Healthy and Sane

Dreaming of cheesecake

May 30th, 2009 · 18 Comments · baking, Cooking Light

After writing this post last night right before going to bed, I was literally dreaming of cheesecake all night long. I woke up, of course, craving cheesecake like crazy! I had no choice but to make some 😉 Instead of boring you and my test buds with the same recipe, this time I made some cheesecake brownies. Two of my loves – cheesecake and brownies combined in one recipe, I was giddy like a little kid on Christmas morning while making these! I used this recipe from Cooking Light for peppermint cheesecake brownies, but didn’t use the peppermint extract. I like peppermint but I was craving plain cheesecake this time. My friend Katie has used this recipe in the past (I blogged about trying it here) so I knew this was a good one. And I’m happy to say that mine came out just as well. I don’t think I’m ever buying cheesecake ever again, knowing how easy it is to make the lighter versions at home. 😀

Would you like to see some progress pics? Ok, since you asked so nicely 😉


* I recommend making that first if you’re using a Kitchen Aid to beat everything (saves you one bowl to clean since you can just transfer the finished batter straight to the pan you’ll bake it in)

Brownie batter ingredients:


Combine the dry ingredients…



Combine the wet ingredients and beat them with a mixer…


Add the dry into the wet…


Brownie batter done! Pour it into your baking pan…




Oh and don’t forget to save 1/2 cup of brownie batter for the top! :)



All the ingredients (yup, it’s that simple!):


Beat all ingredients with a mixer, starting with room temperature cream cheese, and adding sugar, eggs, then flour (one by one)…





Cheesecake batter done! It was a bit runny and I was concerned but after sneaking a little test taste I knew this was a winner :)





Pretty swirls 😀


Doesn’t it looks like art? :) Here it is after baking…


And cut into slices… I divided this into 12 pieces (some triangular, some rectangular) although you can cut it up to 16 (that’s Cooking Light’s suggestion). I like slightly larger pieces because this way I’m truly satisfied and only eat 1 piece instead of going for a second one because “they’re small.”





I had this last guy for dessert with lunch (which I kept extra light knowing I had a special treat!). Oh yeah, these are awesome! I’m a proud cheesecake brownie mama 😉 What’s your favorite dessert?

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18 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - Tiffany

    Oh, Lord. I might be drooling right now.

  • #2 - Erin

    Those cheesecake brownies are to die!
    Pretty swirls and everything!

  • #3 - Alison

    Yum! Looks even better than the honey cheesecake. Actually, they both look wonderful – have a piece of each :-)

  • #4 - Nabeela

    I recently came across your blog and boy, I’m glad I did! You cook/eat exactly like me! I’m also big time into home-baked desserts and your cheesecake brownie looks amazing!! I know Dorie Greenspan has a recipe for it in her book, I should totally try it out someday.

  • #5 - Elina

    Nabeela, welcome to the blog! Glad you like it and I hope you stick around… I’ll be doing more baking I’m sure :)

  • #6 - K

    LOVE the tutorial! Those look awesome!

    My favorite dessert is tiramisu :)

  • #7 - Anne K.

    Those look AWESOME! Yum! I am a cheesecake fiend, so I’m pretty much fawning over these right now 😀

  • #8 - Rachel

    How funny you got up and had to make cheesecake, looks amazing! My favorite dessert is anything with peanut butter and chocolate! I wish I could find a healthy way to live off of it!

  • #9 - Brooke (HomegirlCanEat)

    They are beautiful!! You are just the queen of amazing baked goods!

  • #10 - Tiffany

    I’m almost embarrassed to admit I barely made it home before I DESTROYED the cheesecake brownie you gave me.

    Three bites. Literally.

    I wolfed that mother down, it was so good. Thank you for making my day much, much tastier. You are a baking goddess.

  • #11 - Elina

    Yay, glad you liked it, Tiffany! I had one when we got home too :)

  • #12 - Health kick

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  • #13 - Lara (Thinspired)

    Another Elina recipe to bookmark! I like that this looks relatively straightforward but has a fancy-looking result :)

  • #14 - Sara

    Holy cow I am going to have to make these SOON!

  • #15 - Shannon (The Daily Balance)

    that looks amazing! look at you, with your fancy swirls! yumyumyum!

  • #16 - Bridget

    holy crap those look so delicious!

  • #17 - Elina

    Yeah, Rachel, I think oatmeal is the only way to healthify choc + pb combo :)

    Lara, yes it’s pretty easy. Requires doing 2 batches of batter but otherwise it’s quite simple… it definitely looks way more impressive than it actually is (work wise).

  • #18 - ttfn300

    yummy, i could go for one right now!!