Let's start the first week of the new year in style! Despite all the healthy eating that is about to ensue, it's important to have a classy, spectacular dessert on the ready. This is that dessert. I don't do a lot of "dinner party" desserts like cakes or pies or full cheesecakes because they can be difficult to serve and are not very portable. Also, they are a lot of work and not always worth the effort. This cheesecake is simple, stunning, and totally worth the effort. Trust me on this one - a show-stopping dessert in three easy steps!
First we start with my favorite brownie recipe as a base. It's rich, full of chocolate flavor, and ease when made in a saucepan on the stove. Next, the no-bake cheesecake portion whips up in a flash in the stand mixer and is smooth and creamy. Mini chocolate chips add a bit of crunch. Obviously the cheesecake needs a topping and it's ganache to the rescue; a soft and decadent treat on top.
This brownie cheesecake was shared with college friends at our annual holiday gathering and was a hit! A little slice goes a long way. I personally enjoyed the cheesecake cold, for breakfast, throughout the week. But who doesn't enjoy cheesecake for breakfast, lol!
One Year Ago - What I Learned This Week #13
Brownie Chocolate Chip Cheesecake
adapted from Bake or Break
Yield - 12-16 servings
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 teaspoon instant coffee
- 1 1/2 cups bittersweet chocolate chips
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 2/3 cup flour
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
- 16 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup mini chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 3/4 cup chocolate chips
- pinch of salt
- Brownie Base - Preheat the oven to 325 ˚F. Grease a 9 or 10” circular pan a removable bottom.
- In a medium saucepan melt the butter, 1/2 cup sugar, water, and instant coffee. When melted add in 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips and stir until combined and melted.
- Add in the eggs and vanilla one at a time and stir to combine. Add in the flour, soda, and salt mixing until just combined.
- Pour the brownie batter into the prepared pan and bake for 18-20 minutes until the top is shiny and a toothpick comes out almost clean. DO NOT OVER BAKE!
- Let cool completely.
- Cheesecake Layer - In the bowl of a stand mixer with a whisk attachment, beat the heavy cream until you reach stiff peaks. Transfer to another bowl.
- Add the cream cheese and 1 cup sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, no need to clean the whipped cream out of the bowl. Beat together until light and fluffy. Beat in the vanilla.
- Fold in the whipped cream and the chocolate chips.
- Spread evenly over the brownie base.
- Ganache - Bring 1/2 cup cream to scalding and then pour over the 3/4 cup chocolate chips. Let sit 5 minutes.
- Stir until the chocolate chips are completely melted and then spread evenly over the cheesecake layer.
- Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight before cutting and serving.