These delicious gluten free Brownie Cheesecake Bars are so hard to resist. Each bite you take is full of chocolate moist brownie and creamy cheesecake, chopped Butterfinger candy, and fudge. It is truly an incredible dessert.

Because of our busy schedule this week, I had to make this recipe over three days. I shopped the first day, baked the recipe the second day, and then finished it with the cheesecake part on the third day. Doing this meant tempting candy would be lying around my house longer than usual.

It was like our own special family marshmallow test. How long can they resist a chocolate gluten free dessert?

Luckily, they left me enough to make this new recipe because I know you will love these gluten free cheesecake brownies. As I show here, you can make bars or make them into a big cheesecake!

If you love chocolate as much as I do, you will want to try all of my gluten free chocolate desserts!

Why this recipe is so worth making:

This cheesecake brownie recipe is like two desserts in one! If you are torn on what dessert to make, I can’t recommend this recipe enough!! If you like your brownies really fudgy, I recommend using my Gluten Free Brownies Recipe.

This gluten free cheesecake brownie bar recipe is one of my favorites! I love how easy these cheesecake bars are to use that extra candy. If you are in a hurry and want that fudgy brownie dessert ASAP, try my 3-minute Gluten Free Mug Brownie recipe!

Ingredient notes:

Gluten free brownie cheesecake bars ingredients.
  • Gluten free flour blend – I tested this recipe using Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 Gluten Free Flour Blend and King Arthur’s Measure for Measure Gluten Free Blend. That doesn’t mean others will not work; I have not tested other flours.
  • Xanthan gum – If your gluten free flour blend doesn’t contain xanthan gum or guar gum, please add 1 teaspoon.
  • Cream cheese – I recommend full fat.
  • Sour cream – This helps give a lot of creaminess. You can also use plain Greek yogurt if you prefer.
  • Condensed milk – This gives sweetness to the cheesecake.
  • Cocoa powder – There are many brands of gluten free cocoa powder. I like to use Rodelle, Anthony’s, and Ghirardelli brands.

Recipe step-by-step directions:

Brownies steps 1 and 2 photos.

Step 1: Add your dry brownie ingredients to a large bowl and whisk to blend. Add chocolate chips, or leave them out.

Step 2: Add the wet ingredients to a bowl and mix.

Photos of steps 3 and 4.

Step 3: Pour the wet ingredients over the dry and mix well.

Step 4: This is what the brownie batter looks like. Pour the brownie batter into an 8×8 pan and bake at 350º F for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven.

Whipping up the cheesecake in a stand mixer.

Step 5: In a mixer, add the cheesecake ingredients. Whip them on medium-high speed until they are fluffy.

Step 6: Pour the cheesecake mixture over the brownies and use a spoon or spatula to spread it over the brownies.

Cheesecake going in oven.

Step 7: Optional: chop up the Butterfinger candy and sprinkle it over the cheesecake mixture. Notice I put the baking pan into a larger pan with water in the bottom. This helps keep the cheesecake moist while baking so it doesn’t crack.

Step 8: Add one inch of water to the bottom pan. This will prevent your cheesecake bars from cracking. Bake at 350º F for 25-30 minutes.

Allow the gluten free cheesecake brownies to cool and slice carefully. Slather hot fudge onto the brownies.

Expert Tips and Recipe FAQ:

Are Butterfingers Gluten Free?

Butterfinger candy bars are safe for gluten-free people, making it a great candy bar for baking and holiday treats for the kids. Hello, Butterfinger cheesecake and all sorts of desserts. Read for more on whether Butterfingers are Gluten Free.

Do you have to refrigerate these bars?

You can keep these gluten free cheesecakes out of the refrigerator for a day, but any longer, and you want to keep them in the refrigerator. This recipe should be kept for 4 days. Use a covered container so your bars don’t dry out!

Can you use a brownie mix for this recipe?

You can definitely use a gluten free brownie mix for this recipe to make it quicker. I like Trader Joe’s gluten free brownie mix.

How long will these brownies keep?

These brownies will keep fresh for up to 4 days in an airtight container or up to 4 months in the freezer.

A forkful of brownie cheesecake.

More chocolate desserts

gluten free cheesecake brownie bars on a wooden tray

Gluten Free Butterfinger Cheesecake Brownie Bars

Sandi Gaertner
Easy gluten free Butterfinger Cheesecake Brownie Bar recipe.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Gluten Free Cookies and Bar Recipes, Gluten Free Dessert Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 12 people
Calories 284 kcal

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Equipment

  • 8×8 Baking pan

Ingredients
  

For the Brownies

  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa * see note
  • ½ cup gluten free flour (*Note, my flour blend has xanthan gum included. If yours doesn’t, add 1 teaspoon.)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • dash of salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup butter melted
  • ¼ cup milk

For the Cheesecake

  • 2 8 ounce packages of cream cheese softened to room temperature
  • ¼ cup sour cream * see note
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 can condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • dash salt
  • 3 tablespoons gluten free flour
  • *optional fudge sauce

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350º F.
  • Spray coconut oil in an 8×8 baking dish.
  • In a large bowl, add all brownie dry ingredients whisk to blend them together.
  • In a smaller bowl, add in the wet ingredients and mix. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix well.
  • Pour brownie batter into the pan.
  • Bake for 20 minutes.
  • While the brownies are baking, add all cheesecake ingredients into a mixing bowl for a standing mixer.
  • Mix on medium speed until creamy.
  • Remove the brownies from the oven.
  • Pour the cheesecake mixture on top.
  • Optional: Sprinkle the BUTTERFINGER® pieces on top of the cheesecake mixture.
  • Put the cheesecake pan into a larger pan.
  • Fill the larger pan with 1 inch water.
  • Bake for 25 minutes until done.
  • Remove and allow to cool.

Notes

  1. I have tested this recipe with King Arthur Measure for Measure GF and Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 GF blend. That doesn’t mean others will not work, I just have not tested other flours.
  2. There are several brands of gluten free cocoa powder. I like Rodelle, Anthony’s, and Ghirardelli.
  3. If your gluten free flour blend doesn’t contain xanthan gum or guar gum, please add 1 teaspoon.
  4. You can substitute Greek yogurt for sour cream if you prefer.
  5. These brownie cheesecake bars will keep up to 4 days in an air-tight container, or up to 4 months in the freezer.

SPECIAL NOTE

Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 284kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 5gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 118mgSodium: 177mgPotassium: 163mgFiber: 2gSugar: 18gVitamin A: 691IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 71mgIron: 1mg
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54 Comments

  1. These were absolutely amazing! The only problem I had was getting the brownies done. I increased the cooking time by 20 minutes, and they still were not done. If anyone has any tips, I’m up for them! The brownies were not fully cooked for me, and I could not fit all of the cheesecake mixture into the 8X8 dish. But it was probably my error. Done or not, these were SO GOOD! We did not have to worry about saving leftovers because there weren’t any!

  2. 5 stars
    Two of our favorites in one bar! These sound so rich and delicious. Bookmarked for later.

  3. 5 stars
    By condensed milk, do you mean sweetened condensed milk? It looks amazing! Butterfingers are my favorite candy!

    1. Hi Ruth, I do mean sweetened condensed milk. You can use regular milk based, or the coconut milk based one in the blue can. Thank you for stopping by 🙂

    1. Hi Pat, I added a nutrition label in. See if that is what you meant. I need to figure out how to space it better as it is almost smushed on the last instruction. Thank you.

  4. These brownie bars looks so delicious and hard to resist! Love using Butterfinger Easter eggs in these brownies! Perfect for Easter!

  5. You somehow managed to make brownies, cheesecake, and Butterfingers ALL more delicious! YUM!