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Halloween Swirl Cream Cheese Brownies

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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!

Halloween Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies have a layer of rich, dark chocolate brownie topped with a layer of orange cheesecake then swirled together for a spooky treat. | Persnickety Plates

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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

Halloween Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies have a layer of rich, dark chocolate brownie topped with a layer of orange cheesecake then swirled together for a spooky treat. | Persnickety Plates

Confession Time: 

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!

HALLOWEEN BROWNIES INGREDIENTS

  • Sugar – Granulated sugar.
  • Flour – All purpose flour.
  • Cocoa Powder – I use Hershey’s Special Dark because you want it to be really dark/black.
  • Salt – Helps enhance flavor.
  • Baking Powder – For rise.
  • Eggs – Large eggs.
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Vanilla Extract – A good quality vanilla extract, even though it’s pricey!
  • Cream Cheese – A brick (8oz) at room temperature.
  • Orange Food ColoringThis kit lets you easily make custom colors.

Halloween Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies have a layer of rich, dark chocolate brownie topped with a layer of orange cheesecake then swirled together for a spooky treat. | Persnickety Plates

TIPS FOR MAKING THESE 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 (like these Christmas Brownies)!

Halloween Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies have a layer of rich, dark chocolate brownie topped with a layer of orange cheesecake then swirled together for a spooky treat. | Persnickety Plates

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.

TOOLS TO HELP YOU MAKE CREAM CHEESE SWIRL BROWNIES

  • Food Coloring Kit – this is the food coloring I use. I didn’t tell you exactly how much orange to use because it will depend on which kit you’re using. If you’re using the Wilton Color Right Performance Food Coloring Set I link here, it comes with a color formula chart that shows you exactly how many drops you need of each color to make bright colors, pastels, etc. It’s a really good kit. I have fun with it.
  • 8 x 8 baking dish – love that this has a lid for easy storing.
  • Brownie spatula – because you have to get them out of the pan!

How to store them
Store leftovers covered in the fridge for 3-4 days.

Can I freeze them?
Yes, they should freeze well. I’d wrap them individually, then put them in a freezer bag for up to 3 months.

Can I double the recipe?
If you’d like more than the 8×8 pan, you can double the recipe and use a 9×13 pan.

Watch Halloween Swirl Cream Cheese Brownies being made:

 

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Halloween Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies have a layer of rich, dark chocolate brownie topped with a layer of orange cheesecake then swirled together for a spooky treat. | Persnickety Plates

This Halloween, have fun making our favorite Cream Cheese Brownies for a fun and spooky treat that everyone loves.  This grown up dessert is a perfect treat everyone will love on the Halloween party buffet table this year!

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Halloween Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies have a layer of rich, dark chocolate brownie topped with a layer of orange cheesecake then swirled together for a spooky treat. | Persnickety Plates

Halloween Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies

Melissa | Persnickety Plates
Halloween Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies have a layer of rich, dark chocolate brownie topped with a layer of orange cheesecake then swirled together for a spooky treat.
4.57 from 160 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 9 brownies
Calories 357 kcal

Ingredients
  

For the Brownie Layer:

  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • ½ cup all purpose white flour
  • ½ cup Hershey's Special Dark cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Cream Cheese Layer:

Instructions
 

  • 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 1/4 cup of the batter for the swirls then pour the remaining batter into the prepared baking dish.

For the Cream Cheese Layer

  • 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.

Video

Notes

Store leftovers covered in the fridge for up to 4 days.
To freeze, wrap individually in plastic wrap then place in a freezer bag in the freezer for up to 3 months.
To double the recipe, use a 9x13 pan.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 357kcalCarbohydrates: 37gProtein: 5gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 82mgSodium: 232mgPotassium: 146mgFiber: 2gSugar: 29gVitamin A: 418IUCalcium: 44mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional information is an estimate and provided to you as a courtesy. You should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe using your preferred nutrition calculator.

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  1. Emma Williams says

    5 stars
    Hi!
    love this recipe, however my creamcheese layer is VERY runny.
    I followed the recipe precisely to every measurement and it was runny
    What am I doing wrong?
    ( It is cooking at the moment)

    • Melissa Williams says

      Hi! I wish I could troubleshoot with you but it’s hard not being in the kitchen with you 🙂 have you made them before & they were runny or is this the first time in the oven?

  2. Katja Beh-Forrest says

    5 stars
    These are easy, delicious, and so much fun for holidays (customizable as indicated in the post). It combines brownies AND cheesecake so you cannot go wrong. I can’t wait to make them again.

  3. Saundra A says

    Can I freeze them?

    • Melissa Williams says

      Yes, they should freeze well. I’d wrap them individually, then put them in a freezer bag for up to 3 months.

  4. Kobi says

    If I am doubling recipe- which size baking pan should I use?

  5. Stephanie says

    Should these be refrigerated?

    • Melissa Williams says

      Yes, covered in the fridge for 3-4 days.

  6. Laurie says

    Hi! I recently tried these and the brownie mix came out super thick, there’s no way I could’ve swirled it into the cream cheese. Also the oil puddled on top, the only thing I changed in the recipe is, I used lakanto Monkfruit sugar (white) instead of real sugar. Any idea what went wrong?

    • Melissa Williams says

      Sorry, I’ve never worked with monkfruit sugar so I’m not sure how it behaves.

    • DANIELLE VARGAS says

      The exact thing happened to me and I followed recipe exact. I haven’t tasted it yet so I’m hoping they taste better than they look!

  7. Kayla says

    If I’m doubling the recipe would I cook it longer as well?

    • Melissa Williams says

      In a 9×13 or 7×11 they’ll need about the same time since you’re spreading them out.

  8. Jen Small says

    5 stars
    I followed the recipe carefully and these came out perfectly! Like a cross between cheesecake and a brownie.

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