Cheesecake Brownies

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  • Cheesecake Brownies – Fudgy chocolate brownies swirled with a cream cheese filling and chocolate chips. Super soft, rich and the ultimate chocolate lover’s dream dessert!

    One of the best things about these cheesecake brownies is that I used brownie mix to simplify the recipe. They still taste delicious, but the mix helps to save time. Some other favorites are brownie truffles, brownie strawberry trifle and chocolate caramel brownies.

    stack of cheesecake brownies

    Cream cheese brownies

    This cheesecake brownie recipe is my husband’s favorite and is requested A LOT! The cream cheese brownies have a layer of fudge brownie studded with chocolate chips, a layer of cheesecake and then another brownie layer with chocolate chips on top. They are super fudgy and rich. Talk about a chocolate lover’s dream dessert!

    These cheesecake brownies are such a fun and delicious twist on the classic brownie recipe and are still really simple to make. I doctored a box mix to make things a little easier and they tasted amazing, especially when you add a few of my secret ingredients. Make sure to have a tall and cold glass of milk ready with these gooey cheesecake brownies!

    My kids helped me whip up these brownie cheesecake bars and they each took turns stirring the batter. They may have snuck the spoon after too and I don’t blame them. :) Brownie batter is almost as good as the finished dessert! I love to swirl the brownie batter and cream cheese mixture to give the cheesecake brownies that beautiful marbled design. So much swirled goodness…YUM!

    cheesecake brownie batter in a glass bowl with a wooden spoon

    How to make cheesecake brownies

    These marbled cheesecake brownies are simple to make and come together in under an hour. Just follow the steps below to get started.

    Step 1: Mix together the brownie batter

    Place brownie mix in a large bowl and add in butter, buttermilk, vanilla, egg and 1/2 cup chocolate chips. Stir until batter is smooth, about 2 minutes.

    silver measuring cup filled with chocolate chips

    Step 2: Make the cream cheese layer

    In a medium bowl, mix together the softened cream cheese, sugar, egg and vanilla with an electric mixture for about 1 minute, until smooth and creamy.

    spreading cheesecake layer on top of brownie batter with a spatula

    Step 3: Assemble brownies and make swirls

    Place half of the brownie batter in a foil-lined 9×9″ baking dish (make sure to spray with nonstick spray first). Then add cream cheese mixture on top of batter and smooth with a spatula.

    To make the marbled effect, add about 9 scoops of remaining brownie batter on top of cream cheese filling. Swirl each scoop with a knife, similar to the photo below. Then sprinkle remaining 1/4 cup chocolate chips on top.

    swirling the cheesecake brownie layers together

    Step 5: Bake the cheesecake brownies

    Bake the cream cheese brownies in the oven at 325°F for 35-45 minutes, or until a toothpick comes clean. Remove from oven and allow to set for at least 30 minutes before cutting. Remove foil from pan then slice the brownies.

    brownie cheesecake bar with a bite taken out

    Baking tips and storage

    • Make sure to line your pan with foil! This helps with cleanup, removal and makes cutting the brownies easier.
    • If you don’t have buttermilk, you can easily make your own! Just place 1 tsp into the milk and let sit for a few minutes.
    • Instead of adding chocolate chips, feel free to use brownie mix with chocolate chips already included.
    • Can make your own homemade brownies if preferred. I love these delicious fudge brownies.
    • I use a plastic knife to cut my brownies. Make sure they have cooled at least 30 minutes before cutting.
    • Storage: Brownies can be stored in an airtight container at room temp for 2-3 days or in the fridge for up to 5 days.

    stack of cheesecake brownies

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    Cheesecake Brownies Recipe

    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: brownie cheesecake bars, cheesecake brownies, cream cheese brownie recipe, cream cheese brownies
    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 40 minutes
    Total Time: 50 minutes
    Servings: 18
    Calories: 267
    Author: Jamielyn Nye
    Cheesecake Brownies - Fudgy chocolate brownies swirled with a cream cheese filling and chocolate chips. Super soft, rich and the ultimate chocolate lover's dream dessert! 

    Ingredients

    • 18 ounce box brownie mix
    • 6 Tablespoons melted butter
    • 1/4 cup buttermilk
    • teaspoons vanilla
    • 1 large egg
    • 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips

    For the cheesecake filling:

    • 8 ounce package cream cheese , softened
    • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
    • 1 large egg
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla

    Instructions

    • Preheat oven to 325°F. Line a 9×9″ pan with foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
    • In a large bowl, add the brownie mix, butter, buttermilk, vanilla, egg and 1/2 cup chocolate chips. Stir for 2 minutes, or until smooth.
    • In a medium bowl, add the cream cheese, sugar, egg and vanilla. Mix with an electric mixer for 1 minute, or until smooth and creamy.
    • Place half of the brownie batter in the pan and then spread the cream cheese mixture evenly on top. Then add 9 scoops of the brownie batter on top of cream cheese filling. Swirl with a knife to create a marble effect. Top with the remaining 1/4 cup chocolate chips.
    • Bake cheesecake brownies for 35-45 minutes, or until a toothpick comes clean. Remove from the oven and allow to set for at least 30 minutes before cutting. Remove foil from pan then slice.
    • Enjoy homemade brownies with a cold glass of milk! :)

    Notes

    • Make sure to line your pan with foil! This helps with cleanup, removal and makes cutting the brownies easier. 
    • If you don't have buttermilk, you can easily make your own! Just place 1 tsp into the milk and let sit for a few minutes. 
    • Instead of adding chocolate chips, feel free to use brownie mix with chocolate chips already included. 
    • Can make your own homemade brownies if preferred. I love these delicious fudge brownies
    • I use a plastic knife to cut my brownies. Make sure they have cooled at least 30 minutes before cutting. 
    • Storage: Brownies can be stored in an airtight container at room temp for 2-3 days or in the fridge for up to 5 days. 

    Nutrition

    Serving: 1brownie | Calories: 267kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 174mg | Potassium: 31mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 342IU | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg
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