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Cream Cheese Brownies Recipe

Cream Cheese Brownies Recipe

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 YIELD: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 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chopped nuts


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Cream Cheese Brownies

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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."

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."

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."

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
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."

Reviewed Jan. 5, 2009


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Wine Pairings

Sweet White Wine

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