Nutella Cheesecake Brownies start with a double chocolate brownie crust, followed by a luscious layer of vanilla cheesecake with a hazelnut Nutella swirl.
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.
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 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
Whisk brownie mix, egg, water and oil in a large bowl. Fold into a 13 x 9 inch oven-safe dish or pan that has been greased with oil.
Bake at 350 degrees for only 15 minutes and remove from oven for a fudgey crust. Bake for 30 minutes if you like it more of a brownie consistency.
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.
More Chocolate Desserts to Love
If you like this recipe, here are some of my favorite chocolate desserts I think you'll love...
- Chocolate Strawberry Tart
- Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Chocolate Coconut Cream Pie
- German Chocolate Caramel Apples
- Beryl's Chocolate Sheet Cake
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