Halloween Swirl Cream Cheese Brownies have a layer of rich, dark chocolate brownie topped with a layer of orange cheesecake then swirled together for a spooky treat. These are sure to be a perfect dessert treat for everyone at your Halloween party!
It’s the second week of October so it’s appropriate that I’m sharing a Halloween recipe, right? When I pull up my Pinterest feed or step into any store, I’m already seeing all things Christmas. I feel behind and it’s not even November!
HALLOWEEN SWIRL CREAM CHEESE BROWNIES
To be honest, I did make these cream cheese brownies a couple months ago, but other things came up so I’m just now getting around to posting them. The problem with that is, I don’t know where I wrote down my notes for the recipe.
If I’m too prepared, I mess myself up. Anyway, I found the recipe so you’re in luck and will have a chance to enjoy these Halloween themed cream cheese brownies for the spooky day!
Tips for making Cream Cheese Brownies:
- Line your baking pan with parchment paper to make it easy to remove after baking
- Use a skewer instead of a spatula for more intricate swirls in your cream cheese brownies
- Use this same recipe for multiple holidays, simply change out the food coloring to match the holiday!
I like that the swirls in these cream cheese brownies have a creepy, spidery effect. You could leave out the food coloring and just make these “regular” and they’d still be really pretty.
- For the brownie layer
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ cup flour
- ½ cup Hershey's Special Dark cocoa powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- For the Cream Cheese Layer
- 1 brick (8oz) cream cheese, at room temp
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 egg
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- orange food coloring
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8 x 8 baking dish with parchment paper or foil and spray with non-stick spray. Set aside.
- For the brownie layer
- In a medium bowl, add the sugar, flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking powder.
- In a small bowl, add the eggs, oil, and vanilla. Mix with a fork until well combined.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix with a spatula until just combined.
- Reserve ¼ cup of the batter for the swirls then pour the remaining batter into the prepared baking dish.
- [I][B]For the cream cheese layer[/I][/B]
- In a medium bowl, add the cream cheese, sugar, egg, & vanilla. Blend until smooth.
- Add in the orange food coloring and stir to combine.
- Gently spread the cream cheese layer on top of the brownie batter.
- Drop tablespoons of the remaining brownie batter on top and gently swirl with a knife or skewer.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes or until set. Remove and let cool completely before slicing.
Recipe adapted from Baked Perfection
This Halloween, have fun making our favorite Cream Cheese Brownies for a fun and spooky treat that everyone loves. This gown up dessert is a perfect treat everyone will love on the Halloween party buffet table this year!