Swirled Cheesecake Brownies Recipe- Creations by Kara (2024)

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Cheesecake Brownies . . . thick and fudgy with chocolate chips and a marbled cream cheese layer, these brownies are rich and delicious!

I always love a good plain brownie (preferably with nuts), but sometimes I like to branch out and take my brownies up a notch. Reese’s peanut butter swirl brownies and Ooey Gooey S’more Brownies are two more over the top decadent brownie recipes worth trying!

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I love homemade brownies. I love cheesecake. Combine the two together and I am pretty much in dessert heaven! I enjoyed every bite of these decadent brownies, and so did the rest of my family.

I used my favorite brownie recipe as a starting point, then added some chocolate chips to the batter. And of course there’s that creamy cheesecake layer that takes the brownies to the next level. The tangy cream cheese is a perfect compliment to the rich chocolate brownies.


(To skip all my tips and detailed instructions, you can scroll to the bottom of the post to see the recipe card.)

Ingredients needed for filling:

  • cream cheese (Make sure it’s softened to room temperature so you don’t have any lumps. I don’t recommend light cream cheese for this recipe, it doesn’t set up as well.)
  • granulated sugar (regular table sugar)
  • egg (helps the cream cheese layer set up)
  • vanilla extract

Ingredients needed for brownies

  • butter (I use regular salted butter in all of my baking.)
  • granulated sugar
  • unsweetened cocoa powder (I use regular Hershey’s cocoa powder most of the time.)
  • vanilla extract
  • eggs (I use large eggs in all of my baking.)
  • all purpose flour (I use unbleached, but that’s a matter of preference.)
  • salt
  • semi sweet chocolate chips (makes the brownies extra decadent)

Although these brownies look fancy, they are actually super simple to make.

Mix the filling ingredients together in a small bowl, and mix the brownie batter in a large bowl. After that, it’s time to prepare them for baking.


I think the key to perfect marbled cheesecake brownies is to reserve a little of the batter to dollop on top of the filling.

It works much better than just trying to swirl the batter up from the bottom.

After you add the spoonfuls of brownie batter to the top, use a butter knife or spoon handle to lightly swirl the brownie batter and cheesecake filling together. So pretty, right?

You can serve these cheesecake brownies at room temperature, but my favorite was when they were chilled. Maybe it’s because the weather has been so hot, but I thought they were fantastic straight out of the fridge. I also loved that when they were cold the chocolate chips added a nice crunch.

How to store leftover brownies?

-If you have any brownies left over, they will keep at room temperature for a day or two if stored in an airtight container. However, if you need to store them longer than that, because of the cream cheese filling, they need to be stored in the refrigerator. You can keep them in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.


  • I like using semi sweet chocolate chips, but you can substitute milk or white chocolate chips.
  • Stir a couple teaspoons of orange zest into the cream cheese mixture. It adds a fresh citrus flavor.
  • For an even more decadent brownie recipe, drizzle melted chocolate or chocolate ganache on top of the brownies after they cool.

Whether you are a cheesecake or a chocolate fan, these brownies are sure to please!

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Handy supplies for making cheesecake brownies:

Serving spatula – I have several versions of these, and I love them for everything from brownies to lasagna!
Whisk – a good whisk is a must for making the brownie batter.
Hand Mixer – Using a hand mixer is a great way to make sure your cream cheese mixture is totally smooth.


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A few more of my favorite cheesecake recipes:

  • Almond Coconut Cheesecake
  • Dulce de Leche Cheesecake
  • Cheesecake
  • Vanilla Bean Cheesecake
  • Churro Cheesecake Bars
  • Cherry Cheesecake Brownies
  • Mini Oreo Cheesecakes

Cheesecake Brownies Recipe

Yield: 12 servings

Cheesecake Brownies

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Fudgy brownies with a tangy cream cheese layer.

Prep Time10 minutes

Cook Time40 minutes

Total Time50 minutes


Cheesecake Filling

  • 8 oz package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips


  1. Line an 8x8" square baking pan with foil and spray with non-stick spray. Set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Filling: Beat cream cheese and sugar with a hand mixer in a small bowl till smooth and creamy.
  3. Add the egg and vanilla and beat till just blended. Set aside.
  4. Brownie Batter: Melt butter in a large glass bowl. Whisk in sugar and cocoa powder.
  5. Whisk in eggs and vanilla till smooth.
  6. Stir in flour, salt, and chocolate chips.
  7. Reserve about 1/3 - 1/2 cup of the brownie batter, and spread the rest in the bottom of the prepared pan.
  8. Pour the cheesecake mixture over the batter and spread evenly.
  9. Drop the reserved brownie batter by teaspoonfuls over the cheesecake filling. Swirl with a butter knife.
  10. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or till brownies are set.

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Nutrition Information:



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Amount Per Serving:Calories: 311Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 86mgSodium: 188mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 1gSugar: 26gProtein: 5g

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If you love both cheesecake and brownies, these homemade cheesecake brownies are the best of both worlds!

Swirled Cheesecake Brownies Recipe- Creations by Kara (2024)


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