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Chocolate Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies

So I made these brownies over the weekend, and posted a picture on Instagram before they went into the oven.  Then when I went to take a final picture of them for the blog I was in a hurry because I was taking them over to a friends house for dinner that night.  And of course my final pictures of them didn’t turn out.  Le sigh.  But the good news is these brownies DID turn out.  Like they were so delicious that my neighbour’s husband did indeed declare a brownie show down. Bring it on I say, bring it on.  😉

Chocolate Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies

You can eat these brownies about an hour or so after they have baked, but they are really warm and kind of messy…which would make them great with vanilla ice cream.  BUT, let these sit for at least 3 hours, or even chill them, they are divine.  Dense, rich, chewy and so so chocolatey!  A brownie at its best!



Chocolate Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 75 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes



The Brownie

  • 1 1/2 cups butter
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup + 1 tbsp flour
  • 3/4 cup + 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup chocolate chips

The Cream Cheese Swirl

  • 8 oz chocolate cream cheese (at room temperature)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg yolk


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare a 9×9 inch square baking pan. You can lightly grease and dust the pan (see notes), or I like to line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper.

The Brownie:

  1. In a saucepan on low heat, melt together the butter and sugar. Then transfer the mixture into a mixing bowl, and set aside to cool.
  2. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. Once the sugar mix has cooled slightly, add the eggs and vanilla and mix until well combined.
  4. Combine the wet ingredients with the dry. Mix well.
  5. Add the chocolate chips. Set aside.

The Cream Cheese Swirl:

  1. Beat together the chocolate cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and egg yolk, until well combined and smooth.

Putting it all together:

  1. Once you have the brownie mix all ready, spread half of the batter in your prepared baking dish.
  2. Then add half of the cream cheese mix in clumps over your brownie. (If you want to see a picture of what this looks like, refer to my other brownie post here.)
  3. Using a knife, swirl the cream cheese mix, until you have a marbling effect like in the pictures above.
  4. Then spread on the remaining brownie batter.
  5. Then add the remaining cream cheese batter in clumps, and swirl again.
  6. Bake for approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes – mine took longer – I had to bake it for 1 hr 30 min. The brownie will be done when the edges of the brownie have puffed, the centre of the cake feels firm to the touch, and a toothpick when inserted comes out clean.
  7. When the cake is done, remove from the oven and let cool to room temperature.
  8. Chill in the fridge for at least 2-3 hours.


Use cocoa powder instead of flour to dust your pan. That way, you won’t see the flour on your brownies!

Recipe adapted from this recipe.

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Here’s a picture of the brownie after it was baked…it’s not a great photo but it’s all I had.  But trust me, this brownie was delicious!

Chocolate Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies

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Have a delicious day!

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  • Reply
    March 29, 2015 at 6:59 PM

    These definitely speak to my chocoholic side! So glad I came across your blog, what beautiful pictures and delicious recipes, can’t wait to try some!

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      March 30, 2015 at 9:15 AM

      Thank you so much Jamie! I’m so happy that you came across my blog too! 🙂

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    Meredith @ The Palette Muse
    April 13, 2015 at 8:12 PM

    Yum! Chocolate and cream cheese are two of my favorite things. Only one problem, though. I don’t think I could wait 3 hours before eating these! 🙂 Nice to meet you on Mom 2 Mom Monday, and I’m heading over to follow you on Instagram…

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      April 15, 2015 at 9:10 AM

      That is a problem haha! Because it really is divine when it’s warm too…yummmmm!

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    Amy @ A Cup Full of Sass
    April 14, 2015 at 7:01 PM

    These brownies look seriously amazing!! Brownies are one of my favorite sweet treats! Pinning this to our group board. Thanks for sharing on the #mondayfundayparty.

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      April 15, 2015 at 9:08 AM

      Thank you so much Amy! These are one of our absolute faves…SO good!

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    April 14, 2015 at 7:32 PM

    I love the swirl look of these brownies! This is amazing! What a yummy recipe! I would love for you to share this at my link party Making Memories Mondays going on now! 🙂

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    Emily @ Love, Pasta and a Tool Belt
    April 15, 2015 at 8:43 AM

    These look oh so delicious! Pinned Thank you for linking up at The Wednesday Round Up and we hope to see you back next week.

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    April 15, 2015 at 12:04 PM

    These look delicious! Have pinned for later. Not sure if we can get chocolate cream cheese here though.

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      Sonya P
      April 20, 2015 at 12:01 PM

      It’s regular cream cheese.

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    April 17, 2015 at 4:59 PM

    These look amazing! Pinned!

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    April 18, 2015 at 6:28 AM

    Guess what tonight’s dessert is going to be!!! Yum!

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    Stephanie R
    April 18, 2015 at 11:10 AM

    Im totally going to be craving these delicious brownies all day now. Normally I would get the stuff and make them but sadly Im on a strict diet.

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      April 19, 2015 at 7:52 PM

      Oh boo strict diets are a bummer! Hopefully you can enjoy these soon though! 🙂

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    Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes
    April 18, 2015 at 1:29 PM

    I totally want a brownie with a scoop of ice cream! Thank you for joining us at Freedom Fridays! Pinned and scheduled a Facebook share! Have a great weekend! 🙂

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    Lou Lou Girls
    April 18, 2015 at 7:35 PM

    Hello gorgeous! I love seeing your masterpieces.Thank you for bringing such great things to our party. Pinned and tweeted. I hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm.. Lou Lou Girls

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    Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life
    April 19, 2015 at 9:52 AM

    I don’t think I have ever seen chocolate cream cheese before but I am keeping an eye out now! These look awesome! Pinning!

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      April 19, 2015 at 7:50 PM

      It’s SO delicious! The brand I used was Kraft Philadelphia chocolate cream cheese!

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    August 10, 2016 at 3:36 PM

    this sounds soooooooo good but I have honestly never seen chocholate cream cheese.

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      August 11, 2016 at 5:59 PM

      Sometimes it’s a bit hard to find, but I have had success at Safeway or Superstore. You can use regular cream cheese too…it’s just as delicious!

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