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Orange Scented Ricotta Cheesecake Blackout Brownies

Orange Scented Ricotta Cheesecake Blackout Brownies

on Aug 4, 2017 |

My world famous brownies take a spin on the dark side! My classic 8 ingredient espresso brownies are made dark by using a dark cocoa powder for an almost black look. To make my sinfully rich brownies even more decadent, I topped them with a rustic Orange Scented Ricotta Cheesecake. Heaven in every single bite. Each bite is a perfect combination of creamy citrus and rich dark chocolate accompanied by a salty crunch of the pistachio garnish. This recipe is for those true chocolate fans! I am so happy to say this beautiful dessert won first place in the Lamagna Cheese recipe contest.

Orange Scented Ricotta Cheesecake Blackout Brownies


For the brownie bottoms:

1 cup unsalted butter, melted

2 cups sugar

4 eggs

2/3 cup dark cocoa powder

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp espresso powder or instant coffee

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup all purpose flour


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a 9×9 pan with aluminum foil. Spray with nonstick spray.
  • In a large bowl whisk melted butter, sugar, and dark cocoa powder until well combined.
  • Mix in eggs, one at a time. Followed by salt, espresso powder, and pure vanilla extract.
  • Stir in flour until all incorporated. Pour into prepped pan and bake 25 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare Orange Scented Ricotta Cheesecake


2 cups Lamagna whole milk ricotta cheese

1 cup powdered sugar

2 eggs

zest of 2 oranges


  • In a bowl mix Lamagna ricotta cheese and powdered sugar.
  • Stir in eggs, one at a time.
  • Zest in 2 oranges and mix well.
  • When brownies are almost done (25 minutes) remove from oven and pour the ricotta cheesecake batter on top.
  • Return pan back to oven for 35-45 minutes more until the ricotta cheesecake no longer jiggles in center and edges are light golden brown.

Remove Orange Scented Ricotta Cheesecake Blackout Brownies from oven and allow to cool completely. Refrigerate until ready to serve, but only after cooled. Refrigerating a cheesecake while it is hot may cause the top to crack.

Garnish for serving:

  • Drizzle chocolate ganache or chocolate fudge over the brownie slice.
  • Sprinkle with more orange zest and chopped pistachio nuts (I use food processor).
  • Place fresh raspberries on top for presentation.