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Turn a box brownie mix into these creamy, dreamy, fudgy Cheesecake Brownies! They’re rich, have great chocolate flavor and a swirl of cream cheese filling!

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Cheesecake Brownies in a stack

Hello, chocolate lovers! I see you eyeing those brownies….that fudgy bottom layer and creamy swirl. Notice how I stacked a few up for ya? Yeah, that’s because one just might not be enough!

If I could send one of these Cheesecake Brownies (aka Cream Cheese Brownies) through the screen to ya, I sure would. But since I can’t, I’ll share the recipe (and some helpful tips!) with you instead!  The cheesecake layer brings a box mix to the next level!!

Cheesecake Brownies in a pan, cut into squares

Why I love these Cheesecake Brownies

  • Basic Ingredients – I almost always have a box of brownie mix in the pantry and same with the remaining ingredients!
  • Something Different! – Though I love traditional brownies, these are such a delicious way to change it up!
  • They’re SO Pretty – These decadent cheesecake brownies have two contrasting layers and a pretty brownie swirl on top, making them so eye-catching!
Ingredients for Cheesecake Brownies

Ingredients Needed

  • Brownie Box Mix & ingredients on box – I used a “fudge brownie” box (I love me some good fudgy brownies!), but any will do.
  • Cream Cheese
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Egg
  • Chocolate Chips – I like to use semi-sweet chocolate chips in these, but mini chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips or dark chocolate chips will work too!

How do you make Cheesecake Brownies?

1. Make the brownie batter

This recipe calls for a boxed brownie mix, so it’s super quick and easy. I like to line the square pan with parchment paper and give grease with cooking spray.  Then, simply mix the brownie batter in a large bowl according to the box instructions and pour into a 9×9″ pan.

2. Make the cheesecake mixture

Stir the softened cream cheese and sugar in a mixing bowl until smooth.  I find it easiest to use an electric mixer or stand mixer on medium speed for this. Then whisk in the egg and stir in the ½ cup of chocolate chips.

Spoon the cheesecake batter over the brownie batter, leaving some space where brownie batter peeks through.

3. Swirl and bake!

Next, you’re going to take a butter knife and swirl the cream cheese mixture and brownie batter. Once you have the look you want, you’ll sprinkle the remaining 2 tablespoon chocolate chips on top. 

Bake until it’s a light golden brown and the edges are set. Let cool, then cut and enjoy!


What’s the best way to cut brownies?

​Use a plastic knife!!  Yes, like a disposable plastic knife – it cuts through brownies like a champ!

Do Cheesecake Brownies need to be refrigerated?

Due to the dairy (and moisture) in the cheesecake swirl, these do need to be refrigerated*. I like to cut them and place them in a container with a tight-fitting lid.
*If you’re bringing these to a potluck or some sort of event, you can keep them at room temperature for several hours. However, I don’t recommend keeping them out for more than 8 hours.

How should I store these fudge cheesecake brownies?

You can cover them well with plastic wrap or put them in an airtight container. I do recommend placing a piece of waxed paper between layers so they don’t stick together.

Can I freeze these brownies?

Yes!  Freeze in an airtight container or in a freezer bag for up to 2 months.

Cheesecake Brownie being scooped out of a pan

No brownie mix? No problem!

If you don’t have any brownie mix, here’s what I recommend. Use my Chewy Homemade Brownies recipe and put it in a 9×13 pan instead of a 9×9. This will take a little longer to prep, but will also cut down on the bake time.

Other Brownies I Love

Rocky Road Brownies

Toffee Brownies

Buckeye Brownies

Hot Chocolate Brownies

Cheesecake Brownies on a plate

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Cheesecake Brownies

Cheesecake Brownies

Author: Kelsey
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Turn a box brownie mix into these creamy, dreamy Cheesecake Brownies! They're rich, fudgy and have a swirl of cream cheese filling!


  • One 9×9 inch baking dish


  • 1 box brownie mix + ingredients listed on box (likely eggs, oil and water)
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 350°F and grease a 9×9" baking pan*.
  • Stir together the brownie mix as instructed to on the box.
  • Pour brownie batter into the prepared pan.
  • In a mixing bowl, stir the cream cheese and sugar until nice and smooth.
  • Whisk in the egg, then stir in the chocolate chips.
  • Spoon the mixture over the brownie mix and swirl with a butter knife.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the top is turning a light golden brown and the outer edge is set.
  • Let cool before cutting and serving.


*A 9×13″ pan will work too.  However, the baking time will be significantly shorter and the brownies will be more thin.


Calories: 222kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11.5g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 142mg | Potassium: 112mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 203IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 0.9mg
“Dance Around the Kitchen” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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  1. Patricia Smith says:

    how come your cream cheese mixture does look swirled thru the brownie mix?