These brownie cheesecake bars are decadent bite of pure sin that starts with a rich brownie layer that's topped with a creamy layer of cheesecake then covered with a gooey layer of pecan praline. It's like your favorite cookie, candy, and dessert all rolled into one perfect bite of goodness.
For this brownie cheesecake bars recipe you'll need: butter, sugar, eggs, cocoa, flour, salt, vanilla, cream cheese, brown sugar, cream, pecans
My good friend and sidekick, Edye, is from Louisiana. I feel I must say this before I say the next part so that you will understand.
I say "PRAY-leen"
She says "PRAH-leen"
I try to ONLY say PRAH-leen when she is around because... well you know them cajun types.They can get violent. And I happen to know she goes to the gun range on a regular basis. I don't know how bent outta shape she would get over PRAY-leens - and why take chances?
She probably has crocodile wrestling ribbons in her game room.
Seriously. Edye is one of those friends that is just there for ya. She doesn't tell you what to do, she doesn't judge what you do, and God help the person who has the audacity to criticize you in front of her. There is nothing like that kind of friend. In a Zombie Apocolypse I am standing behind her....unless she is facing away from the zombies.
On Mother's Day I swore I wasn't making dessert and then, of course, I did. But I wanted to make an easy dessert. And I did that too. I took my pecan praline cheesecake recipe, my favorite brownie recipe and sort of smooshed the two together creating the perfect PMS dessert...chocolate, cheesecake, pecans, and tons of calories. Yum.
Marc bit into one and was like... "MMMM, that's good."
But when Edye bit into it? I knew. I just knew. She was experiencing Nirvana.
.... And I whispered, "PRAY-leen"
Don't be afraid to make these brownie cheesecake bars!! They are super easy and there are really only three parts, none of which is difficult. The hardest part is resisting the aroma that comes out of the oven.
The brownies can be mixed up in one bowl because the butter is melted and allowed to turn a lovely golden brown. Just remember to let it cool before adding the eggs or there will be trouble in the form of scrambled egg in your brownie...which is not appetizing at all.
Once it is all mixed together the batter is very loose. Spoon it into your buttered 13x 9 inch pan and let it bake for about 10 minutes
While that is going on you can get out your cream cheese. We buy it in bulk around here but you probably don't need as much. Just 1 ½ lb should be just fine.
You will mix up the softened cream cheese, eggs, brown sugar and chopped pecans and then spread it on the partially baked brownie layer. Bake for about 10 more minutes.
When the brownies come out of the oven you will create the praline glaze to pour over the top. The you sprinkle with more pecans.
Then you chill it if you are very patient. We weren't.
Brownie Cheesecake Bars with Praline Topping
Pecan Praline Cheesecake Brownie BarsPrint Add to Collection Go to Collections
- 24 oz cream cheese
- ⅔ cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 3 eggs
- ¼ cup cream
- 1 ½ cups finely chopped pecans
- ½ cup unsalted butter
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 2 cups chopped pecans
- Grease a 13 x 9 inch pan
- Melt butter until golden brown
- Cream sugar, melted butter until smooth
- Add eggs one at a time. beat well
- Add flavoring
- Stir in dry ingredients
- Spread into a greased 13 x 9 inch pan
- Bake at 350 for 15 minutes
- Carefully spread with cheesecake mixture and bake for another 10 – 15 minutes
- Cover with Glaze and chopped pecans
Praline Cheesecake Layer
- Beat all ingredients until well mixed
- Spoon over partially baked brownie layer
- Bake as directed
- Melt the butter in a large saucepan; stir in the brown sugar and simmer, whisking, until there are no more crystals.
- Pour over the brownies and sprinkle with chopped pecans