I am one of those people who loves to show up to a party with something delicious to share. But with four kids, I have less and less time to devote to making complicated desserts. This decadent strawberry brownie cheesecake is perfect for busy moms because it looks like it took a lot of work, but it is actually really easy!
The best part is that you can even make it ahead and freeze it so you can take it out when you need it. Even just an hour of defrosting will give you a perfectly delicious dessert!
As if that wasn’t a fine enough dessert all on its own, it’s time to create our strawberry cheesecake layer.
Once again, we’re not really going for authentic here – we’re taking the easy route by combining some cream cheese, sugar, sour cream, vanilla and whipped cream to give us that cheesecake fluff effect.
Then, we add in some blended strawberries to create a gorgeous pink concoction that gets poured right over our fully cooled brownie layer. The whole thing needs to chill out in the fridge for two hours.
Once again, this would be delicious as is, but we aren’t done yet. This party isn’t complete without just a little more chocolate. So we have to create a layer of chocolate ganache. For this, we pour some heated cream right over some chocolate chips, wait a few minutes and then whisk until you get a thick creamy chocolate fit for pouring.
Pour it right over the top of your cheesecake layer and then refrigerate or freeze until firmed up.
Now it’s all about presentation. I love to cut some fresh strawberries in half and place them in a ring around the whole dessert. It looks absolutely beautiful.
You can add whipped cream to the top or anything else you like, but I think it stands on its own as is.
If you want to serve right away, be sure to use a slightly warmed knife for a clean cut. If you have the time, place it in the freezer for 15-20 minutes before serving to make it a little easier to cut get cleaner cuts.
Again, this dessert looks like a complicated masterpiece, but it’s really just a simple process. The hardest part is simply waiting for each layer to cool or set up.
It’s not something you can make last minute – well, maybe overnight if you are happy to do the first two layers in the evening and make the ganache in the morning. But each section takes hardly any time to make. Just make a section and put away until you’re ready to tackle the next.
- 1 box brownie mix
- 3 Tbsp water
- ½ C oil
- 2 eggs
- 8 oz cream cheese
- ⅓ C sugar
- 1 C sour cream
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 C whipped cream
- 1 C finely chopped strawberries
- ¼ C heavy cream
- ½ bag chocolate chips
- 6-8 strawberries, halved
- Mix together brownie ingredients, and pour half into a greased springform pan. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely.
- In a large bowl, blend cream cheese, sugar, sour cream, vanilla, and whipped cream until evenly blended.
- Blend in strawberries and pour over your brownie. Refrigerate 2 hours.
- Make ganache by heating heavy cream over medium until it starts to bubble, then remove from heat. Pour in chocolate, let sit 5 minutes, then whisk until creamy.
- Pour ganache over cheesecake, and refrigerate or freeze until firm.
- Top with a ring of strawberries, and serve as desired.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 408Total Fat: 36gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 104mgSodium: 128mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 1gSugar: 14gProtein: 5g
This nutrition information is automatically calculated and may not be entirely accurate. Please do your own research if you are overly concerned about specific macros.
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