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Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies

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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!

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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!

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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.

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Make sure to visit Erin’s blog Texanerin Baking for her healthier version of these brownies!

Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies

Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies

Yield: 8-12 brownies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients

Brownies

  • 1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 6oz dark chocolate
  • 4oz unsalted butter
  • 1/2 tsp espresso powder
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup homemade brown sugar (Recipe Here)
  • 2 eggs + 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Rapsberry Cheesecake Topping

  • 8oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup frozen berries, thawed
  • 1 Tbsp homemade brown sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees or 180 C degrees and line a 8x8 baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a small bowl, make the brown sugar & set aside. (See recipe link above)
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, and salt.
  4. In a heat-proof glass bowl, melt the chocolate either in your microwave or a double boiler and set aside to cool slightly.
  5. Whisk in the sugars until smooth.
  6. Pour in the melted butter and whisk until combined.
  7. Add the eggs, one at a time and whisk until incorporated. Mix in the vanilla extract.
  8. Pour the chocolate/sugar mixture into the flour mixture and fold together until no more flour is visible.
  9. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread out evenly.
  10. In another bowl, mix together the softened cream cheese, 1/3 cup sugar, egg and vanilla until smooth.
  11. Gently spread the cream cheese evenly over the chocolate batter.
  12. 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.
  13. Spoon dollops of raspberry over the cream cheese mixture. Using a knife, swirl the raspberry into the cream cheese.
  14. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the edges are golden and the top is firm to the touch.
  15. 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.

The Prizes:

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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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47 comments

  1. Amy C.

    I’ve never been to Berlin, or out of the country. Thanks for the fun giveaway!

    Reply

  2. Kari M

    I’ve never been to Germany but my husband was born there (his Dad was in the service) so we’d love to visit.

    Reply

    1. Betsy Eves

      Oh nice!! Where was he born?

      Reply

  3. Stephanie-Oh

    I’ve never been to Berlin before but would love to go someday. Thanks for the give away!

    Reply

  4. Stephanie-Oh

    I follow you on FB.

    Reply

  5. Stephanie-Oh

    I follow you on Pinterest.

    Reply

  6. Meghan @ The Tasty Fork

    Everyone needs to indulge every once in awhile. These brownies look like total perfection! I’ll need to make these around Valentine’s Day. My husband would go NUTS for these!!

    Reply

  7. Paula - bell'alimento

    Yes traveled to Berlin several times when I lived in Italy!

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    1. Betsy Eves

      Oh Italy!! We’re just a few hours drive from the border. What part did you live in? So far, I’ve only been to Vincenza and Venice, but it’s on my bucket list to get down to the South of Italy!!

      Reply

  8. Emi Borsi

    Hi there 🙂 I’ve never been to Berlin, but my husband lived in Germany for a few months, so fun! Would be nice to live in Germany with our little family! 🙂

    Reply

  9. Brittany

    We were stationed there from ’10-’13 but have never traveled to Berlin unfortunately. We always wanted to go but never had the time to take the trip. We did however get to Garmisch and it was incredible! Would love to go back.

    Reply

  10. Michelle W

    I have never been to Berlin, but would love to visit sometime.

    Reply

  11. Abby U

    I have been to Berlin and my favorite part was Checkpoint Charlie and the awesome public transportation!!

    Reply

    1. Betsy Eves

      Yes!! The U and S Bahn is SO easy to get around Berlin on!

      Reply

  12. Jess Moyer

    I’ve never been to Berlin, but would love th visit the Christmas markets!

    Reply

  13. Linda K.

    I’ve never been to Germany, but would love to see it.

    Reply

  14. Sandy h

    I have never been, but my sister was in the army and did two tours over there. She would send us chocolate.

    Reply

    1. Betsy Eves

      The chocolate is one of the best parts 😉

      Reply

  15. sheila

    Would love to visit germany during octoberfest and see the black forest

    Reply

  16. Debbie Hutchison

    I have never been to Germany but if I went I think Berlin would be the place to go! I need those grinders lol! 🙂

    Reply

  17. Valerie

    I only spent about 4 days in Berlin but I loved it! I loved visiting the historical sights especially the Berlin Wall and getting to see a part of history.

    Reply

  18. Teresa

    Have seen “Ampelmann” in Europe but never had a name for him. Would love to visit the Black Forest and The wall. Nice post, thanks.

    Reply

  19. Christina

    I’ve never been to Berlin. But I love your recipes and follow on fb!

    Reply

  20. Gigi Cuccaro

    Love your recipes. My sister was born in Augsburgh, Germany.

    Reply

  21. Chrissy

    I loved Berlin!!! I loved so many parts of it that it is hard to choose just one, but since I have to I will. Visiting the Berlin Wall and the documentation center there was poignant, sobering, and gives information about Hitler and the war that is not taught in school. It showed why he targeted different groups, how he rose to power, and the tumultuous wake he left everywhere he went. Second I would say the Zoo and the TV tower 🙂

    Reply

    1. Betsy Eves

      Agreed… there wasn’t one thing about Berlin I didn’t like. Well… I didn’t like getting attacked by fireworks. lol But that’s another story. haha 😉 Loves ya, CVM!

      Reply

  22. Sandra Garcia

    Thank you for all your recipes, my family and I enjoy them very much.

    Reply

  23. Erin @ Texanerin Baking

    These brownies were soooo good! My favorite brownie recipe (at least at the moment!)

    Am I crazy or did you get a new header? Or has it always been that way? I visited your page yesterday and didn’t notice it. And if it’s been there for 3 months or something… haha. Never mind! Anyway, it’s cute!

    Reply

    1. Betsy Eves

      LOL @ you, Erin!! It’s new. All the colors are new too. They were holiday colors when I was at your house… but it’s not the holiday season anymore. So, I had to update it!! hehe

      Reply

  24. Jean Tav

    I would love to visit Berlin. I would love to visit anywhere in Germany.

    Reply

  25. Kelly

    I would love to visit Berlin and learn about the Berlin Wall and Hitler. I need to make these yummy raspberry cheesecake brownies my favorite favors together!

    Reply

  26. Lisa

    I would love to visit Berlin

    Reply

  27. Leslie

    I love following all your creations. This one looks especially yummy!

    Reply

  28. Alyssa

    I’ve only been to Munich and Heidelberg. Not Berlin yet!

    Reply

  29. Sandra

    Chocolate is my weakness:)

    Reply

  30. Kendall Cusick

    I’ve never been to Germany, but know several people that have and all I hear is how beautiful it is! I want to see as much as I can, starting in Berlin, but also want to see Neuschwanstein castle in Bavaria and the Rügen Cliffs…

    Reply

  31. Mike Antone

    I’ve never been to Germany but I would to go someday and visit my relatives there, check out the food scene, see the sights, all that good stuff!

    Reply

  32. holly

    Awesome, I love this blog post!!

    Reply

  33. Christy Brewster

    I vacationed in southern Germany with my husband, and I loved it!! We are keeping our fingers crossed that our family will be moved to Berlin very soon!

    Reply

    1. Betsy Eves

      Christy – I didn’t know there was Army in Berlin!!!!! Let me know and we’ll come visit!

      Reply

  34. Michelle Thayer

    Munich.

    Reply

  35. Kelli W.

    I’ve never been to Germany, so I would love to go anywhere!

    Reply

  36. Bridget McGahen

    Oh my gosh! These look amazing! I’m on a really strict diet right now with bodybuilding, but maybe I can find a way to make these with protein powder and stevia haha. Lovely photos too, by the way!

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    1. Betsy Eves

      Bridget – let me know if you do that! Did you click over to Erin’s recipe of these brownies? She uses coconut oil and whole wheat flour. Maybe you can use hers and sub stevia and add the protein! Let me know how it works out!

      Reply

  37. Heather

    Hello! Thank you for posting this wonderful recipe! I have read the ingredients and method several times, and nowhere did I see what to do with the 4 oz of butter! So here is what I did:
    1. First off, I doubled the recipe, as I wanted to make enough to go around a bunch of hungry Marines:-)
    2. I melted the butter and incorporated it to the chocolate-sugar mixture, then added the eggs.
    3. Brownies were baked in two 8X8 pans.
    4. After the 25 minute mark, they were still extremely runny.
    5. I finally pulled them out after a total of 45-50 minutes (I think), when the cheesecake edges started to show a bit of color.
    6. After cooling, I sliced into bite sizes. It was VERY ooey and gooey. **note, do not slice while warm; see below**
    7. After an overnight visit to the refrigerator, I pulled 2 squares out and tried one. They were EVEN MORE AMAZING once they had a chance to solidify, and it was a very fudgey texture! This would have been a good time to cut them 🙂
    8. One thing I would love to see is the kind of dark chocolate you use. Is it semi-sweet, 60%, 70%, or unsweetened? That would help alleviate any confusion for future bakers.
    I will definitely try this recipe again, just a single batch next time, haha! I appreciate all the hard work and effort it took for you to create this recipe, and thank you for sharing!
    ~Heather

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    1. Betsy Eves

      Oh Heather – thanks for pointing out my omission of butter in the instructions. Typically you add the butter and sugar together at the same time before the eggs… so good call on your part to do that! I have updated the recipe. As for the time in the oven, I was baking these in a Berlin in a German oven… so that will probably account for the difference in time needed to bake. The great thing about these brownies is that you can bake them to whatever consistency you want… which seems like what you did!! YAY! As for the chocolate, dark chocolate to me typically means anything over about 60% cocoa. Typically I use 70% Lindt chocolate in my baking. I’m not sure exactly what percentage this chocolate was, Erin supplied it and I really didn’t ask. Ooops! 🙂 Thanks so much for the comment… I really appreciate the feedback! xxoo Betsy

      Reply

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