Cream Cheese Filled Brownies

Let me begin by saying that we were having company over, which is the only reason I made these. I didn’t send the leftovers to work with my husband because they needed to be refrigerated. At least that was my story. The true story? These are good! I didn’t want to share. I should have shared, because I don’t think parent-infant swim lessons count as working out. Probably didn’t burn off the two brownies that I ate before class.


Like my tan? I’ve been working on it all winter. I love how I’m basically the same color as my baby who has more or less never seen the sun.
Cream Cheese Filled Brownies
One box of brownie mix (Buy the kind that makes a 9×13 pan. You could of course make this from scratch if you have a recipe you like. I’m lazy.)
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 Tbsp espresso powder
Prepared as directed on the box (don’t forget to preheat oven), adding the espresso powder in before adding the eggs, oil, and water. Fold in chocolate chips after everything else is incorporated.
one 8 oz package cream cheese (I used reduced fat, because I’m obviously watching my caloric intake)1 egg
2 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 Tbsp flour
1 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Beat cream cheese, egg, butter, sugar, flour, and vanilla together until smooth. Fold in mini chocolate chips.

To assemble:
Pour half of prepared brownie mix into greased 9×13 pan. Spoon on the cream cheese mixture over the first layer of brownie batter. Spread out (the best that you can), so that the cream cheese mixture evenly covers the brownie batter. Spoon on the remaining half of the brownie batter to cover the cream cheese mixture. Bake as directed on the box of brownies. It may take a little extra time due to the added cream cheese. Mine took 32 minutes in a 350* oven. Store leftover brownies (if there are any!) in the fridge.

Verdict: So good. Oh boy, I ate way too many of these.
Husband’s take: My hubby likes things on the traditional side–he prefers plain brownies. He ate around the cream cheese. Yes, around it. Seems like a lot of work too me, but whatever makes you happy!
Changes I would make: None necessarily, but I think next time I might add some peanut butter. Or mint extract. Then hubby with be really happy with me (not).
Difficulty: Only a teensy bit harder than boxed brownies. You can handle it, I have faith in you!

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  1. Brittany–you will have so much fun! And if you're a cream cheese lover, you should double the filling. I know, terrible, but it would definitely be better that way :)

  2. These would be dangerous for me to make. I don't have much of a sweet tooth, but anything with cream cheese- I'm SOLD. YUMMMMMmmmmmm!!!

    PS- Can't wait to go to swimming lessons with my little one- too cute!

  3. Beth–the only question is, do I add it to the the brownie mix, the cream cheese or both? :)

  4. Those look incredible! Brownies are one of my favorite desserts ever. And if you add peanut butter!? Oh my!

  5. These look amazing! The best brownies I've ever made were filled with cream cheese too :)

  6. Dan–Hey stranger! Thank you! The east side sure is different, I'll leave it at that! No, in all seriousness, life is good. Great to hear from you.
    Donna–Thanks, I think she is a beauty too, but I am VERY biased!
    Autumn–We are having a blast in swim lessons! I was a little worried she was too young, but I am so glad we decided to do it.
    Lisa–Thanks! They are a little *too* wonderful, I ate SO many of them!

  7. Seriously??? these sound wonderful!!!

  8. These look amazing! Aren't infant swim lessons such fun!?

  9. Thank you for visiting my blog, as I'm happy to have found yours! It's so great! And this recipe…I swear I just drooled on my keyboard;) Can't wait to try these out!!!

    (ps-your daughter is a beauty!:)

  10. Awesome Blog and recipe Rachel, hope life with the family is well and that you are enjoying living here on the east side. If you ever need a third opinion on any of these recipe's just let me know :-p

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