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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. dave says

    These look so lovely, am going to make them for the party this week. What adjustments will be needed if I were to put them in cupcake molds instead?

  2. dave says

    Thank you! I really like yours, so will try them out as cup cakes!

  3. Joan says

    Do these need to be refrigerated?

    • Melissa Williams says

      Yes, you should store them in the fridge when you’re not serving.

  4. baker says

    Can you use any oil besides vegtible oil?

  5. Sam D says

    5 stars
    These dark chocolate brownies are delicious! And the cheesecake is really creamy. The brownie can be a little bit tricky to swirl but if you spoon little bits on top and then swirl it works perfectly.

  6. Alex says

    do these freeze well?

    • Melissa Williams says

      I have actually never tried, but they should. Wrap tightly in foil, place in a freezer bag. Keep in the freezer for up to 2 months. Move them to the fridge when you’re ready to thaw them.

  7. Paige says

    5 stars
    My tastebuds said YES!
    Not only do they look good for my hallowen party everyone loved them!
    We ran out @ one point!😂
    (Im not

  8. Paige says

    5 stars
    Sorry last time I think I forgot to give it a 5 star rateing!

  9. Janis says

    Hi!
    I’m going to try to make these later this week and I was wondering if the baking temperature/time would change because I’m using a metal baking pan instead of glass?

    Thanks much!!
    Janis

    • Melissa Williams says

      Hi 🙂 (thanks for saying hi!) Metal will likely need about 10 minutes longer than glass, but check on it.

  10. Lori says

    Quick question… is there really more sugar than flour? 1 cup sugar, 1/2 cup flour? Just double checking!

  11. Kimberly says

    Hi,
    Can I double the recipe for a 9X13 pan?
    Thanks!

    • Melissa Williams says

      Yes, it should work fine but you might need to give them 5-10 mins longer in the oven.

  12. Danyette says

    5 stars
    So yummy! Better after being chilled over night but good enough right away that we couldn’t resist each eating one…or two! lol Seriously better the next day though! A great festive, make ahead holiday recipe!

    • Melissa Williams says

      Thank you for reporting back! I agree, they’re best chilled 🙂

  13. Stephanie says

    hi, I have to make some brownies for my jobs Halloween party and these would be perfect- but I’m debating on buying box brownies. Would this work the same or do you recommend making from scratch?

    • Melissa Williams says

      Hi – I like scratch but box will work just fine. The recipe as written makes an 8×8 pan. Most box mix brownies make 9 x 13 so if you go that route, I would double the cream cheese mixture. Let me know how they turn out!

  14. Shar says

    How long after taking it out of the oven should you refrigerate?

    • Melissa Williams says

      You want to let it cool for about an hour before moving to the fridge. If you put it in too soon, it can shrink & crack.

  15. Christina says

    5 stars
    These were delicious and so pretty! I loved how dark the brownie portion was and I managed to mix yellow and red food coloring to make the cheesecake orange! I doubled the recipe in a 13 x 9 inch pan. The brownies and cheesecake portions tasted really yummy!

  16. Madeline Squires says

    5 stars
    Hello Melissa. Made these yesterday and they were delicious. My daughter-in-law has celiac disease so I used gluten free flour. They were a big hit. Thank you.

    • Melissa Williams says

      Thank you for reporting back – I’ve never tested with gluten free flour so that is helpful for others!

  17. Adrienne says

    5 stars
    These were so delicious and easy to make! I have made them twice. I made them for Halloween but definitely intend to make again with different food coloring for another holiday. Thank you for the great recipe!

  18. Jana says

    5 stars
    My 5-year-old son loves to help me make these. He requests them all the time! We love making the cheesecake part different colors for different occasions. We’ve used this recipe countless times now. It is my go-to brownie recipe! Thank you for such a fun and delicious recipe! The cheesecake part is so moist and creamy, which is decadent with the dark chocolate brownie.

    • Melissa Williams says

      I’m so happy to hear that – thank you for reporting back! I have a Christmas version on the site, too =)

  19. Sarah says

    5 stars
    I am asked to bring the dessert to all events since the first time I made these. I just change the color now to match the event. They go so fast!

    • Melissa Williams says

      I love that so much. Thanks for letting me know!

  20. Carrie says

    5 stars
    Can I use a box of brownie mix instead?

    • Melissa Williams says

      Sure, but “family size” will be too big as this makes a small pan, so make sure you take that into account.

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