Rating: 4 stars
9 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0

These are wonderful and rich without being heavy - true brownies with a cream cheese swirl and butterscotch chips on top.

Recipe Summary test

prep:
20 mins
cook:
40 mins
total:
60 mins
Servings:
20
Yield:
1 10x13-inch baking dish
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Ingredients

20
Original recipe yields 20 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 10x13-inch baking dish.

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  • Beat cream cheese, 1/3 cup sugar, and 1 egg together in a bowl using an electric mixer until smooth.

  • Mix water, cocoa powder, and butter together in a saucepan; heat over medium-low heat until melted, about 5 minutes.

  • Combine flour, remaining 2 cups sugar, 2 eggs, sour cream, baking soda, vanilla extract, and salt in a large bowl. Beat chocolate mixture into flour mixture until batter is smooth; spread into the prepared baking dish. Spoon cream mixture over batter and run a knife through the cream cheese mixture to spread into a marbled pattern. Sprinkle butterscotch chips over top.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until the top is dry and the edges have started to pull away from the sides of the pan, about 35 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

In the picture, the cream cheese is not as "swirly" as it could be, but you get the idea. I forgot to butter and flour the pan one time but had sprayed with Pam(R) - they came out fine but stuck a little more to the pan.

Nutrition Facts

333 calories; protein 3.8g; carbohydrates 44.8g; fat 15.4g; cholesterol 55.1mg; sodium 218.2mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (13)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/25/2015
SOOOOOO DELICIOUS! This is more of a cake-like brownie just just be aware. These little gems are so moist and full of flavor as well as being perfectly chocolate-y. Hubby went CRAZY for these and he usually only gravitates towards plain ol' fudge-y brownies w/ no additions (though he does LOVE butterscotch anything)! I will def be making these again and again YUM YUM YUM!!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing.:) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/07/2017
Definitely more of cake than a brownie. Tastes better than it looked. Read More
9 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
02/25/2015
SOOOOOO DELICIOUS! This is more of a cake-like brownie just just be aware. These little gems are so moist and full of flavor as well as being perfectly chocolate-y. Hubby went CRAZY for these and he usually only gravitates towards plain ol' fudge-y brownies w/ no additions (though he does LOVE butterscotch anything)! I will def be making these again and again YUM YUM YUM!!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing.:) Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
08/16/2015
I made this yesterday and it was awesome!!!!!!! Read More
(1)
Rating: 4 stars
02/03/2016
I used semi-sweet chocolate chips instead because I didn't have butterscotch chips. It turned out great! Definitely on the "cakey" side but still good. This recipe is a keeper! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/25/2017
I guess I will be making it again. I'm not enthused about making it again because it is labor intensive but since the husband liked it so well I will be making it again. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
04/07/2017
Definitely more of cake than a brownie. Tastes better than it looked. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
05/14/2021
I was looking for a recipe with Butterscotch and thought I'd try this one. I used a 9x13 pan and extended the cooking time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2019
Excellent recipe! I constantly get asked to make these again and again! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
09/08/2016
I had such a good feeling about this recipe... unfortunately it seems to have been wrong. I followed it without any changes. I haven't tasted it yet but (in order of importance to me) these are the things that haven't worked: it didn't get swirled all that happened was a light brown layer over the dark brown of the brownie. All the butterscotch chips melted into a hard chewy lid under which the brownie was still raw. All of it boiled over some 20 minutes into the baking and I had to remove it from the oven transfer some to a smaller dish and pop it back in. The cooking time was way way more than stated. It got stuck to the side and bottom of the dish. After all this I'm wishing I'd just made regular brownies and saved the cream cheese for a different dessert. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
11/19/2018
I made this as the recipe directed except that my pan was 9 x 13 instead of 10 x 13 so I cooked the brownies an extra 15 minutes. It was really quite jiggly at 35 minutes. The brownies were good but seemed as if the butterscotch chips sank to the bottom - because the bottoms seemed to have a more solid and quite sweet layer. The swirl effect appeared mainly at the top. My efforts to move it thru the batter were only mildly successful. Read More