Cherry Cheesecake Swirl Brownies.
[These cherry cheesecake brownies are sponsored by Harry and David.]
Never did I ever think brownies would bring me so much joy!
Well, that’s a lie. Brownies always bring joy. But to the point where I can’t stop thinking about them? I’m giddy.
See, cherries have always been a THING in our house. When I was a kid, I would get SO excited when my mom would bring the first cherries of the year into the kitchen. I’d sit and eat them one by one and be ridiculously happy. They are quintessential SUMMER to me and the moment I get my hands on some? The happiness ensues.
And I’m so excited to be partnering again today with Harry and David! I’ve rambled about it for years, but ever since I was young and we’d get a box of pears around the holidays, I’ve been hooked. And then, when I got to visit Harry and David in 2016? Eeeep. Dream moment.
The best news is that they also have fresh sweet cherries. Oh my word – their cherries. I can’t even type out enough exclamation points.
Their cherries are phenomenal. They arrive in perfect condition (seriously I’ve never got a bad one!) and they are so, so sweet in the best way. We pretty much fight over them in this house.
As delicious as they are on their own, I knew I wanted to do something fun with them. Cherry season is one of my favorites to celebrate, so I can’t allow that one to pass me by. Especially when I go and include chocolate.
I mean… just look at this batter. Who needs cookie dough when there is brownie batter like this?!
Anyway! Cherry cheesecake brownies!
Yes yes yes let’s get to it.
I’ve loved cheesecake brownies forever too, of course. I bet that is SHOCKING.
In fact, if I had to choose that last-ever meal, it would include cheesecake. Or brownies. Or one of each. If presented with the option of a regular brownie or a cheesecake brownie, I’d always choose the cheesecake version. This is probably no secret, given my ridiculous stash of cheesecake recipes here on the blog. It’s just so… creamy. And rich.
And I knew I wanted to make a cherry cheesecake swirl and it was so much easier than I thought! Simply chop up the cherries, add them to your cheesecake mixture, and you’re good to go.
There are also a bunch of chopped cherries IN the brownies, along with chocolate chunks. It’s the best cherry flavor ever because it’s so REAL – and it’s really darn good with all the dark chocolate.
Cherries, chocolate, cheesecake. Makes me so super happy!
P.S. I would like to frame that brownie batter swirl above, please and thank you.
Cherry Cheesecake Brownies
Cherry Cheesecake Swirl Brownies
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted
- ¾ cup sugar
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 large egg
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2/3 cup dark chocolate chips or chunk
- ½ cup chopped fresh Harry & David cherries
cherry cheesecake swirl
- 1 (8 ounce) block cream cheese softened
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 large egg yolk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup chopped fresh Harry & David cherries
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Spray a 9x9 inch baking dish with non-stick baking spray.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the melted butter, cocoa powder and sugar until combined. Whisk in the egg and vanilla extract until combined. Stir in the flour and salt until it is just combined in the batter. Fold in the chocolate and cherries.
- Spread the brownie batter in the greased baking dish.
cherry cheesecake swirl
- In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), beat the cream cheese until smooth and cream. Beat in the sugar, egg yolk, vanilla and cherries until smooth and combined.
- Drop spoonfuls of the cheesecake batter all over the brownie batter. Use a knife to swirl the cheesecake mixture into the batter.
- Bake the brownies for 35 to 45 minutes, until they are set in the center and the cheesecake part is golden. Let cool completely before slicing and serving.
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17 Comments on “Cherry Cheesecake Swirl Brownies.”
These sounds amazing. I just bought some cherries, and I think I just found a use for them. :-)
I’m damn near fainting with excitement over these. We just bought our first cherries of the season (sadly, from Stop & Shop), and I’m so happy it’s cherry season. I am definitely making these brownies. Plus, it gives my husband a great excuse to use the cherry pitter he requested on our wedding registry years ago, hahaha. We have a large BBQ coming up. I think these will be on the menu. If I don’t eat the entire batch myself, that is. :-D Thanks for sharing. Also, I totes agree about framing that batter swirl photo. It’s amazing.
These brownies look so delicious! I love cherry cheesecake and with chocolate it sounds like and piece of heaven!
thank you natalie!
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Made these for a 4th of July get together, and they were a big hit! I doubled the batch and froze half of one batch. In case anyone is wondering, they’re good frozen too. I asked my husband to pull a couple out of the freezer to thaw for dessert, and he confessed that he’d eaten all of the brownies straight from freezer.
hahaha! YAY! thank you sophia!
They say that anyone who works with sweets does not want sweets that much, but I can not be without Brownies, I love Brownies, along with the Brigadier is undoubtedly my favorite.
omg, OMG. I made these brownies for a BBQ we had this past weekend. And they are AMAZING. (Photo to post on IG soon-ish.) I somehow had forgotten just how good chocolate and cherries are together, and this recipe completely reminded me that this flavor combo needs to live more often in my life. The fresh cherries are SO good, and although the brownie is a bit fudgier than I normally like, the cheesecake swirl was perfect for cutting through the richness. I sliced them small to serve to a crowd, and they were the perfect dessert bites, especially when eaten straight from the fridge. Cool and refreshing for a hot summer day! I cannot say enough how amazing these brownies are. Everyone, make them. You owe it to yourself to make them! :-) Thank you so much for posting this recipe!!! xoxo
so so glad you made them!! thank you CJ!!
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We’ve picked tons of tart cherries this summer and always looking for new ways to bake with them. This recipe is the bomb! Made a batch to take on the boat for an evening at the lake and they were SO good. A sweet ending to a hot summer night. Thanks so much!