Cheesecake Swirled Brownies are the best homemade fudgy brownies loaded with chunks of chocolate and topped with creamy cheesecake. They are a delicious combination of two classic desserts.

A plate full of cheesecake swirled brownies

If I had to pick my two favorite desserts in the world I would have a tough time choosing, but I think it would come down to brownies and cheesecake. This is my all-time favorite brownie recipe and cheesecake recipe. Combine the two and you get one heck of a dessert!

Two brownies stacked on top of each other

Ingredients for Cheesecake Swirled Brownies

Ingredients for homemade brownies

  • Unsalted Butter. I always make sure to use unsalted butter when baking because there is no “standard” for the amount of salt they can add to butter. So if you add salt to a recipe and then use salted butter you could end up with a very salty end product.
  • Brown Sugar. Brown sugar adds a softer texture to the finished product.
  • Eggs. It will be easier to incorporate the eggs into the batter if they are room temperature.
  • Vanilla Extract. Vanilla is a must in baked goods just like salt. Real vanilla adds a better flavor than imitation vanilla.
  • All-purpose Flour. Measuring the flour correctly is very important. I suggest weighing your flour out (I use this scale). If you want to use a measuring cup, make sure you spoon the flour into the cup and level it off with a knife. Don’t use the cup to scoop directly from the flour.
  • Cocoa Powder. This will give the brownies an extra chocolatey flavor.
  • Salt. Salt is a must in baked goods. It will help to balance out the sweetness and improve the overall flavor.
  • Chocolate. I prefer semi-sweet chocolate, but you can use whatever you prefer. If you’re wanting puddles of chocolate chop up a chocolate bar instead of using chocolate chips.

Ingredients for cheesecake topping:

  • Cream Cheese. The cream cheese needs to be at room temperature to prevent lumps in your cheesecake mixture.
  • Granulated Sugar. This will add flavor and sweetness to the cheesecake.
  • Egg. It will be easier to incorporate the egg into the batter if they are at room temperature.
  • Vanilla Extract. See above note.
All of the ingredients needed for this recipe

How to make Cheesecake Swirled Brownies

Fudgy Brownies

STEP 1: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees (F). Spray an 8×8 pan with non-stick spray and then lay thick strips of parchment paper across the bottom of the pan in a cross shape.

STEP 2: In a medium bowl mix with a hand mixer combine the melted butter and brown sugar. When fully combined add the eggs and vanilla. Beat until fully combined and light in color.

The wet ingredients combined in a bowl

STEP 3: In a small bowl combine the flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Whisk to combine and remove any lumps.

The dry ingredients combined in a bowl

STEP 4: Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Mix until just combined.

STEP 5: Fold the chocolate into the mixture and pour it into the prepared baking dish.

Cheesecake Topping

STEP 1: In a medium bowl, add the softened cream cheese and sugar and beat until smooth. Make sure that the cream cheese is very soft so that it doesn’t get chunky.

STEP 2: Add the egg and vanilla extract and whisk until fully combined. The mixture should be smooth.

The cheesecake mixture combined in a bowl

STEP 3: Pour the cheesecake topping over the brownie batter. Use a knife to swirl the two together.

the cheesecake swirled brownies before being baked

STEP 4: Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs.

STEP 5: Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before lifting out of the pan.

A closeup of a fudgy brownie with a bite out of it

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A plate of cheesecake brownies

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Cheesecake Swirled Brownies

Cheesecake Swirled Brownies are the best homemade fudgy brownies loaded with chunks of chocolate and topped with creamy cheesecake.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brownies, cheesecake, cheesecake swirled brownies, Chocolate
Servings: 16 brownies
Calories: 254kcal

Ingredients

For Brownies:

  • 12 tablespoons (170 grams) unsalted butter melted
  • 1 1/4 cup (266 grams) brown sugar packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup (90 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (42 grams) cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (170 grams) chocolate chopped

For Cheesecake Topping:

  • 1 block (227 grams) cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 cup (50 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

For Brownies:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F). Spray an 8×8 pan with non-stick spray and then lay thick strips of parchment paper across the bottom of the pan in a cross shape. This will make it easier to lift the brownies out of the pan once cooled.
  • In a medium bowl mix with a hand mixer combine the melted butter and brown sugar. When fully combined add the eggs and vanilla. Beat until fully combined and light in color.
  • In a small bowl combine the flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Whisk to combine and remove any lumps.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Overmixing will create tough brownies.
  • Fold the chocolate into the mixture and pour into the prepared baking dish.

For Cheesecake Topping:

  • In a medium bowl, add the softened cream cheese and sugar and whisk until smooth.
  • Add the egg and vanilla extract and whisk until fully combined.
  • Pour the cheesecake topping over the brownie batter and use a knife to swirl the two together.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before lifting out of the pan.

Nutrition

Serving: 1brownie | Calories: 254kcal | Carbohydrates: 27.5g | Protein: 4.4g | Fat: 15.2g | Saturated Fat: 9.5g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 198mg | Potassium: 150mg | Fiber: 1.3g | Sugar: 20.5g | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 1mg
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