Brownie Bottom Candy Explosion Cheesecake is the perfect way to use up loads of Halloween candy. The brownie bottom and the candy too- oh my!
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I am so ready for Halloween!!! This cheesecake is so ready for Halloween too!! It is just begging for you to cover it up with yummy Halloween candy.
I am trying to figure out what to wear for Halloween parties. My husband and I tend to go as related things. Like I was a mermaid and he was a pirate a few years ago. I’m trying to think of fun things that we could do. I was thinking of Wreck it Ralph and Vanelope, but every price I see is like $60 per costume. Cute, but not sure about the pricing for them. Then I look at flapper costumes that I saw for a good price on Amazon. They are so pretty, and I figure a bit more practical since there always seems to be some random theme party/fundraiser that has that 20’s gatsby theme. Always thinking of ROI & CPW (cost per wear). Basically, I’m just not sure what to do.
Besides that, I pulled out all the Halloween decorations. And I have been making more trips to the dollar store, Target, and Michael’s for Halloween crafts and decor. I am going to get our lights up this weekend. Our purple lights will go up, Monster door decoration will be DIY’d and installed. I gotta figure out how to hang some bats and spooky drapey stuff off our porch roof. It’s stuccoed- so that should be interesting…
There is plenty of stuff to do between now and then, but I can’t wait for it. The costumes, the drinks, the candy! BRING IT ON!!!!
Anyway, I have been on a recent cheesecake kick with making them in all sizes, methods, and flavors. I think they are so fun to make. So when I was planning out all teh fun thigns t that I could make for #HalloweenTreatsWeek, I just knew that I needed to make a cheesecake. I really tossed around a bunch of ideas that I still want to make, so I bed at some point in the near future, you’ll be reading another cheesecake recipe on here.
In the end, I came up with Brownie Bottom Candy Explosion Cheesecake!!!!!!!!!
The brownie bottom was similar to my Buckeye Brownie Cheesecake, then I made a traditional cheesecake filling, that I colored orange. Lastly, I loading it all up with a yummy chocolate drizzle and cut up Halloween candy all over the top.
I debating making the cheesecake a chocolate one, but I wanted the fun orange color and I wanted it to give the candy on the top to shine, without competing flavors.
Now, this Brownie Bottom Candy Explosion Cheesecake is really easy to make. I know that cheesecakes cane seem difficult from the ban marie (water bath) and the fear of it cracking, but it’s actually simple. And if your cheesecake does crack- no worries, it’s getting all covered up by yummy candy!
Once the cheesecake is cooled and you have a chance to load that candy on there… oh man, it’s time for trouble.
This Brownie Bottom Candy Explosion Cheesecake is quite devilish, but in all the right ways. So, I think it’s okay be to a bit naughty with this one. Dig in!
For the Brownie Bottom
- 4 ounces/115g bittersweet chocolate
- 4 ounces/115g unsalted butter
- 5 ounces/142g sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 3 ounces/94g all-purpose flour
- 3 ounces/94g semi-sweet chocolate chips
For the Cheesecake
- 2 8 ounce packages cream cheese
- 7 ounce/100g ounce/100g sugar
- 1/2 Cup plain whole fat yogurt or sour cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 drops red food coloring
- 9 drops yellow food coloring
- 2 eggs
- white chocolate for a drizzle
- chocolate candies such a mini Reese's cups, M&M's, Snickers, Reese's Pieces, Milkyway's, Kit Kat, etc
- Preheat the oven to 350F. Spray the bottom of a 8" springform pan.
- Begin by making the brownie base. In a large heat safe bowl, combine the chocolate, butter, and sugar. Microwave on 50% heat until the butter is melted, mix well. (Took 4 min 30 sec to melt at 50% heat)
- Add the eggs and vanilla extract; mix well. Fold in the flour and chocolate chips.
- Pour into the prepared pan. Bake for 15 minutes, then remove from the oven and let cool for 15 minutes. Turn the heat down to 300F now.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the cream cheese and sugar. Mix well until completely combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
- Add the yogurt, vanilla extract, and food coloring. Mix well.
- Add the eggs, one at a time, by very gently mixing, or folding in. DO NOT OVER MIX.
- Fill a kettle with water, turn on. (It doesn't have to come to a boil, just be hot)
- Once the brownie bottom is cooled, pour the cheesecake batter into the pan. Gently shake to remove any air bubbles.
- Place in a 9x13 pan. Put it in the oven and pour in hot water up to 1/2" around the pan. Bake of 60-70 minutes, or until the center is set but still jiggly.
- Turn off the oven and leave the door ajar, let the cheesecake cool for 15-30 minutes, while still in the oven.
- Remove the cheesecake from the oven and water bath, let cool to room temperature completely. This can take up to 4 hours, depending on ambient room temperature.
- Carefully remove the cheesecake from the pan by running your knife along the sides. Open the spring and carefully pulling the open form up, away from the cheesecake.
- Place the cheesecake on a plate and decorate with melted chocolate and candy pieces. Loosely cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate at least 8 hours, or over night.
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