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Closeup view of Monster Smash Brownies - fudgy brownies that are swirled with cheesecake and raspberry jam to resemble blood. Two candy eyes on each square adds to the spooky effect.

Monster Smash Brownies


Jazz up simple brownies and make them bloody and gory! Monster smash brownies pair fudgy brownies with cheesecake and raspberry swirls for a spooky treat. Candy eyes add to the macabre, making them the perfect Halloween treat!



For the brownies

  • 8 tablespoons sweet (unsalted) butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon instant espresso powder (optional)
  • ¾ cup dark cocoa powder
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Kosher salt

For the cheesecake layer

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup raspberry jam, (more if desired)
  • 18 candy eyes


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8-inch square baking pan with baking spray or grease and flour the pan. Set aside.

Make the brownie layer.

Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat and stir in the brown sugar.

Remove from the heat and whisk vigorously to cool and combine the mixture.

Whisk in the eggs, vanilla, and instant espresso.

Add the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Fold the flour into the chocolate mixture until there are no white streaks, but don’t over-mix.

Spread the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top with a spatula. Set aside.

Make the cheesecake layer.

In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, egg, sugar, vanilla, and flour together with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy.

Spoon large dollops of the cream cheese mixture on top of the brownie batter. Try to have at least 4 dollops.

Use a butter knife to swirl the cheesecake with the brownie mixture.

Spoon small dollops of the raspberry jam on top and swirl lightly.

Bake in the oven for 18-24 minutes or until the top looks dry and nothing jiggles when you shake the pan. Don’t over-bake them. You want the brownies to be fudgy.

Cool the brownies completely before cutting them into 9 squares.

Dot each brownie with two candy eyes.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

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