Lazy Cheesecake Swirl Brownies (Death by chocolate)

Lazy cheesecake swirl brownies stack on top of each other on a plate.

Please try to contain yourself and try not to stare! Staring is not nice. I know. It’s hard. Don’t lick the screen either! Please!
Instead, go grab some flour, cocoa, butter, sugar, some good chocolate and make your family happy. I hope they are there when it comes out of the oven, otherwise they might not get any. These thick and gooey brownies topped with a good load of cheesecake are not good to practice self control around. Spinach, or say…carrots may be a better option though. But lets leave carrots and spinach for some other day. Now you just need to go and make these!

Lazy cheesecake swirl brownies on a tray with cups of coffee.

Sunday Morning, 8:30 am I am woken up by a knock on the door by my brother-in-law. What in the world could he want this early on a Sunday? As I find out, my pregnant sister is in labor and is getting ready to go to the hospital, so their boys are going to stay over. Whoo-hoo! We get to meet our precious baby niece soon, I thought. At 9:30 am, I get another a phone call from my brother-in-law. This time he tells me that baby Jasmine is already here and both mama and the baby are doing great! Whaaat? Having a baby 30 minutes after arriving to the hospital? That’s what I call a speedy delivery!

Lazy cheesecake swirl brownies with spilled coffee and two coffee mugs.

An occasion like that just needs to be celebrated with something extravagant! But it’s a Sunday. Who wants to work on a Sunday? Not me, that’s for sure.
Pinterest came to the rescue, as always, and I decided to make these super easy, but oh so good brownies by Yammie’s Noshery. I have made several attempts in the past to make brownies, but either the recipes I used were subpar or my hands… I hope not my hands… Anyways, this recipe is a total killer! Author begs not to change the recipe as it is perfect and I agree, but I still managed to make one minor change. Reading through the comments someone mentioned that it might be a bit too sweet, so I reduced the amount of sugar and they came out just the right sweetness to my taste. I did also change the mixing method, and now they’re not only delicious but easy too!
I really hope you give these a try, and may be involve your kids in the process. As easy as it is, you just got to give them the pleasure of swirling the cream cheese or adding the ingredients to the bowl. Oh and did I mention that you don’t need to clean out the mixer in between? oh yeah, I really do mean easy!

Lazy Cheesecake Swirl  Brownies (Death by Chocolate)

Source: Yammie’s Noshery 

For the Brownies:
2 sticks unsalted butter, melted
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
4 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 1/4 cups cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups chocolate chips (1 cup each, milk chocolate & semi-sweet dark chocolate)

For the Cheesecake:
8 oz. softened cream cheese
1/3 cup sour cream
1/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 egg

Make the Cheesecake portion
Combine cream cheese, sugar, sour cream and vanilla extract in a bowl of a mixer and beat together until smooth, scraping down sides of the bowl as needed. Add the egg and beat until smooth again. Transfer to a tall glass.

Step by step pictures on making the cheesecake swirl part of the cheesecake brownies.

Turn oven to 350F and place baking rack in the middle. Spray 9×13 baking dish with non stick spray and set aside.

In the same bowl as you used for making the cream cheese mixture, add sugar, melted and cooled butter, and eggs. Beat to combine. Add flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt and again beat to combine. Add chocolate chips and fold together with spatula.

Making the chocolate brownies batter.

Transfer batter to baking dish evening it out. Make 5 long grooves within the batter with the long end of the spoon for the cheesecake mixture.
Spoon the cheesecake mixture into the grooves. With a butter knife, run parallel to the cheesecake ‘stripes’ alternating directions to make the swirls. Bake for 20-30 minutes. Set your time for 20 minutes and check. Pull out the pan as soon as the mixture in the middle of the pan is starting to puff up.

How to make brownies with a cheesecake swirl. Step by step picture on how to make this easy brownie recipe.

Allow to cool completely before serving. To cut and serve, run knife under hot water, wipe, then cut. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Lazy Cheesecake Swirl Brownies (Death by Chocolate)

5 from 3 votes

These Lazy Cheesecake Swirl Brownies are thick, warm, and full of flavor. This easy brownie recipe is simple, and oh so good. 

Author: Yummie's Noshery
Course: Dessert
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 9 x13 baking dish

Ingredients

For the Brownies:

  • 2 sticks of butter melted
  • 1 3/4 cups of granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cups of cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups chocolate chips 1 cup each, milk chocolate & semi-sweet dark chocolate

For the Cheesecake:

  • 8 oz. softened cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 egg

Instructions

Make the Cheesecake portion

  1. Combine cream cheese, sugar, sour cream and vanilla extract in a bowl of a mixer and beat together until smooth, scraping down sides of the bowl as needed. Add the egg and beat until smooth again. Transfer to a tall glass.
  2. Turn oven to 350F and place baking rack in the middle. Spray 9x13 baking dish with nonstick spray and set aside.

Make the Brownie

  1. In the same bowl as you used for making the cream cheese mixture, add sugar, vanilla extract, melted and slightly cooled butter and eggs. Beat to combine. Add flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt and again beat to combine. Add chocolate chips and fold together with a spatula.
  2. Transfer batter to baking dish evening it out. Make 5 long grooves within the batter with the long end of the spoon for the cheesecake mixture.
  3. Spoon the cheesecake mixture into the grooves. With a butter knife, run parallel to the cheesecake ‘stripes’ alternating directions to make the swirls. Bake for 20-30 minutes. Set your time for 20 minutes and check. Pull out the pan as soon as the mixture in the middle of the pan is starting to puff up.
  4. Allow cooling completely before serving. To cut and serve, run a knife under hot water, wipe, then cut. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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  • Miranda

    Hello,
    i just want to say i made these for my boyfriend and he loved them him i and our three other friends ate them and enjoyed every last one of them they didnt come out in swirls but they were still amazing tasting.

    ~thank you, for the recipe i loved it. cc

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  • Sarah

    Hi can you clarify how many grams 1 and a half cups of sugar would be? I’ve tried googling but some up with different answers! Also how many grams is 2 sticks of butter? Thank you!

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    • Hi Sarah,
      1 cup sugar is 200 grams. 1.5 cups would be 300 grams.

      1 stick butter – 113 grams. 2 sticks butter = 226 g.

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  • Terry

    I️ making these brownies tonight. Do I️ really need the chocolate chips. Would they turn out without them?

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    • I think they would turn out OK, but brownies really need all the chocolate that the recipe calls for to be really good.

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  • Rachel Boyett

    I just made these and they are perfect! Rich and chocolaty and the cream cheese topping is perfect!

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  • Elona

    OMG..these are just indescribable!!!! They are the most heavenly, irresistible, chocolatey, moist, chewy, and the most satisfying brownies I’ve ever made or ate in my WHOLE LIFE!!!!!!!!! I literally ate half the pan!! That’s how addicted I got from the first bite. Oops! I recommend EVERYONE to not even look
    for another brownie recipe and go into your kitchen right now and start making these babies!!
    Thank You SOO much Marinochka for such a fabulous recipe!!! Keep up the hard work hun!

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  • Connie

    Hi!

    I just made these (in the oven) and thought I’d let you know that on the printed version the vanilla is missing from the brownie instructions.

    Thanks for the recipe!

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  • Faith

    The cream cheese ingredients have sugar listed; but the instructions do not say to add the sugar. Can you clarify please?

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  • I’m on a no sugar for one week thingy to detox. But WTH ,I’m making this tomorrow. .. just fir the joy of seeing these babies in my hand. Sometimes the road to happiness is so simple.

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  • Olya

    In description you said baking soda in ingredient list you said baking powder! 🙂

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    • Ellen

      I would like the answer to this also – I used Baking powder but I am not sure that is correct.

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      • It’s baking powder, so you got it!

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  • Tiffany

    Just made these babies and they are YUMMYYYYYYY! Thank you for the great recipes!

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    • Thanks for your feedback Tiffany! Enjoy!

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  • Kori

    Making this right now and I melted some butter but it’s not in the directions just on the ingredient list. Do I not need it?

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    • Hi Kori,
      You add the butter with the eggs and sugar. I apologize for not answering right away, your message was sent to spam folder for some reason I just noticed your question.

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  • foodlikecake

    These look so fudgey!

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