{twd} espresso cheesecake brownies

I wanted to love these. I really did. I mean, you all know, I love coffee. I also love cheesecake and brownies always make me swoon. To be fair, this week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe–Espresso Cheesecake Brownies–tasted good. The combination of the a brownie with espresso cheesecake topped with a sweetened sour cream frosting was wonderful. They were a big hit with everyone–but me. I think the problem was that there was too much cheesecake to brownie. Because I love all the components in this dessert I want to try it again, but next time decrease the amount of cheesecake by half. Oh, and become a better swirler. My swirling could use a little help.

Thank you to Melissa of Life in a Peanut Shell for hosting this week’s selection. For the recipe, visit her blog or buy the book.

*edited to add: I sprinkled espresso sugar on top of the brownies.

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55 thoughts on “{twd} espresso cheesecake brownies

  1. Ciao ! I love your topping !! I actually forgot to mention it , but I made half cheesecake batter because I bought less cream cheese and actually liked it . But my brownie layer looked higher than yours !! Baci !

  2. I agree that there seemed to be more cheesecake than brownie – perhaps it should ahve been called a brownie cheesecake. However, I am a cheesecake fiend, so I loved these. Your brownies look fab – I think your swirling was perfect.

  3. Well, they sure look amazing. I made a cappuccino brownie yesterday and I was “underwhelmed” by those too. I guess they can’t all be favorites, right?

  4. Whew, I’m so glad that I wasn’t nuts in thinking that the brownie scale was off. I think there was a good amount of cheesecake… so I would personally double the brownie dough next time. And I didn’t have instant espresso, so I had to improvise… and I’m not sharing how. It’s that embarassing :)

    But your brownies look yummy!!

  5. I totally agree with you. Each of the components sounded fabulous, but together, I didn’t like them very much. I should have stuck with the bittersweet chocolate for the brownie, so that was my mistake. But I thought the cheesecake part was too sweet. Not a dud, but just not what I hoped it would be.

  6. Oh wow, gorgeous! Your brownies put mine to shame! They’re so perfectly square, unlike mine which are all ragged. I agree about the cheesecake – it overwhelmed the brownie layer for me too!

  7. Sorry you didn’t love these, but glad everyone else did! I loved them even though I didn’t love the brownie part, so I guess this is a keeper for me. They look great!

  8. I had swirling problems, too… Your bars look delicious with the sour cream topping. I’d like to try these again with a different brownie recipe, and with the sour cream topping.

  9. I have had this happen with other recipes where I was just a smidge disappointed because one element overpowered another. You found an easy answer though. Cut back the cheesecake or find another recipe. Every recipe can’t please everyone, as we all have found out.

  10. My swirling and marbling on these brownies was a total flop. It’s nice that we can cover up mistakes with something equally delicious, like sweetened sour cream or, in my case, hot fudge!

  11. These look nice with the topping! I have to admit, I only did a little swirling…as I was dropping the brownies blobs on top, I let the brownie batter drizzle…much easier. :)

  12. Too much cheesecake to brownie? Are you MAD, woman?!?!? JOKING. To each his own. I love this cheesecake.

    And thanks for the welcome back. I remember how happy creating in the kitchen makes me…no matter how high the temp!

  13. I am the world’s worst swirler! I feel your pain! I am sorry you didn’t like these! I made these in a muffin pan, so luckily, there was actually a 50/50 brownie/cheesecake ratio… after reading some comments, I guess it was a good thing! Yours look gorgeous, though. Gorgeous presentation, as always!

  14. All the colors on yours look so terrific! And at least you had the potential for swirling…mine all sank to the bottom and stayed there. Lovely job you did on these!

  15. It’s hard when reality doesn’t meet up with your expectations of what a dessert should taste like.

    I agree, more brownies would be good. I almost feel like the brownie got too compacted or something.

    Anyway, they sure look pretty.

  16. I’ll take some of that espresso sugar, thank you very much. I’m hoping to put the sour cream topping on the remaining half and compare tastes. It seems to me that the cheesecake layer is missing something. It tastes a little flat. And, the brownie batter was way too thick to swirl.

    Yours look scrumptious!

  17. I agree with you they are more cheesecake than brownies. I’m sorry you didn’t like them, they still look gorgeous! I really love your presentation with the espresso sugar on top!

  18. Your photo sure makes them look fab! I didn’t love them either. So on my second batch, pb flavored, I did only do half the cheesecake. Still didn’t like the brownie, it was just too dry (although yours looks a lot fudgier), but it wasn’t until I used the KH brownies with the cheesecake that I thought they were pretty darn good, especially a day later.
    Do try again sometime with less cheesecake!
    But great photos as always!

  19. Hm, everyone has had mixed feelings about this one. Some loved the whole thing, some just the brownie, some the cheesecake, and still some the sour cream but only one person so far as raved about the whole thing. Can’t wait to see your tweaks.
    ~ingrid

  20. Wendy~ no way you could disappoint your tasting crew. Agreed that in theory this was a winner, cuz I loved all the elements as well. Good strong coffee, yum! However, its hard for me not to love just an awesomely dark oooey gooey chocolate brownie with walnuts, or w/o. Yours, however look beautiful and I’m glad you liked them, sort of.
    AmyRuth

  21. I think they look fabulous! I haven’t made mine yet but will take your suggestion and cut back on the cheesecake because brownies are, after all, the star of any dessert they show up in.

  22. I agree there was a bigger cheesecake to brownie ratio, I was more a fan of the cheesecake part than the brownie though. They look really nice though, the brownie bottom looks like a nice crust & espresso sugar – yum!

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