These Blackberry Cheesecake Fudge Brownies are rich and decadent. I first experienced the combination of blackberry and espresso in a latte and was dreaming about how spectacular the flavors would be in brownie form. Adding cheesecake and chocolate to the palate really takes this treat up to gourmet dessert status.
These brownies are so moist and fudgey they taste almost as if they were half-baked. Pair them with cup of coffee or a scoop of ice cream and, boy, will your taste buds be happy! Any berry would be great in this recipe, but I find the blackberries to be so unique! You’ll also notice a dash of espresso, which really enhances the chocolate flavors overall.
Blackberry Cheesecake Fudge Brownie Recipe
- For Blackberry Sauce:
- 6 oz. fresh blackberries
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 tsp cornstarch
- 1/2 tsp lemon juice
- 2 tsp water
- For Cheesecake:
- 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 Tbsp + 2 tsp flour
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- For Brownies:
- 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter
- 5 ounces unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped
- 1 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon instant espresso
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup flour
- Heat blackberries and sugar in a pan over medium low heat until the blackberries release their juices.
- Combine cornstarch, lemon juice and water together in a separate bowl.
- Add cornstarch mixture to pan and stir together. Bring mixture to simmer for a few minutes. Allow to cool to room temperature.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan.
- Melt butter and chocolate in a saucepan over low heat. Scrape chocolate mixture into a bowl and allow to cool.
- Stir sugar, vanilla and salt into the cooled chocolate mixture.
- Add eggs, one at a time beating until each is just mixed.
- Sprinkle flour over the chocolate mixture and stir until blended.
- Beat cream cheese until smooth. Add eggs, sugar, flour and vanilla until well combined.
- Add blackberry mixture and combine.
- Spread 2/3 of the mixture into pan. Dollop blackberry cheesecake mixture over. Then dollop remaining brownie mixture over.
- Using a knife, make a swirl pattern with the batter (run knife up and down the pan).
- Bake for 40-45 minutes or until the center is cooked. Test by inserting a knife into the center of the pan. If it comes out clean, the brownies are done.
- Allow to cool and serve.