Cranberry Cheesecake Brownies

by Jennifer on November 14, 2012

in Brownies & Bars, Fall Desserts, Thanksgiving Desserts

I am kind of sick.

Well…more like miserable, stuffy, hilariously squeaky voice, just-kill-me-now sick.

But, in the blog world, the show must go on. Plus, I super love you guys and you deserve sweet treats galore, despite my weak immune system.

Thanksgiving is fast approaching and in 1 week and 2 days, you will probably find yourself with some elastic waistband pants and a boatload of leftovers. Hey, I’ve got nothing against leftovers, but you can only eat so many turkey sandwiches before you’re itching to do something else with all of that food. Enter, cranberry cheesecake brownies.

This recipe will work with any kind of cranberry sauce – canned (whole berry or jellied) or homemade. If you make some kind of savory cranberry relish, I would pass on this, but any kind of sweet cranberry dish should do the trick.

What is your favorite Thanksgiving leftover recipe? I’d love to know!

  • ⅔ cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips or chunks
  • ⅔ cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ⅔ cup white chocolate chips

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla
  • ⅔ cup leftover cranberry sauce
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8×8 or 9×9 pan with foil. Grease well.
  2. Whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  3. Melt together the semi-sweet chocolate and the stick of butter. You can do this in the microwave or on the stove top. Heat until smooth.
  4. Using a hand mixer, beat in the ⅔ cup white sugar and the 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat in eggs one at a time. Gradually stir in the flour mixture until incorporated. Fold in the white chocolate chips. Press into pan.
  5. Beat together the cream cheese, egg yolk, 5 tablespoons sugar, and the vanilla together until smooth and creamy. Drop dollops of cream cheese mixture over the brownie mixture. Then, add spoonfuls of cranberry sauce over the cream cheese (if your cranberry sauce is too jellified, mash with a fork before using). Swirl it all together with a butter knife.
  6. Bake for 35-45 minutes, until middle is just set.
  7. Cool. Lift out of pan, cut, and serve.
Adapted from David Lebovitz

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1 Debbie November 14, 2012 at 12:48 pm

These look yummy! And I’m making cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving. Will be pinning this recipe!

Hope you’re feeling better real soon. Being sick is no fun at all.


2 Jennifer November 14, 2012 at 2:05 pm

Thanks, Debbie! I hope you like it :)


3 Mike @ Semi Sweet November 14, 2012 at 1:19 pm

I can’t wait for all the Thanksgiving dishes (and leftovers) next week. Just mentioning cranberry sauce is making my mouth water! Cool brownie idea!
I hope your feeling better in time for Thanksgiving Day.


4 Jennifer November 14, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Thanks, Mike! I hope so too. I’m supposed to be going out of town this Sunday, so I’m trying to get well before then!

Congrats again on 1000 fans and those phenomenal Golden Girl cookies!! :)


5 Katarina November 15, 2012 at 7:55 am

These are beautiful and I bet they are delicious!


6 Jennifer November 15, 2012 at 8:21 am

Thanks so much, Katarina! They are quite scrumptious :)


7 Ashley November 15, 2012 at 11:32 am

What a great idea! I already have leftover cranberry sauce from a test run for Thanksgiving that I need to use up. And brownies are always a good thing in my book. Cheesecake just makes it even better : )


8 Jennifer November 15, 2012 at 2:22 pm

Thanks, Ashley! Thanksgiving leftovers + brownies + cheesecake = awesome! :)


9 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious November 15, 2012 at 1:56 pm

I hope you feel better! And I totally need the elastic waistband pants stat!

And this is such a wonderful way to use up leftover cranberry sauce! This is why I love Thanksgiving so much – it’s the leftovers that I’m obsessed with!


10 Jennifer November 15, 2012 at 2:25 pm

Thanks so much, Chung-Ah! The leftovers are pretty awesome, especially when you have creative recipes to use them up! :)


11 marla November 17, 2012 at 8:28 am

Love this recipe! Will be linking back to this in my upcoming post :)


12 Jennifer November 17, 2012 at 8:50 am

Oh, awesome, thank you so much, Marla! :)


13 Anne November 22, 2012 at 10:48 am

Does the melted chocolate and butter go into the brownie mix? I hope that is the correct assumption to make!


14 Jennifer November 22, 2012 at 10:51 am

Hi Anne! The brownie ingredients are added to the melted butter/chocolate mixture, per the instructions. Hope you like them!


15 Linda January 25, 2013 at 10:29 pm

This recipe looks amazing! I have it pinned. What could be better than cheescake, brownies and cranberries? Thanks!


16 Jennifer January 26, 2013 at 7:40 pm

Thanks so much, Linda!


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