Brownie Bottom Cheesecake

Ingredients:
For the Brownie Base:
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
For the Cheesecake:
2 packages (16 oz total) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup sour cream
For the Chocolate Drizzle:
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons heavy cream
Instructions:
Brownie Base:
Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9-inch springform pan.
Mix the brownie ingredients: In a bowl, combine melted butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Beat in cocoa, flour, salt, and baking powder. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan.
Bake for 20-25 minutes: Until the brownie is just set and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove from oven and set aside to cool slightly.
Cheesecake Filling:
Increase oven temperature to 425°F (220°C).
Prepare the cheesecake mixture: In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Blend in eggs one at a time, then stir in vanilla and sour cream.
Pour over the brownie base: Spread the cheesecake mixture evenly over the cooled brownie base.
Bake for 10 minutes. Then, reduce temperature to 300°F (150°C) and bake for 35-40 minutes until set and the edges are lightly browned. The center should be slightly jiggly.
Cool in the oven with the door open: Turn off the oven and let the cheesecake sit inside for 1 hour with the door ajar to prevent cracking.
Chill: Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or overnight, which is even better.
Chocolate Drizzle:
Melt the chocolate chips and cream: In a small saucepan over low heat, stir chocolate chips and cream until smooth and glossy.
Drizzle over the cheesecake: Just before serving, drizzle the melted chocolate over the top of the cheesecake.
Serving:
Slice and serve chilled. Garnish with additional whipped cream or fresh berries if desired.
This recipe gives you a show-stopping dessert that combines the rich flavors of brownie and cheesecake with a luxurious chocolate drizzle. Perfect for any special occasion!

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