Nutella Cheesecake Brownies

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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 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.

topping being poured out of bowl onto brownies

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. 

green spatula spreading topping on brownies

Heat Nutella in the microwave for 30 seconds and stir until creamy. Make 4 stripes on the cheesecake topping about 2 inches apart.

knife swirling the nutella cheesecake topping

With a butter knife, swirl Nutella into a pattern on top of the cheesecake batter.

cheesecake topping swirled with nutella

Bake at 350 degrees for at least 25 to 30 additional minutes until set.

slab of brownies on a wooden cutting board

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

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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Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 12
Calories: 355kcal

*See notes in blog post for detailed tips, photos and instructions.

Ingredients

BROWNIE CRUST

  • 1 box 18 oz double chocolate brownie mix
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup water
  • cup oil
  • If your box instructions for brownies are different than above follow what your box says.

 NUTELLA CHEESECAKE TOPPING

  • 24 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup Nutella

Instructions

BROWNIE CRUST

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • 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 cooking spray. (Follow your brownie box instructions if they are different than the ones shown here.)
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 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. Try not to penetrate the brownie layer with the knife.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for at least 30 minutes until set. You may need to bake it longer depending on what type of brownie mix and what size pan you use. 
  • Cool for 30 minutes, then cover with wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  • Cut into 12 squares.

Notes

  • The brownie will be fudgy. It will not be baked like most brownies. If you want it to be dry, bake the brownie at least 30 minutes before adding the cheesecake mixture on top, then bake again as directed in the recipe.  
  • Make sure to chill the brownies for at least 2 hours before cutting into squares. This helps to set the brownie and cheesecake layers.
  • All ovens vary. You may need to bake your brownie longer, or the cheesecake may need more time in the oven if you use a different brownie mix or a different size pan. Please adjust baking time accordingly. 
  • Follow your brownie box instructions if they are different than the ones shown here.

Nutrition

Calories: 355kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Sodium: 203mg | Potassium: 145mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition info is an auto generated estimate.

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32 Comments

  1. Have you tried freezing these brownies? Do you think they would freeze ok? Recipe sounds yummy!

    1. Hi Laurie! I've never tried freezing these brownies, but if you wrapped them tightly in saran wrap, then put them in an airtight container, they would probably last at least 3 months in the freezer. Hope you enjoy! 🙂

  2. If I want my crust “fudgey,” what consistency should the crust be after step 3 of the crust (that is once I’ve baked the crust for 15-20 minutes) if I poked a toothpick into the batter? I have 8”x8” silicone baking pans and am trying to figure out how much longer I need to bake the crust.

    1. If you cook the recipe as directed for 15 minutes, it will be fudgey. If you want it to be more 'cakey', then cook the brownie 30 minutes before adding the cheesecake.

    1. Hi Karen. This brownie recipe is designed to be fast and easy, so I don't have a brownie recipe other than the box mix. I've had great success with this double chocolate mix and highly recommend using Ghiradelli or Aldi's brand for best results.

  3. Hi Sharon. The pan I used was 13 x 9. I'm not sure why I mentioned 7 x 10 but I will change that right away! 🙂 Thanks for letting me know and sorry for the confusion!

  4. Oh my word! I baked them 30 minutes & there still was a layer of brownie batter under the cream cheese! But, everyone loves brownie batter so they were a hit! Anyone else have this issue? Sorry, I didn't read thru the comments...

    1. Hi Em. I'm not sure how that could happen since most brownie mixes only need 30 minutes to cook completely. I'm wondering if you are at a higher altitude? I've made this recipe many times and I've never had that issue. I'm sorry it happened to you!

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