Halloween Brownies are incredibly fun and so festive! They’re ultra fudgy brownies with an irresistibly creamy layer of orange colored cream cheese. The cheesecake brownies have pockets of melted chocolate and a topping of chocolate chips. These are seriously the best Halloween treats!!
As much as I love holiday desserts, I don’t love the ones that just pile on colorful icing to create a theme. They end up overly sweet and really don’t taste very good at all.
But these Halloween brownies are totally different!! They’re not crazy sweet, but they’re still so fun and colorful.
They’re simple cream cheese brownies – but with a festive twist!
This is truly the perfect layered brownie. The cheesecake layer is sandwiched between two fudgy, mouthwatering layers of brownie batter.
If you’re serving them at a Halloween party, plan to make at least two batches, because they’ll go quick!
In addition to Halloween brownie recipes, I have a lot of other festive treats and dessert recipes you can enjoy during this spookiest season of the year!
Creepy candy corn pops, adorable meringue ghosts, cake pops, and even pumpkin milkshakes!
Ingredient Notes and Substitutions
- Cream Cheese – Let your block come to room temperature before mixing the cream cheese layer.
Otherwise, you’ll end up with lumps instead of a creamy mixture.
- Orange Gel Food Coloring – A little goes a long way, so start with a drop or two. Add more as you need to, until the orange is as dark as you’d like it to be.
- Unsalted Butter – If using salted butter, then leave out the additional salt in this recipe.
- Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar and Chocolate Chips – Adding chocolate chunks makes the brownies so rich and decadent. Feel free to swap in white or dark chocolate!
- Eggs – You’ll need three: two whole eggs, and then one extra egg yolk. Using just the yolk adds some extra fat – just what you need for an ultra fudgy brownie!
Halloween Brownie Add-Ins and Topping Ideas
Here are just a few ways to elevate this cheesecake brownies recipe to add more flavor and make them more festive and fun!!
For more flavor and texture, add some chopped nuts. Since it’s Halloween, why not add caramel bits, candy corn, or broken pretzels?
And wouldn’t it be fun if your orange layer actually tasted like oranges? A bit of orange extract would taste amazing with the chocolate and cheesecake flavors!
Add a festive decoration! Use vanilla icing to draw spider webs or ghosts on top, or use coconut shavings on the top to make your Halloween brownies look like mummies!
Storing and Freezing Cheesecake Brownies
Due to the cream cheese layer, these need to be stored in the fridge. Keep them in an airtight container and they should keep for up to a week.
Fortunately, these brownies freeze beautifully. I recommend wrapping them individually in plastic wrap so you can thaw the exact amount of treats you need.
Halloween Brownies FAQ
These Halloween brownies are definitely on the fudgy side, and that’s because we use a lot of fatty ingredients: cream cheese in the cheesecake layer, and a combination of eggs and butter in the brownie batter.
For chewier brownies, you need high moisture ingredients. Brown sugar in place of white sugar usually has this effect, as does using oil in place of butter.
This is a bit tricky because we’re making layered brownies. The cheesecake layer should be set and slightly puffed up. You’ll also notice the brownies pulling away from the edges of the pan just a bit.
While my Halloween brownie recipe doesn’t include frosting or other toppings, you can top yours! You should do so after baking, and only after they’ve had time to cool completely. Otherwise, all of your decorations will melt and run right off the brownies.
With love, from our simple kitchen to yours.
Other Fun Homemade Halloween Treats
Cheesecake Halloween Brownies
- 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon flour
- 1 large egg, room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon orange gel food coloring
- 1 cup unsalted butter, melted and warm
- 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate bar, chopped
- 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- 1 large egg yolk, room temperature
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons water, room temperature
- 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray an 8×8 baking dish or pan with cooking spray and set aside.
- Start with the cream cheese layer. In a medium bowl, use an electric hand mixer on high speed to beat together the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and flour until smooth.
- Add the egg, vanilla, and orange food coloring, and continue beating until smooth and well-combined. Set the mixture aside.
- Make the brownie batter. To a large mixing bowl, add the warm melted butter and chopped chocolate. Stir with a spatula or wooden spoon until smooth. (The warm butter should melt the chocolate, but if it’s resisting, heat the chocolate in the microwave for 30-second increments. Or, if the bowl is glass, you can place it over a pot of simmering water and stir.)
- Stir in the cocoa powder until smooth. Add the sugar, eggs, egg yolk, and vanilla, and continue stirring until combined.
- Pour in the flour, baking powder, and salt, and stir. The batter will be thick, but it should be pretty smooth.
- Reserve one half cup of brownie batter, then pour the remaining batter into the 8×8 dish. Smooth it out evenly with a spatula or spoon.
- Pour the cream cheese mixture over the brownie batter and use a silicone spatula to smooth into an even layer.
- Stir 2 tablespoons of water into the reserved brownie batter to thin it out slightly, then drop tablespoonfuls on top of the cream cheese layer.
- Sprinkle the chocolate chips on top.
- Use a toothpick or wooden skewer to swirl the cream cheese and brownie batter together.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the edges are baked but the center is slightly wobbly.
- Rest brownies in the pan, on the counter or a metal cooling rack, for 30-45 minutes, then place in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour or until you are ready to serve.
- You can serve the brownies chilled, at room temperature, or warm.
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.
Originally published September 2022
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