Prepare yourself for a dessert journey that transcends ordinary indulgence – the 5-Layer Cookie Box Brownie Cheesecake. This epic creation combines the best of chocolate chip cookies, brownies, and cheesecake into a symphony of flavors and textures that will leave your taste buds singing. Perfect for those moments when you want to impress, celebrate, or simply treat yourself to a heavenly delight, this recipe is a testament to the artistry of dessert-making. Let’s dive into the layers of decadence that await!
Who is this Recipe For?
This dessert masterpiece is for the bold and adventurous souls who believe that more layers equal more joy. If you’re a fan of the classic trio – cookies, brownies, and cheesecake – and dream of a dessert that brings them together in perfect harmony, this recipe is your sweet escape. Whether you’re a seasoned baker looking for a show-stopping creation or a dessert enthusiast seeking a new flavor adventure, this 5-layer wonder is for you.
Prepare for a culinary adventure by gathering these delightful components:
- 16 oz chocolate chip cookie dough, at room temperature
- 36 oz brownie mix (2 boxes), batter prepared according to package instructions
- 24 oz cream cheese, softened
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 large egg
- 40 double-stuffed chocolate cookie sandwiches
- Whipped cream (for serving)
Let’s embark on the journey of creating this towering masterpiece:
- Cookie Dough Base:
Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C). Line a 10-inch (25-cm) springform pan with two layers of plastic wrap, allowing them to hang over the sides. Press the room temperature chocolate chip cookie dough evenly into the bottom of the pan, then fold the plastic wrap over the top. Unclasp the pan and freeze the cookie dough disk.
- Brownie Layers:
Re-clasp the pan, spray the bottom with cooking spray, and pour in the prepared brownie batter. Grease a 5-inch (12-cm) or deeper, 8-inch (20-cm) wide cake pan, then press it into the brownie mix until the batter reaches halfway up the sides of the springform pan. Bake for 35 minutes, then cool for about 5 minutes.
- Cheesecake Bliss:
Reduce the oven temperature to 300°F (150°C). In a large bowl, mix cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, and egg until smooth. While the brownie is still warm, rotate and press down on the inner cake pan to push the cooked brownie even more up the sides of the springform pan, creating an even ring. Chill for 30 minutes.
- Cookie Sandwich Layer:
Arrange a single layer of chocolate cookie sandwiches at the bottom of the brownie shell. Pour the cheesecake batter over the cookies, ensuring an even spread.
- Frozen Cookie Dough Disk:
Tap the pan to release air bubbles, then bake for about 40 minutes until the cheesecake slightly jiggles in the center. Freeze until the top of the cheesecake is slightly firm, around 30 minutes. Add another layer of cookies on top of the cheesecake and place the frozen cookie dough disk.
- Bake and Chill:
Tuck in any edges and bake for an additional 20 minutes. Chill completely, then release the springform pan. Slice and serve with a dollop of whipped cream topped with another cookie – because, why not?
- Enjoy the Decadence:
It’s time to savor the layers of flavor and texture that make this 5-Layer Cookie Box Brownie Cheesecake a dessert legend. Enjoy every bite of this decadent creation!
Kitchen Equipment Needed
- 10-inch (25-cm) springform pan
- Plastic wrap
- Cooking spray
- 5-inch (12-cm) or deeper, 8-inch (20-cm) wide cake pan
For the ultimate indulgence, serve each slice with a generous dollop of whipped cream and an extra cookie on top. Pair with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an extra dose of decadence.
Tips and Tricks
- Ensure the cookie dough disk is frozen for easier handling and to maintain its shape during baking.
- Experiment with different flavors of chocolate chip cookies for added variety.
- Get creative with the whipped cream topping by adding a sprinkle of cocoa powder or chocolate shavings.
Q: Can I use homemade cookie dough?
Absolutely! If you have a favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe, feel free to use it for an extra personal touch.
Q: Can I prepare this in advance for a special occasion?
Certainly! This dessert is a great candidate for prepping ahead. Bake and assemble the layers, then refrigerate until ready to serve.
Q: Can I substitute the chocolate cookie sandwiches?
Certainly! You can experiment with different types of cookies or even create your own cookie layer for a unique twist.