Cheesecake Brownies

These cheesecake brownies are next level, with a delicious cream cheese and white chocolate layer sandwiched between two rich layers of brownie.

There are so many ways to add a little extra something to your brownies! This cream cheese version is delicious, but you also need to try Oreo Brownies, S’mores Brownies, and Cookie Dough Brownies.

Cheesecake brownies on cake stand

cream cheese Brownies

Who loves BROWNIES?! The chocolate-y treats are one of my “go-to” desserts when company comes over, so I like to have several different brownie recipes on hand.

When my family saw a recipe for Cheesecake Brownies (aka Cream Cheese Brownies), they decided to give them a try. Let’s just say I’m so glad they did because this recipe was GREAT!! Let me tell you why…

  1. Brownies on their own are simply delicious!
  2. A cheesecake layer in between means you can’t go wrong!
  3. White chocolate chips in the Cheesecake layer make them even better!

SEE! You really can’t go wrong with this recipe. There are a few more steps than the brownies in a box, but I promise they won’t disappoint. If you’re looking for a way to elevate an already delicious dessert, I definitely suggest trying this recipe!

Cream cheese layer for brownies

How to Make Cheesecake Brownies

Preheat oven to 350.

CREAM CHEESE MIXTURE. In a mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, ¼ cup sugar and 1 egg and beat until smooth. Stir in 1 cup white chocolate chips until well combined. Set aside.

BROWNIE BATTER. On the stove, fill a saucepan with water and bring to a boil. Turn off heat and set a heatproof mixing bowl over the water. In the mixing bowl, combine butter and milk chocolate chips; stir until it’s just melted and blended together. Mix in the remaining ½ cup sugar and 2 eggs.

In a separate bowl, mix your flour, baking powder, and salt; stir into your chocolate mixture until evenly blended.

LAYER. Pour half of your batter into a greased 9×9 baking pan. Spread the cream cheese mixture over the chocolate layer. Top with remaining chocolate mixture. Swirl the top chocolate layer into the cream cheese to make a marble pattern.

BAKE. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes, or until top is crinkled and center is cooked through. Let cool. ENJOY!

Bake time tips: The worst thing is anticipating a delicious treat only to remove it from the oven far from the expected result. Unfortunately, is can be hard to pinpoint exactly why a recipe worked for one person and not the other. Here are a few more common tips to keep in mind when baking

  • Glass and dark metal pans take longer to bake.
  • Using a different pan size than the one suggested. Smaller sized pans require extra bake time. Larger sized pan need less bake time. 
  • Making your own adjustments to the ingredients. Baking is a science and any change to the recipe can result in an unexpected outcome.
  • Elevation and weather can affect baked items.
  • The toothpick test: don’t wait until the toothpick comes out clean. This means your brownies have been over cooked. When stuck in the center the toothpick should have some crumbs stuck to it.
  • Allow the brownies to cool and set. The brownies will continue to bake right out of the oven and set as they cool.

Can I use a box mix? The cheesecake layer is best when paired with the homemade brownie as listed in the recipe, but you can use a box brownie mix. You will get a different texture, but it will still taste delicious. Also, I suggest finding a brownie mix that is baked in a 9X9 pan.

Cream cheese brownies process pics

cheesecake brownie Tips and Tricks

Add even more flavor: I typically make these brownies as written, but you can add other flavors to the recipe to change them up a bit. 

  • Drizzle caramel or chocolate over the top of the brownies
  • Add chopped nuts, chocolate chips (milk or white), or crushed Oreos to the top before baking
  • Make them Minty: Use green food coloring in the cream cheese mixture, add ½ teaspoon mint extract to the brownie mixture and top with chopped Andes mints then bake. 
  • Peanut Butter:  Add ¼-½ cup peanut butter to the cream cheese layer and top with chopped Reese’s cups or peanut butter chips before baking.

STORAGE: Brownies generally store really well and these are no different. Store the brownies in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

You can also freeze them for up to 3 months. You can either wrap the entire block up or wrap the individual pieces. Wrap in plastic wrap then again with aluminum foil, or place the wrapped pieces in a freezer Ziploc.

Cheesecake Brownies recipe on cake stand

Um – yeah… cheesecake brownies (aka cream cheese brownies) are delicious! I admit that I usually serve ice cream with traditional brownies, but these guys are great on their own!! And can we all agree everything is better with cream cheese?!!

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Cheesecake Brownies Recipe

4.55 from 20 votes
These cheesecake brownies are next level, with a delicious cream cheese and white chocolate layer sandwiched between two rich layers of brownie.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 9
Calories 459 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

Cheesecake Mixture

  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips

Brownie Mixture

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, ¼ cup sugar and 1 egg and beat until smooth.
  • Stir in 1 cup white chocolate chips until well combined. Set aside.
  • On the stove, fill a saucepan with water and bring to a boil. Turn off heat and set a heatproof mixing bowl over the water. In the mixing bowl, combine butter and milk chocolate chips; stir until its just melted and blended together. Mix in the remaining ½ cup sugar and 2 eggs.
  • In a separate bowl, mix your flour, baking powder, and salt; stir into your chocolate mixture until evenly blended.
  • Pour half of your batter into a greased 9x9 baking pan. Spread the cream cheese mixture over the chocolate layer. Top with remaining chocolate mixture. Swirl the top chocolate layer into the cream cheese to make a marble pattern.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes, or until top is crinkled and center is cooked through. Let cool. ENJOY!

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Comments:

  1. I just made these today, and they are delicious!!
    Like some other commenters, I am not a fan of white chocolate. But I think recipes should be tried as written before they are personalized, so I put them in, and I was not sorry!
    The only change I made was using gluten free flour, and they turned out just great.

    1. Yes, though you will want to add some time. I would just keep an eye on them, at the 30 minute mark, then maybe add a couple min at a time. Hope that helps 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    Wow! 🙂 These were delicious!
    I suspected as much and doubled up the recipe from the getgo. A small change – I added a bit less sugar, and some vanilla and lemon juice to the cheesecake layer. Felt like the lemon would be great to break the sweetness a bit – and I was right 🙂 The brownie layer was a tad dry, but it may just be that I baked them for a bit too long. I suspect I poked a chocolate chip and mistakenly thought they were undercooked. But the moistness of the cheesecake layer balanced it out and the result was still fantastic. Thanks for the recipe!

  3. 5 stars
    These are the best kind of brownies that I have ever made. I make them on special occasions and people love them.

  4. 5 stars
    I’m not sure where can I buy chocolate chips around, so can I use just melted chocolate instead? Is there a difference?

    1. That will make a difference, though I haven’t personally tried. Do you have a local grocery store that has them?

  5. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for this recipe! I don’t like brownies At all but these were delicious. They were a huge hit with my family and I’ve made this 3 times so far in the past month. Super easy and tastes amazing and the best thing it not out of a box!

  6. 5 stars
    The brownies turned out well and were very tasty. Instead of white chocolate chips I used chunks the children loved them.
    My chocolate batter was quite thick, I think the chocolate seized, I added some milk to make the mixture spreadable. The brownies were a bit cakey but we all enjoyed. Saving the recipe and will definitely make next time.

  7. 4 stars
    I had issues with the bake time. I Started checking at 25 minutes and finally pulled them at 50 minutes after the top had browned. A little cakey, but very tasty! Maybe cook times are affected by pan size or oven type. I don’t have a 9×9 (used 8×8) and my oven is not a convection oven… Perhaps other commentors had similar differences, affecting the outcome…? Still good despite the extended
    cook!

    1. I’m sorry it did. Yes, ovens are all different & size of the pan does matter, but I am glad it still tasted good 🙂

    1. Thanks!! I don’t put them in, but it wouldn’t hurt either. They’ve been fine either way 🙂

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