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Decadent Brownie Swirl Cheesecake

 Decadent Brownie Swirl Cheesecake
It may look fancy, but this cheesecake is so simple. The secret is the speedy crust—it's from a packaged brownie mix! You don't need to be an experienced cook to make the elegant chocolate swirls on top—anyone can do it!—Taste of Home Test Kitchen
16 ServingsPrep: 50 min. + cooling Bake: 1-1/2 hours + chilling

Ingredients

  • 1 package fudge brownie mix (13-inch x 9-inch pan size)
  • FILLING:
  • 4 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract or 1 teaspoon almond extract and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Fresh raspberries and chocolate curls, optional

Directions

  • Prepare brownie mix according to package directions for chewy fudge
  • brownies. Set aside 2/3 cup brownie batter; spread remaining batter
  • into a greased 9-in. springform pan.
  • Place pan on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 18 in.
  • square). Securely wrap foil around pan. Bake at 350° for 25-28
  • minutes (brownies will barely test done). Cool for 10 minutes on a
  • wire rack.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in
  • eggs and vanilla on low speed just until combined. Stir 1/3 cup into
  • reserved brownie batter; set aside. Spoon half of the cheesecake
  • batter into crust; dollop with half of reserved chocolate cheesecake
  • batter. Repeat layers. Cut through batter with a knife to swirl.

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Decadent Brownie Swirl Cheesecake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Place in a larger baking pan; add 1 in. of hot water to larger pan.
  • Bake at 325° for 1-1/2 hours or until surface is no longer shiny
  • and center is almost set.
  • Remove pan from water bath and foil. Cool on a wire rack for 10
  • minutes. Carefully run a knife around the edge of pan to loosen;
  • cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight. Remove sides of pan.
  • Garnish with raspberries and chocolate curls if desired. Yield: 16
  • servings.