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Cream Cheese Brownies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | This is our favorite #brownie #recipe ever! The #CreamCheese layer includes #coconut & the brownie layer includes #ChocolateChips & #pecans. Swirled together these are absolutely decadent! Terrific for #tailgating parties or summer #holiday fun like #FourthOfJuly or #LaborDay. #dessert #HolidayDessert #ChocolateDessert #CreamCheeseDessert #cookie #CreamCheeseBrownies

Cream Cheese Brownies

These are our favorite brownies. They're rich and decadent using a brownie mix with chocolate chips and nuts. The cream cheese layer includes coconut. The two layers are swirled together making the best brownie ever! Terrific for tailgating parties, potlucks, backyard barbecues or summer holiday fun like Memorial Day, Fourth of July or Labor Day.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Cookies, Brownies and Bars
Cuisine American
Servings 24



  • 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese softened
  • 5 tbsp. unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour bleached flour toughens baked goods
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup coconut


  • 1 box brownie mix (Duncan Hines is good)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup water (depending on the mix – some mixes have more ounces so you need more water)
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1 cup chopped nuts walnuts or pecans work fine
  • 12 oz. bag chocolate chips



  • Mix cream cheese and butter with electric mixer.
  • Add sugar, eggs, flour and vanilla.
  • Stir in coconut. Set aside.


  • Mix brownie mix, egg, water and oil.
  • Stir in nuts and chocolate chips. The dough will be thick.
  • Spray a 9x13” baking pan with cooking spray (or grease and flour pan).
  • Spread half of the cream cheese mixture in bottom of pan.
  • Spread out to cover surface of pan.
  • Then spread half of the brownie mixture over top of the cream cheese mixture.
  • It won’t spread evenly, but you can dollop it onto the mixture and move it around slightly to cover the surface the best you can.
  • Pour and spread remaining cream cheese mixture over top of brownie layer, and then remaining brownie mix.
  • Using a wooden spoon or knife, swirl through all layers.
  • Don’t overdo it, but make sure you swirl the batter in 2 or 3 inch swirls throughout the pan.
  • Bake at 350° for about 45 minutes.
  • Be sure mixture is set in the middle. Test with a toothpick. Cook additional 5 or 10 minutes if necessary, depending on the heat of your oven.


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Keyword brownie, cheesecake, chocolate, chocolate chips, chocolate dessert, coconut, cookie, cream cheese, dessert
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