Aunt Kak’s ‘Cream Cheese Brownies’

by Jessica on April 13, 2012

Cream Cheese Brownies

No matter if you’ve followed the blog for a few months or for a few years, you’ve come to realize that C loves his brownies. It’s a constant request around the house. If I step one foot in the kitchen, I’m asked, “Are you making brownies?” Of course, with a request such as that, I tend to (weekly) scour cookbooks and blogs for different brownie recipes to try. I gotta keep up with what’s hot!

We have our favorites of course, but not one that stands out as an absolute. So, when I saw this one from sweet Susan, of Create Amazing Meals, I knew it was a must-try… especially since she’s been baking them up for over 25 years. You know they must be good!

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Aunt Kak’s ‘Cream Cheese Brownies’

Yield: 9-12 brownies, depending on how big or small you cut them


  • 5 tbsp unsalted butter, divided
  • 4 oz bittersweet chocolate
  • 3 oz fat-free cream cheese, softened
  • 3 lg eggs
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 c granulated sugar, divided
  • 1/2 c + 1 tbsp all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1/4 c mini chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and spray a 9" square pan with non-stick baking spray. In a small saucepan, melt 3 tablespoons of butter and the bittersweet chocolate on low, stirring occasionally. Set aside to cool.

In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese and remaining 2 tablespoons of butter together. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add 1 egg, vanilla extract, 1/4 cup of sugar and 1 tablespoon of flour. Continue to beat until fully blended. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, beat together the remaining 2 eggs and 3/4 cup of sugar. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and stir in the remaining 1/2 cup of flour, baking soda and salt. When fully blended, fold in the cooled, melted chocolate mixture.

Pour half of the chocolate batter into the bottom of the pan, spreading it evenly. Cover with the cream cheese batter and sprinkle the mini chocolate chips evenly across. Top with the remaining chocolate batter and blend back and forth with the flat side of a knife until marbled. Bake for 35-40 minutes, depending on your oven.

Adapted from: Create Amazing Meals

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Just look at that swirl! 🙂


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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 tierneymarie April 13, 2012 at 11:52 am

So far nothing has been able to top Ina Garten’s Outrageous Brownies in my house, but I’m excited to give these a try! My husband is a brownie fiend as well!

Is that a 1/4 cup of chocolate chips in the recipe?


2 Jessica April 13, 2012 at 12:48 pm

Yes, ma’am! 🙂


3 Susan April 13, 2012 at 1:33 pm

You are such a doll! I’m sending your link to my Aunt! It will make her day! I’m so glad you enjoyed these! Have a wonderful weekend!


4 yummychunklet April 13, 2012 at 7:18 pm

These brownies look great! And delicious!


5 Jessica @ Sunny Side Up April 17, 2012 at 5:55 pm

I’ve used cream cheese in coffee cake batter and cupcake batter, so I can only imagine how delicious it would be added to brownie batter! Adding these to my own list of brownie recipes to try!


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