These are just about the prettiest brownies I ever did make! In an effort to bring you more beginner recipes, here is a dessert teenage me baked all the time: cheesecake swirl brownies using brownie mix. (Ghirardelli is my brownie mix of choice but you can use whatever you like!)
These are so easy to make. Just mix together brownie mix according to the package directions, then mix together the cheesecake ingredients. The key here (and with all cream cheese recipes) is to have the cream cheese at room temperature. Do not use cold cream cheese. It will not blend properly.
You can use orange food coloring of course if you want a really vibrant color, but most grocery stores don’t carry orange, so just mix red and yellow together. I used about equal parts of each and just kept going until I got a shade of orange that liked.
You’ll pour all but a quarter cup of brownie mix into a pan, then top with the cheesecake layer. Take that reserved brownie mix and drop spoonfuls on the cheesecake layer. Then use a chopstick or knife to swirl the brownie batter into the cheesecake layer. Feel free to ooh and ahh as you do this because it’s so darn pretty!
These need to be refrigerated since they have a cheesecake layer. They are delicious served chilled! They’re so moist and delicious. I hope you love this spooktacular recipe!
Halloween Swirl Brownies
1 brownie mix (I use Ghirardelli) + ingredients for mix (1 egg, water, vegetable oil)
8 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
Red, yellow food coloring
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray an 8″ square pan with nonstick spray.
- Prepare brownie mix according to package directions. Reserve 1/4 cup of brownie mix for the topping. Pour the rest of the brownie mix into prepared pan.
- Beat cream cheese, granulated sugar, egg, and vanilla until smooth. Beat in red and yellow food coloring to tint desired shade of orange. (Or use orange food coloring for a more vibrant look.) Pour cheesecake mixture on top of brownies, carefully spreading to over the brownie layer to the edge.
- Drop spoonfuls of remaining 1/4 cup brownie mix around the cheesecake layer. Use a chopstick, knife, or toothpick to swirl the brownie mix and cheesecake together. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until cheesecake is set in the middle and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean.
- Let cool in the pan, then refrigerate for two hours before slicing.
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Happy witching hour,