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Cream Cheese Brownies

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
    2-1/2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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.
  • Pour half into a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Spread with the cream cheese mixture. Top with remaining batter. Cut through batter with a knife to swirl the cream cheese.
  • Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with Swiss Miss instant cocoa.
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  • Somebody1900
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Jan 5, 2009

    yyyyyyyyyyuuuuuuuuuummmmmmmmmyyyyyyyyy