Brownie Batter Cheesecake Bars

This genius brownie-mix hack is a chocolate lover’s dream dessert: creamy chocolate cheesecake with a chocolatey crust and a topping of silky chocolate ganache.

Brownie Batter Cheesecake Bars

Ingredients
Crust
  1. 1 box (18.3 oz) Betty Crocker™ fudge brownie mix
  2. Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on box for cakelike brownies
Filling
  1. 2 packages (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
  2. 1/2 cup sugar
  3. 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  5. 2 eggs
Topping
  1. 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  2. 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  3. 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt, if desired
Steps
  • Heat oven to 325°F. Spray bottom of 13x9-inch pan with cooking spray.
  • Make brownie batter as directed on box for cakelike brownies. Measure out 1/2 cup batter; cover and refrigerate for later use. Spread remaining batter in bottom of pan. Bake 22 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted 2 inches from side of pan comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes.
  • In large bowl, beat cream cheese with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Add sugar; beat until smooth. Add reserved 1/2 cup batter, 2 tablespoons whipping cream and the vanilla; beat until smooth. Add 2 eggs; beat just until blended. Spread evenly over cooled crust.