Brownie Mosaic Cheesecake

Behold, a gorgeous four-part cheesecake in all of its glory:

Oreo crumb crust.
Creamy cheesecake.
Fudgy brownies.
Chocolate ganache glaze.

WOW. Now, many of you know I am a self-professed Queen of Cheesecake. No,  I’m not tooting my own horn about how fabulous my own cheesecakes always turn out, but cheesecake is by far my very favorite dessert. I’ll eat it before anything else laid in front of me. And so when I saw this cheesecake featured on Smitten Kitchen, there was no turning back. I had to make it. Immediately. And with no good reason whatsoever other than I wanted it. No company, no dinner party, no celebration. Just because it looked THAT good.

Although the cheesecake is comprised of four components, it wasn’t complicated at all to put together, so please don’t be intimidated! The recipe for one bowl brownies is ridiculously quick and can be thrown together in less than 15 minutes. You can make the brownies a day ahead and pop them into the fridge – they are easier to slice through when cold anyway!

We need to talk about the crust. Deb is a genius. DOUBLE THE CRUST! Doh! ::smacks self on forehead:: For someone who is ALL about the crust (be it cheesecakes, pies, pizza, anything that has crust), it never occurred to me to just go ahead and double the crust recipe. Simply brilliant, for sure. The original recipe calls for either chocolate wafer cookies or Teddy Grahams to use for the crust,  but I used Oreos because, well, I just adore them. Oreo cheesecake is by far my favorite variety, so if I’m not going to have Oreos IN my cheesecake, I’ll definitely settle for them being my crust!

The cheesecake itself has the perfect texture – wonderfully creamy and melts in your mouth. Pair that with the double crust, a bite of fudgy brownie in every other forkful and a layer of rich, bittersweet chocolate ganache and really – cheesecake (or life, for that matter) does not get much better than that.

Craving more cheesecake? Some of my favorites:
Oreo Cheesecake
Chocolate Rum Cheesecake
Hidden Berry Cream Cheese Torte
Cheesecake Truffles
Coffee-and-Espresso Layered Cheesecake

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Brownie Mosaic Cheesecake

Yield: 12 to 16 servings

Prep Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes


For the Brownies:
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
¾ cup (1½ sticks) unsalted butter
1¾ cups sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup flour

For the Crumb Crust:
1½ cups or 5 ounces (3 cups or 10 ounces to double) finely ground Oreos, or other chocolate cookie
5 tablespoons (10 tablespoons to double) unsalted butter, melted
1/3 cup (2/3 cup to double) granulated sugar
1/8 teaspooon (¼ teaspoon to double) salt

For the Cheesecake:
3 (8-oz) packages of cream cheese, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
4 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla

For the Ganache Glaze:
3 oz. bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
4 tablespoons (½ stick) unsalted butter
¼ cup heavy cream
½ teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon powdered sugar


1. To make the Brownies: Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 13×9-inch baking pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides of pan. Grease foil.

2. Microwave chocolate and butter in large microwaveable bowl on HIGH 2 min. or until butter is melted. Stir until chocolate is completely melted. Stir in sugar. Blend in eggs and vanilla. Add flour and salt; mix well. Spread into prepared pan.

3. Bake 30 to 35 minute or until toothpick inserted in center comes out with fudgy crumbs. (Do not overbake.) Cool in pan on wire rack. Remove brownies from pan, using foil handles.

4. Cool brownies, then cut them into 3/4- to 1-inch squares for use in the cheesecake (I used a pizza cutter, per Deb's recommendation). You will have more than the two cups of cubes, loosely measured, than you will need, and I'm sorry, you're just going to have to decide for yourself what to do with the extra. Add cubes to cake batter as directed below.

5. To make the Crumb Crust: Stir together the Crumb Crust ingredients and press into bottom and 1 inch up side of a buttered 10" springform pan. Fill right away or chill for up to 2 hours.

6. To make the Cheesecake: Preheat oven to 350°F.

7. Beat together cream cheese and sugar with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, then vanilla, beating on low speed until each ingredient is incorporated and scraping down bowl between additions.

8. Fold brownie cubes in very gently. Put springform pan with crust in a shallow baking pan. Pour filling into crust and place on a rimmed baking sheet (to catch drips) in middle of oven 45 minutes, or until cake is set 3 inches from edge but center is still slightly wobbly when pan is gently shaken.

9. When completely cool, top with following glaze.

10. To make the Ganache Glaze: Place finely chopped chocolate in a medium size mixing bowl. Scald the butter and cream together in a saucepan (or in the microwave on HIGH for 1 minute). Pour the cream mixture over the chocolate and stir until the chocolate is completely melted. Whisk in vanilla and then whisk in powdered sugar until smooth. Spread over cheesecake while ganache is still warm. Chill until ready to serve.

(Adapted from Smitten Kitchen)


139 Responses to “Brownie Mosaic Cheesecake”

  1. Amber on October 11, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    Wow, hellllllo beautiful!! This looks absolutely amazing. I am definitely going to have to give this a try.


  2. Megan on October 11, 2008 at 6:05 pm

    I saw that on Smitten Kitchen, and another blog recently made it as well. I can’t wait to try it, it looks AMAZING! Cheesecake is awesome, and with all the additions, well – just over the top!!


  3. Jenn's Baking Chamber on October 11, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    Wow! brownies inside of a cheesecake! its like a dream! kinda reminds me of a blizzard but better!!!!!


  4. Erin on October 11, 2008 at 6:41 pm

    I made this about a month ago, and I agree that it’s the best cheesecake ever. I have never been a big cheesecake fan, but this cheesecake is a totally different story. It’s my husband’s favorite as well, so it was a huge hit for us!


  5. kayte on October 11, 2008 at 7:27 pm this looks incredible chelle! i’m actually having a hard time coming up with words here. i’m totally on my way over to help you eat this 😉


  6. Bunny on October 11, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    I’m definetly making this, it’s already bookmarked!


  7. Jaime on October 11, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    wow!! i think i also saw this on erin’s blog?? it looks fabulous. what’s not to love? 🙂


  8. Aubri on October 11, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    I share your love for cheesecake. I just made the Brown Sugar Apple Cheesecake (TWD) that I found on your site…and yum! This looks just as divine and I can’t wait to make it! Thanks!


  9. Cristine on October 12, 2008 at 8:10 am

    Goodness gracious… I must have this NOW!!!!! Looks amazing!


  10. Jenny on October 12, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    Oh my. I am trying to eat better, less sweets and such, and this is just calling to me…… Oh such a test of my willpower!


  11. Shaheen on October 12, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    Looks delicious! So want to try this now.


  12. Emily on October 12, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    Wow, this looks fantastic. I already have a great cheesecake with cookie crust recipe that I found this past summer. I can’t even imagine how amazing it’ll taste with brownies and chocolate glaze. I’ll definitely be making this!


  13. Kate on October 12, 2008 at 6:32 pm

    One of my coworkers asked me to make an oreo cheesecake for her birthday…but maybe I’ll try this instead.


  14. Annie on October 12, 2008 at 7:30 pm

    Looks just as yummy as I know it was 🙂 Great pick, I and my friends all thank you for it!


  15. megan on October 12, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    this is the ultimate chocolate dessert! brownies + oreos + cheesecake = the winning combination! YUM!


  16. Erin on October 12, 2008 at 7:49 pm

    That looks so freaking good! I could never make it just to have around the house, though, because my willpower is zero and I would eat way too much! I like bringing desserts to other peoples houses, so I can enjoy some and leave the leftovers there 🙂


  17. Nicole on October 12, 2008 at 11:14 pm

    Cheesecake combined with chocolate! Well does it get much better than that?


  18. Katie on October 13, 2008 at 7:14 am

    WOW!! Looks like every girl’s DREAM! mmm…..


  19. ingrid on October 13, 2008 at 10:07 am

    I’m not fond of chocolate but for some reason I keep coming back to your photos especially that first one. Your cheesecake looks just SO GOOD!


  20. allie on October 13, 2008 at 7:07 pm

    Yummy!!!! Looks delicious and love how detailed the photos are. May I add the recipe to


  21. ResilientHeart on October 14, 2008 at 1:06 am

    Oh! My! Gosh! That looks absolutely divine – the upclose shots are incredible, thank you so much for sharing.

    Never met a cheesecake I didn’t like! The texture on this is superb.


    (The photos look so good, we should all be able to reach out and grab that fork…yum!) 🙂


  22. andy abraham on October 15, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    Your brownies look amazing… What a cool idea for brownies… I am a member of a social networks site… and we recieved a post on Brownies and wanted to hear you opinions of it …I stumpled upon your post…and thought you would be a good sounding board.. we have a bake sale coming up…and want it to turn out good for our daughter… please advise…thanks


  23. Cameron on October 16, 2008 at 6:38 am

    This is a DEFINITE.

    AHHHHH I love cooking and i’m so inspired.


  24. HoneyB on October 16, 2008 at 7:57 am

    This looks sooo delicious!


  25. TeaLady on October 16, 2008 at 5:35 pm

    I only have one word to describe this cheesecake — WOWIE!!! I have GOT to try this. Fantastic!


  26. Joy the Baker on October 17, 2008 at 6:42 pm

    So much goodness! All in one slice! What a gorgeous gorgeous overload!


  27. Adelle on October 24, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    mmmm, you have the same very basic, very five star cheesecake recipe that I use: cream cheese, eggs, vanilla, and sugar. It is the foundation for what looks like an amazing variation on a luscious theme. I will be giving this a try! slurp!


  28. Jeanine on November 1, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    Made this today, took it to a family members house and got rave reviews. Thank you for the wonderful recipe!


  29. Fruit Salad Recipes on November 6, 2008 at 6:55 am

    Cheese cakes are the best….


  30. Ashley on November 18, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    Yummmmmmmmmmmm! I saw this cheesecake on Smitten Kitchen a long time ago and said one day I’ll make it. Thanks for reminding me. It looks so good. I’m all about the crust too.


  31. Beverly on March 23, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    Just amazing how many cheesecake blogs that I come across! This cheese cake looks awesome!


  32. Chris on April 6, 2009 at 6:43 am

    Everybody loves this cake ! Cheesecake, brownies, and oreos- a combo that can’t miss. The kids at youth group made it vanish and my daughter loved the leftover brownies.


  33. choccycake on July 4, 2009 at 9:05 am

    Mmmmm, I want some of that please!


  34. BQ on September 7, 2009 at 7:52 am

    I’m halfway thru this. The brownies are BOMB!!! I don’t even know if I’m a make it to the cheesecake. Good thing there’s plenty brownies left over. Where I am it’s hard to get a hold of unsweetened chocolate, I used their version of bittersweet ( taste that way anyway, 40% cocoa) from this store called Hofa, and used 1 cup sugar. BOMB!!!!


  35. Jeannie on December 4, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    I am so drooling over this! Your cheesecake looks so delicious!


  36. evelyn on February 10, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    i want to try this, but im nervous that the brownies will sink to the bottom. how come they wont sink?


  37. Michelle on February 16, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    Hi Evelyn,

    You will LOVE this cheesecake, and I definitely encourage you to make it! Unfortunately I don’t have a good answer for you as to why the brownies won’t sink to the bottom, but they don’t – I’ll call it baking magic 🙂


  38. Kaitlin on April 12, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    I made this for my birthday on Saturday. DELICIOUS. :] I used two nine-inch round cake pans instead of the springform pan and doubled the crust and the ganache (before I doubled the ganache it looked thin; that’s probably because my cake pans had basically the same diameter as the springform pan so I was trying to spread half of a ganache intended for a ten-inch pan into a nine-inch pan). Everyone who’s tried it loves it. YUM. :]


  39. Jen @ How To: Simplify on April 26, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    Cheesecake is my absolute favorite dessert. This recipe would definitely satisfy my unbelievable cheesecake cravings!


  40. LilSis on April 26, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    Wow! I’m not a huge sweet eater, but cheesecake is hard for me to resist. This looks fantastic!


  41. maggy on April 26, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    Who could say no to this?!? YUM! Love brownies, loooooove cheesecake.


  42. fruit salad recipes on May 19, 2010 at 2:42 am

    Who could say no to this?!? YUM! Love brownies, loooooove cheesecake.


  43. Katie on August 23, 2010 at 9:34 am

    I haven’t commented here before but I have been loving this site for awhile now lol. I made this yesterday but changed some things. I made a completely different brownie recpie (an 8×8 with butter and cocoa powder- needed about 1/2 the pan, a little less actually), used an oreo crust (2 cups oreo crumbs, 5 tbs butter, scant 1/3 cup sugar), 9 in pan, and different ganache (4 oz 72 % dark chocolate with 1/2 cup heavy cream and 1/2 tsp vanilla). BUT it was still the same cheesecake part and still the same idea. I was worried about the temp, 350 is higher than i have ever used for cheesecake and it did look too dark on the edges and raw in the middle, I turned it off and left it in there, which made it appear cracked, dark and overcooked. But after I put the topping on and chilled it for 4 hours it was SO GOOD. looked great, tasted better.


  44. Heidi on August 27, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    I have made this cheescake now 3 times and it is by far the best cheesecake I have ever had. It is so good!!! It’s a must try.


  45. kikat on September 1, 2010 at 6:59 am

    I super love this one, tried it right away after seeing the pictures, taste so awesome! Thank you


  46. thebarb on October 24, 2010 at 9:45 am

    I baked this yesterday and chilled overnight. Just had a tiny sliver for breakfast because I have no willpower – delicious with my coffee. Incredibly rich, creamy, crunchy – pure decadence!


    • Michelle on October 24th, 2010 at 7:25 pm

      Isn’t it fabulous?! I really need to make this again soon! It’s one of my very favorite recipes on the site.


  47. Sara on December 16, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    I made this as a birthday cake for co-workers. I used the extra brownies as “garnish” and to hold the cake in place on the tray.


  48. Jamie on December 27, 2010 at 5:56 am

    I made this cheesecake for Christmas and it was a HUGE success! It was beautiful and delicious! Thanks!

    *fellow Pittsburgher


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  51. Eftychia on January 23, 2011 at 7:35 am

    Thank you so much for this recipe. It looks so delicious. I already saved it to my favorite recipe list.


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  54. Sunny on March 9, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    So… I was gonna give up sweets for lent… And then I saw this…


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  56. Laura on April 25, 2011 at 10:03 am

    I made this amazing cheesecake for Easter dinner with my boyfriend’s family. Without question, it made them fantasize about my boyfriend and me getting married and the many more desserts I would make them once I was in the family haha. Thank you for this recipe!


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  60. Brienne on May 28, 2011 at 7:19 am

    Made this last night for my in-laws and it was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!!! I did the double crust and I am so glad I did. Creamy and very rich!!!! Thank you! Everyone loved it!


  61. ashley on June 15, 2011 at 10:21 am

    Hey Michelle! made this 2 nights ago and tried it last night it was the very first “real” cheesecake i ever made and it turned out great…just very rich…and unfortunitly its just me so i gotta find some ppl to force to eat this with me cause ill cry if i have to throw any out 🙂
    thanks for a great recipie to use!


  62. Dena on June 23, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    I just wanted to let you know that I made this last weekend and it was AWESOME! Everyone loved it! I didn’t double the crust, but should have. I will next time.


  63. Emely on June 29, 2011 at 7:18 am

    Hello i made this cake for my uncles bithday beacuse he loves cheescake and he say he never eat a better one tnx for this recipes …whas fun to make….


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  65. Sarah on July 9, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    I am making this for a small group gathering tomorrow and have the cheescake portion done and cooling. When I took it out of the oven, it was set around the edges but jiggly in the center like you said but the cheesecake pulled away from the crust along the top edges. Any ideas as to why this might have happened? I’m a novice cheesecake maker so I’m stumped! It still looks yummy and I’m hoping the ganache will hide the separation. I’m sure it will taste good anyhow!


    • Michelle on July 11th, 2011 at 2:34 pm

      Hi Sarah, Wow, I have never managed to get the crust the whole way to the top of the pan, so this has never happened to me. But, yes, the cheesecake will usually pull away from the pan when it is done.


  66. Diana on July 31, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    I made this into bars for our little party yesterday – and they were a huge hit! Thanks so much!!


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  68. Gwyn on August 6, 2011 at 10:01 am

    When do you take the cake out of the springform pan? Before or after you pour the ganache on?


    • Michelle on August 6th, 2011 at 11:49 pm

      Hi Gwyn, After. Once the cheesecake has cooled to room temperature, you’ll put the ganache on, then chill in the pan, removing the springform pan before serving.


      • Gwyn on September 27th, 2011 at 4:03 pm

        Just wanted to say that I’ve made this cheesecake twice now & it is delicious! I’ve gotten rave reviews from all my guests. Yummy!


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  70. Bronwyn on August 22, 2011 at 2:14 am

    OH wow – I made this the weekend. It was deliciously decadent! Best cheesecake ever – my guests were licking their plates……

    Your blog is awesome! cant wait to try out some of your other recipes…..


  71. Heidi F on August 27, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    Oh my goodness! SOOOO yummy! This was my first attempt at a cheesecake. When I first took it out of the oven I was very nervous because it was so “jiggly” but the next day it was perfection! I served it at a get together and everyone loved it and asked for the recipe. I did double the crust. Next time, I will not. The edge (the part where the side crust meets the bottom crust) came out really hard. Other than that it was the best cheesecake ever and easy to make. It was a bit time consuming, but easy!


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  73. Veronica on September 24, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    This is an absolutely beautiful dessert! It looks yumptious. I would like to make it today, but need to know if a 9″ springform pan will work, since the recipe calls for a 10″ one. Looking forward to your reply.


    • Michelle on September 26th, 2011 at 3:48 pm

      Hi Veronica, Yes you can make it in a 9″ pan.


  74. snapdabble on September 27, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    I am going to make this today. First attempt ever at cheesecake. I made the brownies yesterday (first time making brownies from scratch!) I wanted to know if I am suppose to use just the cookie part of the oreo or do I crush entire cookie, filling and all? I can’t wait until I am stuffing my face with this.


    • Gwyn on September 27th, 2011 at 4:01 pm

      When I made it, I used the whole Oreo (filling & all) & it was delicious!


    • Michelle on September 27th, 2011 at 11:45 pm

      Yes, definitely the whole Oreo!


  75. snapdabble on September 27, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    ok I made it, but I don’t think I let it cook enough. took it out at said time, but now that it’s cooled, its just not thick and creamy. Seems the center needed to be cooked a bit longer…trial and error.


  76. snapdabble on September 28, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    initially it was more like a custard. But after letting it set in the fridge over night, it seems to be more dense and think and creamy. I still feel like i didnt cook it enough, when i took it out of oven, after cooling a bit, it “fell” or sunk in. Is this normal?


    • Michelle on September 28th, 2011 at 8:59 pm

      That can definitely happen with cheesecakes, they will settle down a little as they chill.


  77. Emely on October 3, 2011 at 3:27 am

    This looks delicious…And i will certainly make this for this weekend i hope it will looks so good like yours.


  78. Sh@mmi on October 11, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    Halved d cheesecake part n it ws yumm!! Evry1 luvd it thnku xx 🙂


  79. danika on October 21, 2011 at 2:26 am

    oh. my. god. this was my first attempt at cheesecake and it turned out wonderfully. the brownies were chewy, the (double) crust was perfect and the cheesecake was creamy and decadent. my boyfriend is a cheesecake freak and he loved it! this is the third or fourth recipe of yours i’ve tried, and you’ve never let me down. thank you thank you thank you!!!


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  83. Melanie on December 29, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    I’m planing on making this wonderful cake for new years eve. And I was wondering if it would be better to chill the cake over night or could I make it in the morning and serve in the evening?

    A big thank you for all your great recipes 🙂 – from Germany 😉


    • Michelle on December 30th, 2011 at 8:20 pm

      Hi Melanie, You definitely want to chill the cake overnight. Happy New Year!


  84. Emily on January 28, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Oh my gosh!! I also made this as a birthday cake and it is just so SO good. The oreo crust is just unreal!!! The whole cake really is exactly as you’ve described it. Thanks for sharing!


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  86. Beth on February 12, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Im so excited to make this for valentines day! I have mini heart spring form pans (about 4″). Do you have any recommendations regarding cook time or temp, for the smaller pans? Thanks do much!


    • Michelle on February 14th, 2012 at 7:46 pm

      Hi Beth, Keep the same temperature, but you won’t need to cook them as long. I haven’t done mini, but I would start checking about a quarter of the way through the full cooking time.


  87. Shannon on February 13, 2012 at 11:42 am

    I made this for Valentine’s Day (we celebrated early). It was beautiful. The crust was GREAT! Overall, it was good. I think I like my cheesecakes creamier. (I am just picky about cheesecake.) The husband liked it, but likes some of the other cheesecakes I have made better. I do like the concept and beauty of the cake though. Next time, I will use a different brownie recipe and a different cheesecake recipe, but I will NOT change the crust. Thank you for the idea!


  88. Ellen on March 3, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    I made this a couple months ago and it was a huge hit! I accidently used the entire pan of brownies (which, admittedly, I do remember thinking was a lot. I probably should have re-read the recipe). It didn’t matter though! The cake was so amazing.

    Thanks for sharing this delicious dish 🙂


  89. b on April 6, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    what about a peanut butter chocolate ganache top? i haven’t made this so i don’t know…would that be overkill?


    • Michelle on April 6th, 2012 at 8:16 pm

      Oh heck no! That sounds awesome, go for it!


  90. Sara on April 29, 2012 at 9:42 am

    I made this for my dear friend’s 20th birthday party! It was delicious and definitely finished of to the last crumb! Making it again for a get-together tomorrow, and I and my family are prepared for the delicious leftovers haha!


  91. Stephanie on May 3, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    How many people does this feed.Im thinking of making this for a party??!


    • Michelle on May 3rd, 2012 at 11:52 pm

      Hi Stephanie, It depends on how large you cut the pieces, but it’s pretty rich, so I would estimate 12 to 16 servings.


  92. Genelle Pretty on May 9, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    I just decided I’m going to make this for my birthday in a few weeks! Thanks for the inspiration. 🙂


  93. Nicole on June 5, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    Just a heads up–this person (who has been lifting content from other blogs I read) “borrowed” your text and photo here: She left the shout out to Smitten Kitchen, but somehow forgot to mention you…


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  98. Julie on December 23, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Is the ganache supposed to harden right away? I finished the cake two hours ago, but the ganache is still soft


    • Michelle on December 23rd, 2012 at 9:55 pm

      Hi Julie, The ganache doesn’t set rock-hard, it will stay a little soft.


  99. Patti on February 14, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Made this yesterday – we loved it – even my husband, who is not always a fan of too much chocolate. Very creamy, and double crust was definitely a good idea. Have you ever made it as individual (muffin-sized) servings?


    • Michelle on February 14th, 2013 at 11:16 am

      Hi Patti, I’ve never made this into muffin cups, but I bet that would be good, too. If you try it let me know how it goes!


      • Patti on February 18th, 2013 at 2:49 pm

        They worked brilliantly! I made them as bite-sized mini cupcakes. I cut the brownies up very small and placed one in each cup before filling them up with the cheesecake mixture. I made 4 dozen minis and a small (4-inch) cheesecake and I had enough leftover brownies that I froze them for another time.


  100. liz on May 5, 2013 at 10:00 am

    I have just made this cheesecake.
    Just had my first taste.
    Probably one of the best cheesecakes I have ever made. The oreo base is soooo good, crunchy but not as sweet as I thought it would be, so excellent.
    The recipe for the brownies was so simple.
    This is a really good recipe.
    Thanks so much.


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  102. Ala'a on August 19, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    I made this few days ago and it turned out SUPER 🙂 Very delicious unique combination:) Everyone totally loved it! 🙂 I doubled the oreo crust and had a very rich thick cheesecake, THANK YOU Michelle 🙂
    for the next time, I want to make the oreo crust without any sugar, as some people said it’s too sweet for them :S Would it still be ok? I am afraid the crust will easily break once I cut the cheesecake and will end up having it in crumbs…Will appreciate your advise 🙂 <3


    • Michelle on August 22nd, 2013 at 6:32 pm

      Yes, I think you can make the crust without the sugar.


  103. Mary-Jane on August 30, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Just put this in the oven, so excited…but after 15 minutes, i smelt smoke, opened the oven and realised fat was dripping from the bottom of my springform pan, so I’ve had to take it out as I was worried the fat would catch fire. Will the cheesecake come out ok in the end if I put it in the oven again in a few hours? Just until I can clean the fat off the bottom of the oven. Will the eggs and cream cheese mixture will go funny if left in the tin sat on the kitchen top waiting to be cooked again?


    • Michelle on August 31st, 2013 at 6:27 pm

      Hi Mary-Jane, I would not recommend leaving the cheesecake sit out for hours half-baked and then try to finish it. I don’t think the texture will turn out correctly, unfortunately.


  104. Ala'a on November 18, 2013 at 3:21 am

    Hi Michelle,
    I made this for the 2nd time and it was absolutely amazing! I was just wondering, since I doubled the oreo crust (and added 10 tablespoons of butter), would it work if I reduced the butter a little bit next time I make it? Would it make the crust less buttery? I’m having some friends over and wanna make this cheesecake again 🙂 Please let me know your suggestion, if I still double the crust, how many tablespoons of butter shall I add…?
    Thanks a lot for this one! I’m soo addicted to your spectacular recipes 🙂


    • Michelle on November 18th, 2013 at 4:00 pm

      Hi Ala’a, I would use the amount of butter called for in the recipe; if you use less, the crust could be dry and crumbly, and not stick together.


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  109. Alex on April 30, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    Hi, can you explain this to me? I may sound dumb but I’m confused.

    “Fold brownie cubes in very gently and pour mixture into prepared pan. Put springform pan with crust in a shallow baking pan. Pour filling into crust and bake in baking pan (to catch drips)”

    What do you mean by ‘prepared pan’? Is that the pan which is actually the springform pan with the crust? And then once I’ve filled the springform pan you’re saying to place it in ANOTHER pan? To me it sounds like all you actually need to do is just fill the springform and put it in the oven, but clarification would be grand.



    • Michelle on April 30th, 2014 at 6:46 pm

      Hi Alex, So sorry for the confusion! There was a typo in that sentence; you should fill the prepared springform pan with the batter, then it is recommend to bake in either a larger pan or on a rimmed baking sheet to catch any drips. I hope this helps!


  110. Tara on May 1, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    Hi Michelle,

    Absolutely in love with your blog – have tried some of your cakes but this is going to be the first cheesecake – very excited! Quick query – do you usually remove the bottom of the springform pan before serving? If so, how?

    Thanks so much,


  111. Yvette on May 28, 2014 at 10:06 am

    This looks amazing! Can it be frozen? And how far in advance can you make it if it’s not frozen? The unsweetned chocolate is in a bar form right? Thanks so much!!


    • Michelle on May 30th, 2014 at 12:36 pm

      Hi Yvette, Yes, this can be frozen. If you prefer not to freeze, you could make it up to a couple days in advance of serving it. Unsweetened chocolate is usually found in bar form, yes.


  112. Samantha C. on May 28, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    Great recipe! I used chocolate graham crackers for the crust instead of Oreos. This cheesecake had the perfect amount of sweetness, the Oreos might have been a little overwhelming for me. Ganache was perfect. I’ve tried so many recipes that were flops, I’m so happy that I gave this one a try. Will certainly make again!


  113. Heidelind on August 24, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    Totally agree- double the Oreo crust. Great recipe:)


  114. Kevin Roach on September 3, 2014 at 12:37 am

    This cake is better than sex .


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