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These rich and delectable Cheesecake Swirl Brownies combine two of my favorite desserts: fudgy brownies and vanilla cheesecake!

Cheesecake Swirl Brownies

Cheesecake Swirl Brownies

I usually try to give up something ridiculously hard, like cookie dough, for Lent. I won’t say how long I last before I find myself mindlessly shoveling in a spoonful of raw deliciousness…thus breaking my vow. I do at least make an attempt. And because of the great sacrifice I’ll be making as Lent arrives, it was imperative I bake up something ridiculously decadent like these Cheesecake Swirl Brownies.

Cheesecake Swirl Brownies stacked on a small plate

How to Marbleize Brownies

I still haven’t mastered the fine art of marbling, but it really doesn’t matter when it comes to these brownies. Throw away all those other recipes for cheesecake brownies as this one is THE best. I promise.

You start by layering part of the brownie batter, then all the cheesecake batter. Next, the rest of the brownie batter is dolloped across the surface. Taking the point of a table knife, insert just into the cheesecake batter and swirl your way through the blobs of brownie batter. I like to make a simple extended “S”  line back and forth from one long side to another. I think it looks better when you don’t over work your swirls.

So good, in fact, that I sent a plate home with Tom and another back with Nick, who was visiting for the weekend, just to keep my little paws away from the temptation. It’s truly a wonderful combination of brownies and cheesecake.

Cheesecake Swirl Brownies | Two delicious desserts in one!

Mardi Gras Recipes

Mardi Gras is the huge celebration that culminates on Fat Tuesday, the day prior to Ash Wednesday. It’s the time to indulge in food and drink before the solemn season of Lent begins. Whether you serve Cajun, Creole, or classic Fat Tuesday fare like Kings Cake or pancakes, you’ll want to add these Cheesecake Swirl Brownies to your menu!

Cheesecake Swirl Brownies

Cheesecake Swirl Brownies

A rich, delicious brownie and cheesecake combination adapted from Maida Haetter.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Yield 24 brownies


Brownie batter:

  • 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

Cheesecake batter:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
  • 4 tablespoons butter at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs


  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Line 9×13 pan with foil and grease with butter or use non-stick foil.
  2. Melt chocolate and the 6 tablespoons of butter gently in the microwave. Stir till smooth. Set aside.
  3. Beat the 4 eggs in an electric mixer till foamy. Add the sugar and vanilla and beat on high 3-4 minutes. On low, mix in chocolate. Sift dry ingredients into your mixer bowl and combine on low speed, scraping sides of bowl as needed.
  4. Beat the cream cheese and butter together until smooth. Add vanilla and sugar and beat well. Add the two eggs and beat until well combined.
  5. Remove 1 1/2 cups of brownie batter and set aside. Spread the remaining brownie batter into the bottom of prepared pan. Next, carefully pour on the cream cheese mixture and spread to cover chocolate. Drop heaping tablespoons of the reserved brownie batter over top of cream cheese. Use a knife to cut through the chocolate just into the cream cheese layer to swirl and marbleize the batter.
  6. Bake for about 40 minutes. Cool on counter for a few hours, then chill before cutting. Store in refrigerator.


Total time does not include cooling time.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 brownie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 224Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 69mgSodium: 129mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 1gSugar: 22gProtein: 3g
Cheesecake Swirl Brownies | Two delicious desserts in one!

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61 comments on “Cheesecake Swirl Brownies”

  1. As this comes so highly recommended, Liz, I’ll definitely be pinning it for later! I love anything ‘swirly’ as it’s always so pretty. Would really like to have a go at these!

  2. We’ve just had mardi gras here in Sydney but I think our mardi gras night is a tad different to yours. I try to remember to give up something for Lent too. I’d better get on with working out what that will be. I love your swirl brownies – I haven’t mastered the art of ‘the swirl’ either xx

  3. Wow! Liz, I think even I could make these. Ha! Not only do these look so delicious, but the combination of a brownie with cheesecake makes for the perfect dessert. I’ve have to have my husband take them to work so I wouldn’t eat them all.

  4. Wow! Liz, I think even I can make this dessert. I think I’ve told you that desserts are not my specialty. The combination of brownies and cheesecake make a perfect dessert as far as I’m concerned. I’d have to send the with my husband to work so I didn’t eat them all.

  5. Liz — these look good enough to inhale!

  6. Cheesecake brownies are my favorite kind and I love the amount of cheesecake these ones have! They look delish!

  7. Mmmm – these look amazing! I am with you though – I am not so good at the swirl/marbling. I made some brownies with a peanut butter swirl this weekend and although they tasted awesome, the pattern on top left something to be desired, lol!

  8. I love cheesecake brownies! Your swirls are so pretty!

  9. There’s no way I could keep these in my house and stop myself from eating them. I’d have to send it away too, Liz! Your cheesecake swirl brownies look amazing. If you say this is the best, then I believe you (you’re the queen of desserts!). I can’t wait to try this recipe. And trust me, your swirling is better than mine! I’m the worst!

  10. Cheesecake swirl brownies are my most favorite; these are gorgeous!

  11. You have had a weak spot. Cheese cake and chocolate in one bite. A sheetcake of these would not be safe in our house. All of the recipes from the Sunday Supper’s group sound amazing.

  12. yummmmmy, yummy cheesecake and great combination of color, divine and delicious like any cheesecake i’ve try 🙂

  13. I agree, this would be way too much temptation sitting on the counter.

  14. I think your marbling looks fabulous. I like when it’s done in bigger chunks and not so “planned”. I adore these brownies. Making. Asap.

  15. I really like cheesecake brownies and make them a few times a year. I think yours are prettier. 🙂

  16. Cheesecake AND brownies? I’m in!

  17. So does that mean you’re giving up cookie dough again this year? I’m giving up eating anything after dinner. It’s the mindless snacking that does me in! And my daughter has riven up chocolate, so it looks like I won’t be baking any chocolate treats until Easter, at least!

  18. I’m so glad I don’t have to give up things for Lent and I could enjoy these awesome brownies any time I want. And as far as I’m concerned you have mastered the art of marbling. Your desserts always look so fantastic.

  19. These are my hands down favorite brownie! You really rocked this recipe!
    I would love to feature them on #ThursdayTweetTreats on

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