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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 large 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.

Recipe Note

Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with Swiss Miss instant cocoa.

Nutritional Facts

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

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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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