Happiness Is… – Recipe: Caramel Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies


Happiness is Fridays.  Of course, Friday is happiness!

Happiness is having a fluffy pumpkin to love.


Happiness is the fact that I cannot start singing or dancing without Summer immediately singing and dancing with me.  Seriously, she just cannot help it.  I will sing one note or start to dance, and she starts right up.  I love it!


Happiness is rain clouds, especially when those clouds actually produce rain.


Happiness is having a little girl who likes to play dress-up…even with her animals.


Happiness is brotherly fun, brotherly love.


Happiness is watching my littles wrestle and play.


Happiness is caramel…and chocolate…and cream cheese.

Happiness is this Caramel Chocolate Cheesecake Brownie.

Caramel Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies

Caramel Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies



1 1/2 sticks butter

1 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1 teaspoon vanilla

3 large eggs

1 cup flour

1/2 cup large chocolate chips

Caramel topping

Cream Cheese Filling:

1 package cream cheese

1 can sweetened condensed milk

1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium high heat. Add the sugar and stir well. Remove from heat, and whisk in the cocoa powder.
  3. In a mixing bowl, beat the eggs and vanilla. Pour the chocolate mixture into the egg mixture, and whisk until combined.
  4. Stir in the flour, and then add the chocolate chips. Set aside.
  5. Cream Cheese Filling:
  6. Mix together the cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk, and vanilla until smooth. Set aside.
  7. Putting It All Together:
  8. Add half of the brownie mixture to the pan. Spread it around. Drizzle on 3 tablespoons of the caramel sauce. Top with about 1/3 of the cream cheese filling, and spread it around. Repeat with the remaining brownie mix, 3 tablespoons of caramel, and 1/3 of the cream cheese mixture. You will have extra of the cream cheese mixture. Drag a knife through the mixture to create a marble appearance.
  9. Bake for 35-40 minutes. Allow to cool for about 15 minutes before cutting. Serve with a tall glass of milk. These brownies are gooey and delicious. Trust me, eating one of these brownies is happiness.

Come join the fun at the My Baking Addiction and GoodLife Eats Holiday Recipe Swap sponsored by Scharffen Berger.

I have posted this recipe over at Jane Deere,  Add a Pinch, Skip to My Lou, 30 Days, Sweet As Sugar Cookies, Something Swanky, and  Mrs. Happy Homemaker.  Stop by and see all of the other delicious recipes.

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16 Responses to Happiness Is… – Recipe: Caramel Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies

  1. TOO CUTE! Love your Happiness Day’s. The brownies look great however I think my tummy wouldn’t be so happy if I ate those. In my younger days I would LOVE the HAPPINESS they would bring to my mouth 🙂

  2. Yum, that looks fantastic! If you have the chance, come by & link this & anything else you have up at Makin’ You Crave Monday over at MrsHappyHomemaker.com!

  3. Athena says:

    Probably shouldn’t be checking out this post at lunch time… They look scrumptious. Feel free to linkup to the Success U – Wednesday Linkup Party at http://www.thestuffofsuccess.com.

  4. Lovely Light says:

    Hi there- found you through the hop and am a new follower. OMG these sound so good! I just bought my own cocoa powder for the first time (no more mixes!) and I might have to make this…I hope you have time to follow my life in South Africa by http://withoutcomplexities.blogspot.com

    I hope you are having a great week!

    • Natalie says:

      Thank you so much for reading and for taking the time to comment. I truly appreciate it. I would love to check out your blog and see what is going on in South Africa. Have a great week!

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  6. Caramel, Cheesecake and Brownies. Oh my word…I totally need these in my life! Thanks so much for linking them up in the Holiday Recipe Exchange!

  7. Emily Ruth says:

    Your children are super adorable! And those brownies look amazingly delicious, I’m definitely going to give them a go!

  8. These look amazing!! I love the combination of caramel & cream cheese. You normally only see one or the other! Hmm…if only I had caramel topping in my kitchen right now!! 🙂
    Stopping by from Something Swanky!

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