Cream Cheese Brownies Recipe
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Cream Cheese Brownies Recipe

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A friend from church shared this recipe with me. Cream cheese lends itself to a moist and chewy brownie bar that's finger-lickin' good! —Carolyn Reed, North Robinson, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
MAKES:30 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
MAKES: 30 servings


  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups sugar, divided
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup instant hot cocoa mix
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chopped nuts

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 204 calories, 12g fat (6g saturated fat), 53mg cholesterol, 105mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, 1/2 cup sugar and milk until fluffy; set aside. In a large bowl, cream the butter, cocoa mix and remaining sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in flour and nuts and mix well.
  2. Pour half into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Spread with the cream cheese mixture. Top with remaining batter. Cut through batter with a knife to swirl the cream cheese.
  3. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Yield: 2-1/2 dozen.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with Swiss Miss instant cocoa.
Originally published as Cream Cheese Brownies in Best of Country Cookies 1999, p78

Sweet White Wine

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

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Somebody1900 User ID: 8669333 239812
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2015

"I love this recipe. It won best of show at state fair. I like to add coconut to the cream cheese mix for added flavor. Very easy to put together."

jblatter User ID: 2501566 44672
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2013

"Like mentioned before, I added a bit of cocoa powder to the mix to off set the sweetness of the hot cocoa mix. Also used reduced fat cream cheese with great results. Heavenly."

areichertnh User ID: 7047754 203793
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2012

"I made these today to add to an assorted cookie platter for Christmas. I used a dark chocolate hot cocoa mix and felt it gave it more flavor. Beautiful, moist and tasty - the kids and hubby went nuts over them. Well definitely make again."

TAYP User ID: 564681 80807
Reviewed May. 27, 2010

"I added some cocoa to the brownie batter, needed some extra chocolate flavoring for my taste, I might add some chocolate chips to the batter next time. Nice moist texture, good recipe."

k c User ID: 1290025 87295
Reviewed May. 26, 2010

"these are really good brownies with lots of cream cheese in them. I did use one fat free cream cheese and one regular and turned out fine. I also used my home -ade cocoa mix for the instant and it was fine. my family liked them and said to keep the recipe."

pbruckner User ID: 1663134 41574
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2009


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