Chocolate Cream Cheese Brownies Recipe
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Chocolate Cream Cheese Brownies Recipe

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Whenever I take these to a gathering, someone will usually announce. "Lisa brought those brownies"—and everyone knows exactly which ones they are! We live on 10-1/2 acres out in the country with our daughters, 7 and 4.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min. + chilling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min. + chilling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 ounces German sweet chocolate, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

1 brownie: 247 calories, 14g fat (7g saturated fat), 73mg cholesterol, 138mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 325°. Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. In a large microwave-safe bowl, microwave chocolate and butter on high until butter is melted; stir until smooth. Whisk in sugar until blended. Whisk in extracts and eggs, one at a time. Stir in flour mixture. Pour half of the batter into a greased 8-in. square baking dish.
  2. Beat together filling ingredients until blended; spoon over batter in pan. Spoon remaining batter over top. Swirl gently with a knife.
  3. Bake until filling is set, 35-40 minutes. Cool in pan on a wire rack 1 hour. Refrigerate at least 2 hours. Cut into bars. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as Chocolate Cream Cheese Brownies in Country Woman January/February 1994, p31

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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Aquarelle User ID: 985301 23512
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2014

"I made the following changes: doubled the recipe, using a 9"x13" pan and baking for an additional 10 minutes or so, used a full 8-oz. brick of cream cheese, and substituted bittersweet chocolate for the German's sweet because that was all I had on hand. Really excellent!"

Sharonintn User ID: 7551051 12760
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2013

"This was horrible, barely edible. I should have known that 3 oz of cream cheese was not enough. It mixed all together while cooking making the brownies a light brown color. I think they meant 8 oz of cream cheese"

JennTats User ID: 7007311 12748
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2013

"I used semi sweet chocolate because that's what I had. These taste very moist and really hit the brownie flavor but I was semi disappointed there wasn't more cream cheese flavor but very good, I would make them again."

Suep2012 User ID: 6438879 6717
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2013

"These brownies are delicious. I did have to bake longer (7 min) and after cooling I had to put the center few (about 5) in the microwave. Great flavor, otherwise."

shillingdp User ID: 1118464 200945
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2012

"I made this for the guys in our dorm (18 of them), and they ask for it all the time. Best brownie ever!"

moonbear36 User ID: 5047787 12639
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2011

"Very delicious and watch out for calories."

ElizabethB_16 User ID: 5890972 11230
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2011

"These have to be THE best brownies I've ever made!! My kids loved them and so did I....I didn't want to share them :)"

amychristine79 User ID: 5266571 16313
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2010

"I've been making cream cheese brownies for a long time (and always looking for a better recipe) but this has to be the absolute best recipe I have EVER made! My search has come to an end, this will me my signature cream cheese brownie recipe from now on."

breespa User ID: 1308656 26138
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2010

"I make this one over last year Xmas holidays. I'll do it again this holidays. Rich recipe is great for holidays like now."

hwdog User ID: 5202486 3895
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2010

"very good. =)

They look goey when they come out of the oven, but they will harden up."

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