Nutella Cheesecake Brownies

Posted on by on June 20th, 2012 | 53 Comments »

June indicates another school year gone. My husband and his classmates finishing up their second year of medical school with one last exam. But, there will be no rest for the weary as they are thrown into a summer of intense studying preparing to take the step 1 of the USMLE. Many are staying in Be’er Sheva to hunker down with no distractions and others are off to their respective home towns in the States to prepare for what may be the biggest exam of their career. No one said becoming a doctor was easy. 

I myself, am off to NY to spend the summer out of the desert heat (which is absolutely unbearable for the everyday person not to mention someone who is 6 months pregnant) and give my husband the solitude he needs to study. I’ll be spending 5 weeks in the home I grew up in visiting with my mom, brother and friends. My grandfather is making the trip from Florida to NY to see my ever growing pregnant belly as is my father. As I look forward to a summer of relaxation by my moms pool, good food, baby supply shopping and all the small comforts of home that I have missed being gone for so long, I can’t help but feel a wave of anxiety for these poor medical students who have been working so hard all year. I may be more nervous about this exam then they are and I’m not even taking it! What’s going to happen when my daughter has to take the SATs? Proud doesn’t begin to express how I feel about my husband. His hard work and dedication to become a doctor is inspiring and I am looking forward to see how much more he accomplishes in the last 2 years of his medical schooling.

With the end of second year also comes a plethora of June birthdays for my husbands classmates. And, what better way to celebrate the half way point of their schooling and birthdays before sending them off to study then brownies?

Forget the whole wheat flour and spelt flour, coconut oil and agave syrup that I have been using to cook and bake with lately. These brownies are loaded with sugar, chocolate, cream cheese, butter and Nutella. And, yes they taste like heaven because of it. Hey, these hard working medical students need a well deserved sugar rush every now and then.

A chewy dark chocolate brownie with hints of Nutella running through it is topped with a creamy cheesecake swirled with even more Nutella, because well, Nutella makes everything better and is a favorite of our very close friend and one of my husbands classmates who would be eating the majority of these (Hi Hanan). I also adore cooking and baking for people like him who get an unbelievable amount of joy from what I make.

I used my caramel bacon brownie batter adding Nutella to it and for the topping a simple mixture of cream cheese sugar and eggs. Super easy to come together and utterly delicious, these brownies will make you the goddess (or god) of your home and anyone who eats them will thank you.

Nutella Cheesecake Brownies
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Beth Michelle
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 35 mins
Total time: 45 mins
Serves: 15
A chewy dark chocolate brownie with hints of Nutella running through it is topped with a creamy cheesecake swirled with even more Nutella. Easy to prepare and utterly delicious, these brownies will have everyone thanking you.
Ingredients
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 6 ounces dark chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 11/2 cup Nutella
  • 1 cup flour
  • 12 ounces cream cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F and grease a large baking dish.
  2. In a double broiler melt chocolate chips and butter over medium heat.
  3. Remove from heat and transfer to a large mixing bowl adding cocoa powder and 3 eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition.
  4. Add 1 cup of sugar, 1 1/4 teaspoon vanilla and 1 cup Nutella and stir until combined then add the flour and mix until well until combined. Set aside.
  5. In another mixing bowl beat together cream cheese, the remaining 3/4 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla and 2 eggs, until creamy.
  6. Pour brownie batter into prepared baking dish and spread cream cheese mixture on top using a rubber spatula.
  7. Dot the remaining 1/2 cup Nutella on top of cream cheese mixture and using a sharp knife swirl the Nutella into the cream cheese mixture.
  8. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until the cheese cake topping is just set.
  9. Let cool and cut into squares.

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53 Comments

  1. Posted on: 6-20-2012

    Oh my don’t these look chocolately and moist. The swirl frosting looks killer too. Love those photos makes you want one and I mean right now, LOL.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-21-2012

      Thanks Suzi!! The cheesecake top just puts them over the edge!!

  2. Posted on: 6-20-2012

    Gorgeous looking brownies and looks like the nutella and creamcheese is so beautiful. You have a great time with your family and a good rest at the same time.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-21-2012

      Thanks Nava!! Dreading the 12 hour flight to NY but so looking forward to seeing my family!!

  3. Posted on: 6-20-2012

    Beautifully rendered marble swirls. Nutella is a superlative ingredient from crepes to treats like these. Great use of a great ingredient!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-21-2012

      Thanks Viviane! Nutella really is such a reflect ingredient for so many recipes. Not going to lie, I also do enjoy eating it right off a spoon :)

  4. Posted on: 6-20-2012

    Drooling! There is nothing like brownies to signal relaxation/indulgence. Thank you so much for sharing! You are making me hungry!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-21-2012

      Brownies really ate so comforting! And, they totally signal indulgence, especially these. They are super rich and topped with the cheesecake, ah so do good!

  5. Kati
    Posted on: 6-20-2012

    Hey Beth, do you think it would be possible to give the measurements in the metric system. I sometimes have trouble converting the measurements here in good ol’ Germany ;)

    • Kati
      Posted on: 6-20-2012

      I can send you some jars of nutella in exchange

      • BethMichelle
        Posted on: 6-21-2012

        Sure Kati! No problem. I’m flying to the US today do I will email you tomorrow with the metric measurements!

  6. Posted on: 6-20-2012

    Those look dangerously delicious Michelle. And bon voyage to New York! Will your baby be born there?

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-21-2012

      Thanks Yael!! Looking forward to being back in the US. The baby won’t be born there, I am coming back to Israel in August and she will be born here in Beer Sheva!

  7. Posted on: 6-20-2012

    Oh my goodness I wouldn’t be able to stop eating these! Such a bad thing to have in the house, but they look SOOO so good!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-21-2012

      A very bad thing to have around! That’s why I gave them away after sampling one!

  8. Posted on: 6-20-2012

    Oh wow, I love everything about this recipe! These look fantastic! :)

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-21-2012

      Thanks Kelly! They pretty much are the perfect brownie. You can’t go wrong with this combination!

  9. Posted on: 6-20-2012

    oh wow! now this is a dessert that would be dangerous for me around too often :)

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-21-2012

      The key is to make them, put a couple aside for yourself and let friends devour the rest! Or just dig in and indulge, I won’t judge :)

  10. Posted on: 6-20-2012

    I think this dessert could be the end all for me :D
    Wow!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-21-2012

      I do know how much you love chocolate and nutella! These are so right up your alley!

  11. Posted on: 6-20-2012

    Oh, my God! But this is pure evil O__O

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-21-2012

      Haha yes these are pretty devilish!

  12. Posted on: 6-21-2012

    These brownies look heavenly!

    And I hope you have a great trip home! It will be so nice to see family, I am sure!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-24-2012

      Thanks Stephanie! Its great to be home.

  13. Posted on: 6-21-2012

    Nutella + Cheesecake + Brownies – Yes, please! These look insanely delicious!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-24-2012

      You can never go wrong with brownies, nutella and cheesecake!

  14. Posted on: 6-21-2012

    Great recipe, Beth – I hope that you will have a wonderful and relaxing time with your friends and family – will you continue blogging or are you going to be on a well deserved “hiatus”?

    Have a safe trip!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-24-2012

      Thanks Andrea! I have been home for only 2 days now and its been anything but relaxing lol! Lots of running around and people to see! I will be blogging while I am home, maybe not as much but I will for sure be posting yummy things! My family wont let me get away with not cooking or them if Im home for 5 weeks :)

  15. Posted on: 6-21-2012

    Oh I love Nutella! This brownies look beautiful with the marble swirl. I always wonder how people do it so perfectly (obviously I have no experience). Have a safe trip home! Yay we’ll be on the same continent! Enjoy being pampered by your family, before…sleepless night starts. hehehe.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-24-2012

      Thanks Nami! Believe it or not this was my first time doing the swirl! It is pretty easy. Just drop big dollops of the Nutella and using a sharp knife just swirl it around and viola!

  16. Posted on: 6-21-2012

    These look fantastic! My sister in law is pregnant and in Africa at the moment. I cannot imagine dealing with the heat. She is coming back to Iowa in July. Not sure if that hot and humid weather is much of an improvement. I hope you have a nice relaxing time with your family. Stay comfy!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-24-2012

      It is pretty unbearable being pregnant while living somewhere like Israel or Africa in the summer. I just returned to NY and its been super hot and humid, not too much of a change, but, I dont have that blazing Middle Eastern desert sun to deal with and that is a huge plus!

  17. Posted on: 6-23-2012

    yummy combination looks wonderful

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-24-2012

      Thanks! I dont think there could be a better combination!

  18. Posted on: 6-25-2012

    You had me at Nutella, I started drooling at cheesecake and then finished with Brownies, you are killing me with all this!! I gotta try these, thanks to you, there goes another week of not dieting :)

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-27-2012

      Yeah these are not very good to have around for dieters!!!

  19. Posted on: 6-26-2012

    Those look delicious! Cheesecake brownies are my favorite and I didn’t think they could be made any better but of course they can. Add nutella!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-27-2012

      Everything can be made better if you add Nutella, especially cheesecake brownies!

  20. Posted on: 6-26-2012

    Oh my gosh, these brownies are over the top! I’m going to bake a batch today. My son loves Nutella and he just got his SAT scores back. I am so proud of him and burst into tears when he told me his scores – he’s very happy. What better way to celebrate than with Nutella brownies?! Good luck to your husband, and enjoy your time in NY with your family.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-27-2012

      These would be the perfect celebratory brownies for your son! Congratulations to him!! Such an exciting time in his life. I can imagine how proud you are.

  21. Michael
    Posted on: 6-26-2012

    What size pan? 9×13?

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-27-2012

      Yes! 9X13, sorry, I didnt realize I neglected to add that to the recipe.

  22. Posted on: 6-27-2012

    You had me at nutella…the cheesecake is just an added bonus ;) DELISH!!!!!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-30-2012

      Hahah Thanks Stephanie!

  23. Posted on: 6-29-2012

    Just popping by to let you know that I have awarded you the One Lovely Blogger Award :D
    Much deserved and congratulations my friend!
    Check it out here: http://gobakeyourself.wordpress.com/2012/06/29/heres-smore-irony/

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-30-2012

      Aw thank you so much!!! I appreciate it.

  24. Estee
    Posted on: 6-30-2012

    Made these for shabbat for my husbands family- they were gone so fast!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 7-1-2012

      I am so happy that everyone loved it!! These are definitely a great ending to a shabbos meal!

  25. Posted on: 8-3-2012

    I love chocolate cheesecake and love cheesecake brownies but add Nutella to the picture also and you sure got my full attention. They look so good, so tempting! Definitely a must try!
    Enjoy your summer vacation in New York!

  26. Posted on: 8-20-2012

    I made these for a party, here’s what’s left: https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/553824_662112869819_2015788531_n.jpg

    Thanks for the great recipe!

  27. Michelle Schweon
    Posted on: 12-13-2012

    Thank you for posting this! I have made it twice now and my coworkers keep asking for more! I added food coloring to the cheesecake top for a black/orange treat! It’s heavenly in any color! Happy Hanukkah!!

  28. SheWolf
    Posted on: 5-24-2013

    omg these brownies are amazing! but I have a question! I keep burning the bottom of my brownies! if I take them out sooner the cheese part is undercooked… ive also tried changing the temperature and putting a baking pan underneath my brownie dish :( they taste amazing but I cant cut them up like you do! they just wont hold! help!

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