Brownies with a Swirl

Paula Todora


I needed a "bribe" to give to our neighbors so they would help us move a large piece of furniture. I needed simple ingredients that I had on hand, so I made these. Surprisingly, they were a huge hit! (plus they moved our furniture without any help from us)-a big success all the way around!

They ended up being moist and rich, and now they are one of my most popular recipes to make. So many people ask for the recipe now, and I put it on my blog for them to find:

And now they can find it on our beloved JAP site!


★★★★★ 1 vote

Makes 9 large or 12 medium brownies
10 Min
35 Min



  • 1/2 c
    butter, melted
  • 1 c
  • 1/2 c
    cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 2
  • 3/4 c

  • 8 oz
    softened cream cheese
  • 1
  • 1 1/2 tsp

How to Make Brownies with a Swirl


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray an 8x8-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. To make Brownies:
    In the bowl of an electric mixer on medium speed, mix butter, sugar, cocoa powder and vanilla until mixed thoroughly.
  3. Add eggs and beat until smooth. Gradually add flour, 1/4 cup at a time, and mix on low speed, JUST until combined. Pour half into bottom of prepared pan.
  4. To make Cream Cheese Swirl:
    In a medium bowl, whisk all ingredients until smooth. Pour all of this mixture of the brownie mixture in baking dish and spread out to edges.
  5. Spoon remaining brownie batter of top of cream cheese swirl mixture and spread gently with a knife or spoon. Swirl with a knife and bake 35-40 minutes, just until set in the middle.
  6. Let cool completely before cutting into 9 equal servings.

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About Brownies with a Swirl

Course/Dish: Cookies
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American
Other Tags: Quick & Easy For Kids

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