Posted by: NoCtrlZ | 2011/03/16

Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies

I found this beautiful recipe on Smitten Kitchen, and I have only slightly adapted it here. I must say hers looks a lot neater than mine. I clearly need to practice my marbling technique! I also didn’t use chocolate chips, but chocolate chunks. However, they seem to have melted much more than hers did. I did consider using Smarties, but I thought this would ruin the elegance of the Brownies!

Makes 16


For the Brownies:

  • 4oz Butter, cut into pieces
  • 3oz  Dark Chocolate (use a high percentage cocoa one)
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2/3 cup Plain Flour

For the Cream Cheese topping:

  • 8oz Cream Cheese
  • 1/3 cup Sugar
  • 1 Egg yolk
  • 1/4 tsp Vanilla Extract

Extra Topping:

  • 1oz Dark Chocolate, coarsely chopped.


  1. Preheat the oven to 170°C and line an 8″ square baking tin.

For the Brownies:

  1. Melt the butter and chocolate in a bowl over simmering water.
  2. Remove from the heat and whisk in sugar, eggs, and vanilla until well combined. Now fold in the flour until it has just combined.
  3. Spread this mixture into the baking tin.

For the Topping:

  1. Whisk together all of the Cream Cheese topping ingredients in a small bowl until smooth (I used an electric hand whisk for this).
  2. Dollop this mixture, as evenly as you can, over the brownie batter. Then swirl it in with a knife or spatula.
  3. Now sprinkle the chocolate chunks over the cheesecake/brownie batter swirl.

Time to bake!:

  1. Bake until edges are slightly puffed and center is just set, about 35 minutes.
  2. Allow to cool in the tin for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Once it has completely cooled, place it in the fridge until the topping has set fully. This may take a few hours, or you can leave it overnight (most brownies taste better the next day!).
  3. Once set, you can slice it into 16 pieces with a sharp knife, wiping it in between each slice if necessary.

Storage: The brownies can be kept in the fridge for up to 3 days.



  1. They look delicious Maria!

    Clearly going to have to petition Bristol CS dept. to make regular visits to Exeter for these meetings 😀

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