This Cheesecake Brownie Recipe Isn't Your Traditional Treat

Looking for your next favorite treat? These goat cheesecake brownies are for you. Are you beyond confused by the title of this recipe? Hear me out. No, there is not actual goat meat in these brownies. What sort of freaky chef do you think I am? (Watch, that becomes a huge food trend in five years.) Rather, there is goat cheese in the brownies. Rich, chocolatey brownies that are topped with a goat cheese cheesecake infused with fresh raspberries, to be exact. Makes more sense now? Great.

These yummy treats are perfect for upcoming Valentine’s Day (gag), or how I prefer to eat them, while parked in front of the television. The creamy cheesecake combined with the fudgey brownies makes this treat one you may not want to share.

As for the ingredients, you may be a bit confused by the Neufchatel cheese this recipe calls for. Ultimately, it’s the same as cream cheese, except it isn’t. Said to be one of the oldest cheeses out there, Neufchatel resembles cream cheese quite well, but if you have all the ingredients in your house already, including cream cheese, go ahead and swap out the Neufchatel and just use whatever you've got. However, I prefer Neufchatel, so I decided to use it in this recipe. Plus, it’s typically a bit cheaper than cream cheese, so why not? The main difference between the cheeses is the history behind them, and that cream cheese, as its name depicts, uses cream and milk while Neufchatel only uses milk.

Ingredients

For brownies:
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • Heaping 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • Heaping 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • Pinch of baking powder

For cheesecake topping: 

  • 4 oz. goat cheese
  • 2 oz. Neufchatel cheese (can substitute with cream cheese)
  • 1 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 6 oz. raspberries

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a baking pan with baking spray.

2. In a large mixing bowl, combine all brownie ingredients. Pour the mixture into a baking pan. Place the brownies in the oven for 10 minutes.

3. In a separate medium bowl, melt cream cheese, goat cheese, and butter for 30 seconds. Stir, and add in raspberries. Gently crush raspberries with a whisk. Pour the mixture over the partially baked brownies. Optional: Swirl the top of the mixture with a toothpick to achieve a cool design. Place in the oven for 20 additional minutes. Let cool, serve, and enjoy!

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