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Peanut Butter Cheesecake Swirl Brownies

  • Author: Cara Owens
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 20 brownies 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Take plain box mix brownies to the next level with my Best Ever Peanut Butter Cheesecake Swirl Brownies! These easy and delicious Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Brownies are made with a simple fudge brownie mix, and feature swirls of creamy peanut butter and sweet cheesecake for the best peanut butter brownies with box mix you’ll ever eat!


Ingredients

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Brownie Batter

  • 1 box brownie mix (I recommend milk chocolate or fudge)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup oil (canola or vegetable)
  • 3 tablespoons water or milk (I always use milk to make my brownies creamier/fudgy)

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Swirl

  • 8 oz cream cheese (I recommend full fat or 1/3 fat)
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt (I use fine sea salt)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (or as directed on brownies).
  2. First prepare your brownie batter by combining brownie mix, eggs, oil, and milk (or water) in a large mixing bowl. Use an electric hand mixer and mix on medium speed until there’s still a little bit of dry brownie mix showing. Switch to stirring together by hand and gently stir until just combined, avoiding overmixing. Set aside.
  3. In a medium size mixing bowl, prepare your peanut butter cheesecake swirl mixture by beating cream cheese with an electric hand mixer for 1 minute or until smooth.
  4. Add in egg, sugar, flour, vanilla, and salt and mix until well combined and creamy.
  5. Next pour all but 1/2 cup of brownie batter into a 9×13 glass baking dish that has been well coated with non-stick cooking spray.
  6. Spoon peanut butter cream cheese mixture in dollops on top of the brownie mixture and lightly spread.
  7. Use a cookie scoop and top with the remaining brownie batter in various spots.
  8. Use a knife and begin swirling the batter drawing vertical and horizontal lines. If you want it even more mixed up, you can also do small swirling motions to give it a super pretty effect, but avoid overmixing so that you don’t lose your swirls.
  9. Bake in preheated oven for 35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  10. Once fully baked, remove from oven and let brownies cool before cutting into bars.
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Notes

Store leftover brownies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week

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