Blackberry Cheesecake Swirled Brownies

I’m not sure how many of you were around back in September of 2009 when I posted these Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Brownies, but let me tell you, those brownies are amazing. I have been wanting to use them as inspiration for another recipe for a long time now.

When I decided to host a party with all purple food, my mind wondered back to these brownies. I decided to try mixing blackberry with chocolate to make these Blackberry Cheesecake Swirled Brownies. These were a HUGE hit to say the least.

I’m only sad that I served them at the same party as the Purple Ombre Cake because they really didn’t stand a chance compared to that cake. At any other party, they would have been the star of the show.

This recipe could be adapted to almost any flavor of cheesecake that you’d like. The blackberry pairs really well with chocolate, which I was pleased to learn. I preferred these served at room temperature, even though they should be stored in the fridge.

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Blackberry Cheesecake Swirl Brownies

Yield: 16 brownies

Ingredients:

For the Blackberry Sauce
6 oz fresh blackberries
1 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp cornstarch
1/2 tsp lemon juice
2 tsp water
For the Brownie Batter
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 cup + 2 Tbsp sugar
1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp cocoa
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp espresso powder, optional
1/2 Tbsp vanilla
2 eggs
3/4 cups flour
For the Cheesecake
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 egg
1/2 cup sugar
2 Tbsp + 2 tsp flour
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Directions:

For the Blackberry Sauce
Place blackberries and sugar in a pan and heat until the blackberries release their juices.

Combine cornstarch, juice, and water in a small bowl. Stir together until smooth.

Add slurry to pan and stir to mix completely. Bring mixture to boil for a few minutes. Allow to cool to room temperature.

For the Brownie Batter
Preheat oven to 350F. Grease an 8x8" square metal baking pan.

In a saucepan set over low heat, melt the butter, then add the sugar and stir to combine. Return the mixture to the heat briefly, just until it's hot, but not bubbling; it'll become shiny looking as you stir it. Heating this mixture a second time will dissolve more of the sugar, which will yield a shiny top crust on your brownies.

Transfer the sugar mixture to a medium-sized mixing bowl, if you've heated it in a saucepan. Stir in the cocoa, salt, baking powder, espresso powder, and vanilla.

Whisk in the eggs, stirring until smooth. Add the flour, again stirring until smooth.

For the Cheesecake
Beat the cream cheese in the bowl of a mixer until smooth. Add remaining ingredients and beat until well combined.

Add the blackberry sauce and stir until distributed.

To Assemble the Brownies
Spread about 2/3 of chocolate batter into prepared pan, and spoon cheesecake batter over. Dollop remaining brownie batter over cheesecake batter. Swirl the batters together by running a butter knife back and forth through the pan.

Bake for 40 minutes, or until center is set. Cool completely on wire rack and chill before cutting and serving.

Brownie batter recipe adapted from My Go-To Brownie Recipe, originally from King Arthur Flour. Blackberry sauce recipe from me. Cheesecake recipe adapted from Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Brownies

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26 Responses to “Homemade Three Musketeer Candy Bars”

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    How To Be Perfect — October 18, 2010 at 10:56 am

    This recipe looks fantastic, I would love to try it, any idea what I could use as a substitute for the frozen whipped topping? I think such a thing would be hard to find here, can I make it? x

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    KV — October 18, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    wow that looks simple, and 3 muskateers are the “healthier” candy bar, right? hehe

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    Fun and Fearless in Beantown — October 18, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    Um, why is this recipe so easy? This could be deadly in my kitchen!

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    We Are Not Martha — October 18, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    These are SUCH a good idea!! Seriously, I’m super impressed! 🙂

    Sues

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    amanda @ fake ginger — October 18, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    Who knew you could make 3 Musketeers?! I can’t wait to try this recipe!

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    Megan — October 18, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    Wow! They look just like the real deal, and that recipe sounds way too easy. So dangerous!!

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    becksterslaboratory — October 18, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    Oh my goodness…these look amazing! Nicely done : )

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    Evan B — October 18, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    Homemade candy makes my feel not as guilty when I’m devouring a whole bunch 🙂

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    The Small Boston Kitchen — October 19, 2010 at 12:07 am

    Seriously, you’re an amazing baker!! I would never think to make these at home. They look fantastic!

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    Carly — October 19, 2010 at 12:18 am

    I was afraid to read through the whole recipe in fear I’d run straight to the kitchen. they look amazing

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    theblogisthenewblack — October 19, 2010 at 11:59 am

    THis is my boyfriend’s favorite candy bar… I have to make these! 🙂

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    Boston Food Diary — October 19, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    These sound amazing Jen! Super simple- yet incredibly indulgent and definitely would satisfy a sweet tooth…or two…

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    Carolyn — October 19, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    Wow – I had no idea these could be homemade! They look delicious!

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    naomi {@bakersroyale} — October 19, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    I must make this! It’s one of mine and my husband’s favorite candy bar! YOurs look so great. I can’t wait to try it.

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    Kim Kelly — October 20, 2010 at 4:27 am

    This is my 2nd favorite candy. Now if only you could make butterfingers!! Love these, nicely done!!

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    Jennifer — October 20, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    I LOVE how easy this recipe is! *saving*

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    oneordinaryday — October 21, 2010 at 12:24 am

    This candy gave me awesome mom status for quite a while. : )

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    nutmegnanny — October 21, 2010 at 2:34 am

    You are so talented! I wouldn’t have the patience to dip each of those little bites 🙂

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    Eliana — October 21, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    I could not be trusted around these treats. They look too good to have just one, two or three….

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    Kristi — November 1, 2010 at 12:12 am

    I just made these homemade 3 Musketeers. My family said they tasted like the real thing, only a little richer. Mine were definitely not as pretty, they are so ugly 🙂

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    Jen — November 1, 2010 at 12:31 am

    Oh yea Kristi, mine weren’t very pretty. The only pretty ones I could find are in the picture!

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    Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday — November 1, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    Wow! You MADE those? So impressed.

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    Dee — July 13, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    Made these with my grandson and they were great! My husband now won’t eat a store bought musketeers bar.

    • beantownbaker — July 14th, 2013 @ 4:17 pm

      Isn’t that the good and bad thing about making stuff like this at home? Then you’ll never go back to store bought again!

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    Kaytee — August 29, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    Could you tell me how many cups is in a 8oz tub of whipped topping??

    • beantownbaker — August 30th, 2013 @ 7:22 am

      From Kraft’s website, an 8 oz. tub of cool whip yields 3 cups.

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