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Easy Cheesecake Brownies Recipe is decadent brownies that are swirled with cheesecake to make an amazing treat. You will love how simple they are to make. This recipe is absolutely delicious!

squares of cheesecake brownie.
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Cheesecake Brownie is the ultimate dessert. It combines two of my favorites, cheesecake and brownie. This dessert recipe has to be one of the most amazing treats. It tastes absolutely out of this world but it’s so simple you won’t believe it.

It starts with a brownie box mix or you can try making Homemade Brownies  if you have extra time. The cheesecake mixture is very simple and it all comes together so quickly with the best texture. Another family favorite recipe is these German Chocolate Cake Cheesecake Bars Recipe.

Why We Love This Recipe

With only a few ingredients there is no reason not to make this dessert any night of the week.

  • Adding the cheesecake topping mixture jazzes up just a basic brownie mix.
  • Using a brownie mix makes this quick and easy to make.
  • We love the combination of cream cheese and brownie mixture.
  • My go-to dessert when I go to pot lucks or a bake sale.
  • Easy storing in the refrigerator or freezer.

Ingredients

Ingredients needed - brownie mix, cream cheese, vanilla extract, egg, sugar

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Variation Ideas

  • Chocolate Chips – If you are a chocolate lover like we are, we will add in a about a half of cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips. It is a great addition to this brownie mix.
  • Other Add-ins – We also like adding in nuts, candy canes or other candy to give these brownies that extra crunch. You can add just about anything to make these brownies your own.
  • Raspberry – If you have some raspberries that need to be used, mash them up and swirl them in the cheesecake mixture.
  • Mint Extract – If you love mint and chocolate together, add ½ teaspoon of mint to your brownie mixture. This is my kids favorite.
  • Crushed Oreo – Crushed oreo is a fun twist to this brownie mixture. We like to crush some up and place on top before we bake the brownie.
  • Peanut Butter – Chocolate and peanut butter is the best combination. Swirl in some peanut butter with the cream cheese mixture for the ultimate brownie.
  • Cocoa Powder – Cocoa Powder can be added to give it even a more chocolate flavor.

How to Make Cheesecake Brownies

Brownie Batter in a baking dish with a bowl with a egg, vanilla extract, cream cheese and sugar

Step 1 – Make boxed Brownie Mix – Prepare chocolate flavored brownie mix in a large bowl according to package directions or make Homemade Brownies. Next, spread the batter into a greased with cooking spray 13×9 inch baking pan.

Bowl with creamed cream cheese and a bowl of sugar and the baking dish with brownie batter

Step 2 – Beat Cream Cheese – Beat room temperature Cream Cheese with electric mixer until creamy on medium speed.

Bowl with egg, vanilla and sugar with the cream cheese and a baking dish with the brownie batter

Step 3 – Stir in other ingredients – Add Sugar, egg and vanilla. Mix cream cheese and sugar well.

Swirling the cream cheese mixture into the brownie batter

Step 4 – Swirl in Cream Cheese – Swirl the cheesecake batter with a knife. Just swirl back and forth.

  • Step 5 – Bake Cheesecake Brownie – Bake 35 to 40 minutes in a preheated oven of 350 degrees or until cream cheese mixture is slightly browned. Baking time could vary. Toothpick inserted into brownie gives a good indication if brownie is done.
  • Step 6 – Cool Completely – Cool completely before cutting. This part is super important. Your brownies will not be so nicely shaped if you don’t allow them enough time to cool.

Tips for Cream Cheese Brownies

  • Brownie Mix – I usually purchase the standard chewy brownie mix. I try to avoid the ones that have the fudgy packet. It doesn’t mix well with the cream cheese mixture.
  • Egg and Cream Cheese – Before mixing together this dessert, it is recommended to have the cream cheese and egg set to room temperature. This helps will mixing ingredients and to improve the creaminess and smoothness of the cream cheese mixture.
  • Line Baking Dish – When you are preparing you pan to make the brownies, line it with parchment paper or foil. This helps with easy clean up and removing the brownies from the pan.
  • Cutting Brownies – When brownies have cooled completely, use a plastic knife to cut them. This makes the brownies cut evenly and pretty.
  • Remaining Brownie Batter – You can reserve brownie batter and drop by spoonful after mixing in the cream cheese mixture.
squares of cheesecake brownie.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Cleanly Cut a Brownie

The key to cutting a brownie cleanly is to letting them cool completely. I know that this very hard to do in my house. When you are ready to cut the brownie, you can use a plastic knife or warm up a knife. To warm you knife, run under warm water and dry with a towel.
Wipe your knife clean in between cuts which helps with a clean cut. I like warm brownies, so I will cut the brownie after it is cooled and then heat in the microwave for about 10 seconds and serve with ice cream.

Can I Freeze Cheesecake Brownies?

Yes, you can freeze these brownies if stored properly. Store cheesecake brownies in a freezer safe container. The brownies will last about 3 months in the freezer.
You can also wrap the brownies individually and place in the freezer. This way you don’t have to thaw out more than you need. Once we are ready to serve, thaw in the refrigerator overnight or place on the counter.

How to Store Leftover Brownies

Storing leftovers is easy with these Cheesecake Brownies. You can store them at room temperature in air tight container. If stored at room temperature they will last about 2-3 days. If you store them in the refrigerator they will last about 5 days. You can leave in prepared baking pan cover with plastic wrap.

Squares of cheesecake brownie.

More Easy Brownie Desserts to Try

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Easy Cheesecake Brownies recipe

5 from 16 votes
Easy Cheesecake Brownies Recipe is decadent brownies that are swirled with cheesecake to make an amazing treat. This recipe is delicious!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 12
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 322

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg brownie mix 13×9 pan size – or Homemade Brownies -just double it
  • 1 package of Cream cheese
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup sugar
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Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Prepare brownie batter as directed on package, or try Homemade Brownies here -just double it. Spread the batter into a greased 13×9 inch pan.
  • Beat Cream Cheese with mixer until creamy. Add Sugar, egg and vanilla. Mix well. Drop by tablespoonfuls over brownie batter.
  • Swirl with knife.
  • Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until cream cheese mixture is slightly browned. Cool completely before cutting.

Recipe Notes

Tip: Package these individually. They make a great dessert option for your kid’s lunch pail.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 322kcal, Carbohydrates 50g, Protein 3g, Fat 11g, Saturated Fat 4g, Cholesterol 34mg, Sodium 189mg, Potassium 31mg, Sugar 38g, Vitamin A 275IU, Calcium 21mg, Iron 1.3mg

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  1. Carrie says:

    Yes, I refrigerate them once made.

  2. Heather says:

    Are these brownies supposed to be stored in the fridge?

  3. Carrie says:

    Sorry about that. You bake this recipe at 350. I have updated the recipe. Thank you.

  4. Carol says:

    I don’t see what temperature these brownies are to be baked at.