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Gluten Free Cheesecake Brownie Bites

Gluten Free Cheesecake Brownie Bites

Cheesecake brownie bites are the perfect mix of rich chocolate brownie & NY-style cheesecake, all in a little 2-bite muffin. Better make a double batch!

Gluten Free Cheesecake Brownie Bites

You already know about my Recipe Request Form. I know you know, because you give it a regular workout every day—and I love it. You really do have the best ideas, and with so many recipes already up here on the blog and so many more in my cookbooks, sometimes I need a little inspiration boost. One of the things you ask about quite a lot is cheesecake. Why oh why don’t I have a recipe for traditional New York-style cheesecake on the blog? What kind of a person doesn’t have such a recipe? Well, this kind. Because cheesecake is naturally gluten free! But when I have a chance to work a little cheesecake into another recipe, I jump at it. It’s kind of like whispering to you about cheesecake, for those of you who need a basic recipe. (The cheesecake batter in this recipe for Gluten Free Cheesecake Brownie Bites? It’s your basic New York-style cheesecake. :) And the fudgy-but-kind-of-cakey goodness of two-bite brownies is the perfect chocolatey base.

Gluten Free Cheesecake Brownie Bites, Step by Step

Cheesecake brownies are kind of like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. You know what I mean, right? Two great tastes that taste great together, of course.

Gluten Free Cheesecake Brownie Bites

Imagine two-bite brownies (a.k.a. Entenmann’s Little Bites Brownies from Gluten Free Classic Snacks) got all mixed up with cheesecake, and then run, don’t walk, to your kitchen to get started!

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Prep time: Cook time: Yield: 40 bites


For the Brownie Batter
1 1/3 cups (187 g) all purpose gluten free flour (I used my Better Than Cup4Cup Blend)

1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum (omit if your blend already contains it)

2/3 cup (53 g) unsweetened cocoa powder (natural or Dutch-processed, but I prefer Dutch-processed)

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

2/3 cup (133 g) granulated sugar

2/3 cup (145 g) packed light brown sugar

8 tablespoons (112 g) unsalted butter, melted and cooled

3 tablespoons (1 1/2 fluid ounces) milk (any kind), at room temperature

2 eggs (100 g, weighed out of shell) + 1 egg white (25 g) at room temperature, beaten

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the cheesecake batter
8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature

1/2 cup (100 g) granulated sugar

1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

1 egg (50 g, weighed out of shell) at room temperature, beaten

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  • Preheat your oven to 325°F. Grease a 24-cup miniature muffin pan and set it aside.

  • Make the brownie batter. In a large bowl, place the flour blend, xanthan gum, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda, and granulated sugar, and whisk to combine well. Add the brown sugar and whisk again to combine, breaking up any lumps. Create a well in the center of the dry ingredients, and add the butter, milk, eggs and vanilla, mixing to combine well after each addition. The batter will be thick and glossy. Set the brownie batter aside.

  • Make the cheesecake batter. In a large bowl with a hand mixer (or the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment), beat the cream cheese on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add the sugar, salt, egg and vanilla, beating well after each addition. The batter should be light and fluffy.

  • Assemble and bake. Place about 1 tablespoon of the brownie batter in the bottom of each of the prepared muffin tins and shake the muffin tin back and forth vigorously until the batter in each cup is smooth and even on top. Place about 1 tablespoon of cheesecake batter on top of the brownie batter in each well and shake into an even layer again. Place about 1 1/2 teaspoons of brownie batter on top of the cheesecake layer, and smooth into an even layer with wet fingers. The top layer of brownie batter will not completely cover the cheesecake layer. Place the tin in the center of the preheated oven and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center  comes out with a few moist crumbs attached, but no wet batter (about 15 minutes). Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the muffin tin for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat with the remaining batter.

  • Brownie layer adapted from Entenmann’s Little Bites Brownies from page 127 of Gluten Free Classic Snacks. Concept from Just a Taste.



P.S. For more recipes for snacks and all the little bites you’re missing, please pick up your copy of Gluten Free Classic Snacks today! Your support means so much to me.

  • Linda Vanderbaan


  • Lucy

    Yum! You’re sooooo right Linda :)
    Chaperoning tweens for 2 days, wish me luck :)

  • Jennifer S.


  • Corrie

    Use Cupcake Liners I
    greased and they STUCK like CRAZY and i have a Pile of YUMMY MUSH!!!!

    • Hi, Corrie, I’m sorry your cupcakes stuck to your pan, but that isn’t a function of the recipe, but of either the way you greased the wells or the pan itself. Next time, try using cooking oil spray, which gets in all the crevices most effectively.

  • arnab

    These are in the oven. I used the mini muffin tins, and the amount of each batter in each as per the directions, but it only made 24. No way would this make 40. And I made sure to measure each batter to make sure they would each be the right size. Sure hope they do not stick. I used cooking spray on teflon muffin tins.

    • Arnab, I made this recipe 3 times and got 40 each time. If I had used all of the batter in just 24 muffins they would have significantly overflowed the wells during baking. It sounds like you have rather large mini muffin wells.

    • nvcrisman

      I had this exact same issue, and I barely had enough brownie batter. I don’t know how one would have gotten 40 tablespoons out of the brownie batter recipe. Mine came out with shelves essentially on top, tasted great, just not as pretty.

      • Again, nvcrisman, it sounds like a difference in the size of the muffin wells. Glad the recipe turned out tasting good, though!

  • youngbaker2002

    We’re going to make these today! we went to Kohl’s yesterday to get our babycakes doughnut maker and it was out of stalk! :( We are now waiting for it to be delivered so we can make some hostess doughnuts. thanks for all the great recipes! -Mena

    • youngbaker2002

      Oh and I was wondering if you ever had a problem with yours sticking? Corrie said that she did. Should i put liners in to prevent that from happening? What do you recommend greasing the wells with? thanks again.

      • youngbaker2002

        A couple of them did stick a little but over all it went pretty well. i greased the wells with shortening. they taste sooo good! thanks!

  • Patricia van Dyke

    I was wondering if you know the nutritional info on these cheesecake brownie bites? I love gluten free recipes, but I also watch what I’m taking in. Thank you

    • Patricia, I don’t provide nutritional information, no. But feel free to plug in the ingredients into an online calculator and you’ll find all the information you need!

  • Marilyn daigre

    Wow! the sound better then the gf caramel cheesecake bites I just finished making. Will have to try these next week.

  • Loretta K

    Nicole, do you think I could use my store bought GF brownie mix (Better Batter product) in place of the brownie recipe? Just thinkin…

    • I don’t think a straight-up brownie batter would do well in mini muffins, no, Loretta.

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