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Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake Brownies

Boxed brownie mix just got a whole lot yummier! These brownies are rich, chewy, and filled with bites of cheesecake and cherries.
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Course: Desserts
Cuisine: America
Keyword: baking, dessert, holiday baking
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 16 brownies
Author: Laura Franco

Ingredients 

  • 1 box brownie mix eggs, water, and oil per the box instructions
  • 6 oz cream cheese softened at room temperature
  • 1 can cherry pie filling
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer, mix the cream cheese, vanilla, and sugar until it is fluffy and set it aside.
  • Prepare the brownies according to the box-mix instructions.
  • Pour the brownie mix into a baking dish that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray or lined with parchment paper.
  • Dollop the cream cheese mixture all over the top of the brownie mix.
  • Dollop the cheery pie mix on top of the brownie mix.
  • Use the back of a spoon or a popsicle stick to swirl the cream cheese and cherries into the brownie mixture.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Notes

  • The brownie mix I used called for 2 or 3 eggs depending on how you like your brownies - chewy or cake-like. I recommend using 3 eggs. The brownies will still have a chewy texture.
  • Use all of the cream cheese mixture even if it looks like there is too much. It will bake in and create little pockets of cheesecake flavor.
  • All ovens are different so begin checking the brownies at 30 minutes and add more time 3-5 minutes at a time.
  • You can freeze any leftover canned cherries for up to 3 months. They are great for topping yogurt, ice cream, or blending in a morning smoothy.
  • Get creative - you can change this recipe by using raspberry pie filling or blueberry pie filling.