Brownie cheesecake trifle drizzled with hot fudge topping in a glass trifle bowl next to a stainless steel spoon on a wooden surface (with logo overlay)

Brownie Cheesecake Trifle

Layer brownies with a cheesecake filling to make Brownie Cheesecake Trifle, a dessert anyone with a sweet tooth will devour.

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Don’t you love when a mistake turns out to be amazing? This recipe started with a mistake I made in another recipe I was following, so I made up the rest as I went!

We love brownies and we love cheesecake at our house and this combines the two. I used a box set of brownies, but you could also make homemade brownies if you want them to be truly from scratch. But using a box helps to speed up the process just a little bit.

Originally, I wasn’t quite sure what normally goes into a cheesecake filling. I tried to find some recipes online, but didn’t have the ingredients for most of them. Since I also didn’t have time to go to the store, I decided to wing it with what we had.

The first time I made this recipe, I brought it to my in-laws for Easter. Let’s just say it was devoured. Most of us have a sweet tooth, so had large helpings. And the boys might have gone back for seconds! Then I made it again more recently as a treat for the first day back to school for the boys.

Step by Step

Ingredients

  • 1 box brownie mix, plus ingredients
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 oz hot fudge topping
Ingredients for brownie cheesecake trifle in stainless steel bowls on a white surface

Preparation

Bake the brownies according to the package, using the cake-like option if available, and let cool.

Use an electric mixer to combine the cream cheese, heavy whipping cream, sugar, powdered sugar, lemon juice, and vanilla extract until smooth.

Cheesecake filling mixed in a stainless steel bowl on a white surface

Use a fork to coarsely crumble the brownies. Put 1/3 of the brownies in the bottom of a trifle bowl.

Crumbled brownies in the bottom of a glass trifle bowl on a white surface

Cover with 1/2 of the cheesecake filling.

Crumbled brownies topped with cheesecake filling in a glass trifle bowl on a white surface

Put another layer of 1/3 of the brownie mixture.

Layers of brownie and cheesecake filling in a glass trifle bowl on a white surface

Layer with the remaining cheesecake filling.

Layers of brownie and cheesecake filling in a glass trifle bowl on a white surface

Garnish with remaining brownies.

Layers of brownie and cheesecake filling in a glass trifle bowl on a white surface

Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, up to overnight.

Just before serving, warm the hot fudge and drizzle on the trifle.

Brownie cheesecake trifle drizzled with hot fudge topping in a glass trifle bowl next to a stainless steel spoon on a wooden surface (vertical)

Leftovers

The brownie cheesecake trifle needs to stay refrigerated. Cheesecake filling, because of the ingredients, needs to stay cool. If you have leftovers, cover and store in the refrigerator. It should last for 2-3 days.

Recipe

Originally Published On: August 23, 2021

Brownie cheesecake trifle drizzled with hot fudge topping in a glass trifle bowl next to a stainless steel spoon on a wooden surface

Brownie Cheesecake Trifle

Layer brownies with a cheesecake filling to make Brownie Cheesecake Trifle, a dessert anyone with a sweet tooth will devour.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cool Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Course:
Dessert
Cuisine:
American
Diet
Vegetarian
Keyword:
brownies
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cheesecake
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cream cheese
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dessert
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trifle
Dietary Needs:
Nut-Free
Servings: 8
5 from 9 votes

Ingredients

  • 1 box brownie mix (plus ingredients)
  • 8 oz cream cheese (softened)
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 oz hot fudge topping

Instructions

  • Bake the brownies according to the package, using the cake-like option if available, and let cool
  • Use an electric mixer to combine the cream cheese, heavy whipping cream, sugar, powdered sugar, lemon juice, and vanilla extract until smooth
  • Use a fork to coarsely crumble the brownies
  • Put 1/3 of the brownies in the bottom of a trifle bowl
  • Cover with 1/2 of the cheesecake filling
  • Put another layer of 1/3 of the brownie mixture
  • Layer with the remaining cheesecake filling
  • Garnish with remaining brownies
  • Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, up to overnight
  • Just before serving, warm the hot fudge and drizzle on the trifle
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Nutrition Facts
Brownie Cheesecake Trifle
Amount Per Serving (0.5 cup)
Calories 584 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Fat 30g46%
Saturated Fat 15g75%
Cholesterol 72mg24%
Sodium 338mg14%
Potassium 103mg3%
Carbohydrates 74g25%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 51g57%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 818IU16%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 54mg5%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutrition content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.

Brownie Cheesecake Trifle FAQs

What is a trifle?

Traditionally, a trifle is an English dessert of sponge cake, fruit, and custard. Now, it usually refers to any dessert with layers of something cake-like, creamy, and often fruit.
Src: https://www.tasteofhome.com/article/what-is-a-trifle/

What type of brownie works best?

You can use any brownie, but I usually buy the Duncan Hines brand brownies. If you can find one that has the “cake-like” option, go with that one. It needs to be crumbly, not fudge-like.

42 thoughts on “Brownie Cheesecake Trifle”

  1. We love brownies and we love cheesecake! This will be devoured by our family too. Such a delicious and easy to make dessert.

  2. 5 stars
    I need this! I’m a HUGE brownie fan but I’ve never seen it in a trifle!!! I’m going to get the stuff and make it this weekend and I can’t wait!

  3. 5 stars
    You know my heart, brownies, and cheesecake! This looks super easy to make but I would have to make brownies from scratch as we don:t have brownie mix here in Japan.

  4. 5 stars
    This is a delicious trifle! My family absolutely loved it…such an elegant and delicious way to serve up brownies!

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