nutella cheesecake brownies with swirled nutella on a wooden board

Nutella Cheesecake Brownies

Nutella Cheesecake Brownies start with a double chocolate brownie crust, followed by a luscious layer of vanilla cheesecake with a hazelnut Nutella swirl.

nutella cheesecake brownies with swirled nutella on a wooden board

What’s Special About This Recipe?

When the pandemic started, I bought a jar of Nutella for emergency purposes. I told myself I wouldn’t use it unless I desperately needed hazelnut sustenance. The Nutella made it for 7 months until I accidentally spotted it in the back of my pantry yesterday.

Nutella Cheesecake Brownies to the rescue!

Is there anybody out there who doesn’t like chocolate brownies, vanilla cheesecake and hazelnut Nutella? When you put them all together, this dessert is simply off the charts! It’s great anytime, but especially if you’re having a major hazelnut emergency.

arrangement of nutella brownies on a wooden board

Y’all. These brownies are dangerously YUM. The combination of a dark chocolate brownie with vanilla cheesecake topping is to die for. Then..imagine adding your very favorite Nutella spread on top of that! There aren’t enough words to describe how good these are!

Can I Substitute Chocolate for Nutella?

You can try substituting melted chocolate chips for Nutella, but I haven’t tested that idea, so I’m not sure how it would turn out. This recipe works well with the Nutella spread. It’s creamy and doesn’t separate like chocolate chips or other candies might.

Do I Have To Store The Brownies in the Refrigerator?

Since there’s cheesecake involved, you definitely need to store these brownies in the refrigerator. I’ve found they become more chewy and moist when refrigerated, so that’s a good thing!

ingredients needed to make nutella cheesecake brownies

Ingredients You’ll Need

For this recipe, you’ll need a double chocolate brownie mix, eggs, water, oil, cream cheese, vanilla, sugar and a jar of Nutella. (Quantities are listed in the recipe card below.)

How to Make It

Brownie Crust

Whisk brownie mix, egg, water and oil in a large bowl. Fold into a 7 x 10 inch oven-safe dish or pan that has been greased with oil. Bake at 350 degrees for only 15 minutes and remove from oven. 

Nutella Cheesecake Topping

In a separate mixing bowl, add softened cream cheese and beat on high for about 2 minutes until smooth. Scrape the batter down with a spatula and mix again.

Add vanilla, sugar and eggs. Blend well. Repeat process of scraping the batter down and mixing until creamy. Pour the cheesecake batter over the brownie and spread lightly with a spatula until brownie is covered. 

Heat Nutella in the microwave for 30 seconds and stir until creamy. Make 4 stripes on the cheesecake topping about 2 inches apart. With a butter knife, swirl Nutella into a pattern on top of the cheesecake batter.

Bake at 350 degrees for at least 25 to 30 additional minutes until set. Cool for 30 minutes, then cover with wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Cut into 12 squares.

slice of nutella brownie with a bite on a fork

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nutella cheesecake brownies with swirled nutella on a wooden board

Nutella Cheesecake Brownies


  • Author: Debi ~ QuicheMyGrits
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 12 1x

Description

Nutella Cheesecake Brownies start with a brownie crust, followed by a luscious layer of vanilla cheesecake with a hazelnut Nutella swirl.


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Ingredients

BROWNIE CRUST

  • 1 box (18 oz) double chocolate brownie mix
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup oil

 NUTELLA CHEESECAKE TOPPING

  • 3 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tsp. vanilla 
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup Nutella 

Instructions

BROWNIE CRUST

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Whisk brownie mix, egg, water and oil in a large bowl. Fold into a 6 x 9 inch oven-safe dish or pan that has been greased with cooking spray.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for only 15 minutes and remove from oven. 

NUTELLA CHEESECAKE TOPPING

  1. In a separate mixing bowl, add softened cream cheese and beat on high for about 2 minutes until smooth. Scrape the batter down with a spatula and mix again.
  2. Add vanilla, sugar and eggs. Blend well. Repeat process of scraping the batter down and mixing until creamy.
  3. Pour the cheesecake batter over the brownie and spread lightly with a spatula until brownie is covered. 
  4. Heat Nutella in the microwave for 30 seconds and stir until creamy. Make 4 stripes on the cheesecake topping about 2 inches apart. 
  5. With a butter knife, swirl Nutella into a pattern on top of the cheesecake batter. Try not to penetrate the brownie layer with the knife.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for at least 25 to 30 minutes until set. 
  7. Cool for 30 minutes, then cover with wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  8. Cut into 12 squares.

Notes

Make sure to chill the brownies for at least 2 hours before cutting into squares.

I used a 7 x 10 inch oven-safe dish, but you can use an 8 x 8 pan, or bake it in a cast iron skillet if desired.

  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: Mix & Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: nutella, cheesecake, brownies

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10 Comments

  1. melanie

    Looks wonderful! Certainly will give this a try. Thanks Debi!

  2. Constance McElrath

    Just had the pleasure of tasting these awesome creations made by the “Quiche My Grits Diva Debi”. They are killer! Thanks for sharing!

  3. We made these last night and they are already half gone!!! They are easy and delicious!!! Will definitely make again!!!

  4. Jane Barnett

    Chocolate Lovers REJOICE! These are delicious!!!!!!

  5. These ALMOST look too good to eat! Yum!!

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