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Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies

If you are looking for a decadent and delicious brownie recipe, this is it!  These Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies are amazing.

I’m not sure there’s any more delicious combination than fudgey brownies with cream cheese…especially warm out of the oven!  Rich chocolate flavour with cream cheese in every bite…so so good.

This brownie recipe is a definite crowd pleaser…serve it with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream…and definitely a glass of milk.  Trust me, you’re going to need a glass of milk.

Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies

I think you need to make these.  Soon.  And if you’re feeling extra chocolatey, make these Chocolate Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies.  Yum.


Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies

If you are looking for a decadent and delicious brownie recipe, this is it!  These Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies are amazing.

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


  1. Preheat your oven to 325 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.
  3. Once the sugar mix has cooled slightly, add the eggs and vanilla. Mix well.
  4. Combine the wet ingredients with the dry. Mix well.
  5. Add chocolate chips. Set aside.

The Cream Cheese Swirl

  1. Beat together cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and egg yolk, until well combined.
  2. Once you have the brownie mix all ready, add half of the batter to a lightly greased & dusted dish (see Tips! for dish dusting).
  3. Then add half of the cream cheese mix in clumps over your brownie.
  4. Using a knife, swirl the cream cheese mix, until you have a marbling effect like above.
  5. Then add the remaining brownie batter.
  6. Then add the remaining cream cheese batter in clumps, and swirl again.
  7. Bake in a 325 degree preheated oven for approximately 1 1/4 hours. The square 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. Just check it for doneness, as you may need to bake it longer…
  8. When the cake is done, remove from the oven and let cool to room temperature.
  9. 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!

(Adapted from Hobbie Lobbie)

Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies

Here is how you add the spoonfuls of cream cheese mix.

Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies

And how it should look all swirled before baking! You are now just a short moment to pure deliciousness!

I hope you enjoy these as much as we do!

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  • Reply
    Carrie Burrill
    April 23, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    I could eat a whole pan of Cream Cheese Brownies. My favorite sweet treat!

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    C'est moi Claudette
    April 23, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    Ok girl, I’m going to try this right now. Wish me luck, I’ll need it.

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    April 23, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    Hi Jo-Anna,

    Wow these brownies would thrill my husband, lol. I may just have to whip up a batch for him someday soon. Nom nom! Have a great week hon. Becks xxx

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    C'est moi Claudette
    April 24, 2012 at 12:02 AM

    Yum Yum Yum Jo.
    They came out perfect. I put a little less cream cheese though. It was perfect.
    Thank you

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    April 24, 2012 at 2:54 AM

    Oooh these look sooo good!!! I LOVE cheesecake brownies! And beautiful too!

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    April 25, 2012 at 3:39 AM

    Yumminess! I would love to try to make this:) Thanks for sharing!

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    April 25, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    I adore cream cheese brownies. Mine never turn out as pretty as yours look in the picture! Recipe sounds divine.

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    April 26, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    I love these! Whenever I make them, I feel the cream cheese seems overtaken by the brownie base though. I suppose upping the cheese couldn’t hurt to make things even more delish. Thanks for sharing this amazing-looking brownie recipe.

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    April 29, 2012 at 4:35 AM

    Oh just stop it. These look soooooooo good. I am definitely pinning!! And going to try! I came over from It’s Overflowing party. 🙂 I linked up an Eclair Cake recipe 🙂 and a Little Lacy Flower Pot Tutorial!


    Check out my blog if you get a chance 🙂 I am brand new to blogging.

  • Reply
    May 2, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    Olá Jo-Anna:

    Foi um sucesso!
    Adoramos o sabor e a textura, suas dicas foram muito importantes.

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    Jen @ Jens Favorite Cookies
    May 2, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    I don’t know why I always assume that if something is swirled, it tastes better. Maybe because it’s usually swirled with cream cheese, and I’m a sucker for cream cheese. These look wonderful!!

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    February 12, 2013 at 8:37 AM

    I’m always on the look out for a decadent brownie! Thats the best kind! Would love it you’d share this at Saturday Share with Us!

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    September 25, 2019 at 6:45 PM

    What size pan?

    • Reply
      Jo-Anna Rooney
      September 25, 2019 at 8:15 PM

      Hi Kathy! A 9×9 inch square baking pan is perfect for this recipe.

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