Mexican Cheesecake Flan Brownie

www.dadwhats4dinner.comThis is the final addition to my Cinco de Mayo series. Mexican desserts are not always easy to come up with even though many great recipes exist. My new recipe is a combination of two great Mexican desserts. Brownie and Flan. For the brownie I use a box of Ghirardelli dark chocolate brownie mix with the addition of cinnamon, Mexican chili powder and cinnamon chips. The flan is also a very simple recipe using only five ingredients. I also made some hard caramel glass as a decorative addition, but I think the dish would be great with a simple caramel sauce. Enjoy this with my other Cinco de Mayo recipes. Mexican Black Bean Dip and Mexican Ground Turkey served with Authentic Sopes.

Happy Cinco de Mayo

Makes 24 servings



1 box Ghirardelli dark chocolate brownie mix.

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon Mexican chili powder

1 egg

1/2 cup canola oil

1/3 cup water

1/2 cup cinnamon chips. (You can also substitute butterscotch chips)

Cheesecake Flan

1 (8 oz) package cream cheese ( I used low-fat)

1 tablespoon sugar

5 eggs

1 (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk

1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Caramel Glass

1 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup water

2 tablespoons light corn syrup



Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees F.

Grease a 9 x 13 baking dish.

In mixing bowl combine first 3 ingredients.

In a small bowl whisk together next 3 ingredients.

Slowly add wet ingredients to dry ingredients with mixer on low-speed.

Mix until combined. Do not over mix.

Fold in cinnamon chips.

Pour mixture into baking dish

Cheesecake Flan

Beat cream cheese and sugar in mixing bowl to a smooth and creamy consistency.

Mix in eggs, one at a time, until incorporated.

Beat in evaporated milk, condensed milk and vanilla until smooth.

Pour over brownie mixture. Use a knife to lightly swirl flan mixture into brownie mix.

Bake uncovered for 60-70 minutes until flan is lightly brown and set. An inserted toothpick should come out clean.

Cool completely before cooking.

Caramel Glass

Line sheet pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil.

Spray lightly with cooking spray. Set baking sheet on top of cooling rack to protect counter tops.

In heavy bottom medium size sauce pan add all ingredients.

Heat over medium heat stirring constantly until sugar dissolves.

When sugar mixture starts to simmer, cover and cook for 3-4 minutes to remove sugar crystals from sides of pan.

Remove lid and place a candy thermometer in pan. Do not stir and increase heat to medium high.

Watch temperature closely. When temperature reaches 300 degrees F turn down heat to medium.

When temp reaches 315 degrees remove from heat and pour into prepared baking sheet.

Cool complete.

Happy Cinco de Mayo

7 thoughts on “Mexican Cheesecake Flan Brownie”

    1. Thanks so much. It turned out very well. The texture of the Flan is light enough that it pairs well with the dense brownie.
      I appreciate the comments. Give it a try a let me know what you think.

      1. Ohh man…the way you just described it sounds delicious. I have a weakness for brownies (prefer the dense ones) and for some strange reason, I haven’t made one from scratch yet, weird! But when I do I’ll make yours, and def let you know. Thanks for the tips 🙂

  1. This sounds so delicious! I love that you combined 2 desserts together. My dad really likes flan so I would like to make this for him. The sugar glass is such a neat idea, too!

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