Secret Ingredient Cheesecake Brownies
  • ¾ cup (1½ sticks) salted butter
  • 2 cups granulated white sugar
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • Two 8-ounce packages cream cheese, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup granulated white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup Mascarpone Cheese (The Secret & Magical ingredient!)
  • 2 large eggs
  • Hot fudge, optional
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Line a 9×13-inch pan with nonstick foil.
Brownie batter:
  1. In a medium sized microwave-safe bowl melt the butter, then add the sugar and stir to combine. Return the mixture to the microwave briefly, just until it’s hot but not bubbling.
  2. Stir in the cocoa, salt, baking powder and vanilla.
  3. Whisk in the eggs.
  4. Add the flour and chips.
  5. Stir smooth.
Cheesecake batter:
  1. Beat the cream cheese until smooth.
  2. Add the sugar and vanilla, blending until smooth.
  3. Add the mascarpone cheese.
  4. Add eggs until smooth.
  5. Spread three-quarters of the brownie batter into the prepared pan.
  6. Spoon the cheesecake batter over the brownie batter, smoothing it out.
  7. Drop spoonfuls of the reserved brownie mix on top.
  8. Use a knife to swirl through the cheese and brownie making it marbled.
  9. Bake for 40-45 minutes.
  10. Cool, chill and cut!
  11. Serve with hot fudge if desired.
Recipe by Hugs and Cookies XOXO at