Polka Dot Cheesecake Brownies

I have this idea and it might be a little silly, but I want your opinion. I’ve been trying to think of ways to interact with my readers (aka you) because frankly, you’re all so amazing and I’d love to get to know you better! I don’t know if this idea has been done before or is currently being done on a different blog, but here goes.

My idea is that readers, preferably those without food blogs of their own, submit their recipes to me. Once a month, I’ll pick a recipe, bake it, photograph it and post about it. All the credit will go to the reader, of course, and the post could become popular enough to be listed as one of my site’s Popular Posts! The reader’s recipe will also be stored in the navigation menu above, where I’ll create a new tab for “Reader Recipes” or something of that nature.

I like the idea that those of you who don’t have a website can still have your recipe featured on a website and hey, if your friends or coworkers ask for your recipe you can always skip the pen and paper and direct them here! Like I said, I’d really love some feedback on this, so take a second and leave a comment letting me know what you think. I want to know the good and the bad!

Polka Dot Cheesecake Brownies

Now, on to this week’s recipe. Polka Dot Cheesecake Brownies! Aren’t they cute?! I’ve been dying to make this recipe since the end of July. I knew I wanted the recipe to coincide with a holiday so I could color coordinate. Since that time, there’s only really been Labor Day and I didn’t want to do red, white and blue. So I held out for Halloween and I’m so glad I did because these came out perfectly!

Just be sure to read the instructions carefully, especially the part about spooning the cheesecake batter onto the brownies. It’s really important to spoon SMALL amounts evenly on top of the brownie layer. Admittedly, these were really the only two pieces that turned out for me because I got impatient (as usual), took my spatula and plopped all the cheesecake batter right into the middle of the brownies. BIG MISTAKE. All the cheesecake batter sank to the bottom and pushed the brownie layer to the sides! Talk about panic in the kitchen. Just be glad you don’t live with me on baking day.

Baking day this week was particularly bad in that I almost had an epic fail with these brownies AND I cut my tongue while licking the knife that I used to cut the brownies. FYI – bad idea. Not only did I have a bleeding tongue, but to top it off I got scolded by my darling hubby who went on a rampage proceeded to lecture me about how he saw me doing that and was going to tell me to stop, but then refrained because I’m an adult and if I wanted to lick a knife and cut off my tongue then so be it… blah blah blah. I really wasn’t listening to what he was saying because, well, my tongue was spewing blood (okay, I’m probably being a bit dramatic) and I was getting reprimanded like a little baby.

So anyways, I hope you enjoy these! If you do, let me know! I’d really prefer to be kept in the dark though if you don’t like these. Haha!

Polka Dot Cheesecake Brownies

Polka Dot Cheesecake Brownies

Serves 18
Meal type Dessert
Cheesecake brownies with fun colored polka dots on top for Halloween


  • 1 box brownie mix
  • water, eggs and oil for brownie mix
  • 4 packages cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 4 eggs
  • orange and green food coloring


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Line a 13x9 inch pan with aluminum foil. Grease the foil.
3. Prepare brownies as directed on box (or use your favorite brownie recipe). Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and cool for 15 minutes.
4. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees.
5. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla with a mixer. Add flour and eggs, one at a time. Beat until blended.
6. Distribute 2 cups of the cheesecake mixture evenly between two small bowls (1 cup per bowl). In one bowl, add orange food coloring and mix until blended. In the other bowl, add green food coloring and mix until blended.
7. Spoon the remaining cheesecake batter onto the warm brownies. Do NOT dump the whole bowl full onto the brownies. This will cause the cheesecake batter to sink right through the brownies. Carefully scoop small spoonfuls onto the brownies and smooth to the edges.
8. Put the orange cheesecake batter into a plastic bag or piping bag with the tip cut off. Do the same for the green cheesecake batter in a separate bag.
9. Pipe dots of both the orange and green cheesecake batter randomly over the surface of the uncolored cheesecake batter.
10. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until the cheesecake layer is set. Remove from oven and cool for 1 hour. Refrigerate for 2 hours. Use the foil to lift brownies out of the pan cleanly.


To store: keep brownies refrigerated

Recipe adapted from Betty Crocker


  1. 1

    I think your “reader recipe” idea is brilliant. I’ve had food blog envy for YEARS – but I have way too much going on to blog about food. I’ll send you a recipe or two, I’m sure. :)
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    These are some cute brownies. I just cut my finger on a knife the other day (not as bad as the tongue); it wasn’t the first time and it won’t be the last time. I’m a mess in the kitchen. I get lectured by the hubs all the time to be more careful.

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    These are SO adorable!!! I loveeee the polka dots against the white cheesecake. What a great idea!

    I’m also a big fan of the recipes-from-readers idea! I’m obviously not a member of your target audience, but I would love to read about other reader’s recipes! You are so sweet/smart to think of doing that to get to know your readers better–I think it’s genius :)

    Also omg. I was literally wincing reading about your tongue/knife incident. Ahhh. I hope it’s all healed over!
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    These are incredible, Bailey! So fun!
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    Love these! So pretty and colorful. So glad I found your blog!
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  6. 10

    These are super cute! Thanks for sharing them at my Linky party!! Please come back next week!!

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    These are so cute! I’ve seen polka dot cakes where there’s cake pops in the centers, but never anything like this on a cheesecake. Super genius! and the cute colors are perfect for Halloween :)

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    Hello! Any way you could let me know how many ounces are in a package of cream cheese? I live in New Zealand and would LOVE to make these for Halloween but I don’t want to mess up the recipe! We don’t have cream cheese in bricks here, it’s all in plastic containers.

    Advice would be awesome! And I might use it to make that lemon curd cheesecake too, yum!

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    these are so cute!

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    These are the cutest cheesecake brownies. I adore the fun colored polkadots…so perfect for any holiday!!!
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    How come your cheesecake is so white and mine is yellow-ish?

  13. 19

    Could I do these in cupcake pans? If so, anyone know hoe long they should cook? My daughters 1st bday is polka dot themed!

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      Hi Sarah, I think you could definitely do this in cupcake pans! I would decrease the initial brownie baking time from 10 minutes to 5 and then I’d also decrease the second baking time to 20-25 minutes. If you decide to use the recipe, let me know how it turns out! Best of luck.
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    THIRTY-TWO OUNCES OF CREAM CHEESE? OH MY GOODNESS. There. I got that out. Or maybe I didn’t. Anyway, these are adorable, and the next time I have that much cream cheese AND browning mix hanging out, I’ll try it. :)

  15. 23

    I love that you ask for ‘feed’back… these are beautiful! Can’t wait for my grandson’s birthday…!

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    I made these to bring into work for my birthday (office tradition that you bring in sweets on your birthday!) and received rave reviews! I’ve passed the recipe on to a few colleagues now. I modified the recipe slightly to use a gluten free brownie mix for the base, and 1/4 rice flour as I have celiacs. Mine were nowhere near as pretty, but they tasted fantastic.

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