Cheesecake Swirl Brownies
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!
Why You Must Make
- If you are a fan of both cheesecake and brownies, this recipe is for you!!
- These decadent treats can be dished out in smaller portions than a cheesecake, so there’s less guilt when you indulge.
- Plus, they’re darn tasty!
How to Marbleize Brownies
I still haven’t perfectly 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.
- Start by layering part of the brownie batter, then all the cheesecake batter.
- Next, dollop the rest of the brownie batter across the surface.
- Take the point of a table knife, insert it just into the cheesecake batter and swirl your way through the blobs of brownie batter.
- PRO-Tip: I like to make a simple extended “S” line back and forth from one long side to another. It looks better when you don’t overwork your swirls. I would do less than the above photo next time.
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 to 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.
- 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.
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This recipe was first shared in March 2014, right before Mardi Gras. Photos and text were updated in 2020.
Cheesecake Swirl Brownies
A rich, delicious brownie and cheesecake combination adapted from Maida Haetter.
- 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
- 8 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
- 4 tablespoons butter at room temperature
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 eggs
- Preheat oven to 350º. Line 9×13 pan with foil and grease with butter or use non-stick foil.
- Melt chocolate and the 6 tablespoons of butter gently in the microwave. Stir till smooth. Set aside.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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Serving Size:1 brownie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 224Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 69mgSodium: 129mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 1gSugar: 22gProtein: 3g
70 Comments on “Cheesecake Swirl Brownies”
These are my hands down favorite brownie! You really rocked this recipe!
I would love to feature them on #ThursdayTweetTreats on http://foodisloverecipes.com
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.
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!
Cheesecake AND brownies? I’m in!
I really like cheesecake brownies and make them a few times a year. I think yours are prettier. 🙂
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.
I agree, this would be way too much temptation sitting on the counter.
yummmmmy, yummy cheesecake and great combination of color, divine and delicious like any cheesecake i’ve try 🙂
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.
Cheesecake swirl brownies are my most favorite; these are gorgeous!
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!
I love cheesecake brownies! Your swirls are so pretty!
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.
Cheesecake brownies are my favorite kind and I love the amount of cheesecake these ones have! They look delish!
Liz — these look good enough to inhale!
Yum! I love a great brownie.
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.
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.
My computer seemed to freeze, so I resent my comment and now you have two. LOL
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
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!