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Espresso Cream Cheese Brownies

Espresso Cream Cheese Brownies

These espresso cream cheese brownies are your traditional fudge brownies made special with the addition of chocolate chips and a delightful espresso cream cheese swirl topping. 
Yield: 9x13-inch pan or 8x8-inch pan
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 35 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: espresso brownies, cream cheese brownies, espresso cream brownies
Servings: 16
Author: Maryanne Cabrera


  • 3 oz cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 ½ tsp instant espresso powder
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1- 18.3 oz package fudge brownie mix
  • ½ cup chocolate chips, or roughly chopped chocolate


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 9x13-inch or 8x8-inch baking pan with foil, allowing for an overhang along the edges of the pan. Lightly coat foil with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, beat together cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add in flour, egg yolk, espresso powder, and vanilla. Mix until well incorporated.
  • In a large bowl, prepare fudge brownie mix according to package instructions. Fold chocolate chips into brown batter.
  • Spread about ⅔ of brownie batter into an even layer in prepared baking pan. Distribute dollops of cream cheese mixture on top. Follow with dollops of remaining brownie batter. Use a knife or mini offset spatula to swirl cream cheese mixture and brownie batter.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes, until center of brownies is set and no longer jiggles. Cool brownies to room temperature in pan. Cover pan and chill brownies in the fridge until cold. Use the foil overhang to lift brownies out of the pan. Slice into desired portions. Keep chilled until ready to serve.


  • These brownies should be kept in the fridge due to the cream cheese. Store in an airtight container. Will keep in fridge for up to 5 days.