Skip to main content

Cream Cheese Brownies

An old favorite brownie recipe of mine is the cream cheese brownie.  Most of the time I favor a straight up, no frills, fudgy, chocolate brownie, but occasionally I want a  kicked up version.  Mixing brownies and cream cheese is a winning combination in my book and is always a crowd pleaser.

Yummy Cream Cheese Browies


I also like that you can start with a box brownie mix and end up with a delicious dessert. If you don't want to use a box mix you can use your favorite from scratch brownie recipe.   Using a pre-packaged mix makes this a perfect addition to your dessert menu at the holidays because this recipe is relatively easy to bake when you have a lot of things going on in your kitchen all at once.  You'll appreciate that no kitchen appliances are required to make the brownie layer.  You can, and should, mix your brownie batter using a your favorite bowl and a wooden spoon.  This will ensure that your brownies are fudgy and dense, the perfect texture to support the cream cheese filling.

This recipe is for a double batch of brownies because when you make these because if you are like me, you'll want to have plenty.  They will freeze well if a double batch is too many brownies for you, or just cut the recipe in half and use a 9 x 9 inch pan for baking.

Cream Cheese Brownies
Makes 24 brownies
The Cream Cheese Brownie Ingredients
Brownie Layer
  • 2 boxes of your favorite brownie mix
  • Eggs, water, oil per the box directions

Cream Cheese Layer
  • 2- 8 ounce packages of cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature

Directions
Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F and line your 13 x 9 inch pan with parchment paper, overhanging the paper so the brownies can be lifted from the pan when cooled.  If you have some binder clips, go ahead and clip them to the sides of the pan to hold the parchment paper away from the batter.  You'll be happy you did!

Secure the Parchment Paper
Make the brownie layer by combining all the ingredients in a large bowl.  Mix the ingredients by hand, using a wooden spoon.  Mix until the ingredients are well combined, stirring about 50 times.  Pour all but 1 cup of the mixture into the prepared pan.  Set aside the extra brownie mix.


Beat the cream cheese using a hand mixture until it is smooth in texture. Make sure your cream cheese is at room temperature so that it will blend completely with the sugar and egg to make a smooth cheesecake texture. You can get the texture you want by hand, but go ahead and take out your electric hand mixer to make quick work of this step in the recipe. Add the sugar and vanilla and beat well.  Add the eggs and mix until well combined. 

Use a Mixer for the Cream Cheese Batter


Pour the cream cheese mixture over the brownie batter in the pan.  Spread evenly.  Spoon the extra brownie over the cream cheese mixture in six dollops.  Using a skewer or chopstick, draw through the batter back and forth four or five times the long way in the pan and then five or six times across the width of the pan to create a marbled effect. 
Marbleize the Brownies

Place the pan on the center rack of your oven and bake for about 50 minutes or until the brownies start to pull away from the pan and the edges begin to brown slightly.  Cool completely.  Refrigerate for at least a couple of hours before removing the brownies from the pan.  When ready to cut your brownies into serving portions, use the flaps of the parchment paper to lift the brownie from the pan onto a large cutting board.  Use a large, sharp knife to cut your brownies into 24 servings, wiping the edge of the knife with a damp cloth between cuts.
Dense, Fudgy and Topped with Cheese Cake

Get the printable Cream Cheese Brownie recipe by clicking the link.

Enjoy!

Comments

  1. Yum! Those are my children's favorite kind. I hadn't thought of using the office clips to hold the parchment paper... great idea!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Yes, Caren, those clips work great. Give them a try.

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Talk to me. I welcome your comments. (These comments are strictly moderated. Spammers take note.)

More Popular Posts

How to Turn Store-Bought Potato Salad from Blah to Amazing

Here's a potato salad time-saver for you just in time for summer cookouts. You'll love how you can transform grocery store potato salad so easily no matter whether you are hosting a BBQ or bringing a side dish for a summer barbecue. When you need a quick potato salad, and no time to make one from scratch, that ordinary store-bought potato salad you have in your refrigerator can go from blah to amazing in just a few minutes with just a few ingredients. There's no judgment here. We don't always have the time to make a potato salad from scratch. Sometimes it is just easier to stop by your local grocery store to pick up a container of the store-made potato salad. It's good. It's predictable.  It will do.  All it needs is a little doctoring. How to Make Store-Bought Potato Salad Better Take Your Potato Salad from Blah to AH-Mazing! What should you do if you want that store-bought potato salad to have a little more flavor? You're going to a p

How to Make a Perfect Bacon and Eggs Breakfast

In my opinion, the best breakfast consists of two perfectly fried eggs, crispy bacon, and toast made with hearty bread. This bacon and eggs recipe delivers. It is the breakfast you want when you have time to relax around the kitchen table, drinking a cup of coffee or two. The Best Bacon and Eggs Breakfast (This post contains affiliate links for your shopping convenience.  When you make a purchase using these links you help support this blog.) How to Cook Bacon and Eggs My technique was learned from my mom, by watching her make our family's breakfast over and over again, year after year.  This is a basted eggs recipe which means the eggs are cooked in bacon grease. Cooking eggs in bacon fat is easy and takes just a little practice to perfect. All you really need for a great bacon and eggs breakfast is a good nonstick skillet and a good toaster . If you want to make your own bread for toast, a bread machine like mine  will make that easy as can be. Three

How to Trap and Get Rid of Fruit Flies

What can you do to kill fruit flies?  We've all been there.  Fruit flies in the kitchen.  Fruit flies in the bathroom.  Fruit flies buzzing around everywhere in your home.   It's a frustrating problem that happens to everyone at one time or another.  If you are a fresh fruit and produce lover you certainly know what I mean. How to Kill Fruit Flies with Two Ingredients Those pesky little buggers can often be brought into your home on the vegetables and fruit you buy. There are many solutions offered for fruit fly traps to help you solve your problem.   A quick Amazon search found these products. You can spend your money on one of these solutions or I can save you a whole lot of your hard-earned cash today. My solution is the best.  Here's why: You have the ingredients in your kitchen now.  You need apple cider vinegar and a mild dish liquid . It's a healthy, family-friendly solution. It works quickly because fruit flies are attracted to apple cider vin

Rum Punch for a Party

As the weather warms and you start to think about gathering friends and family for parties and celebrations you'll want to think about signature cocktails. This rum punch cocktail is an ideal cocktail for a large gathering because the flavors are irresistible. Don't you think a warm-weather cocktail should make imagine yourself sitting by the shore on a tropical beach with your toes in the sand? Fruity rum drinks are perfect and rum punch is one of those perfect cocktails.  Cool and fruity, rum punch will make a party! One sip and you'll be transported to the beach. Rum Punch Cocktail (This post contains affiliate links for your shopping convenience.  When you make a purchase using these links you help support this blog.) Rum Punch for a Party! Can you make a rum punch ahead of time?  This rum punch recipe is a make-ahead recipe I use whenever we are having a large group for a summer picnic or barbecue.  Use the recipe below as your baseline and double or tripl

Forgotten Pork Chops

Today dawned dark and dreary in my corner of New England.  I woke to a dusting of snow, gray skies, and an ongoing drizzle forecast for the remainder of the day.  It's days like these when you turn to a one-pan, comfort food dinner like this recipe for Forgotten Pork Chops. This recipe is perfect for a dreary winter weeknight or any day you want an easy, hearty meal. One-Pan Pork Chops and Rice (This post contains affiliate links for your convenience.  When you purchase through these links I receive a small compensation.)  Forgotten Pork Chops Truth be told, this recipe came about on a day when I wasn't really in the mood to spend time in the kitchen.  Much like today, it was dreary.  It was pouring rain and we had just sent the last of our guests home from my son's wedding. All I wanted to do was sit with my feet up. I needed an easy pork chop recipe!  This recipe is the result and has been a favorite ever since.  The recipe serves two to four, depending on the n

DIY Cheap and Effective Rug Cleaning

I like to use area rugs to make my home feel warm and inviting.  Area rugs help absorb noise and add pops of color throughout your home.  While regular vacuuming is important, you'll want to deep clean your rugs periodically, especially if you own pets,  Today I want to show you how I clean my area rugs.  It is a cheap and effective rug cleaning method. How to Clean Your Area Rugs (This post contains affiliate links for your convenience ) Cheap and Effective Rug Cleaning This post will focus on cleaning polypropylene rugs like I have in my front entry hall and wool rugs like I have throughout the rooms in my house.  Polypropylene rugs are workhorses and take a beating. That's why polypropylene is a good choice for the entry location. Good quality wool rugs are also workhorses and my preferred choice for my home.  They can be pricey, making them an investment decision for many. In my experience, good-quality wool rugs can also be cleaned using this method.  Just be

Grandma's Soft and Chewy Date-Filled Cookies

One of the things I can count on as the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons arrive each year is a feeling of nostalgia. The traditional foods we serve at our family's holiday tables can sure bring out all the feels. Now that it is officially cookie season, we should kick it off with an old-fashioned homemade date-filled cookie recipe. This is a soft, tender cookie with dates that is a special, nostalgic, family recipe.   An Old-Fashioned Date Filled Cookie This old-fashioned, date-filled cookie was my dad's favorite cookie from his childhood. My dad was born in 1932 so this recipe has been around for quite a while. 

Easy Chicken Parmesan-A Make Ahead Freezer Dinner

Chicken Parmesan is a favorite dinner in the Just One Donna house.  It's also a favorite restaurant menu choice. I like to keep Chicken Parmesan prepared in my freezer for those busy weeknights when we might be tempted to head to a restaurant instead of eating at home.  That way, we'll have a delicious dinner all ready to go into the oven and save money to boot.  What's not to like about that? Freezer Chicken Parmesan for Busy Families This post contains affiliate links.  I receive a small compensation when you shop using these links Easy Freezer Chicken Parmesan for Dinner This Chicken Parmesan recipe is made with everyday ingredients in the spirit of semi-homemade. You may already have the ingredients you need in your pantry.   Chicken Parmesan Ingredients That makes this an easy recipe for any mom or dad to prepare in advance for those busy weeknight dinners. Make a double batch and you'll have a baked Chicken Parmesan dinner for tonight and anoth

Grilled Beef Tips in a Savory Marinade

It's grilling season!   During the heat of the summer, my grill works overtime and I'm happy to find marinades that turn a simple grilled beef dinner into a delicious treat.  This savory beef marinade is our favorite for beef tips. While I use this marinade for my grilled beef tips, you can use it for any cut of beef you want to marinate. Grilled Marinated Beef Tips (This post contains affiliate links.)   What Are Beef Tips? You might be wondering what exactly are beef tips?  The beef tips I buy at my local grocery store are tenderloin tips.  They are pieces of beef cut from beef tenderloins that are being trimmed. Unfortunately, this is not standard across the United States, so your best bet is to ask what cut your beef tips come from at your local market.

My Favorite Red Wine Sangria

Everyone needs a great red wine sangria recipe for summer entertaining and this is mine. Actually, this is Hubby's specialty.  He's the cocktail maker in our family and he loves to make this sangria whenever we are entertaining a group of friends or family on the deck. This sangria has just the right balance of sweetness and fruitiness making it a yummy, fruity, summer sangria that everyone loves. The Best Red Wine Sangria A Glass of My Favorite Red Wine Sangria The key to this recipe is finding a sweet red wine that works for your taste buds.  Sweet red wines are not our thing when we are selecting wines.  We found our favorite sweet red wine for this recipe when we toured the San Sebastian Winery in St. Augustine, Florida .