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Cream-Cheese Brownies


Lining the pan isn't busywork; it makes it easy to remove the brownies.

  • Yield: Makes 16 squares

Source: Everyday Food, May 2007


  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces, plus more for pan
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room-temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brush a 9-inch square baking pan with butter. Line bottom and two sides with a strip of parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang on the two sides. Butter paper, and set pan aside. In a small bowl, whisk 1 cup flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt; set aside.

  2. Place 8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter and chocolate in a large heat-proof bowl set over (not in) a saucepan of gently simmering water. Heat, stirring occasionally, until smooth, 2 to 3 minutes; remove bowl from pan. Add 1 1/4 cups sugar; mix to combine. Add 3 eggs, and mix to combine. Add flour and cocoa mixture; mix just until moistened (do not overmix).

  3. Prepare cream-cheese mixture: Whisk cream cheese with 2 tablespoons room-temperature butter. Whisk in 1/4 cup sugar, 1 egg, and 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour. Alternately spoon chocolate batter and cream-cheese mixture into pan; with the tip of a paring knife, swirl to marble.

  4. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached, 50 to 60 minutes. Cool in pan for 30 minutes. Using paper overhang, lift brownies out of pan; transfer to a rack to cool completely (still on paper). On a cutting board, using a dampened serrated knife, cut into 16 squares.

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  • Pamela Teo
    10 MAY, 2014
    I've made this recipe twice and they both received rave reviews! They also look attractive as well. Just a side note though, 4ounces of cream cheese will not be enough! I always use 8ounces of them.
  • Labellefleur
    11 OCT, 2013
    Worst brownie recipe ever. They are more like cake than brownie, but not even a good cake since it was dense and crumbly. Will not make again.
  • kitkatmariekurek
    27 MAR, 2013
    Just made these brownies today, and I'm impartial to how they turned out. They look gorgeous, and I was pleased as I pulled them out of the oven. However, they were browned a little too much (on the cream cheese swirls). The flavour was nice, but the texture was much more like a cake than brownie. I was hoping for more of a gooey, dense dessert, but all in all, I'm not complaining. A few adjustments would make this a killer recipe next time I give it a shot.
  • BittyA
    23 JUN, 2012
    Who write this recipe? I had to rewrite it myself so it makes sense before I even start! Realized I'm not alone by reading the other reviews. We'll see how they turn out.....
  • lovetobake123
    4 JUN, 2012
    The brownie layer was very delicious!! However the cream cheese layer was too thin and got slightly burnt around the edges. Should have used 8oz cream cheese...
  • MBenefield
    8 SEP, 2011
    Really like this one ;-) Moist and rich.
  • oursette
    16 SEP, 2010
    This recipe is amazing..before I start a new recipe, I always take time to read it well. Many of you have complain about it but don't see how hard it was to follow that recipe!! Those brownies are delicious, thanks Martha as always :)
  • mcaguayo77
    30 APR, 2010
    WOW!!! I made this today to celebrate "Children day" ...were totally a successs!!!! thank you for this delicious variety of brownies...!!! really loved them! I would like to show you a pic, but I really don`t know where to load it. XOX
  • greenecogal
    24 FEB, 2010
    This recipe will be my new cheese cake alternative!! thank you martha :) These were also a hit last time I made them, since my daughter refuses to mix cheese with chocolate-
  • Alison
    13 OCT, 2008
    We've updated the recipe to reflect the correct ingredients and instructions. Thanks for contacting us about the problem.