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Cream Cheese Brownies

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Cream Cheese Brownies

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  • Yield: 16 brownies
  • Prep 20 mins
  • Bake 30 mins

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Swirl the chocolate mixture into the cream cheese filling to give these moist brownies a marbled look. Add chocolate frosting for an even sweeter treat.


  • 3 ounces sweet baking chocolate
  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1 3 - ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • Chocolate Frosting (optional) (see recipe below)


  1. In a small heavy saucepan, melt sweet baking chocolate and the 3 tablespoons butter over low heat, stirring occasionally. Let cool.
  2. For the cream cheese layer, in a small mixing bowl, beat together the cream cheese and 2 tablespoons butter until combined. Beat in the 1/4 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon flour, one egg, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla until combined.
  3. For chocolate layer, in another mixing bowl, beat together the 3/4 cup sugar and two eggs. Beat in the melted and cooled chocolate, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and the almond extract.
  4. Add the 1/2 cup flour, baking powder, and salt, beating mixture just until combined. Stir in the nuts.
  5. In a greased 9x9x2-inch baking pan, spread half of the chocolate mixture. Evenly spoon all of the cream cheese mixture over the chocolate layer, spreading evenly. Dollop remaining chocolate mixture over cream cheese layer. Swirl layers with a knife or spatula.
  6. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 30 minutes. Cool in pan on a wire rack.
  7. Frost brownies, if desired. Store, covered, in the refrigerator. Makes 16.

Chocolate Frosting


  • 1/2 cup sifted powdered sugar
  • 1 ounce melted and cooled sweet baking chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine
  • 1 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk


  1. In a mixing bowl, beat together powdered sugar, sweet baking chocolate, and butter or margarine until smooth. Beat in powdered sugar and enough milk to make a spreadable frosting.

Nutrition Facts

(Cream Cheese Brownies)

cal. (kcal) 181, sodium (mg) 116, calcium (mg) 20, sat. fat (g) 4, vit. A (IU) 292, iron (mg) 1, chol. (mg) 56, Fat, total (g) 11, carb. (g) 19, pro. (g) 3

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