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Swirled Cream Cheese Brownies Recipe

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 16 brownies
Calories: 227kcal
If you're craving a rich, decadent dessert, then you need to make these Cream Cheese Brownies! Homemade brownies are topped with a swirl of deliciously baked cream cheese.
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For the Brownies

  • ½ cup granulated sugar 100 grams
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 28 grams (¼ stick)
  • 2 tablespoons water 28 grams
  • cups semisweet chocolate chips 255 grams
  • 2 large eggs 100 grams
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract 2 grams
  • cup all-purpose flour 80 grams
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt 1.5 grams

For the Cream Cheese Swirl

  • 8 ounces cream cheese 227 grams, softened (1 standard package)
  • 1 large egg 50 grams
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar 50 grams
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract 2 grams


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare an 8x8 square baking pan with a nonstick baking spray. The pan can also be lined with foil and sprayed for easier removal. Set aside.
  • In a medium saucepan set over medium heat and stirring frequently, cook the sugar, butter, and water until it reaches a boiling point. Once boiling, remove from the heat and stir in the chocolate chips until they are melted. Stir in the eggs and vanilla. Mix in the flour, baking soda, and salt until everything is well combined. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Set aside.
    ½ cup granulated sugar, 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, 2 tablespoons water, 1½ cups semisweet chocolate chips, 2 large eggs, ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract, ⅔ cup all-purpose flour, ¼ teaspoon baking soda, ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • To a large bowl, add the cream cheese, egg, vanilla, and sugar. Mix, with a hand mixer, until the batter is smooth and creamy. Using a spoon, drop dollops of the cream cheese mixture all over the top of the brownie batter. Using a toothpick, skewer, or knife, swirl around the top creating a pattern of swirls. Bake for 30 minutes, or until the center is set. Allow the bars to cool on the counter until you can move them into the fridge. Chill for 1-2 hours to allow the bars to set before cutting.
    8 ounces cream cheese, 1 large egg, ¼ cup granulated sugar, ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract



  • For the easiest removal, line the pan with foil and spray it with cooking spray.
  • Use the toothpick method to check the doneness of the brownies. If the toothpick comes out clean after being inserted to the middle of the brownies, they are fully cooked! If not, add another 5 minutes of bake time before trying again.
  • As tempting as it may be, don't skip the cooling and chilling steps in this recipe. The cream cheese needs that time to set!
Storage: Store cream cheese brownies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days, in the refrigerator for up to 4 days, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.


Serving: 1brownie | Calories: 227kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 148mg | Potassium: 132mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 287IU | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg