Cream Cheese Brownies

by Alyona's Cooking
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These Cream Cheese Brownies come together so easily! Made with a one-bowl brownie batter and then marbled with a cream cheese mixture, you’re likely to be won over by these cheesecake brownies for a regular brownie!

A classic fudge brownie is handy to have, but when cream cheese comes to the mix it’s a whole different level! My husband likes these so much better then my regular brownie recipe, and if a lady sold these delicious brownie bars, individually at a tag sale you can be sure these will please your cream cheese brownie craving!

How to Make Cream Cheese Brownies:

These cream cheese brownies make enough to fit a 13 by 9-inch pan and make about 12 thick bars.

  1. To begin pre-heat the oven to 350° F and lightly grease a 13 by 9-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Next, cream the butter and sugar; beat in eggs and vanilla. Add cocoa, then the flour and salt. Beat well then pour the brownie batter into the prepared pan.
  3. Mix the cheesecake swirl ingredients until creamy and dollop mixture brownie batter.
  4. Carefully cut through the batter using a sharp knife to make swirls not too much because it will look messy.
  5. Bake in the pre-heated oven for 25-30 minutes or until edges look crisp and center is barely set.

Can you add chocolate chips to cream cheese brownies?

YES! For a special treat, mix one cup of chocolate chips into the cream cheese mixture or brownie batter. Sprinkling chocolate chips over the swirled batter can also work.

How can I make my brownie batter darker?

The best way to make brownies darker is to use Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa powder. I would recommend using half of the dark cocoa and half of unsweetened cocoa for a rich looking chocolate brownie color. Using all regular unsweetened cocoa will result in lighter brown brownies, and all dark cocoa will look almost black. So a balanced combination of the two cocoa’s work best, but is optional.

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What’s the best way to cleanly cut brownies?

Let the brownies cool completely before cutting into. Using a sharp serrated knife or using a wet knife and cleaning the blade between the cuts are helpful ways to make clean cuts.

Tips for making Cream Cheese Brownies:

  • Don’t over mix the brownie batter.
  • If your cheesecake mixture is too thick dilute with a few tablespoons of milk for easier swirling.
  • For a darker brownie batter incorporate some dark cocoa powder into the mix.
  • It’s better to underbake the brownies than to have cake-like brownies. Over baking, brownies will result in a cake texture. Under baking will look a bit undone but once they cool they’ll be fudgier.
  • Can use margarine instead of butter for this recipe.

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Cream Cheese Brownies

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 429kcal
Author: Alyona's Cooking
These Cream Cheese Brownies come together so easily! Made with a one-bowl brownie batter and then marbled with a cream cheese mixture, you're likely to be won over by these cheesecake brownies for a regular brownie!
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter or margarine softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Cheesecake Swirl

  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Pre-heat the oven to 350° F and lightly grease a 13 by 9-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Cream the butter and sugar; beat in eggs and vanilla. Add cocoa, then the flour and salt. Beat well then pour the brownie batter into the prepared pan.
  • Mix the cheesecake swirl ingredients until creamy and dollop mixture over brownie batter.
  • Carefully cut through the batter using a sharp knife to make swirls. Not too much because it will look messy.
  • Bake in the pre-heated oven for 25-30 minutes or until edges look crisp and center is barely set.

Notes

To make dark brownies use half dark and half unsweetened cocoa powder for the amount of cocoa called for. 1/4 cup is equivalent to 4 TBSP.
Bake brownies for no more than 25 minutes for fudgy brownies.

Nutrition

Calories: 429kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 102mg | Sodium: 127mg | Potassium: 89mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 39g | Vitamin A: 785IU | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1.3mg
Nutrition Facts
Cream Cheese Brownies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 429 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 13g81%
Cholesterol 102mg34%
Sodium 127mg6%
Potassium 89mg3%
Carbohydrates 52g17%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 39g43%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 785IU16%
Calcium 34mg3%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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