Cream Cheese Brownies


These ultra-gooey brownies have a rich and tangy layer of sweetness that comes from a simple cream cheese mixture swirled over the top of the brownies. With a high proportion of melted chocolate in the brownies batter, each rich square is dense and perfectly soft.

Active Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs


  • ½ cup unsalted butter

  • 2 cups chocolate chips

  • ¾ cups brown sugar

  • ¾ cup + 1/3 cup granulated sugar, divided

  • 5 eggs, divided

  • 2 ½ teaspoons vanilla, divided

  • ½ + 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt, divided

  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Grease a metal 9- x 13-inch baking pan and set aside.

  2. In a medium saucepan, melt butter until bubbling but not brown. Turn off heat, add chocolate chips, and stir to coat. Let sit for 5 minutes. Stir again until the chocolate is completely melted and combined with the butter. Transfer to a large mixing bowl and add, brown sugar, 3/4 cup granulated sugar, 4 eggs, and 2 tsp. vanilla. Whisk until well combined. Add 1/2 tsp. salt, cocoa powder, and flour and stir together until well combined. Pour into prepared baking pan.

  3. With a mixer, beat together cream cheese, 1/3 cup sugar, 1/2 tsp. vanilla, 1/8 tsp. salt, and 1 egg until well combined, about 3 minutes. Spread over top of brownie batter and using a knife, draw swirls across the surface of the cream cheese by running the tip of the knife about 1/2 inch deep into the brownie batter as you move it around. Bake until set, about 30-35 minutes. Allow to cool completely before cutting.

    Cream Cheese Brownies
    Micah A. Leal
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