Orange Cheesecake Brownies | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Orange Cheesecake Brownies

Brownies & Blondies Dessert

These Orange Cheesecake Brownies are incredible. The brownie layer is dense and fudgy while the cream cheesecake layer is creamy and citrusy. You won’t be able to keep your hands off them.

Orange Cheesecake Brownies | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Do you guys play video games? My husband loves them. He can play the same game for eight hours in one day if it’s got a good story. I’ve seen him build massive sumarines, fight tigers, and make friends with a post-nuclear apocalypse monster. Some of the stories are fairly compelling. I watch him playing and I think, I would read that novel. I don’t think that’s actually a thing.

Apart from a few Nintendo games as a child, I’ve never had the coordination or interest to play most video games. The only thing I ever liked was The Sims mostly because it involved ticking things off your task list and involved no hand-eye coordination. I’m extremely nerdy. I don’t know, I guess I’d rather be reading. Or baking. Especially brownies.

Orange Cheesecake Brownies | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Guys, these Orange Cheesecake Brownies are gonna blow your mind. My co-workers couldn’t stop talking about them. The brownie layer is crazy fudgy. It’s basically pure goo barely held together by a bit of flour. The orange cheesecake layer is creamy with a distinct citrus hit. The orange flavor really comes through and compliments the chocolat so beautifully.

Layered baked goods can sometimes seem complicated, and yes, we’re mixing up two different concoctions, but you’re just putting one on top of the other and baking. The only thing a little bit tricky about this is deciding when it’s baked. You want to take it out of the oven when the center still has a bit of a wobble. And you do need to let this chill before slicing into it. It’s totally worth it, though. The texture will be heavenly.

Orange Cheesecake Brownies | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Whatever you like to do to unwind, make sure there are Orange Cheesecake Brownies involved. They make everything better.

Orange Cheesecake Brownies

Recipe by ReneeCourse: DessertDifficulty: Easy


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  • For the brownie layer
  • 120 grams unsalted butter, softened

  • 250 grams sugar

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 egg yolk

  • 210 grams dark chocolate, melted

  • 3 tablespoons orange liqueur such as Triple Sec

  • 2 tablespoons coffee liqueur such as Kahlua

  • 165 grams all-purpose or plain flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • For the orange cheesecake layer
  • 340 grams cream cheese, softened

  • 100 grams sugar

  • 1 egg yolk

  • 30 grams all-purpose or plain flour

  • Zest of 1 orange

  • 1 tablespoon orange juice


  • For the brownie layer
  • Preheat your oven to 350 F (175 C) and line a 9×9 inch baking pan with foil.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together on medium high for about three minutes or until the mixture turns pale and fluffy.
  • Add the eggs one at a time, followed by the egg yolk, mixing well after each addition.
  • Slowly stir in the melted chocolate and the booze .
  • Ditch your mixer and sift the flour, baking powder, and salt over your batter. Fold in the dry ingredients.
  • Pour yourbrownie batter into your baking pan and set aside.
  • For the orange cheesecake layer
  • In a clean mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese and sugar together, then add the egg yolk and flour. Mix until smooth.
  • Finally, mix in the orange zest and juice until well combined.
  • Spread your cream cheese mixture over your brownie batter in an even layer.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the cheesecake layer has just a slight wobble in the center.
  • This is the most difficult step in the recipe. You need to let your brownies cool, then chill completely before slicing them up to serve. Putting them in the fridge overnight is ideal. This allows the cheesecake layer to set completely and keeps your brownies from oozing everywhere. It’s worth it.

Recipe adapted from Olive Magazine.

If you want more brownie action, try these S’mores Brownies.

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