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Sky-High Confetti Cream Cheese Brownies

Things around here have gotten way too healthy lately.

Healthy soups.

Healthy dips.

Healthy pancakes.

As I write this, I’m eating a piece of banana cake with cream cheese frosting. You know, just to even things out. Besides, I need to have something with my coffee! This recipe should also help even things out.

These brownies are similar to the cream cheese brownies I made before, but I kicked them up a notch this time. With sprinkles!

And twice as much cream cheese.

…and twice as much brownie.

If you’re on a diet, I apologize.

(Sidenote: This picture really bothers me because of the gigantic fingerprint in the middle of the brownie. But none of the pictures are that great. You win some, you lose some! At least I do.)

I doubled everything and added sprinkles to the cream cheese layer. The cleanliness of my oven was nearlyΒ compromised during the baking of these brownies. I opened and closed the door about a hundred times in fear that these were going to run over the side of the pan. They didn’t!

I used boxed brownies, but as always, feel free to substitute your favorite homemade brownies if you aren’t as busy lazy as I am.

Sky-High Confetti Cream Cheese Brownies

Yield: 20 brownies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Decadent, delicious cream cheese brownies. Sprinkles add a fun touch of color!


  • 2 boxes of brownie mix, buy the kind that makes a 9x13 pan (make sure you have your eggs and oil for the brownies)
  • two 8 oz. packages of cream cheese, softened (feel free to use reduced fat, but I wouldn't use fat-free)
  • 2 eggs (plus eggs for brownie mix)
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup sprinkles


  1. Preheat oven to 350*F.
  2. In large bowl, prepare brownie mixes as directed on box. Set aside.
  3. In another large bowl, combine cream cheese, 2 eggs, butter, flour, vanilla. Beat with electric mixer until smooth. Fold in sprinkles.
  4. Pour half of the prepared brownie mix into greased 9x13 pan. Spoon on the cream cheese mixture and spread out into an even layer. Spoon the remaining half of the brownie batter to cover the cream cheese mixture.
  5. Bake for 55-60 minutes or until set in the middle.
  6. Store leftover brownies in the refrigerator.

Verdict: I think this is kind of a no-brainer. These were delicious!
Husband’s take: I actually dropped these off at my work, so he didn’t get any. (Bad wife alert!) Word on the street is that everyone loved them there.
Changes I would make: None.
Difficulty: As always, easy!

And these pictures are for GeniΒ who mentioned that I haven’t had a lot of pictures of my little lady lately. Sunday’s post was for you too, Geni!

By the way, I’m trying a new recipe format. Feedback encouraged! What do you think?

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57 Responses to “Sky-High Confetti Cream Cheese Brownies”

  1. Nelly Rodriguez — August 26, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Mmhmm…yeah, these are torture for us diet folks! And I think all your pictures are amazing and you mentioned a fingerprint that’s actually nowhere to be seen! Cute kiddo as well! But…I’ll have the brownies!

    • Rachel — August 26th, 2011 @ 8:30 am

      Haha, your comment made me laugh out loud! If you can’t see the thumbprint, I’m not telling you where it is! Oh, and you can have the brownies, I’ll keep the kiddo πŸ˜‰

  2. Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) — August 26, 2011 at 8:33 am

    You had me at cream cheese!! These are adorable and I’ll bet they are delicious. I’ll definitely have to make these for our next party πŸ™‚

  3. Lauren at Keep It Sweet — August 26, 2011 at 8:39 am

    Oh my, I love these! They look like they would disappear in minutes.

  4. Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — August 26, 2011 at 8:45 am

    These are quite possibly the most beautiful thing I have seen all week. And the pictures are drool-worthy. πŸ™‚

    Oh, also, the new recipe format looks great to me! I think it’s set off quite nicely in the post.

  5. brandi — August 26, 2011 at 8:45 am

    these look incredible!!

  6. Erin — August 26, 2011 at 9:24 am

    I would’ve never noticed the fingerprint if you didn’t say anything, and even so I can’t really tell it’s there. Absolutely gorgeous brownies. Totally worth every last calorie.

  7. Mal @ The Chic Geek — August 26, 2011 at 9:25 am

    I love cream cheese brownies, love the addition of sprinkles and that it’s like a little sandwich, yum!

  8. Katrina — August 26, 2011 at 10:13 am

    Love the sprinkles!

  9. Brooke @ Veggie Table — August 26, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Whoaaaa! Those are the best looking brownies I’ve ever seen – but also the skeeriest, ha! I’m afraid if I make these…I would eat the entire batch! πŸ™‚

  10. Christina @ This Woman Cooks! — August 26, 2011 at 10:42 am

    Oh my God Rachel, these are insanely delicious looking!! I want one right now!

  11. Cookin' Canuck — August 26, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Your little one is absolutely adorable and those brownies are making me crave some chocolate in a big way.

    • Rachel — August 26th, 2011 @ 12:32 pm

      Thank you Dara!

  12. Kelly — August 26, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    Ohh my these might be the most delicious looking brownies EVER and your little girl is the most adorable looking baby ever!! What a sweet post! πŸ™‚

    • Rachel — August 26th, 2011 @ 12:31 pm

      Thanks Kelly!

  13. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — August 26, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Okay she couldn’t be more adorable! And those brownies? Dear Lord! Those Brownies!!!

    • Rachel — August 26th, 2011 @ 12:31 pm

      Thanks πŸ™‚ She is at such a fun age!

  14. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — August 26, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Oh my, I think I am in love! Finger prints or not, I want these! Your daughter is so cute!

  15. Alida — August 26, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Wow! These are the most amazing brownies I’ve ever seen…I want one now! Your daughter is adorable. Such a sweet face πŸ™‚

  16. Jamie @ thrifty veggie mama — August 26, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    These look so sinful!!! And I didn’t notice the fingerprint either. The recipe format looks great!

  17. Geni — August 26, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    This finger print thing is like a “Where’s Waldo”. I was trying to find it as well and couldn’t. I think the photo is amazing, the recipe addicting and making me think of lunch at only 11:22am AND I AM SO HAPPY YOU gave us cute little baby shots. She is so beautiful! Lucky girl and lucky mama.

  18. Geni — August 26, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    P.S. LOVE the new recipe format. I’m jealous. I never know what to do to change my blog. I am so tech challenged.

  19. Rach — August 26, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    Okay so first of all I love your blog title! Very cute play on names there. πŸ˜‰

    Also, your little girl is just the cutest! And those brownies look SO delightful!

  20. Dee @ Cocktaisl with Mom — August 26, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    OHHHH you did not just tease with that photo. I just found your blog today and you had to go there. It looks simply delicious and what a cutie patootie your daughter is.

  21. megan @ whatmegansmaking — August 26, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    oh my goodness, she is so cute! And your brownies look pretty good too! yum πŸ™‚

  22. Nutmeg Nanny — August 26, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    You’re killing me! These look amazing!

  23. Aunt Nancy — August 27, 2011 at 12:05 am

    Yum!! What’s the calorie count on those babies? πŸ™‚ You might be out doing the famous “turbo brownies” that Rick makes. Love ya!

    • Rachel — August 27th, 2011 @ 2:42 pm

      I don’t even want to know the calorie count! And I don’t know, I think the “turbo” brownies might even have these beat! Love you too!

  24. Lisa — August 27, 2011 at 10:45 am

    OMG! I love the brownies! They are my weakness! Yes I am on a diet but we all deserve a cheat every once in awhile. Right? You little girl is adorable. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  25. Koko @ KokoLikes — August 27, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    OH MY GOD these look DEADLY! Can’t wait to try them! Would be great for a party or birthday!

  26. Karriann Graf — August 27, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    These brownies look decadent especially with a cream cheese middle. The brownies are making me hungry!

    “Spicing it Up”

  27. Carolyn — August 27, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    What a cutie. And I am not just talking about the brownies! πŸ˜‰ Actually the brownies are stunning and so is your little one.

  28. Krista {Budget Gourmet Mom} — August 28, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    Those look fabulous Rachel!!! I love the new recipe format! I’ve been looking for a plugin just like it. Which one is it?

  29. Julia — August 29, 2011 at 8:33 am

    Love the new format. I would have NEVER noticed the fingerprint in the brownie, by the way. Maybe b/c I was too busy staring at the sprinkles IN the brownie. I’ma sucker for colorful sprinkles.

  30. feast on the cheap — August 29, 2011 at 11:31 am

    A brownie sandwich? I mean who could possibly say no to this

  31. claire @ the realistic nutritionist — August 29, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    Oh my!! These look delectable!!

  32. Erin — August 29, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    I love how colorful these are. Beautiful and delicious looking! πŸ™‚

  33. Maris (In Good Taste) — August 29, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    I just started a healthy eating kick today and OMG I picked the wrong day to visit your blog πŸ™‚

    Recipe format is great, btw! Love your photo, too.

    • Rachel — August 30th, 2011 @ 7:47 am

      Thanks Maris! Problem is, the recipe format is all jacked up for my email subscribers. So I’m either going to have to do some major changes or go back to my old ways πŸ™‚

  34. Jen Henderson — August 29, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    I’m pretty sure I’m making these on Wednesday because it is usually the worst day and these will clearly make it the best day. Things really are getting too healthy. I recently traded my caramel cremes for carrot stix and dill yogurt dip. Who am I? Great blog, look forward to visiting again soon!

    • Rachel — August 30th, 2011 @ 7:46 am

      Haha, your comment made me laugh out loud! Thanks for coming by my blog and commenting!

  35. Dana — August 29, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    My mouth is WATERING! I love this idea… too bad my fiance doesn’t like creamcheese… I’d have to eat the whole thing myself πŸ˜‰

    • Rachel — August 30th, 2011 @ 7:45 am

      Yep, sounds like quite a burden! You could easily halve this recipe if you didn’t want quite so much πŸ™‚

  36. Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers — August 31, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Oh yum! Two wonderful things combined! I just had lunch, but now I’m already hungry again. Yikes!

  37. bhavani@ameanderingmango — September 1, 2011 at 3:29 am

    Wow – I love cream cheese and brownies together – made a batch recently but they weren’t as pretty as yours! Lovely blog and I love the name. Thanks!

  38. Melissa@IWasBornToCook — September 4, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    These look delicious! Dangerous, too πŸ™‚ I’m your newest follower…glad I found you!

  39. Jersey Girl Cooks — September 9, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    I know my kids would love these. Love the pictures of the little lady!

  40. Sally — January 5, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Hi Rachel! I just stumbled upon your blog and found these incredible brownies! You had me at “confetti.” What a neat idea to sandwich a cream cheese funfetti mix between brownies! i added this to my recipe list. Your entire blog is wonderful and i really admire your two sense after the recipe (verdict, hubby’s take, etc) — so helpful!! Thanks for sharing all your delcious recipes & photos. πŸ™‚

    • Rachel — January 7th, 2012 @ 9:33 pm

      Thank you so much, you are so sweet! The brownies are so dangerous!

  41. Caroline @ chocolate & carrots — September 14, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Oh. My. Fun!!! These look so gooey and delicious! Sinfully good.


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