If you’re on Pinterest in September or October, it’s likely you’ll come across a few hundred Halloween recipes. While there are a variety of creepy, crawly treats to make for your kids or Halloween party guests, you can’t go wrong with a festive Halloween brownie. Add these black and orange cheesecake brownies to your spread along with other Halloween party recipes like graveyard dip and jack-o-lantern stuffed peppers.
Halloween Cheesecake Brownies
Yield: Serves 16
Author: Hamilton Beach Test Kitchen
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 2/3 cups granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2/3 cup special dark baking cocoa
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
- ¼ cup sour cream
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon orange icing color
- Heat oven to 325°F. Line a 9-inch baking pan with aluminum foil. Spray with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium-high, beat butter and granulated sugar until blended, about 2 minutes.
- Beat in eggs, milk and vanilla until blended, about 1 minute. Gradually add flour, cocoa, salt and baking powder until blended, about 1 minute. Reserve 3/4 cup batter.
- Spread remaining batter into prepared baking pan.
- Meanwhile, using a hand or stand mixer with wire beaters on MEDIUM speed, beat cream cheese, granulated sugar, brown sugar and orange icing color until blended, about 2 minutes.
- Beat in sour cream and add 1 egg at a time until all eggs are mixed in and mixture is fluffy.
- Gently spread cream cheese mixture over brownie.
- Drop reserved brownie batter by spoonful onto cream cheese mixture. Using a knife, drag the tip of the knife through each drop of brownie to create a swirled design.
- Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until cheesecake is set.
Cheesecake brownies are the best of both worlds. The sinfully rich chocolate brownie (dyed black, of course) on the bottom will satisfy any chocolate-lover’s sweet tooth this Halloween. The silky cheesecake top layer (dyed bright orange with food coloring) completes this Halloween dessert. It’s far better than any candy bar the kid’s bring home from trick-or-treating, trust us.
Make sure your Halloween party is heavy on the treats and not the tricks this Halloween and make homemade cheesecake brownies for the hungry ghouls and goblins at your house.