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Perfect Cream Cheese Brownies to Celebrate National Cream Cheese Brownie Day

By Kelsey Banfield |

Cream Cheese BrowniesHappy National Cream Cheese Brownie! Aren’t you glad you have me to remind you of important holidays such this one? I mean, where would we be without cream cheese brownies anyway? I, for one, would not be a very happy camper. I am a well-known brownie fanatic and love them even more when a thick swirl of cream cheese has been stirred into the batter. The brownies instantly get lift from ordinary to extraordinary. It’s almost like they become brownies with cheesecake swirled in – or cheesecake with brownies swirled! Either way, this technique is a delicious and fun way to dress up your brownies. To make them extra special for Valentine’s Day get our your heart shaped cookie cutters and make them into bite-sized love notes!

Cream Cheese Brownies

Perfect Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies

2 sticks unsalted butter, melted
6 oz. bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
4 eggs
2 c. sugar
2 t. pure vanilla extract
2 T. cocoa powder
1 t. baking powder
1 t. salt
1 1/4 c. all-purpose flour

For the Swirl:

6 ounces cream cheese, softened

2 tablespoons sugar

1 egg yolk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
2. Melt butter and chocolate together. I use the microwave, heating it in short intervals so the butter doesn’t explode. Mix together until fully combined. Cool slightly.
3. Beat together eggs, vanilla, sugar and cocoa powder in a mixer until combined. Add the chocolate to the mixer and beat until just combined.
4. Finally, add the flour, baking powder and salt to the chocolate mixture and mix until the batter is totally incorporated. Remember to scrape 5. down the sides of the bowl and the bottom of the bowl to make sure it all comes together.
6. Pour batter into a buttered 13×9 baking pan.
7. To make the Cream Cheese Swirl put the cream cheese and sugar into a clean mixing bowl and beat until it is light and fluffy. Then add the egg yolk and vanilla extract and beat again until everything is completely smooth.
8. Dollop the thickened batter onto the tops of the brownies and drag a knife throughout the brownie batter, swirling it in as you go. Do not overmix, you want the cream cheese swirl to remain distinct.
9. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until knife inserted in the batter comes out clean.

*If you want to make this with boxed brownie mix simply choose the “Cake Like Consistency” option in the directions on the box and prepare the batter accordingly. Then swirl in the cream cheese as directed above.

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About Kelsey Banfield


Kelsey Banfield

Kelsey Banfield is the food writer and the founder of The Naptime Chef. She writes a daily food column for Babble Food and her food writing has also appeared in the places like Parents magazine, and Martha Stewart Living. Kelsey lives in southern Connecticut with her husband and daughter. Read bio and latest posts → Read Kelsey's latest posts →

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4 thoughts on “Perfect Cream Cheese Brownies to Celebrate National Cream Cheese Brownie Day

  1. Marly says:

    These look so good. I think if my hubby made these for me he wouldn’t have to also buy me chocolates. Nah, I want both!

  2. marla {family fresh cooking} says:

    I had no idea it was Nat’l cream cheese day! Great brownies.

  3. Ashley says:

    I just made these brownies today and I have to say that I was a bit disappointed in them. There was not enough cream cheese for the top, so there was almost no swirl. Also, the cream cheese top burned pretty badly.
    The brownies themselves were not that bad, but they were quite cake like and a bit crumbly.
    If I were to make again, I would definitely use less eggs and flour, and probably double the amount of cream cheese for the swirl.

  4. Stef says:

    When, exactly, is national cream cheese-brownie day?

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