Banana Split Brownies


These decadent brownies get their marbled tops from swirls of cream cheese.


  • 6 ounces best-quality bittersweet chocolate, chopped

  • 2 ounces best-quality unsweetened chocolate, chopped

  • 12 tablespoons (1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

  • 1 ¼ cups granulated sugar

  • 4 large eggs

  • ¾ cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

  • Pinch of salt

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature

  • 1 large egg yolk

  • Vegetable-oil cooking spray

  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar

  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • ½ cup mashed very ripe banana (1 medium banana)


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with vegetable-oil spray. Bring a saucepan of water to a boil; remove from heat. Place both chocolates in a heat-proof bowl; set over saucepan. Stir occasionally until completely melted.

  2. Meanwhile, combine butter and granulated sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; beat on medium-low speed until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes. Add 3 eggs; beat to combine. Scrape sides of bowl; add chocolate, 3/4 cup flour, and salt. Mix until just combined, 15 to 20 seconds, scraping sides of bowl once.

  3. In a food processor, process cream cheese until smooth and creamy, 25 to 30 seconds. Scrape down sides of bowl using a rubber spatula; add egg yolk, confectioners' sugar, vanilla, remaining tablespoon flour, and remaining egg. Process until smooth, about 1 minute. Transfer to a bowl; fold in mashed banana using a rubber spatula.

  4. Spread chocolate batter into prepared pan. Using a rubber spatula, make three trenches in batter, and fill with cream-cheese batter. To marble the top, run the tip of a knife back and forth across the two batters.

  5. Bake until set, about 40 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack for 30 minutes before cutting.

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