Pillsbury™ Brownie Bottomed M&M’s® Cheesecake

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Pillsbury™ Brownies create a chewy, moist, chocolatey brownie crust that is then topped with a creamy dreamy cheesecake swirled with mini M&M’s® make this Brownie Bottom Cheesecake Recipe perfect for your Christmas Party! 
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The other day we had a fundraiser for my high school reunion. Yes, I am that nerd that is on the board for the high school reunion. Thanks to Cassie and Jackie that is. I had somehow convinced, really forced, one of my besties, Tiffany, to come with me. I picked her up and on the way we stopped in to Walmart so I could pick up Pillsbury™ Family Size Chocolate Fudge Brownie Mix for this Brownie Bottom Cheesecake. We galavanted around the store, naturally getting caught up in the wine and makeup aisle but eventually made our way to the baking aisle for the Pillsbury™ Brownie mix.
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We headed to the fundraiser and while it wasn’t a great turn out, our host was very generous in his donation to our reunion. And it was a great excuse for me to have a burger on a Wednesday night 😉


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Fast forward to a few days later and cheesecake time it was. My favorite time. If you’ve been on my blog before you may have seen a cheesecake or two.

These are a few things I always do when baking a cheesecake:

  • Room temperature Cream Cheese, NEVER use cold cream cheese
  • Bake my Cheesecake in a Springform Pan
  • Place the Springform Pan in a Large Round Cake Tin
  • Place the Cake Tin in a Roasting Pan and fill it with hot water, stopping halfway up the side of the cake tin
  • When about the inner 2 inch diameter of the cheesecake is jiggly and the rest is set I turn the oven off and let the Cheesecake rest in the oven for 1 hour
  • Take Cake Pan out of Roasting pan and let Cheesecake cool further on a wire rack for one hour
  • Wrap in plastic wrap and let the cheesecake chill overnight or minimum of 8 hours
  • When cutting the cheesecake to serve always have a hot cloth near by to wipe the knife clean after each cut

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If you follow those steps you should be able to make a show stopping cheesecake with no problems!

I absolutely love making a cheesecake. Dessert is really two in one, I have so much fun making it the night before usually with my sisters or mom and then the next day sharing it with the rest of my family. I always make a cheesecake for a family party, whether its Christmas or a Birthday it is so nice to make something the day before. And who doesn’t love the gift of a sweet treat? My family sure does!


Brownie Bottom Cheesecake Recipe is perfect for Christmas Day dessert or any other special paaaarty with your friends and family.


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Brownie Bottomed Cheesecake


  • 1 Box of Pilsbury Chocolate Fudge Family Size
  • Ingredients listed on box
  • Cream Cheese
  • 24oz Cream Cheese
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/3 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 1/3 Cup Sour Cream/ Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
  • 3 Large Eggs, at room temp.
  • 1/2 Cup M&M’S® Brand Minis Milk Chocolate Baking Bits
  • 1 Tablespoon Flour
  • Whipped Cream
  • 8.4 ounces (1 Cup) Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Teaspoon Dry Milk Powder
  • 1/3 Cup M&M’S® Brand Minis Milk Chocolate Baking Bits for decorating


  1. Spray a 9 inch Springform pan and a 8X8 or 9X9 pan with non stick cooking spray, and preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Prepare the brownie mix according to the back of the box. Divide batter between two pans equally. Bake at 350F for 20 minutes or until when sticking a toothpick in only moist crumbs crumbs stick, let cool on a wire rack. The springform pan press the brownies down a little bit, this will be your crust. Go ahead and eat other pan of brownies.
  3. Cheesecake
  4. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment beat cream cheese for 3 minutes on medium to high speed. Add granulated sugar and beat for another 3 minutes. Add in heavy cream, sour cream and vanilla extract until fully combined. Add in eggs one at a time. You should have a creamy batter with no lumps.
  5. In a small bowl mix the M&M’S® Brand Minis Milk Chocolate Baking Bits and flour. Then gently pour into cheesecake mixture.
  6. Pour the batter into prepared pan. Place 9 inch springform pan in a 10 inch cake pan- place cake pan in roasting pan and fill roasting pan with hot water half way up the sides of the cake pan. This prevents ANY water from getting in the cheesecake and you don't have to wrap everything with foil.
  7. Bake for 80 to 90 minutes, the middle of the cheesecake should jiggle just a little bit. Turn oven off and let cool in oven for 1 hour then take out of roasting pan and wrap with plastic wrap. Let sit in fridge over night.
  8. Whipped Cream
  9. When ready to serve Cheesecake, take your bowl and whisk attachment to the mixer chill it in the freezer for 5 minutes. When ready whisk heavy cream for 1 minute, add a splash of vanilla and milk powder. Whisk until stiff peaks form. Using a pastry bag and any tip you like pipe the whipped cream around the edges of the cake, I like to pipe mine pretty high. Use the remaining M&M’S® Brand Minis Milk Chocolate Baking Bits to decorate.
  10. To serve use a hot clean knife cut slices of cheesecake. Store in fridge.


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Brownie Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich

Homemade No Churn Vanilla Ice Cream is filled with Crushed Oreos and M&M’s then sandwiched between two Rich & Fudgy Brownie Cookies made from scratch. Everyone will love these Brownie Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

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Holy Cow! Words cannot describe my happiness when I tried one of these for the first time. The rich chocolatey cookie, like no other chocolate cookie I’ve had before, filled with creamy homemade ice cream with crushed Oreo’s & M&M’s.

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The perfect 4th of July treat. And bonus make them the day before, so the day of you just pull them out of the freezer when you’re ready. I made the ice cream in the morning and before bed made the cookies and assembled them.

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While these will be perfect for 4th of July with the Red, White & Blue M&M’s you can make them year round with regular M&M’s. I made them look like good ol’ AMURICA but they’ll be long gone before then in fact I might need to make another batch!


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Oh and the cookies are fabulous on their own too! As my sista Lydia said “FYI Those cookie are crack. Great Job”


Brownie Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich

Yield: 12-13

Serving Size: 1 Brownie Cookie Sandwich


    No Churn Ice Cream
  • 466 Grams (2 Cups) Heavy Cream
  • 1 Tablespoon of Vanilla Extract
  • 397 Grams ( 14oz) Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 170 Grams (1/2 Cup) Crushed Oreos
  • 170 Grams (1/2 Cup) M&M's
  • Brownie Cookies
  • 113 grams (4oz) Milk Chocolate
  • 113 grams (4oz) Semi Sweet Chocolate
  • 113 grams (4oz) Dark Chocolate
  • 91 Grams (5 tbsp) Unsalted Butter
  • 150 Grams (3 Large ) Eggs, at room temp.
  • Brown Sugar (Light or Dark)
  • 100 Grams (3/4 Heaping Cup) All Purpose Flour
  • 3 Grams (1/2 tsp) Baking Powder
  • 3 Grams (1/2 tsp) Salt
  • 60 Grams (1/3 Cup) M&M Candies, you may use more or less depending on how many you want


    No Churn Ice Cream
  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment beat the heavy cream and vanilla extract until medium peaks form.
  2. In a seperate bowl mix sweetened condensed milk with curshed Oreo's and M&M's. Fold the mixture into the whipped cream. Place mixture in an airtight container and place in freezer for a minimum of 6 hours.
  3. Brownie Cookies
  4. Chop the chocolate into small pieces. Place a glass bowl sitting over a pot with a little water on low- medium heat, make sure that the bowl is not touching the water. Place the butter, cut into chunks, into the bowl with the chocolate. Mix until chocolate and butter are melted. Set aside to cool for a few minutes.
  5. In the bowl of an electric mixer beat the brown sugar and eggs, beat for 2-3 minutes you will see the mixture begin to lighten.
  6. In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt, set aside.
  7. Slowly add the cooled chocolate mixture to the brown sugar mixture. Mix until fully combined, fold in the flour mixture just until no flour streaks remain. Pour into an airtight container and let chill in fridge for 2 hours or up to 2 days.
  8. Preheat oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with a Silpat Liner. Scoop 2 tbsp of dough onto sheet making sure to leave an inch between each cookie. Bake for 9-11 minutes, the cookies will begin to have the crunchy brownie top look on them. When done place tray on a wire rack and let cool for 20-30 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.
  9. When ready to prepare cookie ice cream sandwiches, remove ice cream out of freezer and let sit for 5 minutes.
  10. Scoop 1/4 cup ish of the ice cream, place one scoop of ice cream on the bottom of a cookie and take another cookie and put it on top of the ice cream. Wrap the cookie sandwich in plastic wrap, twice.
  11. I did two sandwiches at a time and placed them in the freezer then did another batch.

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Pretzel Crusted M&M Blondies

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Sometimes I do things or rather get ideas and act right away when it’s not the best idea. For example baking in this heat?! Not one of my best ideas. But I wanted a blondie, and I wanted it now! pretzelcrustedmmblondies (1 of 1)-5 I am happy to report that these blondies were worth having the oven on. The crunchy pretzel crust topped with a gooey cookie chock full of mini m&ms and chocolate chunks…what’s not to love? They reminded me of my Pretzel Chocolate Chunk Blondies now I want to try those blondies with a pretzel crust. Sweet and salty is a favorite of mine.


pretzelcrustedmmblondies (1 of 1)-6 One of the reason’s I love blondies is how simple and quick they are. Don’t get me wrong I love me a good cookie. In fact I think I more than love cookies. But sometimes rolling out individual cookies, baking multiple trays, basically all the required work with cookies isn’t worth it. Well it’s worth it but I don’t have time for it. That’s where blondies come in. pretzelcrustedmmblondies (1 of 1)-3 Melt a stick of butter, add the sugars, add the vanilla and egg. Then mix in flour, baking soda, salt and fold in whatever mix ins you like. Pour into a pan and bake. Easy?! Yes. Quick?! Yes.

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Just look at that crust?! Ugh I want another, if only I hadn’t eaten them all!!

Pretzel Crusted M&M Blondies

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 9 bars

Pretzel Crusted M&M Blondies

Just like pretzel chocolate chip cookies but easier and quicker. One bowl, one pan, one baking time, these bars are all the good things about cookies without all the fuss and time.Pretzel crusted these sweet and salty bars are perfect for a midnight snack. A la mode is even better 🙂


  • 1 1/2 cup pretzel bits, crushed
  • 6 tbsp butter melted
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted (1 stick)
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg, at room temp
  • 1 cup ap flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • pinch salt
  • 1 scant cup chocolate chunks
  • 1/2 cup mini m&ms


  1. Preheat oven to 350F and line a 8X8 baking dish with foil and grease heavily.
  2. In a medium bowl mix together crushed pretzels and 6 tbsp melted butter. Press into bottom of prepared pan.
  3. In the same bowl mix together 1/2 cup melted butter and sugars. Add in vanilla extract and egg until combined. Add flour, baking soda, salt and mix until just combined. Fold in chocolate chunks and M&M's, I reserved a few to sprinkle on top of batter. Bake for 24-26 minutes, until light and golden brown.


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Brown Butter Oat & M&M Cookies

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Two weekends ago I went down to San Diego for a Bachelorette night for one of my favorite bunnies ever! Ashley and I became friends through work and we have all become a little family at our pub. This cutie pie is getting married in about a month and I am so happy for her!
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I went with 3 other girls, and since it was a road trip (more like 2 hours) I knew I needed snacks cookies for the drive. And since brown buttah is mah thing and I had a new bag of mini m&m, brown butter oat m&m cookies were made.

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They were so good. Perfect size. Perfect texture. And chock a block full of m&ms and chocolate, a definite must in a cookie.

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These cookies were fabulous, even at three o’clock in the morning. I won’t lie this is a great after the club snack 😉 This and a fresh quesdilla that is! Brown Butter Oat & M&M Cookies www.confessionsofabakingqueen.com
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Brown Butter M&M Oat Cookies

Yield: 3 dozen cookies

Brown Butter M&M Oat Cookies


  • 2 sticks butter, (1 cup) browned and set back to solidify
  • 2 cups ap flour
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1 1/2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 cup mini m&ms
  • 3/4 cup milk chocolate chpis


  1. In a saucepan brown you butter. Let cool slightly then place in fridge or freezer until butter is back at a softened state. (See note)
  2. Preheat oven to 350F and line baking sheet with silpat liner, if using.
  3. Whisk the flour, oats, cornstarch, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  4. In the bowl of an electric mixer cream the butter and sugars for a few minutes. Add in egg, yolk and vanilla. Mix until fully incorporated. Slowly add in dry ingredients, mixing until no flour streaks remain. Mix in M&M's and chocolate chips. Scoop 1 1/2 tbsp size cookies and bake for 9-12 minutes. Until cookies are golden brown around the edges but still look a little underdone in the middle. Let cool on tray for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container for 3 days.


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