This recipe came about purely by luck. A few years back, I had to make a last minute dessert for a party. I had wanted to make cheesecake but I did not have graham cracker crumbs. I did have a package of brownie mix and frosting. They were a hit at the party and I have made them ever since.

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Ingredients

40
Original recipe yields 40 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch baking pan.

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  • Prepare brownie mix according to the directions on the package. Spread into prepared baking pan.

  • In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese, butter and cornstarch until fluffy. Gradually beat in sweetened condensed milk, egg and vanilla until smooth. Pour cream cheese mixture evenly over brownie batter.

  • Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes, or until top is lightly browned. Allow to cool, spread with frosting, and cut into bars. Store covered in refrigerator, or freeze in a single layer for up to 2 weeks.

Partner Tip

Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

170 calories; 7.7 g total fat; 16 mg cholesterol; 102 mg sodium. 24.4 g carbohydrates; 2.1 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
03/31/2009
Boy is my husband's staff ever in for a treat tomorrow! These are just awesome decadent good. I don't care for "prepared frosting" so I improvised a little for the topping. While the brownies were still warm I sprinkled them with toasted chopped pecans and poured enough carmamel sauce over to cover. I stuck the pan in the fridge and when the caramel had set I drizzled the whole thing with a type of ganache - one cup of milk chocolate chips about a tablespoon of butter and a good splash of half and half (would have used heavy cream but I didn't have any). When cutting these run your knife under hot water and dry before each cut for the neatest "clean cut" brownies. Pretty to look at and even better to eat! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
12/23/2010
Made these today and am disappointed the middle did not cook through. I did read some reviews but should have read a few more of the one who stated to cook brownies first then add topping. I will attempt again as the sides and a few others were cooked and actually tasted good. I even cooked them longer then the 45min because I was worried they wouldn't be cooked through by the time i took them out the cheesecake was brown. Read More
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430 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 283
  • 4 star values: 94
  • 3 star values: 38
  • 2 star values: 13
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
03/31/2009
Boy is my husband's staff ever in for a treat tomorrow! These are just awesome decadent good. I don't care for "prepared frosting" so I improvised a little for the topping. While the brownies were still warm I sprinkled them with toasted chopped pecans and poured enough carmamel sauce over to cover. I stuck the pan in the fridge and when the caramel had set I drizzled the whole thing with a type of ganache - one cup of milk chocolate chips about a tablespoon of butter and a good splash of half and half (would have used heavy cream but I didn't have any). When cutting these run your knife under hot water and dry before each cut for the neatest "clean cut" brownies. Pretty to look at and even better to eat! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/31/2009
Boy is my husband's staff ever in for a treat tomorrow! These are just awesome decadent good. I don't care for "prepared frosting" so I improvised a little for the topping. While the brownies were still warm I sprinkled them with toasted chopped pecans and poured enough carmamel sauce over to cover. I stuck the pan in the fridge and when the caramel had set I drizzled the whole thing with a type of ganache - one cup of milk chocolate chips about a tablespoon of butter and a good splash of half and half (would have used heavy cream but I didn't have any). When cutting these run your knife under hot water and dry before each cut for the neatest "clean cut" brownies. Pretty to look at and even better to eat! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/18/2004
Wow - this might be the best brownie recipe I have ever tried; served at a party and everyone ate them right up including an otherwise vegan so that was really telling:) A few notes: 1) Other reviewers who suggested lining the pan with greased foil had a great tip: when it comes time to cut the brownies it is so easy with nothing broken or stuck in the pan. 2) Substitutions/changes: a) Used a dark chocolate brownie mix and added 1/2 Tbsp Grand Marnier (orange liqueur) to batter; echoed in the cream cheese layer by adding 1 tsp there; b) Doubled the cheesecake layer - in a 9x13 pan this allows the brownie and cheesecake layers to be about equal; c) for cheescake used light neufchatel cheese and fat-free sweetended condensed milk - believe me the end product is still rich and tasty you won't notice that it's lighter; d) skipped the frosting; these are so tasty and satisfying that it didn't seem necessary. 3)In my oven 45 minutes would have been too long - baked for 37 until lightly golden and look for center of cheesecake to still be slightly jiggly; after cooling allow to get cold in fridge before cutting - makes it so much easier with no mess. Thanks for a great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/04/2004
These are really great brownies! Since some of the other reviews said there was too much chocolate I melted half a bag of milk choc. chips and spread on top. Not only was the choc. not overwelming but since you have to store these in the frig if you reheat one you don't have to worry about the icing melting all over the place. Also I did nnot have a problem with the layers seperating I used pilsbury fudge brownie mix and fat free(yes!)cream cheese. Not only are these tasty but they look very nice and professional. My VERY picky 4 yr old ate 2 of these. I am very impressed with this recipe and I will make these brownies many many more time. Thank you Nancy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/06/2005
Excellent recipe! Instead of frosting I topped this with: 6oz chocolate chips and 1/2 cup butter- melt over low heat then pour over brownies and refrigerate. This topping is much easier to cut then frosting and very tasty! Excellent brownies- I will be making these again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/06/2003
Fantastic dessert! I used No Pudge Brownie mix (fat free) and reduced fat cream cheese without any trouble. After reading about problems cutting squares I lined my pan with foil and sprayed it with oil. After it baked and cooled I lifted out the brownies and iced them. Then I replaced them in the pan and refrigerated them until the icing set. I took them out on foil again and cut the squares with a pizza cutter. Worked like a charm! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/12/2005
FIVE STARS IS NOT ENOUGH! You must try this recipe. I did not have any problems at all with this. I used a Fudge brownie mix from Duncan Hines followed the cheesecake recipe exactly except added 1 tsp lemon juice for some tang (oh yes and low fat cr. cheese) and made my own fudge frosting with 2/3 C unsweetened cocoa pwdr 3 C pwdr sugar 1 tsp vanilla and enough milk (anout 1/3 C) to make it easy to spread. Got ABSOLUTE rave reviews. I would not double the cheesecake it is roughly the same amt as the brownie. Oh yes and I would recommend less cooking time mine only took about 30 minutes. You'll love this one! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/02/2004
VERY GOOD but very sweet and rich! try omitting the frosting and cut the cheesecake topping into the brownie with a knife before cooking to give it a swirled effect. Or try adding chocolate chips to the cheesecake mixture instead of frosting Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/06/2003
I've made this recipe a couple of times so far and I'm about to make it again today...it's great. So easy so good. Some things I'd like to mention--I never had the layers separate like some others have posted but that may be due to chilling them before eating them. I love them cold especially with the frosting. Also I agree that using the dark and fudgy brownie mix keeps it together better and tastes better. Ms. Gervasi if you made up this recipe all by yourself you're one smart cookie. P.S.--of course it's "not a cheesecake not a brownie"...it's both! That's the point..;) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/23/2005
Don't try to make them thicker or they will never cook in the middle:) When using the correct pan they are wonderful! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
12/23/2010
Made these today and am disappointed the middle did not cook through. I did read some reviews but should have read a few more of the one who stated to cook brownies first then add topping. I will attempt again as the sides and a few others were cooked and actually tasted good. I even cooked them longer then the 45min because I was worried they wouldn't be cooked through by the time i took them out the cheesecake was brown. Read More
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