing us all week with this cheesecake, now sharing more gorgeous photos and we still don’t get to taste it!

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Renee March 3, 2014 at 11:15 am

If I could send a slice through the computer to you Susan I would.

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Melanie March 2, 2014 at 11:46 pm

Pinning! This looks unbelievable and I have no doubt it will be a hit in our house.

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Renee March 3, 2014 at 11:14 am

Thank you very much Melanie and I appreciate the pin.

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Delaware Girl Eats March 3, 2014 at 12:45 pm

I would certainly be Fat if I took a big slice of this awesome dessert!

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Renee March 8, 2014 at 1:33 pm

Too funny Cathy.

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Tammi @ Momma's Meals March 3, 2014 at 12:52 pm

You had me at Brownie never mind chocolate and cheesecake. WOW. Great recipe Renee!

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Renee March 8, 2014 at 1:32 pm

I figured either the brownie or the cheesecake would get a lot of people’s attention.

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Nancy @ gottagetbaked March 3, 2014 at 2:02 pm

Good lawd, Renee, this is glorious! Seriously. It’s beautiful. Each layer is gorgeous and perfect. That layer of brownie looks wonderfully fudgy ‘n dense, while your cheesecake is luscious and creamy. I just can’t stop staring at these photos!

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Renee March 8, 2014 at 1:31 pm

Thanks Nancy and you made me smile so big with your comment.

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Julie @ Texan New Yorker March 3, 2014 at 4:45 pm

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a dessert quite as decadent as this one. Wow!! Which of course makes it perfect for Mardi Gras. :) Beautiful pictures!

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Renee March 8, 2014 at 1:30 pm

It is the most decadent one I could think of for the event. Bring on Fat Sunday / Tuesday / any day.

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Aurica March 4, 2014 at 8:28 am

mmmmm, yummmmmy…give me a plate, fork and one piece of this delightful, creamy and delicious cheesecake, i can’t resist form something like that :D

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Renee March 8, 2014 at 1:25 pm

You can even have two pieces if you want.

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Katie March 4, 2014 at 1:12 pm

I have to say…this dessert looks absolutely out of this world!!! Sky high, rich goodness!

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Renee March 8, 2014 at 1:19 pm

Thanks Katie and it is one tall cheesecake for sure.

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Kim Beaulieu March 5, 2014 at 4:33 am

I need this in my life. RIGHT NOW. So yummy. Must make it.

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Renee March 8, 2014 at 1:16 pm

I thought you would like this cheesecake Kim. I can tell you are a real cheesecake fan.

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Anita at Hungry Couple March 5, 2014 at 1:29 pm

How can I even begin to describe to you how badly I want to eat this cake. When I come visit you, you will make this for me, right?

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Renee March 8, 2014 at 1:15 pm

I’ll make this and anything else you want when you come and visit me.

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PolaM March 5, 2014 at 11:34 pm

Can you send me a slice? It looks amazing!

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Renee March 8, 2014 at 1:13 pm

If I could send you a slice I would however I don’t think it would ship well.

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Sarah March 7, 2014 at 10:10 pm

Brownies and cheesecake are such a killer combo for me… I’d be dangerous with this!

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Renee March 8, 2014 at 1:12 pm

It was dangerous having it around here too. I had to indulge on it several times.

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sunithi March 7, 2014 at 11:33 pm

That looks so creamy delish I would break a diet to have a piece. Lovely!

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Renee March 8, 2014 at 1:11 pm

Thanks Sue and it is worth breaking a diet just for a piece (perhaps a small one so you won’t be breaking it too much).

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