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Brownie Bottom Cheesecake

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Rating: 5/5
10 reviews
1 comment

ready in: over 5 hrs
serves/makes:   12

recipe id: 2945
cook method: oven, stovetop

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1/2 cup butter or margarine
4 squares unsweetened chocolate
2 1/4 cups sugar, divided
2 eggs
1/4 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla, divided
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 packages (8 ounce size) cream cheese, softened
3 eggs
1/2 cup sour cream


Melt butter and chocolate in 3-quart heavy saucepan on very low heat, stirring constantly; cool.

Blend in 1 1/2 cups of the sugar. Add 2 of the eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each addition until blended.

Blend in milk and 1 tsp. of the vanilla. Mix flour and salt. Add to chocolate mixture, mixing just until blended.

Spread evenly onto bottom of greased and floured 9-inch springform pan. Bake at 325 degrees F for 25 minutes.

Mix cream cheese, remaining 3/4 cup sugar and 1 tsp. vanilla with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Add remaining 3 eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each addition just until blended. Blend in sour cream; pour over brownie bottom. (Filling will almost come to top of pan.)

Bake at 325 degrees F for 55 minutes to 1 hour or until center is almost set. Run knife or metal spatula around rim of pan to loosen cake; cool before removing rim of pan.

Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight. Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes before serving. Drizzle with assorted ice cream toppings, if desired.

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
Great recipe. Easy! I put the mini chips on the brownie layer like one reviewer suggested. I made a caramelly topping of cream, brown sugar, chopped toasted almonds and mini chips stirred in after caramel cooled and put the topping around the outer edge of the cake. A "flower " of Trader Joes dark chocolate petals in the center. Beautiful, professional, yummmmm!

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Oct 26, 2008

REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
This is an amazing recipe! I add some chocolate chunks, heath, or caramel (and sometimes all 3) to the cheesecake batter to change it up some! Keep in mind that cook times will vary based on altitude. If you are in CO you will have a different turnout than if you were in FL. All in all, this has been a fav for myself and all my friends and family! Highly reccomended!

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
I made this recipe for Thankgiving and it was a hit! No one believed that I made it myself, they all thought it was store bought. Every gathering since I've been asked to make it. This is a great recipe, and easy to follow =)

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
I didn't make it myself. However, I wasn't a cheesecake fan until this came by my way. It looked too good to pass up. This one had no chips and topped with canned cherries (another thing I wasn't too fond of). It's safe to say this recipe has completely converted me :)
I was a teenager when I ate this. I am glad to find the recipe now in my adult yrs. so I can share it with my family.

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
I love this recipe it is soooo good. The only thing I do differenty is I put the choc chips on top of the brownie once it been cooked. Its more like a choc layer between the cheesecake and the brownie and its delish!

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
This cheesecake was so good!! It turned out perfectly! I did have to bake the brownie part longer that the recipe says, 15 minutes more, but it turned out fine. I drizzled the final product with chocolate and sprinkled walnuts on top. I am making this cheesecake for my upcoming wedding!

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
I followed the directions exactly and it turned out perfect! Very good!!

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
I made this for a group of college students and they practically licked their plates! Very easy, great flavor - with or without the mini chips.

Guest at

REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
Wow was this ever good! so easy to make and so rich, I certainly will make this again.

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
I made this as a desert for a BBQ I had on a was such a hit that I made it again for my sister-in-law's get-together 2 days layer, only this time I omitted the brownies part and just made it as a strawberry cheesecake. Let me tell you, no one believer that I made it! This is an awesome recipe, not hard at all to make, just a little long in cooking time!

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The brownie bottom would not bake in the time allotted. Underbaked it was gooy under the cheesecake. I baked the brownie 6 min longer at 350 and it really was still underbaked. I carefully measured and double checked the recipe for an error I might have made. There were no errors. I would replace the brownie recipe

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