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Cream Cheese Swirl Brownie

Updated: Jul 24, 2020

Who can resist rich cream cheese swirled through rich fudgy brownies?

Prep time: 15 mins Cook time: 30 mins Total time: 45 mins



For the brownie layer

Salted butter 1/2 cup

Dark chocolate (chopped) 190 gms

Chocolate chips 50 gms

Granulated sugar 110 gms

Eggs 2 ( At the end of the recipe I have given an alternative for eggs)

Vanilla extract 2 tsp

All-purpose flour 100 gms

Cocoa powder 2 tbsp

Butter for greasing 

For the cheesecake layer

Cream cheese (softened) 250 gms

Granulated sugar 1/2 cup

Egg 1 (At the end of the recipe I have given an alternative for eggs)

Vanilla 1 tsp


Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease an 8 or 9-inch square pan with some butter. 

For the brownies : 

Place the butter and chopped chocolate into a large bowl. Microwave it in 30-second intervals until it melts. Stir until smooth.

Let the chocolate mixture cool for a few seconds. Whisk in the sugar, then whisk in the eggs, one by one. Finally, whisk in the vanilla extract.

Add the flour and cocoa powder to the bowl. Stir gently until just combined. 

Reserve 1/4 of the brownie batter in a separate bowl. 

Fold the chocolate chips into the larger amount of the brownie batter.

Spread the larger amount of batter evenly into the prepared pan.

For the cheesecake filling : 

Place the cream cheese and sugar in a bowl. Beat with a mixer for 2-3 minutes or until smooth and creamy. Add the egg and vanilla extract, then beat until smooth.

Pour the cheesecake mixture over the brownie batter in the pan.

Add 1 tablespoon of very hot water to the reserved brownie batter. Stir until smooth.

Dollop the brownie batter over the cheesecake. Use a skewer or knife to swirl the two batters together.

Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the brownies comes out clean or with just a few crumbs attached.

Cool the brownies completely. Cut into squares, then serve.


Substitute for egg

In place of 1 egg, you can use 1/4 cup milk or yogurt or mashed bananas

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