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

With two of the most beloved dessert recipes in one, Cheesecake Brownies always get rave reviews!

Cheesecake Swirl Brownies lined up on a white ceramic tray with a red handle fork

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  Brownies.

3 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.Two photos showing how to swirl brownie cheesecake bars

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 overwork your swirls. I would do less than the above photo next time.

Tips for Making Cheesecake Brownies

If you want an ultra-creamy cheesecake, there are a few universal tips for mixing and baking. In this recipe, there are only a few of these that apply for making the cheesecake portion.

  • PRO-Tip: First, to make your cheesecake batter silky smooth, the cream cheese must be at room temperature. If you use it cold, there will be small specks of unblended cream cheese throughout the batter.
  • I like to set out the cream cheese on the counter an hour or two before I plan to start mixing. If you need to hurry the process along, you can take the cream cheese out of the box and put the sealed cream cheese packet into a bowl of very warm water.
  • The eggs will also incorporate more easily if they’re also at room temperature. Like with the cream cheese, if you forget to set them out early, you can place them in a bowl of hot, not boiling water. You definitely don’t want to cook your eggs!
  • Also, mix the batter at a lower speed. If you beat it on high speed, you’ll incorporate air into the batter which is undesirable. With full-sized cheesecakes, I use my stand mixer with a paddle attachment to prevent whipping the batter. But this recipe can be made with a hand mixer.
  • Add the eggs one at a time, which also aids in incorporating them into the batter.

These ended up tasting 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.

 

Overhead view of a tray of cheesecake brownies with two red handled forks

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!

This recipe was first shared in March 2014, right before Mardi Gras. Photos and text were updated in 2020.

Cheesecake Swirl Brownies lined up on a white ceramic tray with a red handle fork

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

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  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.

Notes

Total time does not include cooling time.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1 brownie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 224Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 69mgSodium: 129mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 1gSugar: 22gProtein: 3g

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70 comments on “Cheesecake Swirl Brownies”

  1. Lizzy, these are very sinful! I would do the same, pack them up and send them out of the house 🙂

  2. Your brownies sound great and I will keep them in mind for the next time I make cheesecake brownies:@)

  3. Right up my alley! I will be there

  4. Bookmarked and if you say these are good, I TOTALLY trust you Lizzy! Still… I think I should make a batch myself… just to prove you right… 😉

  5. These brownies look fabulous! Truly decadent!

  6. This is my favorite combo! Definitely pinning this for our next brownie making session.

  7. Love those swirls in your brownies! Guess what? I’ve a foundation from SK-II that has those swirls!!

  8. Did you save a plate for me because I want some! I think you’ve mastered the swirling just fine! YUM!

  9. Liz!!! I’m with you. . if I’m going to indulge, pass me a plate of these decadent and beautiful Cheesecake Swirl Brownies!! uh, yum! They look so perfect with that flaky top and I think the marbling looks fantastic! yum!

  10. I think your marbling is gorgeous and these brownies are the perfect way to indulge in something outrageous for Mardi Gras!

    BTW, I LOVED the Sunday Supper Movement article about you!! You are amazing and have a great sense of humor. 🙂

  11. Two of my favorites. Chocolate and cream cheese. This classic will never go out of style!

  12. Darn you Liz, you just reminded me that I have to start my attempt at giving up ice cream come Wednesday. Glad I sent hubby out for a big sundae last night! Who cares about perfect swirls – these look delicious!

  13. I cracked up when I read the first line of your post because I was *just* thinking, “How does she get her marbling so pretty? Mine always looks terrible!” So there you have it. I think these look fabulous! Pinned.

  14. Gorgeous brownies…They look irresistible!!

  15. Liz your brownies look just incredible! I love the cheesecake swirl! I have to make this one for the family!!

  16. What a beautiful brownie!! You are amazing with all you have going on and your are still baking away and sharing your lovely creations with us!!

  17. Great choice for Mardi Gras! Wonderful looking brownies (although anything with cheesecake in the title is wonderful in my book!). Really nice recipe — thanks.

  18. I only wish that I lived next door so that I could come over and enjoy some of these with a cup of coffee.

  19. I just made a batch of brownies myself, but yours looks way more awesome!

  20. Total decadence here! Cheesecake and brownies…yum!

  21. Lizzy Look perfect and delicious:))

  22. Cheesecake swirl brownies are my fav! Great bake 🙂

  23. What decadent bownies! Love the beautiful marbling Liz:)
    Cheeers,
    J+C

  24. They looks swirled perfectly, man, I need better technique!

  25. You make the best looking brownies! I want to grab one through my screen.

  26. I’ll DM you my address for any leftovers!

  27. I miss brownies so much. Looks like I hadn’t baked them for more than 2 months. Definitely have to solve this brownie problem!

  28. …MMM those looks delicious, and beautiful too!! Nothing better than to mix chocolate brownies and cheesecake! 🙂

    Check out my Southern Strawberry Pie!

    Michael 😉

    http://michaelswoodcraft.wordpress.com/2014/02/25/best-ever-strawberry-pie/

  29. Yep, my Peter will love these ones too, Lizzy, great recipe! Thanks xox

  30. I completely go with you! these look deliciously insane…… never tried cheesecake brownies at home… guess this would definitely be worth trying….

  31. These look amazing! Cheesecake and brownies– really a match made in heaven!

  32. Mmm Does look like you’ve concocted chocolately cheesecake goodness, Liz…Bravo for even attempting to give up cookie dough!

  33. Ok these are next on my to bake list. They just look delicious!

  34. I haven’t mastered the art of swirling yet either, Liz. I am always in awe when I see someone’s delicious dessert and the colors look like they were painted on with a feathered paintbrush. How do they do that?! I keep telling myself, so I’ll tell you too, it’s the taste that matters! So, I happen to think your brownies are gorgeous.

  35. You are a bad, bad girl sharing these sinful brownies, Liz! Seriously Cheesecake AND Brownies oh my heavens! I’ve been thinking about giving brownies up for Lent, I better make these quick!

    Thanks for sharing, Liz…

    P.s. That’s some impressive list. Oh where to begin???

  36. Brownie and cheesecake….two heavenly treats in one! Awesome!

  37. Cheesecake AND brownie? Yes, please!

  38. Lizzy,
    You are so good to give up cookie dough for Lent. I don’t usually give up anything. I just bake tons of goodies to tempt those who give up things for Lent (insert evil laughter).
    These brownies would be the perfect temptation.
    Annamaria

  39. Mardi Gras sounds like a lot more fun than lent. With food like this around, it would be agony.

  40. Oh mine….no supper for me either. These brownies will do. They look just delicious! Love the combo! 🙂 ela

  41. 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!

  42. 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

  43. 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.

  44. 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.

  45. Liz — these look good enough to inhale!

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

  47. 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!

    • Decadent chewy brownies and silky rich cheesecake are one of my favourite desserts, and even better when these two are combined in one recipe. These bars look and sound just wonderful and so inviting; also the swirls are spot on.

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

  49. 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!

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

  51. 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.

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

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

  54. 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.

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

  56. Cheesecake AND brownies? I’m in!

  57. 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!

  58. 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.

  59. These are my hands down favorite brownie! You really rocked this recipe!
    I would love to feature them on #ThursdayTweetTreats on http://foodisloverecipes.com

  60. These are my favorite brownies! The chocolate mixed with the rich cheesecake swirl is out of this world good!

  61. These brownies are so delicious! They were a big hit here at the house and were gone in a second! I will definitely be making these again!

  62. These are amazing! Love the cheesecake in every bite with the chocolate goodness of the brownie!

  63. Dear Lizzy what beautiful cheescake swril brownies !!
    Love them , beautiful
    hugs
    Gloria

  64. Combining cheesecake with brownies is genius. These look so dreamy, I’d have a hard time stopping at just one!!

  65. Cheesecake? Brownie? Swoon! To of my favorite sweets combined in one dish. 🙂

  66. These still sound fabulous and it doesn’t have to be Mardi Gras for me to devour them! Total yum!

  67. Something this delicious is definitely meant to be shared. Or maybe a double batch would be in order!

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