Brownie Bottom Cheesecake

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
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.
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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