Strawberry Cheesecake Swirl Brownies

Christine Ma
by Christine Ma
9 Pieces
1 hr

Why choose between making a cheesecake or a brownie when you can make them both? These strawberry cheesecake swirl brownies take the best of both worlds and combine them into one incredible dessert. Fudge-y rich chocolate is layered with a strawberry cream cheese filling, balancing the flavors perfectly. The hint of coffee helps bring out the chocolate even more and the chocolate chips don't hurt either! The strawberry cheesecake swirl brownies do require one extra step, making the strawberry cheesecake filling, but the overall brownies are still very easy to make. Make a pretty swirl pattern on the top, bake until beautifully browned and get ready to dig in!

Strawberry Cheesecake Swirl Brownies
Recipe details
  • 9  Pieces
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes Cook time: 45 Minutes Total time: 1 hr
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  • 1/2 cup strawberries, chopped
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp egg, beaten
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp instant coffee
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8-inch square baking dish with cooking spray.
Beat together 1/2 cup chopped strawberries with 4 ounces softened cream cheese, 1/4 cup powdered sugar, and 1 tbsp egg until smooth.
In a large bowl, combine 3/4 cup flour with 1 cup sugar, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/3 cup cocoa powder, and 1 tsp instant coffee.
In a separate bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup vegetable oil with 1 tsp vanilla, and 2 eggs. Add the wet ingredients to the flour mixture, stirring until smooth. Mix in 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips.
Spread 1/2 of the brownie batter in the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Spread all but 1/4 cup of the cream cheese mixture on top of the brownie batter. Spread the remaining brownie batter on top.
Place dollops of the remaining 1/4 cup cream cheese mixture on top and use a knife to make swirls. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until set. Let cool completely.
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  • Denise Martin Denise Martin on Aug 18, 2020

    Can the coffee be eliminated from the recipe?

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    • Trish F Trish F on Aug 18, 2020

      The coffee/espresso powder enhances the chocolate in the mix but doesn't add any discernable coffee flavor to the end product.

      I keep a 5 packet of instant coffee on hand just for such things. It is inexpensive item to have in your pantry. I don't drink coffee and I still keep some on hand.

      It can be omitted if you don't have it on hand and you can add the cocoa but it isn't really necessary either.

  • Colleen Bre Ann Colleen Bre Ann on Aug 18, 2020

    Can the coffee and powdered sugar be omitted?

    • Trish F Trish F on Aug 18, 2020

      You need the powdered sugar to mix into the cream cheese or the filling won't have any real taste, so no you can't (shouldn't) leave that out.

      The coffee can be omitted, however it is used to enhance the flavor of the chocolate. It doesn't add a coffee flavor to the brownies at all if that is your concern. I don't drink coffee and would notice if it had a coffee flavor.