Brownie Bottom Caramel Cheesecake Bars


I am a cheesecake girl.
Loud and proud.

Like, if I were on death row and had to pick a last meal it would start and end with cheesecake.
Not that I have thought about that possibility or anything. Whatever.

And since I am scared of making an actual cheesecake I stick with cheesecake bars.

Who doesn’t like cheesecake you can eat with your hands.  I mean…

So I made eat-with-your-hands cheesecake.  Actually it’s caramel cheesecake.  And actually-actually it’s all on top of a brownie bottom.

Because brownie bottoms are where it’s at.

So yeah, Brownie Bottom Caramel Cheesecake Bars.  Do it.
PhotobucketAll you need to to do it whip up a brownie crust, starting with a box of brownie mix and a few other ingredients.  Easy.

PhotobucketThen mix up your cheesecake layer, and add in some caramel sauce.  See?

PhotobucketPour that over the brownie situation and you’re good to go.

PhotobucketBake it and drizzle more caramel. Because it’s dope to drizzle.

Did I just say that? Eww.



Brownie Bottom Caramel Cheesecake Bars
makes 32 bars
  • 1 (19.5-19.8 oz) pkg Brownie Mix
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 (8 oz) pkgs cream cheese, room temperature
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp flour
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 (14 oz) jar caramel sauce
  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray.
  3. Combine brownie mix, melted butter and 1 egg, stirring until smooth. Spread mixture into prepared pan. Bake for 15 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile in your mixer, beat cream cheese, sour cream, brown sugar, flour and vanilla until combined and smooth.
  5. Turn mixer to low and add remaining eggs, one at a time. Finally add half the jar of caramel sauce. Eyeball it.
  6. Pour this over the hot crust.
  7. Bake for an additional 30 minutes until the center of cheesecake is just set.
  8. Remove from oven and cool completely. Then refrigerate at least 4 hours.
  9. When ready to serve, drizzle remaining caramel on top.
  10. Cut into squares.
store in refrigerator for up to 3 days.


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July 10, 2012 3:58 pm

I adore cheesecake. Funny cause I used to hate it as a kid.

bridget {bake at 350}
July 10, 2012 3:58 pm

How are you not 500 pounds?!? 😉 I just gained 10 LOOKING at this deliciousness.

Colleen @ What

Each layer of these bars looks perfect!!!!! I’d love to dig into one right now to help me over the afternoon hump at work….

Erin @ Texanerin Baking
July 10, 2012 4:30 pm

Dope to drizzle? Hahaha. Thank you for that. 😀

These look incredible! I think that a whole grain version is in order. 🙂 We don’t have brownie mix here anyway so I’d be forced to make a homemade version. Nor we do have caramel sauce! Or proper cream cheese while we’re at it. I’ll stop whining now.

And there’s no need to be afraid of cheesecake. Even if it cracks, you can cover it in ganache. Problem solved!

July 10, 2012 4:53 pm

Looks good! I made a brownie cheesecake once, but the cheesecake took forever to bake (as usual), and the brownie was overcooked on the sides 🙁
This may be a good time to give it another try, though…

Liz @ Tip Top Shape
July 10, 2012 5:26 pm

My mouth is literally drooling. Well, not literally, because that would be gross but these look AMAZING!!!

Britton Gammill
Britton Gammill
July 10, 2012 5:56 pm

Now I know why I read your blog every chance I get!

Ali @ Gimme Some Oven
July 10, 2012 5:59 pm

These are pretty much three of my favorite combined into one! Gorgeous photos…and they look DELICIOUS! 🙂

Lisa {Sweet 2 Eat Baking}
July 10, 2012 7:31 pm

Holy crapola, these look amazing. I love cheesecake too. In fact, I’ve not made a cheesecake in a while now though. My partner loves cheesecake too and at one point, I used to make 1 or 2 every week just for him.

Definitely going to make these for him and then see if he demands I make it once or twice a week, hehe. Thanks for sharing.

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
July 10, 2012 8:10 pm

Oh boy…these look dangerous..and fabulous!

July 10, 2012 8:37 pm

My sister love this, I must bak

Julie @ Table for Two
July 10, 2012 9:50 pm

wow, these look so decadently amazing!! i’m a huge cheesecake fan and with brownies is even better!!

July 10, 2012 11:06 pm

Holy dessert! I am in love!

Averie @ Averie Cooks
July 10, 2012 11:24 pm

I love the THICKNESS of each layer…perfect!

July 10, 2012 11:56 pm

Cheesecake is a must have treat around here!!! These look amazing…I don’t think I could trust myself around the whole pan:-)

July 11, 2012 1:05 am

Oh dear god those look amazing!

July 11, 2012 3:26 am

“Because it’s dope to drizzle”.. almost spit my water out of my mouth! That was hilarious

July 11, 2012 3:50 am

I’m a cheescake girl too – it’s my absolute fave. These look very drool worthy … 🙂

Lauren at Keep It Sweet
July 11, 2012 6:36 am

I haven’t had cheesecake in a while… these might be calling my name!

Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray
July 11, 2012 8:52 am

Handheld treats are the best! And this is a much quicker cheesecake-to-tummy route than any springform pan. 🙂

July 11, 2012 9:47 am

“It’s dope to drizzle.” You really should be a rapper.

Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker
July 11, 2012 10:00 am

AH-mazing! I can’t resist cheesecake, especially when you throw chocolate into the mix!

sally @ sally
July 11, 2012 10:03 am

I am terrified of making an actual cheesecake too Shelly!! Too much work and mine would never taste or look like my mom’s famous Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake! Sigh. But cheesecake bars? I could totally manage. I’m saving this recipe. I have some cream cheese to use!

Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel
July 11, 2012 10:37 am

Yes, yes, and more yes. I live and die for cheesecake also. Brownie bottom cheesecake smothered with THE BEST sundae condiment EVAH? I will do bad things to have this.

Tracy {Pale Yellow}
July 11, 2012 11:40 am

I’m totally a cheesecake bar type of girl too! A bar is just so much more attainable! Delicious looking dessert!

July 11, 2012 12:01 pm

Amazing, Shelly, just amazing. My husbands two faves are cheesecake and brownie and the caramel just makes this even more top-notch. These are wonderful!

July 11, 2012 12:13 pm

Cheesecakes are a little scary, but I love to bake them. These bars would be quicker and just as tasty, plus they have BROWNIES, so they are already great!

Jana H.
July 11, 2012 12:51 pm

I hope you don’t think I’m weird but…I think I love you. haha

This looks incredible. Soooooo printing and baking. YUM.

Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes
July 11, 2012 2:26 pm

This made me laugh – i feel the same! haha

Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes
July 11, 2012 2:25 pm

Brownies and cheesecake together? I’ll have to give this a try! 🙂

Katrina @ In Katrina
July 11, 2012 2:50 pm

Cheesecake x infinity awesome.

Kim Campbell
July 11, 2012 2:58 pm

Okay I am totally going to have to make these! I just so happen to have a brownie mix and caramel in my kitchen calling my name!! This is it!!

July 11, 2012 3:19 pm

You could bake a cheesecake with no problem due to all the luscious creations you share here. Dope to drizzle? Right on! 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing this ~ can’t wait to try it.


Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

I am all over anything with a brownie bottom. That and caramel have me drooling like crazy right now!

July 11, 2012 3:51 pm

This has got to be a perfect combination. And adding the caramel sounds delicious!

Rachel @ Baked by Rachel
July 11, 2012 4:39 pm

These are so perfect for a party – slice ahead and no messy plating in front of a crowd.

July 11, 2012 6:04 pm

Dope? Really?? So carmel is fantastic…any ideas for this recipe that includes peanut butter? EHH? You are a true genius so I am sure you can do it…please try..PLEASE?????

Katy Judy
Katy Judy
July 11, 2012 6:07 pm

Is anybody else having trouble with the Pin It button? I have tried to pin 2 different things and have not been able to. Help!

July 11, 2012 6:13 pm

Yes I’m having trouble as well

July 11, 2012 9:58 pm

Looks delicious! And I love that you said “dope”. 🙂

Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust
July 11, 2012 10:05 pm

Wow. Just…wow.

July 11, 2012 10:22 pm

Cheesecake you can hold and eat a whole pan of. I like.

luv what you do
July 11, 2012 10:23 pm

My boyfriend is drooling over your pictures from the other side of the couch…haha! I iwll definitely be saving this recipe!

Anne @ Have a Cookie!
July 11, 2012 10:26 pm

I have been away but am glad to see that NOTHING has changed here at Cookies & Cups! I adore cheesecake too and adding half a jar of caramel sauce to the batter and putting a brownie layer on the bottom just takes these bars over the top! I want one RIGHT NOW!!!

July 11, 2012 11:37 pm

I was really drooling over these. Had salad for lunch today and I probably gained back everything I didn’t gain at noon just by looking at these …

Carla @ Carla
July 12, 2012 12:34 am

Oh yes! Caramel. Cheesecake. Heaven.

Lynna H.
July 12, 2012 12:41 am

dang. you`re a genius. i don`t know how you do it!

July 12, 2012 8:04 am

Haha, brownie bottom. *snicker*

But, seriously. These are what dreams are made of. I need these in my real life. Not just my internet life.

Erika - The Teenage Taste
July 12, 2012 9:10 am

Uhm, hello delicious cheesecake-brownie hybrid! I love cheesecake and I cringe to think that, without blogs, I’d probably still be munching on classic plain cheesecake oblivious to all the other delicious thinks you can do with cheesecake. Like make it with a brownie bottom! Yum!

July 13, 2012 5:15 am

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