Brownie Bottom Dulce de Leche Cheesecake Bars

Brownie Bottom Dulce de Leche Cheesecake Bars are an indulgent dessert that combines the rich flavors of fudgy brownies, creamy cheesecake, and luscious dulce de leche. These bars are perfect for special occasions or whenever you’re craving a decadent treat. With a chewy brownie base and a smooth cheesecake layer topped with sweet caramel, this dessert is sure to impress.

Ingredients

For the Brownie Layer:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder

For the Cheesecake Layer:

  • 16 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sour cream

For the Dulce de Leche Topping:

  • 1 cup dulce de leche (store-bought or homemade)
  • Sea salt flakes (optional, for garnish)

Instructions

1. Preheat the Oven:
Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Line a 9×9-inch baking pan with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on the sides for easy removal.

2. Make the Brownie Layer:
In a medium bowl, whisk together the melted butter and granulated sugar until smooth. Add the eggs and vanilla extract, and whisk until well combined. Sift in the cocoa powder, flour, salt, and baking powder. Stir until just combined, being careful not to overmix. Pour the brownie batter into the prepared baking pan and spread it evenly.

3. Bake the Brownie Layer:
Bake the brownie layer in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out mostly clean with a few moist crumbs. Remove from the oven and let it cool slightly while you prepare the cheesecake layer.

4. Make the Cheesecake Layer:
In a large bowl, beat the softened cream cheese and granulated sugar together until smooth and creamy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in the vanilla extract and sour cream until fully combined.

5. Assemble and Bake:
Pour the cheesecake batter over the slightly cooled brownie layer, spreading it evenly. Return the pan to the oven and bake for an additional 25-30 minutes, or until the cheesecake layer is set and just slightly jiggly in the center. Remove from the oven and let it cool to room temperature, then refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or until fully chilled.

6. Add the Dulce de Leche Topping:
Once the cheesecake layer is chilled, spread the dulce de leche evenly over the top. If desired, sprinkle with sea salt flakes for a sweet and salty contrast.

7. Serve:
Carefully lift the cheesecake bars out of the pan using the parchment paper overhang. Cut into squares and serve. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator.

Tips for Success

  • Room Temperature Ingredients: Ensure the cream cheese and eggs are at room temperature for a smooth and creamy cheesecake layer.
  • Dulce de Leche: For a homemade touch, you can make your own dulce de leche by simmering a can of sweetened condensed milk until it turns into a thick, caramel-like sauce.
  • Cutting Bars: For clean cuts, use a sharp knife and wipe it clean between each cut.

Variations

  • Chocolate Swirl: Add a chocolate swirl to the cheesecake layer by drizzling melted chocolate over the top and using a toothpick to create a marbled effect.
  • Nutty Addition: Add chopped nuts, such as pecans or walnuts, to the brownie layer for added texture and flavor.
  • Fruit Topping: Top with fresh berries or a berry compote for a fruity twist.

Conclusion

Brownie Bottom Dulce de Leche Cheesecake Bars are a decadent and delightful dessert that combines rich, chewy brownies with creamy cheesecake and sweet dulce de leche. Perfect for special occasions or whenever you want to treat yourself, these bars are sure to impress with their layers of flavor and texture. Enjoy each indulgent bite of this deliciously irresistible dessert!

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