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Peanut Butter Cheesecake and Cookie Dough Brownies

Peanut Butter Cheesecake and Cookie Dough Brownies the best of three of my favorite desserts all rolled into one.

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Let’s talk about shoving three desserts into one pan, because really, who wouldn’t want to have a trio of desserts in one? You probably won’t look guilty either because no one will know it’s three desserts, it’s just “oh, she’s eating a brownie.” But no, you’re eating a peanut butter cheesecake, a chocolate chip cookie, AND a brownie.


Does your brain hurt yet? Well, it shouldn’t because this is the easiest thing to make and it’s like having the best of three worlds. You literally get to have your cake and eat it too, and you don’t have to make three separate desserts and smash it all together.

I think just looking at this is making me gain weight. I’m off to Florida next week and after stuffing my face with these brownies, I don’t think anyone will appreciate the fact that I’m in a bikini. Maybe I should go buy coverups and stay under an umbrella the entire time.

On a random note about the making of these brownies..I made these before the in-laws came and photographed them the next day since you have to wait until they’re completely chilled to get nice clean square cuts. They were able to watch my photography process and it’s kind of cool showing someone how your pictures are produced. Our apartment isn’t much but you’d be surprised at what you can do with just a bit of practice and patience through the test of time. It was fun to show them props and how I set up my “photography” table, all to just shoot food. It was fun, they got a kick out of it :)

Back to these brownies…I’m all about indulging in treats and what you love to eat so go ahead and eat some salad for your veggies (and to make yourself feel better) and dig into this mother-load of a dessert. I think you’ll need some kind of heavy-duty fork to get these babies out of the pan. They’re so decadent and rich. While you’re preparing for the momentous feast of salad and three desserts, grab a glass of milk — you’ll need it.


Peanut Butter Cheesecake and Cookie Dough Brownies
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Recipe type: Dessert, Brownies
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Serves: One 8x8 pan
 
Ingredients:
  • For the cookie dough:
  • ½ package of pre-made chocolate chip cookie dough, crumbled
  • For the pb cheesecake:
  • ¼ cup creamy peanut butter, melted
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • For the brownies:
  • 1 box of brownie mix (I used a dark chocolate brownie mix)
Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Create a foil sling for the brownies by lining the pan with foil and having a 1 inch overhang on all sides then grease well.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together ingredients per instruction on brownie mix.
  3. Mix together the ingredients for the cream cheese filling, except the peanut butter. Set aside.
  4. In a small, microwave safe bowl, melt the peanut butter and set aside.
  5. Pour ¾ of the brownie mix into the prepared pan and then pour the cheesecake mixture on top.
  6. Crumble cookie dough on top of the cheesecake mixture and take the melted peanut butter and drop it by spoonful dollops on top of the cheesecake mixture.
  7. Pour the remaining brownie mix on top of everything. With a fork, drag it throughout the pan to swirl ingredients around.
  8. Bake for 30-40 minutes, depending on your oven, mine actually took an hour to bake. If it's still jiggly when you shake the pan, bake longer. Stick a toothpick in the center and if it comes out mostly dry, then you're good to go. It won't be fully dry though because of the cheesecake mixture.
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45 COMMENTS

  1. 04/20/2012 at 8:12 am

    I’m not sure how I’m going to do any work this afternoon because all I’m thinking about is the combination of brownie, cheesecake and cookie dough all in one handy package. Immense!

    Also, I have such a hard time photographing brownies but you made them look absolutely irresistible!

  2. Heaven!

  3. 04/20/2012 at 8:45 am

    So much deliciousness in these!

  4. 04/20/2012 at 9:18 am

    These look awesome!!

  5. 04/20/2012 at 9:25 am

    There are no words. This is ALL I NEED in my Friday.

    Ughhhh who needs frickin’ bikinis when you can eat brownies like these?! Cover-ups for all!!

  6. 04/20/2012 at 9:35 am

    Uh, you know I’m supposed to be in a bikini in a week, right, for our one year anniversary? You’re too cruel for posting something soooo decadent + delicious like this. As soon as we’re back from our trip, I’m totally making a pan + eating the whole thing myself. =)

  7. 04/20/2012 at 9:38 am

    Ok, remember when I said I crave veggies 95% of the time the other day? Yeah, this would be the other 5%…omg.

  8. 04/20/2012 at 9:39 am

    I’m still trying to mentally process this kind of epic… oh my gawd woman!!

  9. 04/20/2012 at 10:03 am

    Awesome! I never let anyone watch me photograph food because I fell so silly sometimes. I should totally get over that!

  10. 04/20/2012 at 10:27 am

    All I can think of as I read this post is
    OMG

    I want these …I need these…and I can’t promise to share ;)

  11. 04/20/2012 at 10:39 am

    Can I just say that you are amazing. These flavors are the greatest combination in the world! I need an entire batch of these a.s.a.p. Baby insists. ;-D

  12. 04/20/2012 at 10:41 am

    Oh haaaiiiiii! Get in my face hole!!!!

  13. 04/20/2012 at 11:41 am

    oh my goodness – these look incredible!! i think i need them – tonight.

  14. 04/20/2012 at 1:16 pm

    I’ve been excited about these ever since you posted a teaser on Instagram… and they do not disappoint!

  15. 04/20/2012 at 1:21 pm

    Love these! I also love that they use store-bought dough and brownie mix. They’d be great for a last minute BBQ or something like that.

  16. 04/20/2012 at 1:22 pm

    Yes, yes and yes!! Is there a better way to celebrate Friday?? :)

  17. 04/20/2012 at 1:50 pm

    Holy cannoli, these look amazing. That last picture made me just about claw my way through my computer! Amazing recipe, Julie.

  18. 04/20/2012 at 2:41 pm

    All your brownies come out so perfect! And yes, we need to have our cake and eat it too. I could skip dinner but I won’t sacrifice these babies!

  19. 04/20/2012 at 2:45 pm

    Julie, i am STUFFED to the brim fro my lunch and now all i want is one of these brownies! i don’t know how you made me hungry again, but you did it. maybe it’s the combination of 4 of the best flavors in the world? pb + cheesecake + brownie + cookie dough. i think i’m in love with you lol :)

  20. 04/20/2012 at 3:06 pm

    Those look fantastic. And they have some of my very favorite ingredients of all time. I just can’t make them at the moment because I will eat the whole pan.

  21. 04/20/2012 at 4:04 pm

    What a mouth full!! :)

  22. 04/20/2012 at 4:13 pm

    Chocolate + Peanut butter + Cream cheese = Heaven! These are beautiful!

  23. 04/20/2012 at 5:17 pm

    now I can die happy knowing that I will try them soon, they are simply decadent

  24. 04/20/2012 at 11:50 pm

    There is nothing not to love about these brownies!

  25. 04/21/2012 at 2:43 am

    These look so good! Love the flavor combo, sounds perfect.

  26. 04/21/2012 at 10:45 am

    These are truly sinful!!

  27. 04/21/2012 at 12:46 pm

    OMG Julie! Ahhh! I want one of these right now! Please FedEx some over :)

  28. 04/21/2012 at 5:55 pm

    WOW is all I can say. These look fab!

  29. Amy
    04/22/2012 at 3:28 am

    WOW – these look delicious! I’ll have to make them soon. Thanks for the recipe!

  30. 04/22/2012 at 2:11 pm

    Oh yum! I love peanutbutter and chocolate, who doesn’t? I have a version like this but they’re in layers. Maybe next time I’ll swirl them :)

  31. 04/22/2012 at 4:10 pm

    I can’t believe my eyes! Brownies, peanut butter cheesecake, and cookie dough?! I’m in love!

    : ))
    Jen

  32. 04/23/2012 at 12:36 am

    I’m drooling! This looks so delicious and the combination of cream cheese, peanut butter, and chocolate. Have I died and gone to heaven or what? Thank you for this recipe!

  33. 04/23/2012 at 2:21 pm

    Wow. These are really impressive! I love how simple they are to make. I only wish we actually had premade cookie dough or brownie mix here! Or actually, I kind of don’t because me and these brownies would just be a disaster.

  34. 04/24/2012 at 4:31 pm

    These are amazing. I have been struggling with what to make to bring to a party this week. I think these would be a huge hit!

  35. 04/26/2012 at 7:44 am

    gorgeous photos! sounds like you must be a lot more collected when you photograph than I am, I was informed by a friend that it did not look like a very glamourous process!

  36. 04/27/2012 at 10:34 am

    These look amazing!!! Can’t wait to try this recipe

  37. 04/27/2012 at 4:43 pm

    Oh my goodness these look and sound amazing. May have to make them this weekend! Thank you for sharing!

  38. Samantha
    05/02/2012 at 8:31 pm

    Ok, i did it. I bought all the stuff today and made these tonight….they are cooling now and I cannot wait to try them. The house smells amazing!!!!! You’re my hero!

    • 05/03/2012 at 7:38 am

      Glad you had the chance to make them! I hope you liked them :)

  39. Stacey
    05/06/2012 at 10:43 am

    Thanks so much for this awesome recipe! I made these yesterday. They were super easy to make and a huge hit with my family. Everyone loved them.

  40. 05/09/2012 at 10:31 am

    Um, yes please!! These are incredible. It’s the best of all worlds…chocolate, pb and cheesecake YUM!

  41. Sabrina
    11/03/2012 at 8:51 am

    This recipe is so easy to make and it’s soooo yummy and rich!

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