Jazz up an out-of-the-box brownie mix with an easy cheesecake topping.

Nat

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
20 mins
additional:
10 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
24
Yield:
1 - 9x13 inch pan
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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Prepare the brownie mix as directed by manufacturer. Preheat oven to temperature indicated on box. Grease a 9x13 inch pan.

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  • Spread the brownie batter evenly into the prepared pan. Using an electric mixer, beat together the cream cheese, egg and sugar until smooth. Dollop the cream cheese mixture on top of the brownie batter. Swirl together using a knife or skewer.

  • Bake according to manufacturer's instructions. Brownies will be done when a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool in the pan, then cut into bars and serve.

Nutrition Facts

147 calories; protein 1.9g 4% DV; carbohydrates 20.7g 7% DV; fat 6.9g 11% DV; cholesterol 18mg 6% DV; sodium 100.5mg 4% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
01/17/2007
Awesome idea and pretty too. I usually put 2/3 of the brownie batter into the pan first, then ALL of the cream cheese on top, then add remaining brownie batter. This way, it makes a nice swirl, and not too white on top. I sometimes use a 9-inch springform pan to make this then cut into pie wedges and garnish with fresh strawberry slices for an easy, attractive, elegant dessert. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/28/2008
I made this just as written no modifications additions or otherwise messing around with the recipe. It's easy to mix together turns out perfectly with no issues or problems whatsoever and looks pretty. Having said that however the brownie part wasn't chocolatey enough and because the cheesecake filling was swirled in the flavor of that kind of got lost too. Unfortunately this is only an average cheesecake brownie that I think would be worth trying again with a "from scratch" brownie batter. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/17/2007
Awesome idea and pretty too. I usually put 2/3 of the brownie batter into the pan first, then ALL of the cream cheese on top, then add remaining brownie batter. This way, it makes a nice swirl, and not too white on top. I sometimes use a 9-inch springform pan to make this then cut into pie wedges and garnish with fresh strawberry slices for an easy, attractive, elegant dessert. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/27/2007
OMG! These were sooo good! I used 2 pkgs of supreme brownie mix, because i love thick brownies. I added 1 tsp of vanilla to the cream cheese mixture, and 3 tbs of butter, and 1 tbs of flour, it really helps with the texture. Definately use parchement paper to line the pan to prevent sticking or tough edges. soo delicious, much easier this way and just as good as the "from scratch" method! thx! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/28/2007
Fabulous. And so easy! I made them in a 8x8" glass pan since we like our brownies thick. It did take quite a bit of extra time to cook them through, but they were well worth the wait! Definitely pour 2/3 of the brownie batter in the pan first, then the cheesecake, then drizzle the remaining batter on top before swirling with a knife. It makes for a much better marbled effect. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/28/2008
I made this just as written no modifications additions or otherwise messing around with the recipe. It's easy to mix together turns out perfectly with no issues or problems whatsoever and looks pretty. Having said that however the brownie part wasn't chocolatey enough and because the cheesecake filling was swirled in the flavor of that kind of got lost too. Unfortunately this is only an average cheesecake brownie that I think would be worth trying again with a "from scratch" brownie batter. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/04/2005
This recipe is so easy and tasty. It really looks elegant too. I used a basic brownie mix and prepared it on the box per "cakelike" instructions. I added a tsp of vanilla to the cream cheese mixture for some extra flavor. I had no problem mixing it up even with the cream cheese right from the fridge. It's important to cook this in a preheated oven (I did it in a glass pan 350 degrees.) It was done when the toothpick came out clean and the top started to brown a bit. As an added touch I put chocolate chips on the top while it cooled. Don't try to cut it up until it is completely cooled. Wonderful quick easy recipe. Thanks Nat! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/02/2004
This was really good, and I am a from scratch type of person. I'm not sure what happened with the other people who said it was too runny. I cooked it 10 mins longer than the regular box directions, and I could have cooked it a little less than that. Two things: 1) Make sure and mix the cream cheese mixture until smooth and thick. I didn't soften the cream cheese before mixing. 2) I added 1/2t of vanilla to add a little more flavor. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/28/2009
HELPFUL TIPS: Unless you double the brownie mix, you really will have a flat/extremely thin brownie. I posted 2 pictures showing the thickness of the entire batch (2 boxes) to give some an idea. With two, they turn out the correct thickness for a brownie IMO. Just make 1 box, put it ALL in pan, then put cream cheese mixture, and top with another brownie box mix. Fits a 9X13 perfectly w/o even reaching near the top! Definitely line your 9X13 with parchment or foil (w/pam), so you can easily pull out the entire brownie w/o any crumbles. Also a must to wait for it to completely cool before doing or you will not have nice squares. I baked mine for 50-55 minutes (until toothpick came out clear), and it came out perfect. I also took the advice of adding 1T of flour, 3T of butter to the cream cheese (which I took straight out of the fridge before mixing). If you're a frosting person, adding frosting and then crumbled oreos really makes it the perfect dessert! I only gave the recipe 3 stars b/c even with changes the users here gave (and w/o), the cream cheese part is not spectacular tasting. I thought "Brownie Caramel Cheesecake" from this site had a better rating AND tasted spectacular! This is good enough for something quick though when you have to bring something to a potluck or kid's school. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/05/2006
Tasty! Very quick and easy goes on top of homemade brownies as easily as a mix. I find it actually tastes even better after you've let it refrigerate overnight--the topping tastes even more "cheesecakey." It can also be made into a fancy treat if you make it in two round pans cut into wedges and top with raspberries. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/02/2007
Very easy and good! I love how the brownie texture does change to more like a cheesecake very moist! I would definitely pour 2/3 of brownie mix then cream cheese mixture (using small dollops all over even corners) then place remaining brownie mix on top before swirling with knife. Easy!! Read More
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