This decadent chocolate brownie topped with rich and creamy raspberry cheesecake is a dessert you will definitely feel guilty about… but it’ll be so worth it! Plus, there’s a super fun Berlin giveaway! Yay!
There’s no doubt about it. There is nothing healthy about these raspberry cheesecake brownies. From the eggs, butter, sugar and chocolate in the brownie to the full fat cream cheese and sugar covered berries in the cheesecake topping… everything about this dessert is decadent, delicious and oh so good!
While I was in Berlin for the New Year, I knew I had to take some time out to meet and bake with Erin of Texanerin Baking. There aren’t many American food bloggers living in Europe and I’ve been looking forward to connecting with Erin since I’ve lived here. Her style of baking is a it different from mine because it focuses on making healthier versions of desserts, snacks and other food yet still maintaining delicious taste and quality!
I met up with Erin at her apartment and was greeted so sweetly by her husband. Erin and her husband live in Berlin while he finishes up his education. Before we got to baking, I had brought a surprise for Erin… a 5lb bag of all-purpose flour! See, Germans don’t use AP flour. They have different versions of white, unbleached flour but none of them are as good as AP flour. Erin had never seen a bag so big before… she was pretty excited to start baking with it!
We had decided to make a Raspberry Cheesecake Brownie together… but make it two ways. Full fat, full sugar and full flavor and then a lightened up, healthier version. We wanted to show that you don’t have to sacrifice flavor for healthier choices in baking.
Starting with a baked brownie recipe for the base, my recipe used all-purpose flour and granulated sugar. Erin’s version uses whole wheat flour and coconut sugar… two easy ways to lighten up the brownie.
After taste testing both brownies, neither of us could tell a difference. Both brownies were incredibly delicious and oh so addicting. I think Erin mentioned that between her and her husband, most of the brownies were gone the next day! Yeah… so were mine. They were THAT good.
Make sure to visit Erin’s blog Texanerin Baking for her healthier version of these brownies!
- ½ cup + 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
- ½ tsp salt
- 6oz dark chocolate
- 4oz unsalted butter
- ½ tsp espresso powder
- ¾ cup sugar
- ¼ cup homemade brown sugar (Recipe Here)
- 2 eggs + 1 egg yolk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 8oz cream cheese, softened
- ⅓ cup sugar
- 1 egg
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup frozen berries, thawed
- 1 Tbsp homemade brown sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 F degrees or 180 C degrees and line a 8x8 baking pan with parchment paper.
- In a small bowl, make the brown sugar & set aside. (See recipe link above)
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, and salt.
- In a heat-proof glass bowl, melt the chocolate either in your microwave or a double boiler and set aside to cool slightly.
- Whisk in the sugars until smooth.
- Pour in the melted butter and whisk until combined.
- Add the eggs, one at a time and whisk until incorporated. Mix in the vanilla extract.
- Pour the chocolate/sugar mixture into the flour mixture and fold together until no more flour is visible.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread out evenly.
- In another bowl, mix together the softened cream cheese, ⅓ cup sugar, egg and vanilla until smooth.
- Gently spread the cream cheese evenly over the chocolate batter.
- In a small bowl, sprinkle the 1 Tbsp sugar over the berries and mix to combine. Break up the berries until it resembles a jam consistency.
- Spoon dollops of raspberry over the cream cheese mixture. Using a knife, swirl the raspberry into the cream cheese.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the edges are golden and the top is firm to the touch.
- Allow to cool in the pan completely before cutting into square and serving.
A Berlin Giveaway! -CLOSED-
As a fun treat for our readers, since Erin and I had such a good time together baking… we’ve put together a prize package of some fun baking related goodies that are exclusive to Berlin! To win all these great prizes, simply fill out the Rafflecopter widget below.
Contest open to those with a USA mailing address. Contest ends Thursday, Feb. 6th at 11:00pm PST and a winner will be chosen Friday, Feb. 7th. Winner will have 24 hours to respond to our email before a new winner will be chosen.
Have you ever heard of the Ampelmann? He’s the character on all the stop lights in East Berlin. He’s pretty famous here. So, we’re giving you a set of Ampelmann cookie cutters!
The Brandenburg Gate and the TV Tower are two iconic landmarks in Berlin. Everyone who visits this great city goes to see them. And now, you can enjoy these landmarks in cookie form with the Brandenburg Gate and TV Tower cookie cutters!
Lindt is a Swiss chocolate that I know is sold world-wide. But, I had never seen a Lindt store until I was in Berlin. Nothing but delicious Lindt chocolates and other confections. And when I say other confections, I mean these grinders I scored at the store in Berlin. One is chocolate & sugar and the other is chocolate & espresso. Can you imagine the possibilities for these? Recently, I used the espresso grinder on top of espresso truffles. So good. You’ll get one of each!
Ritter Sport is a 100 year old chocolate company based out of Germany. Ritter recently opened a store in Berlin where you can have a bar of chocolate handmade for you with your favorite mix-ins. You will get two hand made bars from the Ritter store with the following mix-ins: Milk Chocolate, Biscuit Bits & Mini Marshmallows AND Dark Chocolate, Strawberry Pieces & Hazlenut. So yum!
Finally, Viba is a German company that makes nougat bars that, according to Erin, everyone she knows in the USA is always asking for her to send them! So, You’ll get 4 Praline dark nougat Bars and a 3-pack of Classic nougat Bars!